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Perspective through
purposeful travel

Teen summer service programs &
customized group trips

Students who do meaningful service work in new environments gain exceptional insight. It’s been our program model for 35 years.


VISIONS teen volunteers become part of daily life in the host community, making local friends, experiencing a new culture and gaining a sense of global connection. As one of the original international community service programs for teenagers, we celebrate this connectedness and the hope it holds for the future.

In addition to social service with children and construction projects, VISIONS includes work rooted in sustainability and connection to the land & animals.

If you are ready to experience enduring fulfillment by working toward shared, powerful goals, then you are ready for a volunteer & cultural immersion program with VISIONS.

“I feel like I have a second home. I left with great friends, a sense of
accomplishment and memories to last forever.”

VISIONS teen volunteers & local partners have built more than 1,500 structures and provided countless hours of environmental & social service

We Are Mindful

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Work That Matters

We step outside our comfort zones to accomplish things we never imagined. We start to see the world in a larger way. We gain skills, grit, self-confidence and independence. We glimpse the future self we want to be.

We Are Family

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Deep Bonds

We live, work and play as community members, not tourists. We make deep connections with local residents and work together toward shared goals. We hammer, paint, talk and laugh. We knit ourselves into the fabric of the place. We make friends for life.

We Are Explorers

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New Outlooks

We revel in being off the beaten path. We traverse foreign landscapes, taste fresh flavors and learn new languages. We delve into a different way of life and examine how it feels to live it. We keep our minds and hearts open.

VISIONS in The New York Times