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Spotlight: Leyri Garcia (Leader Photographer)

Spotlight: Leyri Garcia (Leader Photographer)

Leyri Garcia hails from the Dominican Republic and joined the VISIONS family in 2010. Back then, he was a young community member looking to help out and practice his English. He grew with VISIONS into a leadership role and has been a terrific member of our summer staff since 2015. Check out some of his amazing photography!
Spotlight: Summer Search (Partner Organization)

Spotlight: Summer Search (Partner Organization)

For the past 25 years individual students from Summer Search have joined our programs, but last year this relationship grew in a special way. We are proud of this connection. Here's why . . .
Wes Hedden Returns to VISIONS as Dominican Republic Program Director

Wes Hedden Returns to VISIONS as Dominican Republic Program Director

“We are seeing generational shifts as young people step into their potential as leaders… We have a lot to learn from young people. I look forward to learning from the participants in our DR programs in the summer of 2020, and I hope to help them recognize leadership qualities within themselves.”
Reviews Contest 2020

Reviews Contest 2020

Participate in our Reviews Contest before February 14th! Share a bit about your VISIONS experience and be entered to win a 2020 hoodie.
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.
Sustainable Tourism in Galapagos

Sustainable Tourism in Galapagos

VISIONS launches a new program specific to the Galapagos Islands, aiming to involve teens in important sustainability projects on a local permaculture farm.
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.