The Gorilla Trek

Since 2009, East African Playgrounds have worked in disadvantaged communities across Uganda, including community schools, hospitals and refugee camps, helping children who do not get the chance to play. They focus on three important areas to help vulnerable children develop through play: training teachers in the importance of play-based teaching for children’s learning; training communities and parents in the importance of play for children’s development; providing children in communities with high quality, sustainable and child-centred playgrounds. One of our challenges officers, Jack, recently visited the opening of a playground built by East African Playgrounds in Uganda – an experience he will never forget!The Gorilla Trek is a truly unique, once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the wildlife, landscape and culture of beautiful Uganda, whilst making a real difference to a local community. Participants take on the challenge of trekking and canoeing through the foothills of volcanoes and the lakes of Western Uganda; spend an unforgettable day finding the last remaining silverback gorillas, spending a breath-taking hour in their company, watching, observing, and walking alongside them; and finally, transform an empty field into a safe and exciting playground for generations to enjoy, whilst running creative play sessions with the children. The impact that these actions will have on the children and villagers of the community will last generations – not a bad way to spend the summer!

Bristol RAG are looking for a Gorilla Trek team leader – with the opportunity to earn 70% off the trip costs! If you may be interested please contact Jack Atkin-Willoughby.

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