VISIONS Blog

February 22, 2017

We were deeply saddened to learn that a shining star of VISIONS veteran leaders passed away last week. John “Jack” Fields was a leader on our Alaska program the summer of 2013. Jack was a natural educator, a superb carpenter, and beloved by his students, fellow leaders, community members, and everyone at VISIONS who had the opportunity to know him...

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.

February 7, 2017

It’s a good and fair question, and we do our best to answer it with you. Everyone benefits if your summer program is the right fit for you. If you’re in the right place, happy and fulfilled, that energy will seep into everything you do and everyone you’re with: other kids on the program, your leaders, and community members.

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October 31, 2016

During the summer of 2016, VISIONS Northern Passage students worked in partnership with the Northern Cheyenne Fire Department in Montana. The teens completed a 32’ x 40’ garage that will house the Green Buffalo Fire Truck, serving Muddy Creek District and residents between the towns of Lame Deer and Busby.

October 31, 2016

VISIONS Montana Blackfeet 2016 students used their new construction skills to improve access for elders in our host community of Browning. On one of the projects the teen volunteers demolished a run-down ramp and constructed a new 32’ long wheelchair ramp in its place.

March 28, 2016

Community Service with Children

NOTHING YOU DO FOR A CHILD IS EVER WASTED...

March 24, 2016

There are many reasons why parents and kids choose VISIONS community service and travel programs. Here are some of the most common reasons that we hear each season.  

From Teens:

  1. Looking to do something different than the mainstream, and take a break from the high school scene. Even though there may be some butterflies...
March 11, 2016

VISIONS teen summer programs are almost 30 years-old, and our focus has remained unchanged over the years. When you make the decision to join VISIONS, you know you are choosing one of the highest-quality options for what we do: community service in a cross-cultural context. There are many options now that service-travel is so popular, but very few organizations have had so many years to hone and perfect a singular model. We’re reminded of the...

February 11, 2016

Certainly the internet has its place for marketing outreach, but VISIONS has intentionally remained one of the smaller organizations that is focused on high-impact projects and the high-quality summer experiences for our teen volunteers. Expensive online advertising can’t be as vast as it is with larger organizations, but rich, meaningful summers are our hallmark for enrolling students...

January 18, 2016

Martin Luther King and serviceDr. King and Service

Today we celebrate the man whose dreams are still being realized, and whose work still must be done.

We also thanks the thousands of VISIONS teen volunteers, leaders, and community organizers who have shown power for greatness through their service to others. 

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