Practicing compassion. Opening your heart and mind. Challenging yourself. Learning something new. Forging friendships. Transcending boundaries. Exploring unknown cultures and lands. Sharing experiences and knowledge. Experiencing kindness…there are myriad reasons why international service-learning trips are meaningful and often life-changing to those who chose to embark on such adventures.
At Visions, we emphasize not just the “service,” but also the “learning.” These are the 2 critical components that define the type of experience you will have if you decide to join us abroad. While we each have ideas, knowledge, experience, etc. to share with our friends abroad, we also have the opportunity and the responsibility to learn from our peers as they share their culture, their work, their experiences, and their lives with us. Our service-learning trips are driven by the idea that we are all equal and that we can help achieve development objectives best when we work together as allies & partners.
Since 2003, Visions has had 196 volunteers join us abroad from countries all over the world – including the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Switzerland, Zambia, Singapore, Qatar, Russia, and India – to participate in service-learning experiences that are both meaningful and impactful to both the volunteer and the community(-ies) with which they work. These international volunteers have been joined locally by more than 200 volunteers from the host countries where we work – Sri Lanka, India, Ethiopia, and Nicaragua – and have carried out all sorts of service activities and work over the years.
Visions Service-Learning Trip Opportunities 2019
ETHIOPIA - SUNY New Paltz Partnership
Visions’ partnership with State University of New York at New Paltz (“SUNY New Paltz”) in running a service-learning trip focused on “Deaf Education & Empowerment in Ethiopia” has been renewed for a 4th year. Trip dates are scheduled for May 30th - June 11th, 2019. Please visit the SUNY New Paltz Center for International Programs website for more details and to apply (*applications are now being accepted!): https://international.newpaltz.edu/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=1786