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 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 Newtonite.com, on the very subject. Laurel Stanley has spent...

January 4, 2016

We are proud to announce that VISIONS is among a select group of organizations awarded the "2016 Seal of Approval" by Homeschooling Parent Magazine. Only 20 winners were chosen, and just three in the category of "Summer Camp."

VISIONS has been running community service travel programs since 1989, and the summer experiences are a blend of traditional summer camp philosophies—an inclusive group dynamic, leadership activities, and pure fun—and our own ingredients of challenging volunteer work and cultural immersion. While most VISIONS teens attend private or public high schools...

October 12, 2015

International edication consultant Sandy Furth featured VISIONS in a recent article for Insights, the newsletter for the Independent Educational Consultant Association (IECA). Sandy visited our Cambodia program site last spring, and talks about her time seeing...

August 29, 2015

The following article featuring VISIONS and Mississippi alum Yongqi Xu is from the Los Angeles Times.

Wanderlust Lands Irvine Teen in Hurricane Katrina-Devastated Areas
August 28, 2015

When Irvine resident Yongqi Xu was in search of a summer adventure, she knew she wanted something that would combine her two passions — traveling and volunteering.

Little did she know that the path she picked would...

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 3, 2015

The following article was published on PeterGreenberg.com. Mr. Greenberg is the travel editor for CBS News, and VISIONS was one of four teen vounteer programs recommended on his travel site.

If there’s one way for your child to continue his/her education when school is out, it’s by traveling. There are plenty of teen volunteer opportunities happening this summer that can benefit local...

April 8, 2015

Chicago Tribune features VISIONS teen programs

The following is an excerpt from a Chicago Tribune article on April 8, 2015. VISIONS was the teen summer program featured in this article by journalist Phil Marty. See below for a link to the full article. 

Students Travel With a Cause
Parents looking for summer opportunities for their high-school- and...

March 23, 2015

The following is an article from "Glitter Magazine" that spotlighted VISIONS Director, Katherine Dayton, for the publication's "Real People" feature. 

REAL PEOPLE: Katherine Dayton, Executive Director of VISIONS Service Adventures
January 16, 2015

Glitter Magazine is all about Real People like you who rock! We recently sat down with Katherine Dayton, Executive Director of VISIONS Service Adventures, to find out how teens can get involved and go on these amazing life-changing adventures. To find out more, read on!

March 23, 2015

Technology is fully ingrained in our busy lives, and even more so in the lives of tweens and teens. Think about it: If it weren't for time spent in the classroom (which involves screens sometimes, as well), students in the tween and teen years could easily fill the day without looking up from their handheld devices.

They text instead of talk, keep up with friends through Instagram and SnapChat, and do most of their schoolwork in front of a computer. And then there's the entertainment: a series on Netflix, video games and streaming music.

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