We live together as a group in Lame Deer at the Head Start school, which has everything we need to make our temporary home.
We go to work five days a week, usually ending in the late afternoon. Each day you get to choose from about three different worksites, including carpentry as well as our social service projects. Once a week you will be on “homebase crew” with a few other students and a leader. The crew makes breakfast for everyone, goes to the small grocery store and market to get food for the next meals, does laundry, cleans, and takes in a “day in the life” on the rez.
After work we attend community events, take short scenic hikes, go swimming, participate in a rez tour, spend time with local friends, or sometimes just have downtime before dinner. In addition to after work activities, time is carved out for our full-day excursions.
Meals on VISIONS programs are varied and plentiful, and always with vegetarian and meat options. After dinner a few nights a week, we have group meetings to talk through the volunteer and cultural experience.
VISIONS is not a teen tour with a day-to-day travel itinerary. Instead we settle in to our home and are part of daily life. The itinerary provides some of the highlights of our time in Montana.