uganda Project 2019


This is a brand new project which will be based in Rwamwanja Refugee camp in South West Uganda.  It is one of the largest refugee camps in the country.  We are proud to be embarking on this challenging project in partnership with Finn Church Aid.

The volunteer application form is here.

Why are World at Play working in Rwamwanja?

Rwamwanja hosts around 78,000 refugees, mostly from the Democratic Republic of Congo.  World at Play volunteers will run sport and developmental play sessions with children and young adults in the settlement.

We believe in the power of play.  Many of these young people will have had their childhood taken away from them and will have experienced fear and enormous hardship. We aim to bring fun and excitement into their lives and aid development.

68% of the population of Rwamwanja is under 18. Employment opportunities are very limited with just one secondary school in the camp. The school serves the refugees and the local community but only 3% of young refugees have access to this school.

How can you help?

You can sign up as a volunteer to join this inaugral project, and make a real difference in an area of the world that needs help. Find out more here.

You will be given a week’s training at Atlantic College in south Wales in delivering sports and play activities.  The team will then travel to Uganda for a few days of orientation in Kampala before travelling to Rwamwanja.

You will live and work alongside a team of 6 - 8 other volunteers in secure accommodation based in or near the camp and work in partnership with Finn Church Aid staff based in Rwamwanja.

If you are unable to join us a volunteer, please do consider making a donation here

How much does it cost?

Volunteers are asked to pay £1500 as a contribution to the costs of the training, your flights, visas, accommodation and food. 

Volunteers are responsible for their insurance and the cost of any medical prophylaxis such as inoculations.

When will it happen?

February 2019.  The project will last for 7 weeks and will start with a week of training in south Wales in early February.  This training is mandatory. Volunteers will return to the UK in early April.

What are we looking for?

A diverse team with a passion for play and an enthusiasm for our mission:
You should be:

  • Looking for a challenge and willing and ready to adapt to new circumstances

  • Enthusiastic and flexible

  • Resilient and calm under pressure

  • A team player, with experience of working with other people to ensure the success of a project

  • 21 or older with some experience of working with young people or marginalised communities

  • Passionate about making a difference. Some experience or knowledge of working/volunteering in a developing country is welcomed

Places are limited. All applicants will be interviewed either in person in Cardiff or on Skype. 

The application form is here.

For more information please email