Wes Hedden

Dominican Republic Director

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Wes Hedden first joined VISIONS in 2007 to help lead VISIONS Nicaragua. The next three summers he staffed in Vietnam where he was the Program Director in 2010. Wes earned his B.A. from Tulane University where he majored in philosophy and Latin American Studies. In 2005 Wesley studied abroad at the University of Buenos Aires where he acquired a lasting passion for history.

Since graduating college, Wesley has lived in China, Vietnam, Myanmar [Burma], and Cambodia, teaching English and world history and working in various capacities for NGOs. Wesley speaks Vietnamese and Spanish and can get by in Burmese and Khmer. He currently lives in Ratanakiri, Cambodia.

In September 2010 Wes launched Sarus Exchange Program, an inter-cultural exchange program for Vietnamese and Cambodian university students whose name is derived from the endangered Sarus Crane, which migrates annually between the wetlands of Cambodia and Vietnam. Wes was awarded a Princeton-In-Asia Carrie Gordon Fellowship to create this unique program based, in part, on VISIONS’ philosophy and framework.

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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.