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British Virgin Islands

19 & 12 Days

High School Service Program
Animal Welfare & Hurricane Relief

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1
JUNE 27 to JULY 15, 2020 |  19 DAYS
70 HRS SERVICE  |  TUITION $4950

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 1
JUNE 27 to JULY 15, 2020
19 DAYS
70 HRS SERVICE
TUITION
$4950

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 2
JULY 19 to JULY 30, 2020 |  12 DAYS
40 HRS SERVICE  |  TUITION $3650

BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS 2
JULY 19 to JULY 30, 2020
12 DAYS
40 HRS SERVICE
TUITION
$3650

Program Overview

Embrace a rare opportunity to engage in crucial hurricane relief work—animal welfare, cleanup, carpentry and rebuilding—on British Virgin Islands service trips. Learn tangible lessons about the social and environmental issues the islands face in the midst of increasingly destructive storms. And swim, snorkel, SCUBA dive and explore in one of the most beautiful and welcoming places on earth.

WE ARE MINDFUL

“I felt great about the projects I participated in this summer. It was fulfilling to watch the progress we made over the course of a month. From this trip I gained incredible fulfillment. Not only did the work projects make me feel immensely proud but also learning about the beautiful island around me was life-changing.”

 

Cecilia Boyers

Missouri

Embracing Projects That Matter

In the aftermath of the 2017 hurricane season, one of the most destructive in recent history, residents of the British Virgin Islands face a long and daunting relief and rebuilding effort. Our homebase will be on the island of Virgin Gorda, where there is much to be done. After 28 years working in the territory, VISIONS teen volunteers are needed more than ever. Guided by experienced carpenters, you’ll be directly involved in rehabilitating homes and community buildings. You will learn skills necessary for construction projects, as well as how to safely use power tools.

Over the years, VISIONS has worked with many local nonprofits and grassroots organizations. Given the vast impact of recent hurricanes, community members and NGOs have taken an “all hands on deck” approach to relief, and we are looking forward to being part of the collective effort. The program promises to be a rare experience in cooperative service, as the entire BVI community has come together to work toward a common and urgent goal.

WE ARE FAMILy

“I have done other summer programs, but VISIONS was so much better for me. I’ve never encountered the feeling… and working so closely with local people. I feel it caused a major change in my views.”

 

Kyle Edwin

New York

From the bouncing beat of steel drums to the sweet flavors of coconut bread to a warm and welcoming culture, our friends in the BVI make it easy to feel at home.

Making Meaningful Connections

We will be working on Virgin Gorda, a charming island measuring only 8.5 square miles. Here, a proud Afro-Caribbean heritage, dating back to the Atlantic slave trade of the 1500s, infuses everyday life. 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—to play pickup basketball with local kids; to hang out with neighbors; or to go lobstering with a fisherman friend, who has been working to repair boats damaged in the hurricane so that he and others can get back to the sea. In addition to the cultural experience that comes naturally by being grounded in the community, you’ll have a chance to learn about Rastafarian traditions, groove to steel drum music and watch carnival favorite moko jumbies dance on stilts.

Our
Home:
Virgin Gorda,
British Virgin Islands

WE ARE EXPLORERS

“By the end of the program, I felt at home in Tortola. This trip has helped me realize that the world is a massive place and there is so much to see and so much to learn out there from other people.”

 

Mimi Le

California

Dramatic volcanic islands rising from clear blue water and fringed with white sand, the BVI are breathtakingly beautiful and culturally rich. They also provide an important perspective on the forces of climate change.

SETTING OUT TO GO BEYOND

The work of helping to rebuild Virgin Gorda will be demanding, but time off to explore will restore you and reinvigorate your purpose. Afternoons are for beach time, swimming and snorkeling at Savannah Bay, Devil’s Bay and other exquisite beaches; hiking up Gorda Peak, a high point from which you can see almost the entire length of the Virgin Islands archipelago; exploring the small markets, music and traditional foods of Spanish Town; and kayaking among mangroves that help protect parts of the island from ever stronger storms. Weekends are all about adventure and exploration. Exciting full-day excursions take advantage of our amazing Caribbean surroundings. We’ll SCUBA dive at stellar coral reefs and pool hop at the island’s famous picture-perfect grottoes, known as “The Baths.” Throw in a lovely sunset, and you’ll never take nature for granted again.

ACTIVITIES AND EXCURSIONS

  • Earn a one-day resort certification in SCUBA and dive incredible reefs
  • Ferry to the island of Tortola to see the widespread destruction on this more populated island
  • 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 going through the hurricanes
  • Hike to scenic island outlooks, including Gorda Peak
  • Take part in VISIONS traditional “Olympics”

BVI Blog Posts

2019 Summer Program Highlights

2019 Summer Program Highlights

As this summer 2019 begins to wrap up, VISIONS summer service trips continue to build, bond and explore. The following highlights provide overviews of the service projects, cultural experiences and adventures that are unique to each program.
VISIONS Family Tree, a Multigenerational Community

VISIONS Family Tree, a Multigenerational Community

Lauren Maguire joined VISIONS in 1992 and 1993 as a leader for the British Virgin Islands Program. She said that back then, “the idea of my own child attending a Visions program never crossed my mind!” . . . 26 years later, her son heads out on his second VISIONS program. A number of participants from the first years of VISIONS now have children volunteering with us this summer. The VISIONS Family Tree grows . . .

Celebrating 30 Years