VISIONS Blog

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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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...

December 22, 2015

Teens volunteering with children in MyanmarHow Summer Programs Can Further Learning

As a parent preparing for my child's upcoming summer vacation, I'm always on edge about the summer learning loss, also known as the infamous "summer slide." The National Summer Learning Association reports that most students lose an average of two months of grade-level equivalency in math...

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...

August 15, 2015

The following article was writting by VISIONS, and published by "Holistic Parenting Magazine."

The Importance of Cultural Learning & Community Service Work for Tweens and Teens 
August 2015

As parents, we have the privilege of experiencing the different stages of growth alongside our children, and with each stage—from toddlerhood to the teenage years—comes a whole new set of challenges and rewards. We watch them learn how to feed themselves, walk, read, tie their shoes, make friends, and...

May 27, 2015

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

Imagine if you couldn’t go to school simply because the school in your town was full. Actually not only full, but bursting at the seams with no overflow classrooms to accommodate you and more than 1,000 other kids in the area. Traveling to another school is not an option—it’s not in the budget—and getting an education is one of your only chances of making it, of allowing you to get a job that could sustain a family.

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May 6, 2015

The VISIONS Experience, In Their Own Words

We have all heard it a million times; whether it’s a new car or a new app, there’s often a promise that something will “change your life.” But does it really? It might add a slight convenience, but life changing? That‘s a pretty big claim.

However, when it comes to summer programs for high school and middle school aged volunteers...

April 10, 2015

VISIONS Alum and fellow teenager, Andrew Goodrum, has designed a webinar and Q&A session specifically for teens (although parents are welcome to tune in as well) for Sunday, April 19 at 5pm ET.

After participating in four different VISIONS summer programs, including VISIONS...

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