VISIONS is a coed residential program for teens aged 12-18. Programs blend ambitious community service work, cross-cultural living and learning, and adventurous exploration insummer programs for high school students abroad. We live and work in communities around the world in North, Central, and South America, Asia, and the Caribbean islands.
Typical group size is 16 - 25 students and 4- 6 staff leaders. Each program undertakescommunity service abroad for high school students, such as construction projects, work with young children, environmental, wilderness or agricultural initiatives, renovation of homes and community buildings, mural design and painting, and more. Some programs offer internships with social development or environmental organizations, micro-businesses, artisans, farmers, fishermen, health workers. Students learn construction skills from staff carpenters, local masons or maestros.
In VISIONS summer volunteer programs for high school studentsservice work comprises roughly 60% of the program time. Adventure and exploration activities vary depending on the program site. They include everything from ice or rock climbing to backpacking, sea-kayaking, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking. Our home base is a central community building such as a school, community center, church hall, or hostel. We work alongside and socialize with community members, participate in festivities and ceremonies, join in cultural customs, relax and enjoy time with local families with whom we have long-standing ties.
We offer programs in Alaska and Montana indigenous communities, Mississippi Gulf Coast, British Virgin Islands, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Peru, Ecuador/Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Myanmar, and Cambodia. We spend about 60% of our time engaging in various service projects with and for our host community. We also actively explore where we live, all the natural beauty and cultural discovery it offers. We spend quality time with local community members building friendships and learning from them about their lives.
Participants must be aged 12 - 18. We offer 4-week sessions in July and 3-week sessions in August. The only qualification is a desire to participate, a flexible team-player attitude, a willingness to push one's comfort zone and to embrace new experiences.