At East African Playgrounds, we take a huge amount of pride in our volunteering projects; the level of support, transparency and the ethical standards that we maintain are all of utmost importance to us.


The history

When East African Playgrounds was established in 2009, Tom and Carla (the founders) had had contrasting experiences with volunteering organisations, one very poor and the other fantastic. As the idea for the charity was growing, so was the charity’s opportunity to engage supporters. What better engagement is possible than to make a charity’s impact with your own two hands? We enable our supporters to build the playgrounds they fundraise for. And so, our volunteering projects began.


We’re not any old volunteering project

We are committed to providing the best possible standard of volunteering projects. We have a dedicated team of staff who will be with you every step of the way, from fundraising, training and preparation in the UK to supporting you in Uganda whilst you are out over the summer.


With hundreds of companies offering volunteering opportunities that are both expensive and have a negative impact on the people and communities they are supposed to support, volunteering abroad has an unsteady reputation. But we believe that done well, the impact in endless. Our projects have been able to develop and grow due to the clear values and ethics that we follow.


Here are some of our core values:


When you volunteer with East African Playgrounds you have a consistent staff member with you from joining us through to volunteering in Uganda. We aim to make ourselves very approachable to make sure that no question is too big or too small, too silly or too serious.


Without planning it, the ‘EAP family’ has become a thing! Due to the caring nature of the charity, our volunteers leave feeling part of the family, and confident in having their say about the project. A common phrase used is ‘It’s not a goodbye, it’s a see you later.’

Highly Ethical

We are committed to our ethics throughout the charity. We have set up the project to ensure that volunteers are adding value to every project and are not simply there for the sake of it. If you volunteer on an East African Playgrounds project, it won’t be a holiday: you’ll be working hard.

High Impact

On average, each project benefits over 1,500 children for generations to come. Our volunteers have a positive impact on the communities they are working with due to the training we provide, the project we run and the communities we select to work with.

Affordable and transparent

Volunteering doesn’t have to be expensive. We make it clear where the money you raise and pay goes, so that all costs are transparent. We also give various options when in country so the project can fit different budgets, depending on the amount of extra activities you want to do.

No third-party companies

We don’t work with any gap year or challenge companies as they inflate costs to maximize their own profits.

Sustainable Volunteering

With our volunteers helping to build a high-quality playground their impact is long term and allows us to train and employ more disadvantaged young adults.

Apply now or find out more information on the Uganda Volunteer Project page