Save Your Space for Summer

The
VISIONS
Blog

Program Updates and Notes from the Field

Dig deeper into stories of friendships, community and projects.

Spotlight: Marvin Mastin, VISIONS Leader

Spotlight: Marvin Mastin, VISIONS Leader

From 1992 to today, VISIONS leader Marvin Mastin has led trips to Vietnam, the British Virgin Islands, the Montana Blackfeet Reservation, and everywhere in between! Let’s learn more about Marvin’s intimate & unique VISIONS experience.
Spotlight: Cecilia Boyers, VISIONS Alum

Spotlight: Cecilia Boyers, VISIONS Alum

Let’s hear from Cecilia Boyers! This multi-talented VISIONS alum is a veteran of five programs, holds two master’s degrees, and is an aerial silk acrobat, masterful banjo player, and new mom!
Spotlight: Michael Sano, former program director

Spotlight: Michael Sano, former program director

Former VISIONS Director Michael Sano reflects on his Nicaragua and Dominican Republic experiences, shares about his life back home, and what it takes to make the world a better place.
Spotlight: Ashlin Ivester

Spotlight: Ashlin Ivester

VISIONS Alum Ashlin Ivester reflects on her Dominican Republic experience, prepares for VISIONS Peru, and shares about her volunteer project back home.
Why Do Teens Choose VISIONS?

Why Do Teens Choose VISIONS?

You’re making a conscious decision to jump out of your comfort zone. With VISIONS, a service learning adventure is a pivotal life moment, one where you choose transformation over belonging, service to others over service to self.
How is Service Learning Different from Summer Camp?

How is Service Learning Different from Summer Camp?

Most Americans are familiar with the concept of summer camp. You head off to a frontcountry “camp” in the outdoors, usually staying in tents or cabins with other campers. You’ll probably eat in a mess hall.
What is Service Learning in High School?

What is Service Learning in High School?

Service learning in high school often means meeting traditional academic requirements through service. For example, you might learn about marine ecosystems by organizing a beach cleanup, or learn architectural principles while volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity building site.
What is Service Learning & Why is it Effective?

What is Service Learning & Why is it Effective?

Let’s start by focusing on what “service learning” is. In simple terms, service learning is the process of education via community service. But what service learning looks like really depends on who you ask.
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.

VISIONS in The New York Times