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Program Updates and Notes from the Field
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BugOut’s Buzzworthy VISIONS Volunteers: Fighting Mosquitoes in the BVI
Throughout VISIONS British Virgin Islands’ program, dedicated teens have the opportunity to engage in a variety of meaningful projects aimed at making a positive impact. One such project is BugOut, an internship-type experience that focuses on mosquito research and control.
Paws-itive Impact: VISIONS Teens Volunteer on Animal Initiatives
VISIONS partners with PAW BVI (Promoting Animal Welfare) and ARC Virgin Gorda (Animal Rescue Corps), two organizations dedicated to the wellbeing and care of animals. Teen volunteers have the opportunity to help with animal-centered service while on a summer program in the BVI.
Humanity’s Edge Over AI: The Power of Relationships & Nature
As Artificial Intelligence takes us by storm, our shift in perspective, as beings, goes even further from an orientation to the natural world to a technology-based world. What does this mean for young people, the digital natives who now also grow up with AI as part of their formative years? We have some thoughts about this.
Join the All-New VISIONS Alumni Network!
Reconnect with the VISIONS tribe, share memories and access resources from our vast family across the globe. Our alumni portal provides opportunities to network, reminiscence, and dive into the work VISIONS does today!
What Do We Mean by “Meaningful Service?”
What makes service work meaningful? How does VISIONS ensure our service efforts are impactful, lasting, and an overall positive experience for both local communities and our participants? Let’s learn more!
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?
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.
Building Schools (and Futures) in the Dominican Republic
More than 3,500 Dominican kids attend school every year because of what VISIONS kids & our local partners have constructed. This summer, our teen volunteers will be at it again.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
Director Letter: Service Under the Big Sky, Montana
Learn more about this unique activity during our Montana Teen Summer Programs, which fosters a deeper understanding of and connection with our food sources.