Responsible Tourism

Rebecca’s Story

My husband and I would frequently travel across the world with another married couple, including several trips to Costa Rica. Unfortunately, my friend lost her husband, and my husband lost his oldest and best friend last fall. As we planned our trip to Costa Rica this year, I knew that I needed something to combat... Continue reading

Gary’s Story

A group of us have just visited the Angkor Ban English Class school with a Uniworld Boutique River Cruise Collection. Our group Gary, Fran, Cathy and Phil from Melbourne, Australia donated 20 Yamaha Flute Recorders to the English language class. The children will now be able to practice music lessons from their primary school at... Continue reading

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

Todd and Tonya’s Story

In January 2020, my wife, Tonya, and I headed to Havana to celebrate our 30-year wedding anniversary. We wanted to make sure we added more purpose to our visit, especially given the many needs in Cuba, so we reached out to our friends Rebecca and Scott Rothney at Pack for a Purpose. Rebecca directed us... 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

Impactful Partnership Provides Medical Supplies around the Globe

Pack for a Purpose is truly delighted to partner with Orange County Not Just Tourists (OCNJT). This partnership provides travelers from the United States with the opportunity to take an entire suitcase of requested medical supplies to projects in over 8 countries from Fiji to the Dominican Republic. OCNJT is a not-for-profit organization that collects... Continue reading

Two Smart Cookies Who Love PfaP’s Cookies

Celia’s Story I found Pack for a Purpose when I was looking for a summer internship at a non-profit between sophomore and junior years of college. I was immediately drawn to PfaP’s mission which combined two of my passions – traveling and helping others! Rebecca contacted me quickly after I applied, and I was actually... Continue reading