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The Ultimate Guide to Volunteering Abroad: Best Countries for Teenagers

The Ultimate Guide to Volunteering Abroad: Best Countries for Teenagers

As a teenager, volunteering abroad not only broadens your horizons but also leaves a lasting impact on the lives of others. We explore some of the best countries for teens to volunteer, and highlight some fantastic opportunities for high school students seeking summer volunteer programs.

Patience is a Virtue: Reflections by Claire Hortens

Patience is a Virtue: Reflections by Claire Hortens

Claire Hortens, a VISIONS alumna, beautifully recalls how much she learned from her time with VISIONS in Ecuador, one of our retired high school volunteer program locations. She used this essay in her college application process.

What is Reverse Culture Shock? Here’s How to Deal With It

What is Reverse Culture Shock? Here’s How to Deal With It

It’s not always easy to return home from a foreign environment. This phenomenon, known as “reverse culture shock,” is a real thing, but a lot of the information out there is easily misunderstood. Let’s learn about reverse culture shock and how to deal with it.

21 of the Best Volunteer Ideas for Groups

21 of the Best Volunteer Ideas for Groups

It’s not easy to organize group volunteer experiences. Luckily we’ve been designing custom volunteer trips for decades and have learned a few things along the way. Here are some of our favorite ideas for volunteering as a group.

Learn More About Our Custom Volunteer Programs for Groups

Learn More About Our Custom Volunteer Programs for Groups

In addition to our mainstay summer programs, VISIONS also runs custom volunteer trips for groups! These customized service adventures are available year-round, for participants of all ages and at all VISIONS program sites.

Growing Up With VISIONS: A Multi-Generation Alum Family

Growing Up With VISIONS: A Multi-Generation Alum Family

Maya Mastin’s dad has been a long-time VISIONS leader. She is following in his footsteps by not only completing 3 summers as a teen volunteer (during his time as a leader), but is now a leader herself in one of our Spanish immersion programs in the Dominican Republic!

Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity for All

Diversity, Inclusivity, and Equity for All

VISIONS Service Adventures has always had diversity, equity and inclusion at the heart of this teen service organization. Read on to see what that looks like in action, from the beginning, and how it has evolved over the years.

VISIONS Baseball Drive: Passing the Torch and Expanding Our Reach

VISIONS Baseball Drive: Passing the Torch and Expanding Our Reach

Daniel successfully organized a baseball equipment drive to collect gear for kids in the Dominican Republic, where he spent part of his summer as a teen volunteer in our Spanish immersion program. Read more to learn how it’s growing, and how you can be part of it!

How Can I Help My Community as a Student?

How Can I Help My Community as a Student?

It might seem hard to effect change on your community as a student. But you CAN have a major impact—and in many ways, as a young person and student you’re better positioned to help than many others. Here’s how!