November 6, 2015

Travel Tips: VISIONS Alumni Share Their Best Tips from Summer Programs

If you've traveled for a VISIONS Service Adventures program before, you understand how much you can learn from a summer away from home. Yes, service projects are at the core. But they're in equal measure with the cultural experience and working with our nonprofit partners. We live in local...

May 11, 2015

A Look at a Typical Summer Day

What’s a typical day like on a VISIONS summer program? It’s a question we get often.

You might wake up to a chorus of birds in the mountains of Nicaragua, to a frosted landscape by the Wrangell Mountains in Alaska, to merengue music and urban roosters in a lively city in the...

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...

September 26, 2010

Talk to References When Choosing Summer Community Service Programs

Summer community service programs for high school students. Community service abroad for teens. Travel programs. However one searches,  there will be many opportunities that come up on the screen. How does one choose? Where...

May 11, 2001

A lot of thought and preparation goes into ensuring the safest summer possible for our participants.   Starting with how we choose a new program site, we consider everything from political climate to vehicle maintenance.

  1. Choosing a site
    Families often ask why we are in the locations we are.  Primarily, we choose sites because one of our full-time or trusted long-time directors has a strong connection, passion for or interest in the place.  After networking, numerous phone calls, emails, letters and faxes, we then travel to the potential site on a...
May 11, 2001

We take great care to keep teenagers healthy in the varied domestic and foreign communities in which we work.  We carefully refine tried and true procedures and implement new ones as experience, information, and advances in health science indicate.  The following are a few rudimentary guidelines and some precautions we take.

  1. Throughout the year we consult the Centers for Disease Control online ( about all program destinations, especially those overseas.  The web site is a solid source of general information and easy to navigate.  We...