Alaska

Where We Live

Where We Live

While service work is at the root of each teen service program, it’s in equal measure with cultural immersion that transcends the experience of an average tourist. In all of our homes away from home, we live very much as local people do, and we are part of the fabric of daily life.

Teen Community Service Programs in the United States

Teen Community Service Programs in the United States

Teens open their eyes to the lesser-known cultural and environmental diversity of the United States. Engagement in the history and daily life of underrepresented communities expand the world views of high school and middle school students.

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.

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…”

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...

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...

7 Reasons Why – VISIONS Summer Programs

There are many reasons why parents and kids choose VISIONS community service and travel programs. Here are some of the most common reasons that we hear each season. From Teens: Looking to do something different than the mainstream, and take a break from the high...