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Caribbean Island Summer

VISIONS participants have completed some fantastic service projects over the years in Guadeloupe. See a few highlights below and read more about the program here.

VISIONS teen works on picnic table benches for a Community Center service project

Community Center Service Project

We built picnic table benches, designed a mural, and painted the basketball court key at the community center where we live. These smaller projects are part of the upkeep and maintenance we do to thank our host communities for welcoming us.

Youth work with a farming cooperative in a service project to support Guadeloupe food security and sustainability

Service Project Supports Food Security

With a farming cooperative, VISIONS teens helped cut down trees, transport lumber to build livestock pens, clear invasive plants, feed animals, and install fencing. Local organic food is important for these remote islands’ sustainability.

In preparing for a festival, VISIONS volunteers rake a pattern in sand during beach cleanup service project

Building Community and Infrastructure

We helped city workers paint decorative fencing and do an extensive beach cleanup in preparation for the annual festival. We’re often the “right hands” for Service Technique, the agency in charge of maintaining infrastructure.

With blackboard and chalk, Guadeloupe children exchange language and culture with VISIONS service project teen

Children’s Service Project: Games & Language

Students helped lead a day camp at Centre de Loiser for children ages 4 to 8, facilitating games, swimming and language lessons, and also worked with L’Office Municipal de la Culture et des Sports to run a youth program with the aim of cross-cultural learning and language exchange. Our work with youth in Guadeloupe allows us to make one-on-one connections, learn about the culture firsthand, and practice our French language skills.

Wielding a pickaxe, VISIONS volunteer works on service project to improve scenic trails and preserve ecological diversity

Environmental Service Project Partnership

In partnership with L’Office National des Forêts, our group did extensive work on scenic trails. Much of our work in Guadeloupe focuses on environmental efforts to help preserve the island’s diverse ecological areas.