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VISIONS Alums Returning in 2018

VISIONS Alums Returning in 2018

Double VISIONS: Participants return for another summer with VISIONS Many of our teens love their VISIONS experience so much they sign up for a second summer (and in some cases, a third or fourth!). Meet a few of our recent alums who are already signed up for VISIONS...
Meet Your Director: Kenny Kruse

Meet Your Director: Kenny Kruse

In addition to living in Myanmar where he’s gearing up for another VISIONS summer, Kenny has followed in the footsteps of our founding Asia programs director – Wesley Hedden – as a Princeton in Asia scholar. Kenny is a lifelong learner and traveler....
VISIONS Alum Raises Funds to Rebuild a School in Nicaragua

VISIONS Alum Raises Funds to Rebuild a School in Nicaragua

As the president of the Homestead High School Spanish club in Mequon, WI, Talia Gottlieb organized a fundraiser to benefit a community in Nicaragua where she lived on a VISIONS trip in 2015. After hearing from Talia, our local partner Victorino identified a great...
Welcome back, Katie!

Welcome back, Katie!

We are thrilled to welcome Katie Mayernik back to VISIONS, where she will direct the British Virgin Islands program! Katie has stretched the divides of rural and urban, American and international. Born and raised in a small town in Montana, she developed a love of...
Thoughts on VISIONS Values

Thoughts on VISIONS Values

Defining our organization’s values allows everything else to flow from those things; leader interviews and hiring, teen service projects, where we work, who is accepted to our programs, and how we carry ourselves in the field and in the world.

VISIONS Featured in Teen Ink

VISIONS Featured in Teen Ink

VISIONS Ambassador and super-alumna Sarah Yamashita wrote about her experiences and was featured in Teen Ink, a monthly magazine showcasing artwork and writing generated entirely by teenagers. It can be found in the February issue of the magazine as well as online....
Women-Run Business

Women-Run Business

Women-Run Business   VISIONS has a long history of female leadership Women-Run Business   VISIONS has a long history of female leadership According to the National Women’s Business Council, 36.3% of businesses in the U.S. are women-owned. VISIONS is proud to...
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...

Spotlight: High School Volunteer Roxy Barbera

Roxy Barbera is a student at Loomis Chaffee High School in Connecticut. In 2011, Roxy participated in VISIONS Dominican Republic summer program. She and fellow teenagers built a community center and also helped teach English and led other activities for local...