Summer Leaders

VISIONS typically employs teachers, graduate students and Ph.D. candidates, returned Peace Corps Volunteers, outdoor educators, and professionally minded, hard-working adventurers. We seek individuals who have experience leading students, who have traveled in other countries or cultures, who are enthusiastic about our mission, and who like and want to work with teenagers in a residential setting.

A VISIONS leader is a team player first and foremost. The demands of the job make flexibility and a sense of humor indispensable. Each program maintains a 1 to 4 or 5 staff to student ratio, and includes the Program Director who is a veteran of at least one other season. 

Our staff return rate is 40 to 60 percent, and hiring is competitive. You must be at least 22 years-old and First Aid / CPR certified before the summer begins. More advanced safety certifications, carpentry skills, and experience with still photography and video are not required to apply, but may bolster an application. French- and Spanish-language immersion sites require solid conversational skills.

For the 2017 season, staff training begins the morning of June 18th in Bozeman, Montana. Employment ends late-July to mid-August, depending on the program location. Full attendance at training is mandatory, and staffers are responsible for their own travel to Bozeman. VISIONS then flies staff teams directly from training to program sites, where on-the-ground training and preparations continue for a week to 10 days until our teen campers arrive. When applying for work with VISIONS, you won't be applying for a specific location, as we place staffers in places where their specific skills are the most needed.

Positions remaining for Summer 2017 include the following (if none of the following apply to you, you may still submit an application, but it likely will not be considered until next season):

  • Mid-level to advanced carpentry experience
  • Advanced photography experience
  • Advanced medical certifications (WFR, EMT or beyond)
  • Lifeguard certification
  • Advanced French or Spanish-speaking males (leader teams are gender-balanced)
  • Male candidates with education/teen/outdoor experience for English-speaking sites


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  • Some of our middle school volunteers pose at the job site in British Virgin Islands
  • All VISIONS programs immerse our participants in the local culture like this carnival parade.
  • All of our programs are a healthy mix of work and play. A look at VISIONS life in BVI
  • VISIONS middle school travelers and staff relax on the beach after a day of volunteer work
  • Our programs are embedded in the local community, offering the experience of authentic day to day life as we work.
  • Spending time learning about culture and history from local speakers.
  • Middle school volunteers enjoying a group dinner. Our meals are a combination of the familiar with local recipes
  • We're never far from the beach in British Virgin Islands
  • Getting ready for a boating excursion on a VISIONS middle school travel program in BVI
  • Middle school kids making new friends abroad on a VISIONS volunteer trip in British Virgin Islands