Stuffyourrucksack.com is an online community that helps responsible travellers make a practical difference to the lives of those in developing countries that have so little, and deserve so much more.
My Stuff Your Rucksack journey began in 1999 in a remote oasis village 200km north of Timbuktu. Having spent 35 days crossing the Sahara I visited a school, where the children wanted to know how long it would take for me to get home (in camel days). I drew lines in the sand, but when I discovered they had no concept of the sea, I realised we wouldn’t get far without a world map. I would have brought one with me, if I’d known it would’ve made all the difference.
I am determined to go back to Mali to deliver that map. I am also determined that no traveller experiences the same frustration of arriving at a small, inspiring project to learn the items they need cost practically nothing, and are sat at home on the kitchen table.
Stuffyourrucksack.com is a small charity that’s light on its feet so it can deliver direct action. We’re not here to encourage begging; we’re here to show how a simple gesture can bring indescribable joy, and how by connecting with a community you’ll see the world at its most beautiful – and make 20 new friends along the way.
One day, I want people to say: ‘Have I got my visa? Have I got my passport? Have I checked the Stuff Your Rucksack site? You won’t find an unforgettable experience that money can’t buy in a guidebook. You’ll find it here on Stuffyourrucksack.com.
With your help, we can make Stuffyourrucksack.com a one-stop shop for responsible travellers. If you know of an organisation that deserves support or have a great experience to share, then register today, and tell us all about it.
"Like so many other online movements that are changing the world bit by bit stuffyourrucksack.com is brilliantly simple and strikingly effective. No NGOs, governments, charities or middlemen; just you and someone who could use your help. I'll never going abroad again without checking it first."
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"Stuff Your Rucksack is a brilliantly simple and clever idea giving adventurous travellers an opportunity to make a genuinely positive contribution to local communities."