This fall, the great outdoors is your classroom! Learn more about the Montana Roots Gap program for ages 17 to 22.

Teen Service Programs

Please note that our regular programming has been canceled for 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. To adapt to the circumstances, we have created a special new program for summer 2020 called Montana Summer as well as a new program for the fall called Montana Roots Gap Semester. We are now accepting applications.

DestinationLanguageDates (2020)DurationService HoursTuition 
Montana Summer 1English07/02 - 07/2625 Days90$5950APPLY
Montana Summer 2English08/01 - 08/2121 Days75$5250APPLY
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AlaskaCarpentry with lumber and power tools. Home renovations, build community structures, and also run a small day camp for local kids.Live in a school in small Athabascan village. Traditional steam baths, local lore from elders, fishing with community friends, beading, and native crafts.Overnight backpacking, ice climbing, hikes, Alaskan wildlife, canoeing, visit to popular tourist town of McCarthy.
British Virgin IslandsCarpentry with lumber and power tools. Build community structures and do home renovations, along with environmental projects and some work with kids.Live in a community center in neighborhood overlooking the sea. Carnival festivities, Caribbean cooking lessons, Rasta guest speaker, steel drum lessons.SCUBA diving, snorkeling, swimming, hiking, exploring Road Town & island of Virgin Gorda.
Dominican RepublicMasonry construction with cinder-block and mortar. Build schools, community centers, and homes in urban neighborhoods. Run day camp for local children.Live in a rented home in lively Dominican neighborhood. Colonial Zone history tour, artisan markets, dance lessons, baseball games, daily Spanish speaking.Weekend in Dominican Alps, beach time, swimming, cave tour, city excursions, discotheque night.
GalapagosPermaculture farming and carpentry. Plant fruit trees and other crops and build tent platforms. Clean up plastic from local beaches and volunteer at a nearby school.Live on a permaculture farm in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Artisan workshops, dance lessons, daily Spanish speaking.Excursions to Floreana and North Seymour Islands, hikes on Santa Cruz, Quito Colonial Zone, snorkeling.
GuadeloupeCarpentry with lumber and power tools. Improve school facilities and community parks, environmental projects, trail work, and run day camp for local children.Live in a community center in island town. Day stays with families, island history tour, Zouk and Gwoka dancing and drumming, cooking lessons, daily French speaking.Day trip on Basse-Terre island, volcano hike, visit Grand Marché, snorkeling, swimming, island hikes, ferry rides.
Montana BlackfeetCarpentry with lumber and power tools. Build playgrounds and community structures, major home renovations for elders, some environmental projects.Live at a ranch outside town of Browning. Pow wow with dancing and drumming, sweat lodge, guest speakers, teepees at the Sundance, native crafts with artisans.Overnight backpacking trip, Glacier Park visits, horseback riding, lake swimming, Rocky Mountain wildlife.
Montana Northern CheyenneCarpentry with lumber and power tools. Build community structures, playgrounds, handicap ramps, serve meals at Senior Center, and run day camp for kids.Live in a school in reservation town of Lame Deer. Pow wow with dancing and drumming, sweat lodge, interviews with elders, buffalo herds, visit Big Horn Battlefield.Overnight camping trip, horseback riding, day hikes, native plants, river swimming, rural county fair, mining town of Colstrip.
PeruMasonry construction with cinder-block or adobe and mortar. Build new schools and additions to existing schools, along with large irrigation projects with rural farmers.Live in a rented home in a small town in Sacred Valley. Day stays with families, outdoor food markets, artisan workshops, cooking lessons, daily Spanish speaking.Weekend at Machu Picchu, scenic hikes to ruins and sites, visits to Cuzco, Plaza de Armas, Maras salt mines.

PROGRAM Highlights

  • One leader to every four or five students sets VISIONS apart among service summer programs for teens.
  • In addition to our summer programs for high school students, we offer one middle school summer program.
  • 14-year-olds may choose between our middle school or high school summer programs.
  • The average age of our high school participants is 16, but we receive kids of all high school ages, including a few in the summer of graduation.
  • Most participants attend on their own, and no more than two friends can attend the same program together. 
  • VISIONS has worked in most of our sites for more than 20 years, and local organizations choose the projects.
  • Language immersion programs longer than 15 days require two years of language study.