education

Amee’s Story

For the past 20 years, I have been fortunate enough to travel around the USA and Mexico. I have often eaten at wonderful restaurants, stayed at lavish properties, and spent money on silly trinkets that I didn’t really need. When reflecting back on some of the areas I’ve traveled to and people less fortunate, I... Continue reading

Mark’s Story

The JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University has been taking its members on trips around the world for years. We all love to see the plants and gardens these new places are growing and are always seeking to connect our members not only to the landscapes but to the places we visit. Pack for... Continue reading

Barbara’s Story

My partner and I visited Kariega Game Reserve in South Africa in 2018 where we heard about Pack for a Purpose.  We returned again in January 2020, only this time we wanted to put something back into the local community.  It was only a small donation of educational materials, some over the counter medicines, and... Continue reading

Brandi and Michael’s Story

My husband and I visited Placencia last year and fell in love with the village. We decided to return this year and give back to the community. We delivered school supplies and soccer balls to the elementary school after finding their needs list on the Pack for a Purpose website. It was such a rewarding... Continue reading

Sal Shares with Students After Climbling Kilimanjaro

Ever since I began travelling independently at 23, I’ve always been conscious of the challenges developing countries face. In October 2019 I decided to return to Africa. This time to Tanzania in the hope to tackle the extreme challenge of climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Again, my ethos came back into play – if I was going to... Continue reading

Pack for a Purpose Travelers Spread Happiness in Hopkins, Belize

A majority of our guests are from America and those that normally bring donations are teachers, librarians, doctors, and families that have children in school. These donors always have kind hearts and share their kindness through items they pack and bring to Belize. There are many reasons why they donate.   First, they donate because of... Continue reading

Henry’s Story

I celebrated my Bar Mitzvah in Cape Town, South Africa with a traditional service at the historic Garden Shul synagogue.  I chose to participate in Pack for a Purpose as part of my mitzvah project to give back to the community which was so welcoming to me and my entire family.  I collected books, soccer... Continue reading

Marc’s Story

I have been able to bring school materials to places while traveling abroad four times. I like traveling and cooperation, this involves the concept called responsible traveling. The truth is that with Pack for a Purpose, it was much easier than finding a NGO that works in the field. Two out of the four times, I have brought... Continue reading

The Furse Family’s Story

My family and I spent Christmas at a hotel in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, about an hour from Marrakech. The hotel, Kasbah Tamadot, includes information about Pack for a Purpose on its website, and encourages guests to bring supplies to benefit Berber families living nearby. (The hotel’s owners have also created various skills training... Continue reading

Melissa’s Story

Last April my boyfriend Mike and I flew from Seattle Washington to the Sandos in Los Cabos. It was my very first time in Mexico. I am a teacher and was very passionate about Packing for a Purpose. I did. I collected construction paper, glue sticks, pens, crayons, markers and so much more. I even... Continue reading