VISIONS Values

Our Mission: To live in harmony with ourselves, each other and the natural world. 

VISIONS programs are built on the foundation of three fundamental values:

  1. Connection. Forge connections with the self, others and that natural world in ways that build empathy and make us whole.
  2. Communication. Foster clear and honest communication that becomes the bedrock for meaningful relationships.
  3. Engagement. Actively and fearlessly strive to make a positive difference for other people, living creatures and the earth.

 

Read the following stories to see how our programs embody these values.

Spotlight: Summer Search (Partner Organization)

Spotlight: Summer Search (Partner Organization)

For the past 25 years individual students from Summer Search have joined our programs, but last year this relationship grew in a special way. We are proud of this connection. Here’s why . . .

Wes Hedden Returns to VISIONS as Dominican Republic Program Director

Wes Hedden Returns to VISIONS as Dominican Republic Program Director

“We are seeing generational shifts as young people step into their potential as leaders… We have a lot to learn from young people. I look forward to learning from the participants in our DR programs in the summer of 2020, and I hope to help them recognize leadership qualities within themselves.”

How to take a Holiday Digital Detox

How to take a Holiday Digital Detox

Traditionally, the holidays are a time to gather, give thanks, reflect on the past and plan for the future. But what if it was also a time to unplug from technology?

My Dream Job in the Dominican Republic

My Dream Job in the Dominican Republic

Stacey Neve was a seasoned traveler and overseas educator in search of a community that shared her passions for meaningful service and cultural immersion. Living abroad had positively impacted her life, but her desire to help others find this type of life-changing experience needed a path forward. Stacey found what she was looking for when she joined VISIONS as a leader in the Dominican Republic this past summer. Read Stacey’s story to find out how this adventure changed her life and motivated her to move to Montana to join the VISIONS office full time.

VISIONS Leaders From Around the World

VISIONS Leaders From Around the World

VISIONS leaders from around the world trained together in preparation for teen summer service trips. In the process, they forged deep connections.

How to Choose a Summer Program

How to Choose a Summer Program

When making plans for summer, there is no shortage of options for you or your teen. There are sleepaway camps, teen tours, sports camps, international programs, and the list goes on. You can easily get lost in a sea of alluring catalogs promising life-changing summers. To help you navigate your options, below are 7 questions to ask when choosing summer programs.

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 . . .

A Closer Look at VISIONS Foundation

A Closer Look at VISIONS Foundation

VISIONS Foundation expands upon the work already done by its sister organization, VISIONS Service Adventures, which was one of the first international community service programs for teenagers…

Spotlight: Nico Jara (Peru Project Coordinator)

Spotlight: Nico Jara (Peru Project Coordinator)

In 1999, the world population exceeded six billion, Y2K hysteria stoked fears of societal collapse, popular music was dominated by Britney Spears and the Backstreet Boys, and VISIONS established one of our deepest community connections with the Peru Summer Program. Nico Jara…

New Studies Vindicate VISIONS No-Tech Policy

New Studies Vindicate VISIONS No-Tech Policy

Since VISIONS started 30 years ago, the research has been steadily catching up with our no-tech policy. In 2018, several important studies helped crystallize some of the disheartening impacts of social media and screen time on young people.

5 Ways to Be More Than a Tourist

5 Ways to Be More Than a Tourist

View our list of 5 ways to be more than a tourist! These are some of our conscious travel pro-tips from years of working with people from varying backgrounds and perspectives.