British Virgin Islands

Program Itinerary

17 & 15 Day High School Service Programs

British Virgin Islands 1

Below is the planned itinerary for the 2019 VISIONS British Virgin Islands 1 program. The actual schedule may be a little different because work, community activities and excursions can vary depending on changes in the weather, unexpected invitations from new local friends and other opportunities.

 

June 29: Teens arrive at the airport on Beef Island, Tortola. VISIONS leaders meet each student. All teens make a quick call home before the group heads out. (Additional calls home happen about once a week during the rest of the trip.) From Tortola, we take the ferry together to Virgin Gorda. Everyone settles into our homebase—a community center with nice breezes and sounds of the ocean. We also have our first Circle meeting to start getting to know each other. (We come together for Circle meetings on average every other day during the program.) Our cook then prepares a fabulous island-style welcome meal.

 

June 30: A VISIONS carpenter leads a worksite orientation and tool safety class. Everyone gets to practice with all of the power tools so they feel confident about the project work to come. We will have a small carpentry project—like a picnic table or shelves—completed during this introduction day, and do a community scavenger hunt in the afternoon to get to know our area better.

 

July 1 – 5: We begin to get into the groove of our workdays. We usually work until about 2 pm, taking advantage of the morning hours, then eating lunch at our worksites and breaking before the heat of the day. Participants get to choose their worksite each day, and many develop favorites they return to throughout the program. Projects include carpentry work to rebuild homes and community buildings damaged during the hurricanes, environmental projects and cleanup, as well as social service with local kids. Homebase crew days also commence: Groups rotate on a daily basis, cooking breakfast, cleaning our living space and shopping for food at local markets. Some of the other afternoon and evening activity highlights include a snorkel trip to a shipwreck site, exploring the island’s famous picture-perfect grottoes, known as “The Baths,” taking in the small markets, music and traditional foods of Spanish Town, and enjoying bonfires. During Circle meetings, our group should be into the “working stage,” delving into feedback activities and learning some of what it takes for effective community building.

 

July 6: Get ready to SCUBA dive! We complete the resort course SCUBA certification and then head out to explore some of the best reefs of the BVI.

 

July 7: Sunday includes the option of attending a local church service, followed by our big cookout with Virgin Gorda friends.

 

July 8 – 12: This final workweek of the program involves a solid last push with all of our projects, closing them out with a cleanup of all our tools and worksites. Afternoon activities include volleyball games at Savannah Bay Beach, steel pan drum lessons, a hike up Gorda Peak for a terrific scenic outlook of many islands, beach olympics and a Fourth of July barbecue.

 

July 13: Time for another outing, this one via a large ferry we take to the neighboring island of Tortola. We spend the day observing the widespread destruction on this more populated island, learning about local NGO efforts, and hearing stories from community friends about the rebuilding efforts. We also spend part of the day rebuilding organic farming infrastructure with one of our old friends on Tortola, Khoy.

 

July 14: This is a day to celebrate and thank our local friends for welcoming us into their lives. After a sleep-in and Big Clean of our living space, we start the preparations for what will be a big final dinner and fun evening with our close friends and project partners. We host a talent show and slideshow, and say our final goodbyes.

 

July 15: Leaders accompany all kids to the airport and see everyone off for their trips home.

Below is the planned itinerary for the 2019 VISIONS British Virgin Islands 1 program. The actual schedule may be a little different because work, community activities and excursions can vary depending on changes in the weather, unexpected invitations from new local friends and other opportunities.

June 29: Teens arrive at the airport on Beef Island, Tortola. VISIONS leaders meet each student. All teens make a quick call home before the group heads out. (Additional calls home happen about once a week during the rest of the trip.) From Tortola, we take the ferry together to Virgin Gorda. Everyone settles into our homebase—a community center with nice breezes and sounds of the ocean. We also have our first Circle meeting to start getting to know each other. (We come together for Circle meetings on average every other day during the program.) Our cook then prepares a fabulous island-style welcome meal.

June 30: A VISIONS carpenter leads a worksite orientation and tool safety class. Everyone gets to practice with all of the power tools so they feel confident about the project work to come. We will have a small carpentry project—like a picnic table or shelves—completed during this introduction day, and do a community scavenger hunt in the afternoon to get to know our area better.

July 1 – 5: We begin to get into the groove of our workdays. We usually work until about 2 pm, taking advantage of the morning hours, then eating lunch at our worksites and breaking before the heat of the day. Participants get to choose their worksite each day, and many develop favorites they return to throughout the program. Projects include carpentry work to rebuild homes and community buildings damaged during the hurricanes, environmental projects and cleanup, as well as social service with local kids. Homebase crew days also commence: Groups rotate on a daily basis, cooking breakfast, cleaning our living space and shopping for food at local markets. Some of the other afternoon and evening activity highlights include a snorkel trip to a shipwreck site, exploring the island’s famous picture-perfect grottoes, known as “The Baths,” taking in the small markets, music and traditional foods of Spanish Town, and enjoying bonfires. During Circle meetings, our group should be into the “working stage,” delving into feedback activities and learning some of what it takes for effective community building.

July 6: Get ready to SCUBA dive! We complete the resort course SCUBA certification and then head out to explore some of the best reefs of the BVI.

July 7: Sunday includes the option of attending a local church service, followed by our big cookout with Virgin Gorda friends.

July 8 – 12: This final workweek of the program involves a solid last push with all of our projects, closing them out with a cleanup of all our tools and worksites. Afternoon activities include volleyball games at Savannah Bay Beach, steel pan drum lessons, a hike up Gorda Peak for a terrific scenic outlook of many islands, beach olympics and a Fourth of July barbecue.

July 13: Time for another outing, this one via a large ferry we take to the neighboring island of Tortola. We spend the day observing the widespread destruction on this more populated island, learning about local NGO efforts, and hearing stories from community friends about the rebuilding efforts. We also spend part of the day rebuilding organic farming infrastructure with one of our old friends on Tortola, Khoy.

July 14: This is a day to celebrate and thank our local friends for welcoming us into their lives. After a sleep-in and Big Clean of our living space, we start the preparations for what will be a big final dinner and fun evening with our close friends and project partners. We host a talent show and slideshow, and say our final goodbyes.

July 15: Leaders accompany all kids to the airport and see everyone off for their trips home.

British Virgin Islands 2

Below is the planned itinerary for the 2019 VISIONS British Virgin Islands 2 program. The actual schedule may be a little different because work, community activities and excursions can vary depending on changes in the weather, unexpected invitations from new local friends and other opportunities.

 

July 20: Teens arrive at the airport on Beef Island, Tortola. VISIONS leaders meet each student. All teens make a quick call home before the group heads out. (Additional calls home happen about once a week during the rest of the trip.) From Tortola we take the ferry together to Virgin Gorda. Everyone settles into our homebase—a community center with nice breezes and sounds of the ocean. We also have our first Circle meeting to start getting to know each other. (We come together for Circle meetings on average every other evening during the program.) Our cook then prepares a fabulous island-style welcome meal.  

 

July 21: A VISIONS carpenter leads a worksite orientation and tool safety class. Everyone gets to practice with all of the power tools so they feel confident about the project work to come. We will have a small carpentry project—like a picnic table or shelves—completed during this introduction day, and do a community scavenger hunt in the afternoon to get to know our area better.

 

July 22 – 26: We tackle our first full workweek. In general, we work until about 2 pm, taking advantage of the morning hours, then eating lunch at our worksites, and breaking before the heat of the day. Each teen gets to choose their worksite. Projects include carpentry work to rebuild homes and community buildings damaged during the hurricanes, general cleanup with local friends, and continuing with projects that the first VISIONS group started. We also begin homebase days:  each workday, a rotating “homebase crew” stays back and cooks breakfast, cleans our living space and shops for food at local markets. We also enjoy a Sunday cookout at Khoy’s farm. Other afternoon activities include steel pan drum lessons, a guided snorkel trip to a shipwreck, talent show and, of course, some more beach time.

 

July 27: Get ready to SCUBA dive! We complete the resort course SCUBA certification and then head out to explore some of the best reefs of the BVI.

 

July 28: We take a large ferry to the neighboring island of Tortola. We spend the day observing the widespread destruction on this more populated island, learning about local NGO efforts, and hearing stories from visiting some local community friends about the rebuilding efforts.

 

July 29 – August 1: We make progress on our projects during this final workweek. On Thursday we wrap up our final projects, and close them out with cleanup of all our tools and worksites. Afternoon activities include volleyball games at Savannah Bay Beach and a hike up Gorda Peak for a terrific scenic outlook of many islands. We’ll also explore the island’s famous picture-perfect grottoes, known as “The Baths,” enjoy a bonfire with local friends, visit the local Shell Museum and have fun making jewelry with a local craftsman.

 

August 2: We dedicate part of the day to preparing and cooking for our special guests at the big community dinner we host tonight We also complete the Big Clean of our homebase, pack up our stuff, and end the day with a slideshow from the program, celebrating our accomplishments, followed by our goodbye dinner.

 

August 3: Leaders accompany all kids to the airport and see everyone off for their trips home.

Below is the planned itinerary for the 2019 VISIONS British Virgin Islands 2 program. The actual schedule may be a little different because work, community activities and excursions can vary depending on changes in the weather, unexpected invitations from new local friends and other opportunities.

July 20: Teens arrive at the airport on Beef Island, Tortola. VISIONS leaders meet each student. All teens make a quick call home before the group heads out. (Additional calls home happen about once a week during the rest of the trip.) From Tortola we take the ferry together to Virgin Gorda. Everyone settles into our homebase—a community center with nice breezes and sounds of the ocean. We also have our first Circle meeting to start getting to know each other. (We come together for Circle meetings on average every other evening during the program.) Our cook then prepares a fabulous island-style welcome meal.  

July 21: A VISIONS carpenter leads a worksite orientation and tool safety class. Everyone gets to practice with all of the power tools so they feel confident about the project work to come. We will have a small carpentry project—like a picnic table or shelves—completed during this introduction day, and do a community scavenger hunt in the afternoon to get to know our area better.

July 22 – 26: We tackle our first full workweek. In general, we work until about 2 pm, taking advantage of the morning hours, then eating lunch at our worksites, and breaking before the heat of the day. Each teen gets to choose their worksite. Projects include carpentry work to rebuild homes and community buildings damaged during the hurricanes, general cleanup with local friends, and continuing with projects that the first VISIONS group started. We also begin homebase days:  each workday, a rotating “homebase crew” stays back and cooks breakfast, cleans our living space and shops for food at local markets. We also enjoy a Sunday cookout at Khoy’s farm. Other afternoon activities include steel pan drum lessons, a guided snorkel trip to a shipwreck, talent show and, of course, some more beach time.

July 27: Get ready to SCUBA dive! We complete the resort course SCUBA certification and then head out to explore some of the best reefs of the BVI.

July 28: We take a large ferry to the neighboring island of Tortola. We spend the day observing the widespread destruction on this more populated island, learning about local NGO efforts, and hearing stories from visiting some local community friends about the rebuilding efforts.

July 29 – August 1: We make progress on our projects during this final workweek. On Thursday we wrap up our final projects, and close them out with cleanup of all our tools and worksites. Afternoon activities include volleyball games at Savannah Bay Beach and a hike up Gorda Peak for a terrific scenic outlook of many islands. We’ll also explore the island’s famous picture-perfect grottoes, known as “The Baths,” enjoy a bonfire with local friends and visit local craftsmen in Spanish Town.

August 2: We dedicate part of the day to preparing and cooking for our special guests at the big community dinner we host tonight We also complete the Big Clean of our homebase, pack up our stuff, and end the day with a slideshow from the program, celebrating our accomplishments, followed by our goodbye dinner.

August 3: Leaders accompany all kids to the airport and see everyone off for their trips home.

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