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Program Updates and Notes from the Field

History of Collaboration in Peru (Interview w/ Nico Jara)

History of Collaboration in Peru (Interview w/ Nico Jara)

In 1999, the world population exceeded six billion, Y2K hysteria stoked fears of societal collapse, popular music was dominated by Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys, and VISIONS established one of our deepest community connections with the Peru Summer Program. Nico Jara...
Love Letter from a VISIONS Parent

Love Letter from a VISIONS Parent

VISIONS is a community without borders that includes families future, current and past. It always warms our hearts to hear good news from alumni parents. We were thrilled to hear from Amy, mother of Lydia Ghozeil, Cambodia ‘18...
B’nai Jeshurun in the DR

B’nai Jeshurun in the DR

Last month a B’nai Jeshurun group consisting of 21 teenagers and four adults traveled to the Dominican Republic to complete a school-construction project in the community of Naranjo. This is the third time students from B’nai Jeshurun have visited the DR to help with such community service projects.
In Memoriam, Dale Pepion

In Memoriam, Dale Pepion

This season we took time to celebrate and acknowledge the life of our beloved friend, Dale Pepion. Dale passed away in Kalispell, MT on January 11 at the age of 84...
New Studies Vindicate VISIONS No-Tech Policy

New Studies Vindicate VISIONS No-Tech Policy

Since VISIONS started 30 years ago, the research has been steadily catching up with our no-tech policy. In 2018, several important studies helped crystallize some of the disheartening impacts of social media and screen time on young people.
5 Ways to Be More Than a Tourist

5 Ways to Be More Than a Tourist

View our list of 5 ways to be more than a tourist! These are some of our conscious travel pro-tips from years of working with people from varying backgrounds and perspectives.
Spotlight: Aspen Nord (Participant Photographer)

Spotlight: Aspen Nord (Participant Photographer)

"I will often choose to set my camera down for special moments, but I love capturing real, raw images of people living their life." VISIONS Peru participant Aspen Nord talks photography and hopes for the future.
2018 Photo Contest Winners!

2018 Photo Contest Winners!

See winning photos from this year's VISIONS Photo Contest! Students and leaders submitted photos from programs around the world and the VISIONS community voted for their favorite shots.
Beyond the Vote | Preparing Next-Gen Citizens

Beyond the Vote | Preparing Next-Gen Citizens

Many VISIONS participants go on to embrace a life of awareness and engagement — with voting just one of countless ways they contribute to the communities where they live. We encourage you to get out and VOTE.
Reviews Contest 2018

Reviews Contest 2018

Participate in our Reviews Contest before November 30th and be entered to win 1 of 2 VISIONS hoodies! If you leave enough reviews, you will automatically receive a hoodie. Contest for alumni only.
Full Circle | 30 Year Reunion

Full Circle | 30 Year Reunion

In August, 50 veteran leaders and directors gathered in Bozeman, MT, for our 30-year reunion weekend. They came from all parts of the country and represented summer programs across our entire history. It was a celebration of community and connections that transcended the years.
After Hurricane Irma

After Hurricane Irma

For our teen service trips to return to the British Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricane Irma was no small feat. Read about how, thanks to local friends, we were able to return.
Projects | Peru 2018 (Session 1)

Projects | Peru 2018 (Session 1)

Our Peru summer program focuses on aiding rural communities in the Cusco region. See photos of projects completed by this year's group of high school volunteers, including irrigation canals and additions to primary schools...