Alaska

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.

Projects | Alaska 2018

Projects | Alaska 2018

Yet another successful summer of community service in the indigenous communities of Alaska! See photos and details of the projects completed by this year’s team of high school volunteers and talented leaders…

Spotlight: Andrew Goodrum

Spotlight: Andrew Goodrum

Andrew has traveled the world with VISIONS and will be back this summer as a leader.
“VISIONS taught me to be a lot more appreciative of everything I have in my life and to stop dwelling on the small things in life. Focus on the future because if you keep looking back you’re going to trip going forward…”

Alaska Service Projects

Alaska Service Projects

VISIONS participants have completed some fantastic service projects over the years in Alaska. See a few highlights below and read more about the program here. VISIONS teens built a wheelchair ramp for Arnold Gene, an elder who lost his legs in a fire. Helping improve...
Teen Community Service Programs in the United States

Teen Community Service Programs in the United States

For almost 30 years, VISIONS has offered service programs that have had an impact on communities around the world. We are proud of the work that has been done in all of our locations, and each year we are inspired by the ties that our participants have created and...
Spotlight on Jocelyn Greer: Ready for VISIONS Summer Number Two!

Spotlight on Jocelyn Greer: Ready for VISIONS Summer Number Two!

Jocelyn is a high school junior from Glen Rock, NJ, who traveled to Ecuador and the Galápagos last summer and is excited to tackle VISIONS summer number two in Alaska this year! In this interview, she reflects on swimming with sea lions, life in the community of...
Remembering Jack Fields

Remembering Jack Fields

We were deeply saddened to learn that a shining star of VISIONS veteran leaders passed away last week. John “Jack” Fields was a leader on our Alaska program the summer of 2013. Jack was a natural educator, a superb carpenter, and beloved by his students, fellow...
Alumni Spotlight: Anna Apilado on Alaska and Life With No Phone

Alumni Spotlight: Anna Apilado on Alaska and Life With No Phone

Anna Apilado grew up in the Philippines before moving to the US when she was 11. In this alumni spotlight, she reflects on her experience in Alaska last summer—experiencing a new part of America, the value of comfortable silences, and plans for the future. What was it...
Learning to Build Wood-Frame Structures in Alaska

Learning to Build Wood-Frame Structures in Alaska

This summer, VISIONS Alaska students built two wood structures using different construction techniques. Both projects provided support to elders in the Tetlin community. The first structure was a rough-sawn lumber storage shed used to keep firewood dry through the...

Alaska Progress Report: Working Hard & Playing Hard

In true Alaska form, the VISIONS Alaska teen volunteers have taken in the strong combination of carpentry worksites, cultural activities with our friends in Tetlin Village, and outdoor recreation. This past weekend the group did the two-night overnight backpacking...

VISIONS x 4: Jacob Rosen

Jacob Rosen is a four-time VISIONS teen volunteer, and he is currently pursuing a degree from Ithaca College in New York. Jacob is an alumnus of Alaska ‘12, Peru ‘13, Nicaragua ‘14, and Cambodia ‘15. Throughout my high school career, I spent my summers exploring...

Opportunities to Volunteer in the U.S.

For almost 30 years, VISIONS has provided exceptional community service programs in locations around the world. Your desire to be part of meaningful projects can take you anywhere, including VISIONS four locations in the United States: Alaska, Mississippi, Montana...