VISIONS Blog

March 27, 2017

We are thrilled to welcome Katie Mayernik back to VISIONS, where she will direct the British Virgin Islands program!

November 19, 2015

Many of you made donations this past year to help with a home rebuild for Miss Carol, our cook of 25 years in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). Carol has been our cook for teen volunteers every summer, but also a “house mom” and close friend. She gets to know our kids, sometimes teaches how to make local...

March 19, 2015

WEST HARTFORD >> During the 2014 summer Sydney Lyons of West Hartford spent part of summer vacation in the British Virgin Islands with VISIONS Service Adventures, an international community service based adventure travel program.

February 26, 2015

A Look at the Temporary Homes of VISIONS Teen Volunteers

We get asked this question a lot: What are the living conditions like on a VISIONS program?

The answer, simply put, is that it varies from program to program, but there are some common threads among all of the places we live. Careful consideration is put into every aspect of our...

January 16, 2015

Summer Cook for Teen Volunteers Since 1992

Ask any VISIONS British Virgin Islands (BVI) alum from the past 22 years about the local characters who made a lasting impression on them, and most are sure to...

January 15, 2015

Middle School Travel & Service Program Offers Alternative for Tweens

As the parent of a middle schooler, it can be a challenge to understand exactly what your child is going through during this stage of life. Your “tween” may struggle with self-esteem, the social pressures of trying to fit in, academics, and the list goes on. Sometimes it’s as if they are truly stuck in the middle of two worlds, and trying...

May 31, 2012

Henry Magun is a high school student at Riverdale Country School in New York. Last summer Henry participated in VISIONS  community service program in the British Virgin Islands. Henry was interviewed by "TeenLife" magazine about his summer experience. 

March 20, 2012

Hey VISIONS!

I wanted to write to thank you so much for such an incredible time. I’m not trying to sound cheesy, but I can honestly say that my experience in Tortola was one of the best experiences of my life. I can’t thank you enough for the time and dedication you took in making the experience enjoyable for everyone... Every day when I see people in town and they ask about my summer, I can’t put into words the experience I had...

January 17, 2012

Dear VISIONS,

I am so pleased with Jordan’s experiences in the two summers he’s been in your program. It really clicked for him this year. He’s still in bed, but we stayed up all night talking about his trip. His eyes teared up twice over leaving Montana and the kids, and he actually cried as he was telling me about different incidences (not because he was sad, but because he was feeling so good about it).

May 29, 2011

1993 Tortola alumni, Brad Emanuel, took a family vacation to the U.S. Virgin Islands several years ago. During the trip, Brad ferried over to Tortola for a day to revisit his work projects, other places, and people he remembered. Afterwards, he emailed us about his literal trip down memory lane.

I told my family I had to go to Tortola since it was only an hour ferry ride. My parents decided to join me for...

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