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British Virgin Islands
High School Service Program
CARPENTRY & SOCIAL SERVICE IN THE CARIBBEAN
JUNE 23 to JULY 04 | 12 DAYS
40 HRS SERVICE | TUITION $3,650
JULY 8 to JULY 26 | 19 DAYS
65 HRS SERVICE | TUITION $5,750
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JUNE 23 to JULY 04
40 HRS SERVICE
JULY 08 to JULY 26
65 HRS SERVICE
Embracing Projects That Matter
Communities in the British Virgin Islands have welcomed our summer service programs for 30 years. While climate-related issues facing the Caribbean are larger than any one group can address, VISIONS teen service trips are appreciated by the local community now more than ever. A few years ago, we helped after Cat-5 Hurricane Irma leveled much of the islands’ infrastructure, and students continue to work on projects that address immediate needs while simultaneously building heartfelt connections with community members.
This summer our teen service trips will volunteer with the Animal Rescue Council by constructing dog houses that help pets get relief from the hot sun. Distributing these also provides an opportunity to let community members know about spay and neuter clinics and other resources. Other community service projects in the BVI include volunteering with the tourism board on building park and public facilities needed to revive the critical tourism industry, doing small carpentry projects at local schools, teaching swimming lessons to island kids and helping at an educational day camp.
Making Meaningful Connections
Within its 8.5 square miles, the charming island of Virgin Gorda bounds with lively friends and vibrant landscapes. The proud Afro-Caribbean heritage energizes everyday of these teen summer programs. VISIONS has worked in the BVI since 1992, and first worked on Virgin Gorda in 1993. As one of our oldest international sites, we are deeply immersed in the island culture. You will be welcomed like an old friend—hanging with neighbors, shopping at local markets, learning recipes from our amazing dinner cook, and grooving to steel drum music in town. We host guest speakers who open up about the experience of living through a Category 5 hurricane and play with local kids at the beach. Your connections with the community will open your eyes to a special way of life.
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SETTING OUT TO GO BEYOND
The service work will be demanding, but time off to explore will restore you and reinvigorate your purpose. We end work most days around 2 pm and head to the beach! We will swim and snorkel at Savannah Bay, Devil’s Bay and other exquisite beaches; hike up Gorda Peak, a high point from which you can see almost the entire length of the Virgin Islands archipelago; explore the small markets, music and traditional foods of the island’s main village known as Spanish Town. And our full-day excursions allow time to SCUBA dive at stellar coral reefs, participate in our own BVI Olympics, and swim at the island’s famous batholiths, which are giant boulders created by ancient volcanic eruptions and known as “The Baths.” Throw in a lovely sunset, and you’ll never take nature for granted again.
ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS
- One-day SCUBA dive at incredible reefs
- Ferry to the island of Tortola to work on an organic farm (long program only)
- Swim at the volcanic rock pools known as The Baths
- Swim and snorkel at a wide variety of beaches
- Listen to local friend’s stories about island life
- Hike to scenic island outlooks, including Gorda Peak
- Take part in VISIONS traditional “Beach Olympics”
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