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Alumni & 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: Claire Hortens

Spotlight: Claire Hortens

Claire is an inspiring global citizen, social justice seeker, and former VISIONS Director. Today we take a peek into her world… “VISIONS has been the backbone of my pursuit of social work and social justice for as long as I can remember…”

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...
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...
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.

Women-Run Business

Women-Run Business

While VISIONS is proud to be counted among women-owned business, we are even more proud of the impact that our program participants have had on the world. Through over 30 years of meaningful community service programs, we have had the privilege of witnessing the strength of teenagers.

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...

“The Only CD I Listen to in My Car Now is Bob Marley”

Hey VISIONS! I wanted to write to thank you so much for such an incredible time. I’m not trying to sound cheesy, but I can honestly say that my experience in Tortola was one of the best experiences of my life. I can’t thank you enough for the time and dedication you...