ASHLEY HALL SCHOOL &
VISIONS SERVICE ADVENTURES
-- SPRING/SUMMER 2021 --
WELCOME TO VISIONS
The interest expressed by Ashley Hall School in a second Custom Program with
VISIONS indicates a shared commitment to the profound learning that happens when
students undertake meaningful projects in a cross-cultural environment. After a
successful session on the Montana Blackfeet Reservation in 2018, it would be a pleasure
to work with Ashley Hall again.
VISIONS has worked in Guadeloupe for 24 years. We believe that long-term
relationships are the foundation for creating mutual understanding and real change. We
invite you to be an extension of the relationships that we have forged in this wonderful
French West Indies country.
VISIONS taught me
how important it is to
have confidence in
myself, and that taking
risks can lead to
–S Y LVA N L E B R U N
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“It gave me a sense of what I want to do in life.”
–N I C H O L A S M A G U I R E
We believe that stepping outside of ourselves and encountering new
perspectives fosters profound and positive change. We know that young
people who engage in meaningful service in unfamiliar environments gain
exceptional insight—it’s been our program model for 31 years.
VISIONS Custom Programs are an exciting opportunity to expose
participants to a new culture and a new way of thinking while giving back
and digging deep. They will be part of this with communities and local
partners who we have known for many years.
“I wanted you to know that things could not
have been better with the trip. VISIONS
leaders were attentive, energetic, intuitive,
and kindly firm, just as I would have hoped.
We worked well as a team and the students
rose to the challenges facing them.”
–A N N E W E S T O N , H E AT H W O O D H A L L , C U S T O M P R O G R A M
“The support and wisdom The custom program will be a hybrid, containing
of the on-the-ground elements of traditional VISIONS summer programs
along with ingredients tailored to meet the goals
leaders, the local teams of your group. When the objectives of the program
and the directors made are met, participants will:
me so confident that I • Increase their knowledge of the culture,
could let go and let my history, and society of the host community.
kid fall and rise on her
own, with your watchful • Improve the communication and community
living skills required in order to successfully
eyes on her. She live in a group.
herself said she grew as a
• Develop the hard skills required on the
person--a response that worksite, including tool use.
blew me away.”
• Increase their understanding of and respect for
–A L U M N I PA R E N T , J A N H . , N J diversity, in the broadest sense.
• Increase their confidence in themselves as
engaged members of a community, and as
agents of change.
• Increase their positive attitude towards
interacting, learning, and exploring across
• Meaningful Service Work — work on a variety of projects throughout the program
• Cultural Exchange — live and work as part of the community
• Day in the Life — cleaning, cooking, shopping during homebase crew days
• Reflection — group meetings to discuss and reflect on the experience
• Travel — see some of your location’s best sights
As a Department of France, Guadeloupe does not have the pressing public
infrastructure or housing needs that exist in many of VISIONS other program locations.
However, as it true of our model in any site, the service is meant to be an opportunity to
spend time with local friends and to thank them for sharing their lives with us. The work
will be meaningful, well-planned and varied, including such things as helping on an
organic farm, assisting a nonprofit that serves developmentally disabled people and doing
internships with small businesses in town.
After work ends around 2 pm, the rest of the day entails cultural exchanges, recreation
and other activities anchored in the community. We typically set aside one or two
full-day activities for every five work days. Your group will experience the “must-see”
sights along with activities that come from long-standing relationships in the community.
On a few evenings, we meet as a group to reflect on the volunteer and cultural
experiences, and to listen to what others have to share. Teachers are also
welcome to facilitate these meetings to include lessons specific to the group’s
ACCO M M O DAT I O N S
VISIONS Guadeloupe program includes homestays with local families who have
been vetted through previous programs and/or our local partners. Students have
their own space and bed.
Meals and snacks on the program will be varied and healthy. Some meals are
eaten with host families and others are eaten with the group during worksites
Vegetarian and meat options are available at meals and healthy snacks are
provided throughout the day. Participants with allergies or other food
requirements will provide that information to VISIONS before the program
• Service projects, including working on an organic
farm, helping in English classes at local schools, and
participating in environmental projects
• Viewing wildlife among mangroves during a pedal
boat and kayak outing
• Pottery, cassava flour and bread making, indigo
dyeing, calebasse carving and more
• Hiking, swimming and snorkeling through stunning
• Souvenir shopping and sightseeing on the island of
Te r r e - d e - H a u t
• Gwoka drumming and zouk traditional dance lessons
• Tour of a sugarcane mill
WORK HARD, PLAY HARD
Our week in Guadeloupe will be focused on cultural
exchange, with time for service projects and
excursions. Our after-work activities will be a blend
of cultural immersion and fun.
GUADELOUPE SAMPLE 8-DAY PROGRAM
*Schedule may change to accommodate group Day Three Day Six Day Eight
or community needs, weather, etc. The following • Worksites begin. Worksites may include • Worksites: Mini workshops with local • Pack / clean homebase
gives an overview of a typical program. • Ferry to the main island for
visiting classes at the primary school small businesses, including a local
Day One and high school, working on a local bakery and a sorbet vendor departure flights
• Flight Arrival to Pointe-a-Pitre organic farm and other environmental • Afternoon: Kayaking in a mangrove
• 1-hour ferry trip to the island of Marie projects forest and learning about this unique
• Afternoon: Hike to a waterfall ecosystem
• Welcome at the ferry dock by VISIONS Day Four Day Seven
• Worksites • Full day excursion to the Les Saintes’
leader, introduction and overview of • Afternoon: Indigo dying and visit to the
the week ahead island of Terre-de-Haut: to tour an
• Go with families to homestays for Kreole West Indies Museum to learn ancient fort, check out the shops in
dinner & the evening about Guadeloupe’s art and heritage town, spend time at the beach, and get
to know this popular little island that
Day Two Day Five has its own unique character from the
• Morning outing with homestay • Worksites rest of Guadeloupe.
• Afternoon: Tour of a sugarcane mill and
• Afternoon: Cookout at the beach with explanation of the distilling process
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–C O L I N P E T K U S , S U M M E R S E A R C H