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Susan Calandra’s Story

I’ve been doing medical missions as a physical therapist over the past two years and started a blog to increase awareness called goonamission.blogspot.com. As I was planning a trip to Costa Rica with my daughter and 3 other couples, my 14 year old asked what we could do to help in Costa Rica. That’s when... Continue reading

Connected by Kindness

What happens when you combine the efforts of juvenile justice professionals, delinquent minors, and caring community members in Anchorage, Alaska? An opportunity to change lives in Laos happens. After traveling to Laos last January, connecting with Pack for a Purpose and Rivertime Ecolodge’s Barnaby Evans, it became obvious that the space designated for the children’s library at Dong Bang... Continue reading

PfaP Once, PfaP Twice

Having supported Pack for a Purpose previously, when I was informed I would be taking a trip to the Maldives with my work I looked straight away to see if there was a project being supported in the area. I found the Vilu Reef resort was supporting a local school. Although I would not be... Continue reading

Student to Student

This year the students at the Zurich International School in Switzerland decided to Pack for a Purpose. One of the teachers at the school received a copy of the article featuring Pack for a Purpose in the November issue of O, the Oprah Magazine, from her sister in the United States. After reading it, she... Continue reading

Voluminous Volunteer Hours

Since Pack for a Purpose first went live on the web December 17, 2009, the dedicated individuals of our all volunteer organization have generously given over 5,100 hours of their time! They have created in the words of travel guru Peter Greenberg A great resource. Our talented volunteers continue to make our website current and... Continue reading

Generous Guests in Laos

When I first heard about Pack for a Purpose I thought it was a wonderful idea and may encourage guests to bring a few stationery supplies for the local schools while also giving a bit of extra publicity to our ecolodge resort, Rivertime Ecolodge Resort, about 30 km outside Vientiane, Laos. However, during the almost... Continue reading

Costa Rica Continues…

Just before leaving for a trip to Costa Rica that my family had received through the Costa Rica Tourism Board’s Gift of Happiness Sweepstakes, I learned about Pack for a Purpose, and the wonderful fact that our hotel, La Quinta de Sarapiqui, is a participating inn. We happily purchased and packed art and school supplies... Continue reading

Belinda Farmer’s Story

It was with much excitement that I discovered Pack for a Purpose, from a newspaper article in Australia. My family and I were travelling to Tanzania to climb Mt Kilimanjaro before enjoying various safaris throughout the Serengeti. However, due to our light aircraft restrictions it was necessary for us to be met at Nairobi International... Continue reading

The Ekarintaragun Family – Costa Rica, June 2012

Small Space, Little Effort, Big Impact… truly sums up the Pack for a Purpose program with such extraordinary impact for the traveler. We learned about PfaP through the Costa Rica Tourism Board and our family was thrilled with the concept. My daughter Brianna, a fifth-grader at Village Green Environmental Studies School, often reminds me about... Continue reading

Martha Katz’s Story

I read about Pack for a Purpose in Oprah’s magazine and thought what a wonderful organization, too bad I won’t be traveling to any of those places. Then, an opportunity arose for me to travel to Guatemala this summer. I immediately went to the Pack for a Purpose website to see if there was a... Continue reading