VISIONS leaders are the backbone of our successful teen service programs. We seek exceptional people who are hard-working and spirited mentors.

Our leader teams are individuals who are respectful of other cultures, have good judgment, and are positive role models for teenagers. Typical teams include teachers, graduate students, returned Peace Corps Volunteers, outdoor educators, carpenters, adventurers and alumni of VISIONS programs.

Leaders supervise and mentor teens during 12-day to 4-week programs. Many locations have back-to-back sessions with a few days of break in between. Leaders work with and supervise students in all aspects of the program: service projects, recreational activities, cross-cultural events, and even day-to-day chores such as cooking and cleaning. The first priority is creating a positive and productive experience for the participants that cultivates growth and global understanding.

This is a residential program, with leaders and teens living together in a community center, rented house, or similar place that we call home for the summer, usually in a local neighborhood. We have long-term ties to the places we work, and thus are a part of the community. Leaders work hard, but the work is incredibly fulfilling when it’s the right fit. VISIONS leaders commit to a work attitude that is respectful, cooperative, positive, safety-conscious, and community-spirited.

A VISIONS leader is a team player first and foremost. We maintain a 1 to 5 leader-to-student ratio, including the Program Director. We place leaders in VISIONS program locations where their skills are the best fit and also keep in mind complementary leadership styles for a well-rounded team.

Most VISIONS summer leaders are mid-20s to mid-30s, with a minimum age of 21 with no upper age limit. Leaders must be First Aid and CPR certified before employment begins (you may obtain your certifications between your hiring and the beginning of the summer) and more advanced medical certifications such as WFR, WFA, EMT and Lifeguard certification can bolster an application.VISIONS also hires carpenters for several of our sites. Solid foreign language skills are required for our language immersion locations.

Leaders receive round-trip travel to and from the international program site, and meals/lodging. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Tagged as: Backcountry Skills, Camp Counselors, Camp Staff, Conservation, Development, Instruction and Guiding, Support Staff, Teaching/Education, Trail Supervisor, Crew, and Leaders


You and your team are responsible for facilitating a fun, engaging, impactful and safe experience for a group of diverse teenagers far from home. You are a role model, helping students process their experience and make it successful according to VISIONS core values. To do this, you must be culturally sensitive, flexible, patient, kind and hard-working.

Required Skills:

Minimum age 21
First Aid and CPR certified before the program begins
For language immersion programs (Peru and the D.R.): fluent or conversational-level Spanish

Preferred Skills:

SPECIAL QUALIFICATIONS (not required, but may prioritize your application)
Carpentry skills
Lifeguarding experience
Advanced medical training (WFR, EMT, etc.)

About VISIONS Service Adventures

VISIONS teen volunteers settle into daily life of the host community, become friends with local residents, experience new customs and in the process, gain a sense of global connection. As one of the original international and domestic service organizations for teenagers, we celebrate this connectedness—and the hope it holds for the future.

In addition to high-impact social service and construction projects, VISIONS continues to expand our environmental commitment with projects rooted in sustainability and connection to the land.

Application Instructions

Please submit an application here: https://visionsserviceadventures.com/leader-application/