Get a Penpal

Program Overview

  • You will be paired with a pen pal from Africa for the school year.
  • Send and receive a pen pal letter 4 to 6 times during the exchange.
  • Send a brand new knapsack filled with school supplies to your pen pal in Africa.
  • Receive a photo of your pen pal (provided after the March visit to South Africa).
  • Obtain 10 service hours for your school, organization or group.
  • Become a Project Knapsack global ambassador and receive a special certificate of recognition and other keepsake.
  • A FREE subscription to our newsletter with up to date information about current education trends, upcoming events, pen pal updates, volunteer opportunities, trivia, contests and much more.


Please Note: The cost of the program covers getting a pen pal in Africa, purchasing a knapsack filled with school supplies for your pen pal and all related international shipping and immigration fees.


Policies and Procedures

  • A non-refundable $100 deposit is due at sign-up.
  • All postage, shipping, handling and international customs cargo fees are included.
  • Please allow a month delivery time between letters.
  • We will try our best to pair male pen pals with other male students and female pen pals with their counterparts