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.



April 27, 2016

Spanish Immersion Summer Programs for High SchoolersRoll up your sleeves and join us for a French immersion program in Guadeloupe or on one of our Spanish immersion programs!


March 28, 2016

Community Service with Children


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 17, 2016

The debate over whether teens should use their summer community service travel programs as material for college essays has been ongoing ever since "voluntourism" became a mainstream activity.

A VISIONS teen alum was recently featured in Newton North (MA) High School's paper, the, on the very subject. Laurel Stanley has spent...

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....

June 2, 2015

Are you looking for a unique way to improve your French or Spanish language skills this summer?

Roll up your sleeves and join us this summer for a French immersion program in Guadeloupe or on one of our Spanish immersion programs


May 11, 2015

A Glimpse at Ecuador’s First National Park

Located 600 miles west of Ecuador lies an infamous group of islands, perhaps some of the most famous in the world, thanks to one Charles Darwin.

Discovered in the mid-1500s, one of the first explorers to map these islands referred to them as the "Islands of the Tortoises" due to the population of large tortoises still seen there today (...

March 2, 2015

Teen Volunteer Discovers Passion for Latin American Culture

Emily Zislis joined VISIONS Ecuador & Galápagos program in 2013, and the trip sparked a passion for travel and a desire to further understand Latin American cultures and become fluent in Spanish. Here, Emily delves...

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...