Ecuador

Where We Live

Where We Live

While service work is at the root of each teen service program, it’s in equal measure with cultural immersion that transcends the experience of an average tourist. In all of our homes away from home, we live very much as local people do, and we are part of the fabric of daily life.

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.

Projects | Ecuador 2018

Projects | Ecuador 2018

Yet another successful summer of community service in the rural communities of northern Ecuador! See photos and details of the projects completed by this year’s team of high school volunteers and talented leaders…

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…”

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…”

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...

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...

The Same, but Completely Different: Repeat Summers with VISIONS

Molly Povich is a VISIONS all-star. She has been to three very different summer community service programs, including travel to Cambodia, Ecuador and Montana’s Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation. Recently she took some time to reflect on the similarities and...

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)...

Connecting with the Culture in Ecuador

An Essay by VISIONS Service Adventures Alumna Darya Alvarez I remember first telling people my plans to travel to Ecuador for the summer, and many of them asked me why I was doing something like that. I thought about this for a long time. I love traveling to some of...

Talk the Talk & Walk the Walk

Travel Tips: VISIONS Alumni Share Their Best Tips from Summer Programs If you’ve traveled for a VISIONS Service Adventures program before, you understand how much you can learn from a summer away from home. Yes, service projects are at the core. But...