VISIONS Blog

February 15, 2017

Anna Apilado grew up in the Philippines before moving to the US when she was 11. In this alumni spotlight, she reflects on her experience in Alaska last summer—experiencing a new part of America, the value of comfortable silences, and plans for the future.

April 15, 2016

VISIONS alum reflects on his four different summer with VISIONS Service AdventuresJacob Rosen is a four-time VISIONS teen volunteer, and he is currently pursuing a degree from Ithaca College in New York. Jacob is an alumnus of Alaska ‘12, Peru ‘13, Nicaragua ‘14, and Cambodia ‘15.

Throughout my high school career, I spent my summers exploring foreign countries and doing my part in making a difference in the local...

March 7, 2016

Working with young children on a VISIONS service trip in Ecuador

Molly Povich is a VISIONS all-star. She has been to three very different summer community service programs, including travel to Cambodia, Ecuador and...

February 8, 2016

Paden and a friend from VISIONS hike to a waterfall during a volunteer service trip

Paden Dvoor spent four weeks last summer working out West on the Montana Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Paden was part of VISIONS high school community service program, and in a place where we started working 25 years ago. She took some time to reflect on the experience,...

November 23, 2015

An Essay by VISIONS Service Adventures Alumna Darya Alvarez

I remember first telling people my plans to travel to Ecuador for the summer, and many of them asked me why I was doing something like that. I thought about this for a long time. I love traveling to some of the most untouched corners of the earth, and with my family’s Ecuadorian roots, Ecuador was perfect. In fact, some of my relatives still live in Guayaquil....

November 6, 2015

Travel Tips: VISIONS Alumni Share Their Best Tips from Summer Programs

If you've traveled for a VISIONS Service Adventures program before, you understand how much you can learn from a summer away from home. Yes, service projects are at the core. But they're in equal measure with the cultural experience and working with our nonprofit partners. We live in local...

November 3, 2015

With my friend, Arkar Min Htet, whom I met at a cultural exchange in Myanmar

A two-time alum from Poughkeepsie, NY, Charlie Burns-Bahruth finished his most recent service adventure on our Myanmar program—a big shift from his first VISIONS summer in Alaska! A staunch VISIONary, Charlie was just accepted for his third program, and he'll be heading back to Myanmar in 2016.

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October 9, 2015

Lizzie Edwards, a high school student and teen volunteer from Portland, Oregon, recently wrapped up a summer service adventure with VISIONS Ecuador & Galapagos. It was her second VISIONS summer, and a world away from her first program in...

September 3, 2015

Experiencing the Nicaragua Summer Service Program 

Taylor Burlage, a 17-year-old high school senior from Bozeman, Montana, had his first VISIONS experience with us in Nicaragua this summer. Here he explains his favorite parts of the community service program, the places and people that stand out the most, and how...

September 3, 2015

5 Ways to Keep the VISIONS Spirit Alive Throughout the School Year

VISIONS 2015 summer service programs have come to a close, and for the participants who have recently returned to school, the experience might seem like a far-off dream. Heading back to school can be a bit of an adjustment for some. The transition from the excitement of a VISIONS experience—including the connections made with new...

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