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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.

B’nai Jeshurun in the DR

B’nai Jeshurun in the DR

Last month a B’nai Jeshurun group consisting of 21 teenagers and four adults traveled to the Dominican Republic to complete a school-construction project in the community of Naranjo. This is the third time students from B’nai Jeshurun have visited the DR to help with such community service projects.

Projects | Dominican Republic 2018 (Session 1)

Projects | Dominican Republic 2018 (Session 1)

See photos and summaries of projects taken on in the Dominican Republic this year. High school volunteers and leaders constructed additions for a primary school and taught english to young students.

VISIONS Director Alberto Ramos: Lion’s Club Member of the Year

VISIONS Director Alberto Ramos: Lion’s Club Member of the Year

In 1996, Alberto joined VISIONS officially as a member of the leader team, and he’s been the D.R. director for more than 15 years. He also moved from child of Lions Club members to being a member himself, serving as club president and treasurer for several years.

Spotlight: Kodee Cloninger

Spotlight: Kodee Cloninger

Kodee will be returning to Ecuador for her sixth summer with VISIONS and is excited to share her passion with another group…
“Through its focus on community and communication VISIONS has given me the opportunity to accept myself for my greatest strengths and weaknesses…”

Grow Your Grit with VISIONS

Grow Your Grit with VISIONS

What trait offers the best chance at future happiness and success? Not a high IQ. Not even innate talent. According to the educational research, it’s “grit.” At VISIONS, we’re well acquainted with grit. Over the last 30 years, we’ve watched our participants build it right before our very eyes.

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...

Improve Your French or Spanish Language Skills this Summer

Roll up your sleeves and join us for a French immersion program in Guadeloupe or on one of our Spanish immersion programs! French Immersion: In Guadeloupe, you will improve your French skills while also working on a blend of construction projects, environmental...

Community Service Programs Include Work with Children

VISIONS community service programs are perhaps best known for the high-quality and high-impact building projects that our teen volunteers have completed over the course of 31 summers. We also do environmental labor projects, from water conservation systems to...

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...

VISIONS Director Reflects on Our Years in the Dominican Republic

VISIONS has been running teen community service programs in the Dominican Republic since 1991. Among our many projects are schools, which serve approximately 3,200 students every year.  My first summer with VISIONS was in 1996, in the Dominican Republic (D.R.). Fresh...

LA Times Spotlights VISIONS and Mississippi Alum

The following article featuring VISIONS and Mississippi alum Yongqi Xu is from the Los Angeles Times. Wanderlust Lands Irvine Teen in Hurricane Katrina-Devastated Areas August 28, 2015 When Irvine resident Yongqi Xu was in search of a summer adventure, she knew she...