British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands
Jun 30 to Jul 9
Jul 13 to Aug 2

Student volunteers on the VISIONS British Virgin Islands teen summer camp will receive 75 service hours working on housing and environmental issues on the island of Tortola. After working on the island for 25 years, VISIONS groups are part of a cultural scene that includes steel drum sessions and cooking island foods with local people whose Afro-Caribbean roots date back to the Atlantic slave trade of the 1500s. While not working, participants explore the beautiful tropical island with SCUBA and beach time among the activities.

  • Teenagers have the best time of their lives and make new friends with VISIONS
  • Middle school and high school students participate in summer service learning
  • Travel abroad with VISIONS and satisfy school requirements for volunteer hours
  • Teens have the chance to immerse in local culture and try new things abroad
  • VISIONS participants enjoy time playing with local children while traveling the the BVI
  • VISIONS is a unique program which allows students to live closely with locals
  • High school students scuba-dive and swim in the ocean
  • Participate in local traditions while traveling abroad with highly rated VISIONS
  • Amazing surroundings and new environments are exciting to explore
  • Students participate in meaningful service projects including carpentry projects with VISIONS
  • Be a part of daily life and a chance to unplug from your everyday life at home

Welcomed Service

Community service in the BVI will engage you with the enthusiasm of local carpenters, farmers, environmentalists and development workers. In partnership with the Ministry of Health and Welfare, Department of Agriculture, National Parks Trust and schools, VISIONS teens have built playgrounds, pavilions, homes, mountain lookouts, walking trails and more. Volunteering in the BVI includes non-carpentry projects as well. The Rainbow Home awaits us for working with their children every summer, and we lend a hand with projects at the Humane Society. We also work on an organic farm preparing fields, maintaining irrigation systems, harvesting food, and feeding the livestock.

Full Immersion

Our time is filled with opportunities to interact with community members and to be a part of Tortola’s island culture. In addition to the immersion experience that comes naturally by being grounded in the community, we schedule activities for after work, evenings and weekends. You will participate in workshops with artisans and musicians, make island smoothies, attend festivals, host a Rastafarian guest speaker, and have a chance for pickup basketball and games with neighbor friends. We listen to steel drum music on the beach and enjoy some competition in island scavenger hunts. Throw in a perfect ocean sunset, and the stage is set for an unforgettable summer.

"The summer in the BVI was unforgettable. The focus on community service made me appreciate all the little things I take for granted."

Rosa Lechartier – Paris, France
Our Home Base 
We live and work on Tortola, the commercial center, capital, and largest island of the BVI. From the top of Sage Mountain—the highest point in the BVI—to the coral reefs below sea level, Tortola is a diverse and inviting Caribbean oasis. Friendships forged during our two decades of summer programs in the island’s friendly communities mean that teen volunteers are warmly welcomed year after year.
The BVI was one of VISIONS first international programs, and we are honored by the connections we have made, spanning more than 20 years. The first house we built was for Miss Ivy, an elderly woman who had gone mostly blind, but still helped choose the colors for her new home. This would be the first of many large projects over the seasons, and the start of relationship building with the vibrant local community. Environmental issues have become as pressing as housing needs on Tortola, and some of our work assists the National Parks Trust while also focusing on construction and carpentry for homes and organizations across the island.
Explore the British Virgin Islands

Searching out the best coral reefs becomes a summer adventure, as extraordinary snorkeling opportunities exist at just about every beach. We sail away to nearby islands on the White Squall and SCUBA with the island’s most trusted dive company. Tortola is a mountainous island, and the picturesque panoramic views from the top of Sage Mountain will be imprinted in your memory for a long time. We explore the capital of Road Town with its markets, music, and traditional foods, and even take a ferry to nearby Virgin Gorda to swim at the famous “Baths.”

Daily Life

We live together as a group in a community center in one of the island’s neighborhoods. There are bathrooms and showers, kitchen facilities, and everything we need to make it our temporary home.

Service projects take place five days a week and finish by mid-afternoon to beat the heat. You typically get to choose between three different worksites each day, often making considerable progress in a short time. Once a week, you will be on “homebase crew” with a few other participants and a leader. The crew makes breakfast for the group, runs errands and buys food for the next meals, does laundry, and enjoys a “day in the life.”

After work is for beach time, island hikes, exploring Road Town, games with local kids, spending time with neighbors, and occasional downtime to relax before dinner. In addition to after-work activities, we have exciting full-day excursions that take advantage of our amazing Caribbean surroundings.

Meals are varied, plentiful, and with meat and vegetarian options. Miss Carol is our dinner cook, and knows our tastes well after cooking for VISIONS groups for more than 20 years! A few evenings a week, we have group meetings that last about an hour and are a time to reflect on the volunteer and cultural experience. Other nights we’ll hang out as a group, prepare for the next day’s projects, or go into Roadtown for an event.

VISIONS is not a teen tour with a day-to-day travel itinerary. Instead we settle in to our home base and are part of daily life. The itinerary provides an overview of some of the highlights, keeping in mind that most every day includes cultural any recreation activities.


First Day
Last Day
Arrivals & Welcome!
Orientation & Worksite Training
First Full Day of Worksites
SCUBA Training & 4th of July BBQ
SCUBA Diving
Virgin Gorda “Baths”
Family & Neighbor Visits
Island Boating Trip
Community Goodbyes
  • High school students explore the ocean on boats with service learning organization
  • The BVI is a beautiful location to work with locals and adventure in spare time
  • Excursions in the BVI with VISIONS Service Adventures
  • Middle school and high school students stay with local host families
  • Learning to cook local cuisine is a cultural immersion aspect of VISIONS programs
  • Highly rated summer camp program for teenagers travel abroad
  • Living, working, and playing with the locals makes VISIONS a unique summer experience

More Details

Flights are to Beef Island, an extension of Tortola. Or, you may fly to St. Thomas in the US Virgin Islands, and be picked up by a VISIONS chaperon for the ferry ride to Tortola. VISIONS leaders pick each participant up at the airport.
Parents receive a phone call or email once their child is met by leaders at the airport. After that, phone calls home are generally limited to once a week.
Our home is a community center where our teen volunteers and leaders live together as a group. Boys and girls sleep in separate rooms and VISIONS provides thick foam floor mattresses. You will bring your own sheets, light blanket and pillow.
VISIONS has a 1 to 4 or 5 leader to student ratio, one of the best ratios among summer programs. The maximum group size is 25, and programs are gender-balanced. Most participants attend alone, and no more than two friends may attend a program together.
We emphasize an inclusive group dynamic. Things like age and grade become less important on a VISIONS program. We eat most meals and do most activities as a large group, and we break into small rotating groups for workdays.
Details such as a packing list, travel notes, and health forms are provided upon enrollment through login web pages. The process is straightforward and we are here to help. VISIONS travel agent books flights, which are not included with tuition.
Teen volunteers receive 40 community service hours for session 1 or 70 hours for session 2. Youth summer camp program for ages 14 – 18.
Program Director
British Virgin Islands


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