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East African Playgrounds

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East African Playgrounds give children their childhoods through play. We run an incredible overseas expedition that allows students the chance...

The Gorilla Trek

This opportunity is ongoing, with no end date.

You’ll explore the natural beauty of the country over a five-day trek – trekking and canoeing across the lakes and foothills of western Uganda, you’ll experience every terrain the Uganda has to offer. You’ll canoe across lakes, climb over mountains, trek through rainforest, and experience stunning scenery at every turn of the journey. You’ll discover the last remaining wild silverback gorillas, feeling like an intrepid explorer who walks untrodden paths to find them. You’ll spend an hour in the company of the gentle giants, and contribute to the conservation of this critically endangered species by visiting. You’ll support the development of a community, by transforming an empty playing field into a safe, fun and exciting playground for children to enjoy for generations to come. Living and volunteering within a local community, you’ll help transform a community school by building an amazing new playground with a team of trained Ugandan builders and welders. You will also assist on our creative play programme to inspire children to learn, explore and develop themselves for a brighter future.

Hours per week


Hours details


Training available

Fundraising training and pre-departure training


To be confirmed

DBS required?


Benefits to self

Volunteers gain a whole host of transferable skills from the fundraising and volunteering such as time-management, resilience and the ability to get things done as well as an increase in confidence.

Benefits to others

You will directly benefit the local communities you visit during the trek by contributing to their development. You'll also contribute to the conservation of the gorillas and fund the employment of skilled local people, as well as your playground impacting 1500 children across the next 15 years.

Transport details


Time commitment

The trip is for 3 weeks during summer 2020 but some time during the year will need to be committed to fundraising for the trip.


Extensive fundraising support is given, including training, resources, meetings, regular phone calls and support from your on-campus ambassadors. Support in country includes an EAP member of staff with you at all times.


  • Animal WelfareAnimal Care
  • Crisis & PovertyInternational aid
  • Culture & HeritageArt
  • EnvironmentalConservation, Wildlife
  • People & CommunitiesChildren, Young People