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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 . . .

The BVI Wants You to Visit – Here’s Why You Should

The BVI Wants You to Visit – Here’s Why You Should

Local tourist companies have collaborated to both propel the industry and reward groups that are aiding in the relief process. These companies are currently offering a variety of discounts to families of those involved with volunteer organizations (i.e. VISIONS)…

After Hurricanes Irma & Maria

After Hurricanes Irma & Maria

It was no small feat to return to the British Virgin Islands in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Read about how, thanks to local friends, we were able to return.

Projects | British Virgin Islands 2018 (Session 2)

Projects | British Virgin Islands 2018 (Session 2)

This year we returned to Virgin Gorda to help our friends rebuild after hurricanes Irma and Maria. See photos of projects completed on our second session in the BVI by high school volunteers and leaders…

Projects | British Virgin Islands 2018 (Session 1)

Projects | British Virgin Islands 2018 (Session 1)

This year we returned to Virgin Gorda to help our friends rebuild after hurricanes Irma and Maria. See photos and details of the projects completed by this year’s team of high school volunteers and talented leaders…

Spotlight: Emma Solferino

Spotlight: Emma Solferino

Today we hear directly from British Virgin Islands participant Emma about her daily life and her takeaways from the Caribbean… “I strive to smile frequently and try to make people laugh through (not so great, admittedly) jokes, so day to day I’m pretty happy…”

Spotlight: Kristin O’Donoghue

Spotlight: Kristin O’Donoghue

Kristin shares her hopes for the future and explains how international community service fits in… “I would like to break down barriers of judgment that we have created for ourselves, that prohibit us from understanding one another and from making change…”

Spotlight: Jarin Mandros

Spotlight: Jarin Mandros

Jarin will be heading to Ecuador this summer for her second VISIONS program… “I want to make people notice. We are all so focused on our own things and we never realize what is happening with the people around us…”

British Virgin Islands Service Projects

British Virgin Islands Service Projects

Wide Variety of BVI Service Projects VISIONS participants have completed some fantastic service projects over the years in the BVI. See a few highlights below and read more about the program here. Playground with Seating Area = Fun Service Project VISIONS teens built...
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...
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....
Sun, Fun, and Projects: Middle Schoolers in the BVI

Sun, Fun, and Projects: Middle Schoolers in the BVI

VISIONS Island Passage program for middle school students is speeding by! The group has enjoyed plenty of fun in the sun complemented by community dinners and outings, as well as projects at a community farm, the Humane Society, and more. Stay tuned for more pictures...