Spotlights: Alum, Leaders & Partners

Our community has grown with each passing year, beginning in rural Pennsylvania and quickly extending across the globe. In this series, we glimpse into the lives of some of the people who make up the diverse VISIONS community and hear how VISIONS fits into their bigger picture.

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Spotlight: Greg Rolland, VISIONS Leader Alum

Spotlight: Greg Rolland, VISIONS Leader Alum

Greg’s passion for the outdoors and cross-cultural service culminated in becoming a leader on our first Alaska summer program in 1995. He looks back on the early days, projects they completed and people he met.

Your Impact Lives On

Your Impact Lives On

Since our inception in 1988, VISIONS continues to offer some of the best volunteer opportunities for high school students there are. Projects are ambitions and real, and have an impact that lasts on the community. And you—our alum—are part of that legacy.

Spotlight: Heather Smarick, VISIONS alum

Spotlight: Heather Smarick, VISIONS alum

Heather Smarick finished a VISIONS program in the Dominican Republic last summer, and recalls learning to mix and pour cement for two classroom’s foundations, playing cards with local kids, and making wonderful friends.

Spotlight: Tim Parsons, Former VISIONS Leader and Office Staff

Spotlight: Tim Parsons, Former VISIONS Leader and Office Staff

Tim has led VISIONS programs all over the world – Mississippi, Australia, South Carolina, Dominica, Alaska, Montana Blackfeet Indian Reservation and Montana Northern Cheyenne. Today he uses the skills that he developed as a VISIONS team member to enhance his life and others’ around him.

Santos Ramos: The Patron Saint of VISIONS Dominican Republic

Santos Ramos: The Patron Saint of VISIONS Dominican Republic

Meet Santos Ramos, our “Saint” of VISIONS Dominican Republic. Since 1991, Santos has been an integral part of VISIONS, dedicating his life to serving communities, building schools, and providing homes. Read on to discover his remarkable story and lasting impact.

Spotlight: Rosa Maria Espino, Community Partner

Spotlight: Rosa Maria Espino, Community Partner

Meet Rosa Maria Espino, a devoted Community Partner in Cotui, Dominican Republic, whose love for her family and community shines through her work with VISIONS Service Adventures.

Spotlight: Gillian Madden, VISIONS Alum & Leader

Spotlight: Gillian Madden, VISIONS Alum & Leader

Gillian became a leader for the VISIONS Dominican Republic summer program after volunteering with us as a teen in Peru, and incorporates the experiential learning VISIONS emphasizes into her daily life as a university student in Byron Bay, NSW, Australia. Read on about her adventures!

Spotlight: Georgia Calimeres, VISIONS Leader

Spotlight: Georgia Calimeres, VISIONS Leader

Georgia has been leading teen volunteers in the Dominican Republic for three years running. Her passion for Spanish, Latin America and experiential learning – and her time with VISIONS – has fueled her goals and influenced her choice to pursue a Master’s Degree in International Development.

Spotlight: Lee Conah, VISIONS Former Leader

Spotlight: Lee Conah, VISIONS Former Leader

Former VISIONS program director and carpenter Lee Conah volunteers in his city and is an accomplished handyman. He also writes music! Read on for more on Lee, and a link to a song he wrote about his experiences.

Spotlight: Molly Scott, VISIONS Alum

Spotlight: Molly Scott, VISIONS Alum

Molly loves creating outdoor community spaces and making her surroundings closer to nature. She reminisces about her time in BVI with VISIONS in the early 90s, sharing insights about why teen summer programs are so important.

Spotlight: Patrick Fleming, VISIONS Alum

Spotlight: Patrick Fleming, VISIONS Alum

Patrick’s love for the outdoors was fostered in VISIONS Alaska in 2008, and subsequently on a 3-month backpacking trip in Colorado. His love for wilderness shows in his desire to work to make the earth healthier, both in his community and in the job he loves. Learn more about Patrick!