Students and Educators

Students from elementary school through university level have chosen to Pack for a Purpose. Through their commitment to caring about others and their generosity, they have made a Big Impact on several continents.

Sherrie’s Story

As a parent volunteer and substitute teacher at Resurrection Lutheran School and Early Childhood Center in Aurora, IL, we are always looking for ways to share the gifts God has given us. This year, in lieu of traditional Christmas gift exchanges, our students and staff elected to donate supplies for the programs in Laakeech. It... Continue reading

Dana’s Story

Last summer my husband, Rich, and I joined a group of 23 teachers and family members for a trip of a lifetime on safari in Kenya and Tanzania. Prior to the trip, my husband and I did what we have been doing for some time and checked the Pack for a Purpose website to see... Continue reading

One Teacher, One Trip, One Amazing Experience

Although my suitcase was full of supplies, it was so little in comparison to what I got back. While searching for things to do in Costa Rica, I decided that I would like to visit a school. I didn’t know if that was possible, but I thought I could give it a try. Because I’m... Continue reading

Alexa’s Story

Hi! I’m Alexa and I’m a part of the Beaches Teen Advisory Panel. Just recently we as a panel all got to Pack for a Purpose and head to Turks and Caicos. My sister and I each packed a backpack full of school goods and brought it to the Beaches Resort we were staying at.... 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

Asante Sana, Tanzania

After 30 hours of sitting in airports and planes, my husband Scott and I arrived on a crisp, clear morning in Arusha (frequent flyer tickets are not always the most direct route to a destination). Our immediate joy was seeing all six suitcases of the supplies we had checked in Raleigh waiting for us. After... 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

Preparing to PfaP in Tanzania

Every Pack for a Purpose trip that we undertake always begins with donations of supplies. For our trip to Tanzania, we were once again very fortunate to have several individuals, groups and companies who filled our six suitcases with the needs from each project’s list. Sharon Luggage, our longtime partner, provided us with suitcases that... Continue reading

Rick’s Story

As retired teachers, Rick and I realize how an education changes lives.  When he found “Pack for a Purpose”, donating items during our travels became so much easier and we knew we were giving the items needed.  Istanbul, Turkey was filled with amazing people and breathtaking architecture.  It was the cleanest city that we had... Continue reading

The Eales’ Family Story

In August we visited Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa. We had heard of Pack for Purpose and after getting in touch, we were put in contact with the team at Kariega. They support a local farm school with volunteers and providing supplies. We decided that participating in Pack for a Purpose was something that we... Continue reading