Sophia Vanderheym

Environment & Adventure

Matthew Dayton from Visions Service Adventures

This is my first summer with VISIONS and I am really excited to be part of the community! I am originally from California and feel grateful to have grown up hiking and enjoying the coast. Point Reyes is one of my favorite places. After high school, I took a gap year where I had the privilege to travel to India and Indonesia. I’ve fallen in love with traveling and hope to make that a key part of any future career. Since then, I’ve traveled to Japan, Israel, and several European countries.

I’ve recently graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.A. in American studies with an emphasis in environmental policy and ecology. During my time at UCD, I’ve worked as a guide for Outdoor Adventures, a student-run organization that takes community members outdoors for the backpacking, snow, and rafting programs. Additionally, I am a yoga and cycling instructor and generally enjoy being active.

I love being outside, eating Mexican food (tacos are my favorite), and cooking. I have a sweet tooth, so I also enjoy baking, especially if it has anything to do with Chai spice. 

I hope to travel for a year or two when it’s finally safe and aspire to be a documentary filmmaker, particularly focusing on issues surrounding the environment and climate change.  

Matthew Dayton from Visions Service Adventures

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Recent Blog Posts

Program Highlights: Montana Summer 1

Program Highlights: Montana Summer 1

30 adventurous teens worked on sustainable farming and regenerative ranching activities, permaculture, volunteering at the Food Bank, packaging books for distribution to Montana reservations, and site preparations at a local cohousing neighborhood.
Growing the Nonprofit VISIONS Foundation

Growing the Nonprofit VISIONS Foundation

The VISIONS Foundation was established in 2016 and promotes cross cultural exchange by supporting service-learning opportunities for students around the world. The Foundation also partners with international organizations to respond to their community’s most pressing needs. Building on the Foundation’s past success, we are focusing additional effort in growing its capacity this summer.
Spotlight: Hilary Moses (Participant)

Spotlight: Hilary Moses (Participant)

VISIONS alum, Hilary Moses, reflects on the high school summer program that influenced her educational and professional tracks towards becoming a therapist of adolescents.