Pack for a Purpose

check in and help out

We are proud members of the Pack for a Purpose organization, an initiative that allows travelers like yourself to make a long and lasting impact to those in need at your travel destination. Saving a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bringing needed supplies will create a priceless difference in many lives.

Guests traveling to La Selva and participating in the program will be supporting the Kichwa Pilchi Community school. The local people of this area, the Kichwa, live along the Napo River and have trails interconnecting their homes up and down along the river banks. The Pilchi Community is found in the middle. This is where they meet for family celebrations, holidays, school, and other events.
The children who attend the school are between the ages of 5 and 13. In order to attend some must walk up to an hour from their homes to the school. Others who live across the river must go by canoe, taking half an hour or more.

Once they’ve finished at the Pilchi Community school they then begin attending the high school in Coca, where the national airport is. This port town San Francisco del Coca, the complete name of the town, is about 2 hours upriver. This is a trip students must make every day in the morning and afternoon, Monday through Friday. Talk about dedication to their studies!
Although these native Amazonian families have decided to live as their ancestors did generations before them and continue passing down their traditions and living in the forest, they still want to offer their children a decent education. They believe that the more educated they are, the better they will be able to protect and conserve their homes and the Amazon Rainforest in general.


and make a difference!

If you would like to participate as a traveler to La Selva we have a list of items on our pack for a purpose page online. When booking your trip to La Selva mention your involvement in the program to our sales representative.

Upon arrival to La Selva’s main lodge you can tell the hotel supervisor you’ve brought items for the program and they will accept the donation.


from big to small, every item is significant

  • School Supplies

    School Supplies

    Book Bags, Compasses, Crayons, Protractors, Glue, Solar Calculators, Solar Lantern Lights, Wide-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Chalk, etc.

  • Art Supplies

    Art Supplies

    Paint Brushes, Buttons, Craft Glue, Watercolor Brushes, Watercolors, Acrylic Paint, Sewing Supplies, Thread, Needles, Scissors, Playdough.

  • Reference Materials

    Reference Materials

    (English and Spanish) Dictionaries, Encyclopedias, Alphabet Flash Cards, Human Body Wall Charts, Language, Math, Science, World Maps.

  • texts & reading books

    texts & reading books

    (English and Spanish) Age-Appropriate Story Books, General Science, Health, Language/Grammar, Math, History, Fiction, Non-fiction.

  • Office Supplies

    Office Supplies

    Pencil Sharpeners, Dry-Erase Markers, Pencils, Erasers, Pens, Printer Paper, Rulers, Scissors, Solar Calculators, Staplers.

  • Health Guides

    Health Guides

    (English and Spanish) Community Guide to Environment Health, Disabled Village Children.

  • Educational Games

    Educational Games

    Educational Games and Toys. Bananagrams, Chess Sets, Connect Four, Puzzles, Scrabble.

  • Musical Instruments

    Musical Instruments

    Castanets, Cymbals, Guiros, Harmonicas/Kazoos, Maracas, Recorders, Tambourines, Triangles, and Xylophones.

  • First Aid / Health

    First Aid / Health

    Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Sanitary Napkins, and Tampons.

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