South America

Sydney’s Story

Before I began preparing for a two-week study abroad program in Peru, I had never heard of the organization Pack for a Purpose. However, I was more than happy to find some room in my already full suitcase after learning a little about the program from my study abroad instructor. Pack for a Purpose works... Continue reading

Geri’s Story

 Even travelers who are not using the services of participants on our website can choose to Pack for a Purpose.  If you are interested in doing this email us at rebecca@packforapurpose and we will try to assist you. Being a retired teacher, I like to take school supplies to the countries that I visit.  Last year... Continue reading

PfaP Travelers Spread Generosity Across Oceans and Continents

  Pack for a Purpose may be headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina, but PfaP travelers cross continents and oceans to deliver their supplies. PfaP travelers have a common thread—their belief that every trip they take can go much farther than the miles they travel. A generous PfaP traveler from Brazil named Eleonora Packed for a Purpose... Continue reading

PfaP Supplies Hit the Road in Ecuador

We wish to extend our profound thanks to all of our customers who have spared a little extra room in the luggage to bring school supplies to donate to the schools on our tour routes. Today we made large deliveries of puzzles, soccer balls, and school supplies to the schools in the hamlet of El... Continue reading

Leslie’s Story

In November, my husband and I cruised the Amazon in Peru with Aqua Expeditions.  We Packed for a Purpose as we had done on our trip to Cambodia.  I was able to purchase 50 pairs of sandals as well as school and needed medical supplies including ointment, bandages and allowed medicines. On our last stop... Continue reading

Caring Continues in Cartagena, Colombia

Colombia is  the birthplace of Gabriel García Marquez, Shakira, Sofia Vergara, and John Leguizamo; well-known exports are coffee, emeralds, flowers, and bananas. The country has great geographic and bio-diversity: from Amazon jungles to Andes mountains to Caribbean beaches. More and more people are choosing Colombia as a travel destination, with Cartagena on the list of “must... Continue reading

Riding for a Purpose in Ecuador: Ecuador Freedom Bike Rentals has it ‘Saddlebagged’

  For many, motorcycling is the ideal way to explore a new country. No other means of transportation can get you so deeply immersed into the landscapes, the wildlife, and the local culture. Adventure riding on a motorcycle profoundly connects you with your surroundings—the aromas, local color, vistas, road surfaces and weather can’t be ignored.... Continue reading

Don’s Story

Participants in the class pose with William “Teacher Willie” Puga in front of the Alejandro Alvear School. I am the instructor for a course on the Natural History of the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador at The College of New Jersey. We just returned from our trip to the Galapagos Islands with Ecoventura Yachts. The 20... Continue reading

Ellie’s Story

My name is Ellie and I am an 11 year old, 6th grade student in Massachusetts. My family and I traveled to the Galapagos Islands over March break in 2015. I was super exited. I had studied about the animals of the Galapagos Islands in school and I wanted to do something to help the... Continue reading

Planes, Trains, and PfaP

From Kenya to Peru, Pack for a Purpose not only has accommodations and tour companies, but transportation options as well. Within the last three months, we were thrilled to add a railroad in Peru, Inca Rail, and an airline in Kenya, Safarilink Aviation Ltd.! If you are traveling to Machu Picchu, Inca Rail offers you... Continue reading