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It’s Not the Cow, It’s the How

It’s Not the Cow, It’s the How

VISIONS partner Meagan Lannan, of Barney Creek Livestock, teaches VISIONS students about the importance of regenerative agriculture. Learn more!
Why the VISIONS Dress Code?

Why the VISIONS Dress Code?

Our decisions about dress code are quite simple—we are guests in our host communities, not tourists. We work with elders, nonprofit leaders in their professional settings, indigenous communities that abide by conservative attire, members of religious and spiritual groups, and others whose cultural and professional beliefs abide by conservative and appropriate attire.
The Dominican Republic: A Love Story

The Dominican Republic: A Love Story

Personal affections, a passion for purpose and mutual adorations are at the heart of the DR experience. The love stories are diverse and enduring. -By Katherine Dayton, Director
Language Immersion & Community Service Abroad

Language Immersion & Community Service Abroad

Roll up your sleeves and join us for an immersion program in the Dominican Republic or Peru! During projects and excursions, while enjoying meals with community members, and in day-to-day life while you live as part of a local neighborhood…you can’t resist practicing your Spanish.
Community Service Programs Include Work with Children

Community Service Programs Include Work with Children

Working with children in our host communities is often one of the most rewarding parts of VISIONS programs. Driven by powerful inquisitiveness, chidren bypass language and cultural barriers to get to the objects of their curiosity, and teenagers are compellingly curious objects to these little children.
IN MEMORIAM: GUSSIE LOVE

IN MEMORIAM: GUSSIE LOVE

Gussie Love was a devoted member of the VISIONS community for the last decade. He passed away yesterday, one month shy of his 18th birthday. When adopting Gussie from the local Humane Society ten years ago, his paperwork identified him as a potential menace. I am so grateful that he was put up for adoption and became part of my life.
CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

CELEBRATING INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

VISIONS has a long history of female leadership. We also honor the many women who have directed our programs, female project partners who make a difference in their communities, and thousands of girls who have attended programs and worked hard while honing leadership skills.
Teen Summer Programs and VISIONS Tech Free Policy

Teen Summer Programs and VISIONS Tech Free Policy

VISIONS has always run tech-free summer programs for high school students (no cell phones or other electronic gadgets other than 30 minutes set aside once a week to connect with home).
Empower Yourself with Permaculture

Empower Yourself with Permaculture

Kareen Erbe, the owner of the permaculture company Broken Ground, has been involved with VISIONS in various capacities for years. She was a staff leader in Peru in 2005 and helped start our inaugural Mississippi program in 2006.
Keeping the Dream Alive

Keeping the Dream Alive

Keeping the dream alive by honoring MLK. Our Montana Teen Summer Programs foster a deeper understanding of cultural diversity and humanitarianism. Learn more about Dr. King and VISIONS Montana programs.
Building Community & Family in D.R. Summer Programs

Building Community & Family in D.R. Summer Programs

Building Community & Family in D.R. Summer Programs VISIONS has been leading teen community service programs in the Dominican Republic since 1991(!). One of our primary project partners since this program’s inception is the Lions Club (Club de Leones)—three of...

Our Traditional Bison Harvest

Our Traditional Bison Harvest

Learn more about this unique activity during our Montana Teen Summer Programs, which fosters a deeper understanding of and connection with our food sources.
VISIONS Reading List: July 2021

VISIONS Reading List: July 2021

Check out some of our latest reads that focus on sustainability, environmental challenges and climate solutions.