VISIONS offers teenagers opportunities for ambitious service work and cross-cultural immersion in the United States and abroad. We work with and for intercultural communities that lack financial and other development resources. Through service, authentic experience, and active exploration, we encourage new perspectives and dynamic learning.
Lack of adequate housing, sparse social resources, and the highest poverty rates in the U.S. are facts of life for Indian reservations today. For two decades VISIONS has accomplished carpentry and social projects in Lame Deer and Birney Village, a small enclave on the Tongue River where about one hundred families live.
You will meet and spend time with our Cheyenne friends, learn about traditions, hear stories and the language still spoken by some tribal members. You will join a sweat lodge ceremony, taste fry bread and berry pudding, learn beading, and glimpse the tribe’s buffalo herd that grazes in remote parts of the reservation.