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Program Updates and Notes from the Field

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The
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Program Updates and Notes from the Field

Where We Live

Where We Live

While service work is at the root of each teen service program, it’s in equal measure with cultural immersion that transcends the experience of an average tourist. In all of our homes away from home, we live very much as local people do, and we are part of the fabric of daily life.
How to take a Holiday Digital Detox

How to take a Holiday Digital Detox

Traditionally, the holidays are a time to gather, give thanks, reflect on the past and plan for the future. But what if it was also a time to unplug from technology?
My Dream Job in the Dominican Republic

My Dream Job in the Dominican Republic

Stacey Neve was a seasoned traveler and overseas educator in search of a community that shared her passions for meaningful service and cultural immersion. Living abroad had positively impacted her life, but her desire to help others find this type of life-changing experience needed a path forward. Stacey found what she was looking for when she joined VISIONS as a leader in the Dominican Republic this past summer. Read Stacey’s story to find out how this adventure changed her life and motivated her to move to Montana to join the VISIONS office full time.
Teen Community Service Programs in the United States

Teen Community Service Programs in the United States

Teens open their eyes to the lesser-known cultural and environmental diversity of the United States. Engagement in the history and daily life of underrepresented communities expand the world views of high school and middle school students.
2019 Photo Contest Winners!

2019 Photo Contest Winners!

Winning photos from our 2019 VISIONS Photo Contest! Participants submitted photos from their summers around the globe and the VISIONS community voted for their favorite shots... See who won!
Six Reasons to Plan Your 2020 Summer Now

Six Reasons to Plan Your 2020 Summer Now

*Offer does not apply to GalapagosWhy Plan for 2020 Teen Travel Programs Now Six Reasons to Plan Summer in the FallWhy Plan for 2020 Teen Travel Programs Now Six Reasons to Plan Summer in the FallFeel like this past summer just came to a close, and next summer is far...

2019 Summer Program Highlights

2019 Summer Program Highlights

As this summer 2019 begins to wrap up, VISIONS summer service trips continue to build, bond and explore. The following highlights provide overviews of the service projects, cultural experiences and adventures that are unique to each program.
VISIONS Leaders From Around the World

VISIONS Leaders From Around the World

VISIONS leaders from around the world trained together in preparation for teen summer service trips. In the process, they forged deep connections.
Why VISIONS Alumni Return

Why VISIONS Alumni Return

There is something profound and positive about settling into the daily life of another culture, accomplishing shared goals and participating in community-building. It’s what draws all of us to VISIONS. To get specific, we asked why VISIONS Alumni return.
How to Choose a Summer Program

How to Choose a Summer Program

When making plans for summer, there is no shortage of options for you or your teen. There are sleepaway camps, teen tours, sports camps, international programs, and the list goes on. You can easily get lost in a sea of alluring catalogs promising life-changing summers. To help you navigate your options, below are 7 questions to ask when choosing summer programs.
VISIONS Family Tree, a Multigenerational Community

VISIONS Family Tree, a Multigenerational Community

Lauren Maguire joined VISIONS in 1992 and 1993 as a leader for the British Virgin Islands Program. She said that back then, “the idea of my own child attending a Visions program never crossed my mind!” . . . 26 years later, her son heads out on his second VISIONS program. A number of participants from the first years of VISIONS now have children volunteering with us this summer. The VISIONS Family Tree grows . . .
The BVI Wants You to Visit – Here’s Why You Should

The BVI Wants You to Visit – Here’s Why You Should

Local tourist companies have collaborated to both propel the industry and reward groups that are aiding in the relief process. These companies are currently offering a variety of discounts to families of those involved with volunteer organizations (i.e. VISIONS)...
A Closer Look at VISIONS Foundation

A Closer Look at VISIONS Foundation

VISIONS Foundation expands upon the work already done by its sister organization, VISIONS Service Adventures, which was one of the first international community service programs for teenagers...