March 28, 2017

Despite the ongoing passionate efforts of the Native American community, conservationists and activists, it appears that the Dakota Access Pipeline is indeed filling with oil that will flow underneath the Mississippi River and traverse the distance to Illinois — destination refineries. This ...

March 11, 2017

VISIONS Executive Diretor Katherine Dayton

What the VISIONS values say about us and about your summer, and why they’re important right now.

by: Katherine Dayton, Executive Director

In preparation for a staff retreat this past fall, I reached out to some veteran leaders to ask, “What is...

March 8, 2017

JoanneAccording to the National Women’s Business Council, 36.3% of businesses in the U.S. are women-owned. VISIONS is proud to be one of them.

March 3, 2017

Teen community service organization chooses green and socially responsible investing (SRI).

VISIONS Service Adventures has made the decision to leave its banking relationships with Merrill Lynch and Wells Fargo. In part as a response to Native American tribes that are calling for divestitures of banks that are funding the Dakota Access Pipeline, VISIONS will be moving its accounts to a Bozeman, Montana-based fiduciary that specializes in environmentally and socially responsible...

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.

March 28, 2016

Community Service with Children


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...