Packs Light's mission is to help others seek risk, seize opportunity, skip debt, see the world. 🌎✈️✨
We're passionate about removing barriers to travel + empowering others to change their lives through exploring the world– and that's exactly why we created the Packs Light Travel Grant series.
Our first inaugural grant—The Study Abroad Redo Grant—is for those who did not have a traditional study abroad experience during school and want a redo!
Take the quiz linked above to see if you're eligible for The Study Abroad Redo Grant.
Eligible applicants must apply by April 15, 2023. Applications for the 2023 cycle of the SARG are now CLOSED.
The Study Abroad Redo Grant is a chance at $5,000 in funding an intentional travel experience for those who never had the opportunity to study abroad, and want a chance at a “redo”!
Submit your application to tell us your story, and explain your dream intentional travel experience (not just a vacation and not an academic credit class—somewhere in-between! Intentional, specific, and growth-oriented) and you may be one of the 3x $5,000 awardees!
My junior year of college I studied abroad in Dubai, UAE for an entire year. The experience changed my life! It introduced me to PTOs, it taught me useful skills like networking and even Arabic language, and most of all: it was fun.
But without the $40,000 in scholarships I was awarded (through hours and hours of meticulous applying), there's no way I could have studied abroad.
And then I learned… you don't have to be a student to study abroad (or, get funding to study abroad!)
Even since graduating college I've continued my hunt for scholarships, grants, and other funded programs that would allow me to travel the world—without maxing out any credit cards.
And it's worked. I've been able to countries including South Africa, Fiji, Austria, South Korea, and more, completely for free through these paid travel opportunities (PTO) simply by searching for them, applying strategically, and winning. These PTO have proved to me (and many of my followers!) that having intentional, life-altering travel experiences is possible at any age especially with these funding opportunities.
Now that I'm in a position to give back: I'm launching my own grant! This one right here.
I'm starting by giving who didn't get to participate in a formal study abroad program like me, a chance at a re-do and having their have their lives changed just like mine was.
…and still is!
We want to see how strong your “why” is, to have a do-over of your study abroad experience.
You are eligible if:
We want you to apply if you didn't study abroad because…
You are eligible to apply to the Packs Light Study Abroad Redo Grant if:
Don't stress! While this particular opportunity isn't for you, Packs Light specializes in finding + sharing paid travel opportunities (PTO) just like this one for people of all ages, ethnicities, nationalities, phases of life, etc.
Head to our PTO Dashboard to see the plethora of opportunities and resources that are out there to help you travel for work, for school, of for fun– for free!
(💡 HINT: Use the search bar and PTO Type filter to find opportunities for your interests/background! Try phrases like “all nationalities”, “internship”, “STEM”, “artists”, etc.)
Still don't see what you're looking for? Download our free guide 5 Free Sites Where You Can Find PTO! Here, you will find resources to start finding custom PTO that fits your age, nationality, interests, and dreams.
Most people think of study abroad as a summer, a semester, or even a year-long international experience for college students. Study abroad programs usually require coursework and study at an overseas educational facility, while exploring the local area in the student's free time.
But here at Packs Light, study abroad means any international trip with a specific, intentional learning component. Traveling and interacting with local people, traditions, cuisines, and ways of life is a learning experience of its own, and international experiences can teach people a lot about the world and themselves!
This can be done at any age and phase of life.
Each grant allows for reimbursement of funds for one RT flight, one set of accommodations, and the remainder of funds up to $5,000.
However… how you want to tackle your study abroad redo is up to you! If you want to pitch a partnered or group trip that's fine with us. Just make sure your application is centered around the grant mission, and follows direction.
Study abroad means any international trip with a specific, intentional learning component.
Eligible study abroad experiences could be…
Study abroad does NOT mean…
Create a maximum 90-second video answering the questions:
“🎥 What does Packs Light's mission mean to you? How do you feel that you have embodied our mission in your life?”
Then, upload this video to TikTok as a publicly listed video or YouTube a public/unlisted video. Copy the URL to the video, and paste the link in the proper spot on the application submission form.
*NOTE: If your account is private and/or you submit an incorrect link, we won't be able to watch your video and you will automatically be disqualified.
The 3 scholarship winners will each receive a:
Packs Light is a travel media company that encourages others to seek risk, seize opportunity, skip debt, and see the world 🌎✈️✨ Founded in 2018 by Gabby Beckford,
For more on what Packs Light is, the story behind the brand, and who Packs Light serves, visit our “About Us” page.
Judging will commence in two separate phases.
The first phase will be carried out by the Packs Light team to select the top applicants.
Then, the second (and final) phase will be carried out by our Packs Light Travel Grant Advisory Board, which consists of a total of 8 members. The Advisory Board members are:
The Packs Light Travel Grant Advisory Board will select the 3x grant winners.
Packs Light is a trusted travel company that finds, vets, and helps people win paid travel opportunities (PTOs) like this all 👏 the 👏 time. 👏
Don't believe us? Check out our Winners Wall for members of our audience who we have helped win once-in-a-lifetime dream trips!
Plus, you can always find us on our socials (linked at the top of this page) to check if we're legit for yourself!
Once you start your application you won't be able to save it in this window.
1.) Bookmark this page.
2) Apply via desktop, not mobile.
3) Assemble the application contents in a Google Doc.
4.) Come back to submit your application when you have 8-15 full minutes of attention.
This grant is the first of a series of grants released from Packs Light with the intention of breaking down barriers to travel. Align with our mission and tap into an incredible marketing by sponsoring one of our future grant giveaways.
Head to our Contact Form and enter “Potential PL Grant Sponsor” in the subject line. We'll be in touch!