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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.

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…”

Service: More than a Checkbox on a Resume

The debate over whether teens should use their summer community service travel programs as material for college essays has been ongoing ever since “voluntourism” became a mainstream activity.  A VISIONS teen alum was recently featured in Newton North (MA)...

Building a Home & New Life for Miss Carol

Many of you made donations this past year to help with a home rebuild for Miss Carol, our cook of 25 years in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Carol has been our cook for teen volunteers every summer, but also a “house mom” and close friend. She gets to know our...

A Day in the Life of VISIONS

A Look at a Typical Summer Day What’s a typical day like on a VISIONS summer program? It’s a question we get often. You might wake up to a chorus of birds in the mountains of Nicaragua, to a frosted landscape by the Wrangell Mountains in Alaska, to merengue music and...