Visions Service Adventures

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VISIONS is a fun, simple way to enjoy your summer while impacting the world around you. This summer I attended the Cambodian program and am so glad I did. While it took me months to decide which program I would choose, my heart called for Cambodia. It was truly amazing to be incorporated into the Cambodian lifestyle and culture. The Cambodian are happy, generous, and greedy for knowledge! While teaching summer school classes at a school in our hometown Battambang, I discovered first hand just how smart and willing to learn the children are. Working projects may be scary at first but do not worry if you have never cemented anything in your life. After VISIONS you will be able to build yourself a house! Trust me! Participants, staff, and community members are always willing to teach you how to perform different jobs at the work site. Soon enough working becomes fun and you forget about the sweat and sun. VISIONS allowed me to meet people from all across the world which is something I will always cherish. This summer I meant something. I became someone. I challenge you to become someone too!

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Posted: August 16, 2014
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10
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10
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10
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17

I spent this past summer in Montana, on the Blackfeet Native American Reservation right by Glacier National Park. To say it was beautiful, both physically and spiritually, would be misleading - there are no words for how absolutely stunning every moment was. It was eye-opening. It's an experience I'll always look back on with fondness. It definitely changed me inside and out.

I woke up every morning ready to go go go! Breakfast, always. Nothing like home-cooking. And perpetual oatmeal. And then we were gone - wind or rain, hot or cold, we were out doing our stuff.

I loved working on the construction site (clambering on roof rafters!) and getting involved in the culture (playing with all the little kids! I forget how many piggyback rides I gave) all around me. I've never before felt such a strong, deep, outstanding connection to anyone or anything. Taking 11 mile hikes, swimming in icy cold lakes, rock climbing, and camping only added to the fun.

It was almost surreal - for one month, I was free to be whoever I wanted to be and do whatever I wanted to do (within reason...). I was free to just explore. It was a safe place where you could be unsafe, if that makes sense. I can't thank everyone I was in Montana with me for that opportunity. And I still keep in touch with the kids I met!

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Posted: February 9, 2013
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10
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10
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10
By: ariel k
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I've worked 8 sessions for Visions and there's a reason I keep coming back. The goals of the program really reasonate with me. We get to live in one community all summer and get to know people, the area, and become truly integrated in the short time we have. We do service projects that are chosen by the community and often get to work side by side with people who live there. The kids that choose a Visions program are people that really appreciate getting to know others and spend their summer doing service work, and those are kids I like spending my time with! Visions is a WONDERFUL program. I love it. :)

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Posted: January 15, 2013
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10
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10
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10
Age:
36

I have been on two Visions trips -- one to Peru and one to Alaska. Both were incredible. The people I met on the two trips were some of the most kind, thoughtful, friendly, and amazing people I have ever met. Camping, ice climbing, backpacking, visiting Muklukland, and canoeing were all awesome! They were really great experiences. Both summers were amazing. -Isabel Di Rosa, Washington DC

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Posted: December 19, 2012
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10
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10
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10
By: idirosa
Age:
17

My son went to Visions British Virgin Islands (Tortola) in summer 2011 and to Visions Montana the previous summer. He enjoyed both experiences. He is currently a junior in high school.

My son wasn’t thrilled about the prospect prior to going on his first Visions experience, but he agreed to give it a try and he LOVED it. (Visions Montana) He especially liked going to the Indian ceremonies.

I did NOT have to talk him into going to BVI. I think he got even more out of going this past summer, whether because he was older or because he’d been through it once and was more relaxed. He made far more lasting friendships (the previous year, I think he mostly found a few friends quickly, then stayed in his “comfort zone,” though he did have stories to tell about experiences with many of the kids).

Each year the kids do different service projects/tasks in the BVI. In fact, the July group was on a different island (Virgin Gorda) than the August (Tortola) group. The projects were similar to what he did in Montana. Building stuff, painting, etc. The staff made it a point to take the kids to different parts of the island in their free time so they really got to see and do a lot.

The group took scuba lessons on this trip, which was a big highlight for my son. He still facebooks with program participants daily.

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Posted: March 7, 2012
Overall:
10
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10
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10
By: Terry
Age:
55

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