April 11, 2017

As the president of the Homestead High School Spanish club in Mequon, WI, Talia Gottlieb organized a fundraiser to benefit a community in Nicaragua where she lived on a VISIONS trip in 2015. After hearing from Talia, our local partner Victorino identified a great project to fund: the repair of a dilapidated kindergarten.

March 8, 2017

VISIONS Ambassador and super-alum Sarah Yamashita wrote about her experiences and was featured in Teen Ink, a monthly magazine showcasing artwork and writing generated entirely by teenagers. It can be found in the February issue of the magazine as well as online. We're thrilled to see Sarah's article in print, especially in a...

March 6, 2017


Jocelyn is a high school junior from Glen Rock, NJ, who traveled to Ecuador and the Galápagos last summer and is excited to tackle VISIONS summer number two in Alaska this year! In this interview, she reflects on swimming with sea lions, life in the community of Patate, and her most satisfying service project.



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.