Please welcome guest columnist Rebecca Rothney, founder and chairperson of Pack for a Purpose®™.
Editor’s Note: I stumbled upon Pack for A Purpose and thought, Wow! This is a great way for readers to give back. Please read and follow the links to your next destination. Bookmark this page (or better yet, hers) for future travel.
On your next birding adventure please know that you can contribute in a meaningful way to the community at your destination when you “pack for a purpose.” Many of the communities you watch birds and other wildlife in have serious needs – be they medical, educational, or comfort items. Whether your destination is in South America, Central America, North America, the Caribbean, Africa, or Asia you can express your gratitude for the hospitality you will receive by bringing a few requested supplies along in your luggage.
Pack for a Purpose is a non-profit, based in Raleigh, NC, that makes it easy for global travelers to donate much-needed supplies to the local communities you plan to visit. Pack for a Purpose provides online lists of requested items and more than 320 global collection points making it simple for you to make a difference on every trip. Since our inception in December 2009, the global travel community has donated more than 20,000 pounds of supplies to needy schools, clinics and orphanages worldwide. By simply adding a few toys, medical or school supplies in their luggage, travelers like you have made a big impact.
Every wildlife adventure you take will be enhanced by the generosity you express by bringing needed items to a local community. The beauty of that act can be as gratifying as seeing a Lilac-breasted Roller in Kenya.
These links will take you to the needs list in over 25 countries supported by Nature Travel Network where you can select what supplies you would like to bring to assist a local community project (more countries are available on our website). Pack for a Purpose gives travelers a way to add value to you vacations—making sure the trip you take goes much farther than the miles you travel.
Watch this YouTube link to learn more about Pack for a Purpose.
Editor: What do you think, Nature Travel Network: will you ever use Pack for a Purpose? If so, let us know. We’d like to share the good news. Forward this on to a traveling friend.
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