I wanted to write to thank you so much for such an incredible time. I’m not trying to sound cheesy, but I can honestly say that my experience in Tortola was one of the best experiences of my life. I can’t thank you enough for the time and dedication you took in making the experience enjoyable for everyone… Every day when I see people in town and they ask about my summer, I can’t put into words the experience I had…

I finally today took the braids out of my hair. They had been there for weeks, and I had some Tortola sand in my hair…gross, huh?

I also filled up my Nalgene with our wonderful water the morning before we left, and to this day that water is still in there…my parents think I am crazy.

The only cd I listen to in my car is Bob Marley, and I refuse to drink smoothies.

As I already start to think about next summer, I am begging my parents to let me return to Visions… I would love another Visions experience. It would definitely be hard to have [a new] program measure up to my Tortola experience, but each time is a different experience. I have already convinced many of my friends to do Visions in Tortola next summer!!

~ Brooke Patkin

VISIONS in The New York Times