Play Action International

Play Action International are planning to run overseas projects in summer 2022. Please also refer to our Frequently asked questions for more information.

Play Action International (formerly East African Playgrounds) provides a brighter future to the lives of children across Uganda and Africa, enhancing children’s future prospects by improving learning environments, opportunities and creativity through building playgrounds and creative play education. To date, Play Action International has built over 350+ playgrounds and given over 530,000+ children access to a childhood. You can make a difference and volunteer with Play Action International in Uganda for four weeks with a team from Manchester University.

You will help transform a community school, leaving a legacy for thousands of children in Uganda to benefit from for years by building an amazing new playground from start to finish alongside our amazing team in Uganda. You will also get to experience and assist with our play based education programmes to inspire children at school to learn, explore and develop through creative sessions. You will live and integrate within a local community, work alongside our Ugandan builders as well as the children and school you will be volunteering at.

Imagine the sense of reward and pride you will feel on your playground’s opening day, seeing the excitement of the children who have been longing to play on the playground you and your friends have poured your heart and soul into building. To then have everything you’ve worked for be put in perspective when you see the smiles, the joy and the laughter on children's faces as they get to experience a childhood they deserve. 

  • Any University of Manchester student including final years.
  • Trip 1 (4 weeks) 2-30 July 2022.
  • Trip 2 (4 weeks) 2-30 August 2022.
  • There are also some two week trips available, please see the website for further information.
  • The welcome meeting is an opportunity to meet your fellow Manchester volunteers and find out more about your time in Uganda. Your coordinator will also offer lots of advice on getting started on your fundraising.
  • At the Fundraising workshop your coordinator will get you underway with your fundraising, with ideas for group and individual fundraising opportunities.
  • At the pre-departure training your coordinators will host a final training session to get you fully prepared for you summer in Uganda, covering practicalities and responsible volunteering.
  • Guidance is provided for all but students will need to arrange their own: Booking flights, buying insurance, getting vaccinations and buying the visa online.
  • The Play Action International Coordinator in Uganda provides 24/7 support.
  • The University Leader Intern will volunteer alongside you in Uganda, offering welfare support and advice.
  • In Uganda you will also be supported by a Summer Intern who is a trained East African Playgrounds representative who will organise the day to day logistics and has an extensive knowledge of the project.
  • The UK PAI team are available over phone and email from our UK office, including the Fundraising Manager and Partnerships Manager.
  • Your team on the project will also consist of four Ugandan build team members, a cook and an Arts and Play Coordinator.
  • You will live at the school that you are building the playground for and they will provide classrooms that we will transform into dormitories with mattresses and mosquito nets. Toilets are long drops and washing facilities are bucket showers.
  • At the weekends you will have the opportunity to stay at hostels while you do your activities that have dorm rooms, flushing toilets and hot showers.
  • £150 registration fee; secures your place on the trip as well as fundraising materials
  • £1,500 fundraising target, which includes in country costs, the playground build, and a general donation to Play Action International to expand our work

  • Additional Costs:

  • Flights £400-800 

  • Visa £35

  • Vaccinations £50-£100

  • Insurance £50-£100

  • Weekend activities i.e. Safari, Water sports £0-£600

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  • Please apply using Volunteer Hub.
  • Search for 'Play Action International' and click on 'apply' in the relevant advert.