South America

Washed Out Roads, No Obstacle to Committed PfaP Travelers

Each year our daughter goes to sleepaway camp, which gives us the perfect opportunity to take an “alone trip.” My other half, Alex, told me that he would take me anywhere that I wanted to go. I knew this was too good to be true, because he followed it up with “What do you think... Continue reading

Generosity Helping Environmental Education in the Southern Amazon

Cristalino Lodge, located in the south of the Brazilian Amazon, is protecting over 11,000 hectares of lush rainforest, where visitors are able to observe over 600 species of birds, 50 species of mammals, 1,400 species of plants and about 1,500 species of butterflies, with responsible tourism. Besides preserving this large area of ​​the Amazon rainforest,... Continue reading

Damaris’ Story

Whenever I travel to a country with economic challenges, I wonder how to help the people I see around me. In my search for my 2019 vacation I found a great destination AND I found Pack for a Purpose. Traveling to Galapagos was my dream: a remote place filled with unique flora and fauna. I... Continue reading

Dyann’s Story

In 2018, a group of friends traveled on the Disney Wonder on a Panama Canal cruise. We arranged a donation drive for Cartagena Paws as Cartagena, Colombia was a port-of-call. Dozens of cruisers from a 500 member FaceBook group donated through their Amazon Wish List, cash donations, and packed animal supplies. Representatives of Cartagena Paws,... Continue reading

Ben Benefits Education in Ecuador by Packing for a Purpose

For my high school graduation present, my family decided to go to Ecuador. On this trip abroad, my mom shared the idea of Packing for a Purpose, so I decided to try it. Originally it was a need for community service hours, but throughout the process I forgot about the time I was spending and... Continue reading

Kindness is Understood in Every Language

I’ve been taking school supplies, clothing, and other items to Brazil for as long as I can remember, so it was an exciting discovery to learn about Pack for a Purpose, an organization that was doing this formally all over the world! My old routine involved culling my closet, Marie Kondo style, and gathering up... Continue reading

Sophia Shares School Supplies With Children in Brazil

My name is Sophia Dhupar and this year, my family and I went to visit Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Last year (2017), we traveled to India and I donated more than 300 pounds of school supplies to two schools in New Delhi.  I wanted to donate school supplies to schools in need this year as... Continue reading

Erica’s Story

I became familiar with Pack for Purpose this year while attending a business trip with my husband in Curacao. I was deeply touched by just donating basic items that we take for granted can make such an impact in someone else’s life. So when we planned our Christmas holiday vacation to Cartagena, Colombia, I knew... Continue reading

A Birthday Trip to Brazil Makes a Big Impact in the Community

My name is Feh and helping others has always been a passion of mine since I was a young girl. I am the daughter of 2 immigrants from Cameroon. Cameroon is a country full of resources and beautiful people but has its own issues. I had the opportunity to travel there to visit my family... Continue reading

Youth to Youth: When Giving is Receiving

For Diana Greenbaum, the Pack for a Purpose experience was proof that giving is receiving. Ahead of her vacation to Ecuador, Greenbaum, who is the counselor for the Brighton Boys & Girls Club in Florida, coordinated a supply drive with the Native American youth in her local community. They collected 50 pounds of supplies for... Continue reading