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Fighting Poverty Program

The Fighting Poverty Program is an 18-month comprehensive study and action program with different periods of studies, practical actions, experiences and taking responsibility for humanity in crisis.

New teams start every April and October


Current Teams


The Present and Future Period (6 months)

The first 6 months take place at Richmond Vale Academy, where you'll train yourself to become a Development Instructor in poor communities in Ecuador and Belize.


collage-3-bfpThe Present – 3 Months


During the first 3 months participants dig deeper into the causes and the history of poverty and inequality.


The subjects are based upon understanding the different forces that run the world and the big issues of our time.


The participants learn about the causes and conditions of poverty and inequality. During this period, participants also get themselves organized in the team.


The starting team gets into all aspects of running a sustainable community collectively. Participants also get to know their new environments: both at and around the academy.


You’ll get a first-hand experience with the beautiful country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

Month #1:

 The forces that run the world

Month #2:

 Big issues of our time

Month #3:

 Riches and potentials of the world



The Future– 3 Months


The second part of the first period at the school is focused on the future.


Based on the new knowledge and new understanding of how and why the Poor are poor, the program goes into looking at the expectations for the future, new technologies that will shape the future and ways to build a sustainable future.


The Fighting Poverty Program participants also get prepared to travel to the projects communities in Latin America.


They do this by studying relevant issues and by training themselves in the practical skills needed to make an impact in the communities.

Topics such as health, organic farming, sustainability and fundraising are a big part of this period.

During the last month the now qualified Development Instructors organize their travels and prepare specifically for the projects they will be working with.

Month #4:

 Expectations for the future

Month #5:

 New technologies shaping the future.

Month #6:

 From here to the future.



During the first 6 months of the program, participants also raise the necessary funding for travelling to Latin America and for making the program's economy work.


The Service Period (6 months)

The Service Period takes place in Ecuador or Belize.

The trained Development Instructors work and live shoulder to shoulder with the Poor in communities in Belize or Ecuador.

During this period the participants serve in community development projects with the NGO Humana People to People.

The service period is focused on developing poor communities in terms of vegetable production and nutrition, healthy living, education and income generating projects.


6 Months in Latin America 


The Development Instructors travel in groups of 2 or 3 to their respective projects in Belize and/or Ecuador.


During this period, participants live and work shoulder to shoulder with poor communities, working together with projects of the local NGO, Humana People to People.


The projects in Belize and Ecuador are based on improving the conditions of the community through promoting organic farming to increase food security, health and hygiene campaigns, building community spirit;


Teaching children, youth and adults; and creating income generating and social enterprises to assist indigenous people to improve their living conditions.


Development Instructors investigate through action research: ways to fight poverty, conditions of the poor and creating productive cooperation between people.


The Journal Period (6 months)

The final part of the Fighting Poverty Program is the Journal period.

The Journal period takes place at Richmond Vale Academy. During this period participants conclude on their 6 months of working shoulder to shoulder with the Poor.

The different trios reunite at the school and share their experiences with each other and with the new participants that now started their program at the school.

The purpose of the Journal Period is to share the experience of poverty with the rest of the world through the creation of a Journal product and to conclude of 18 months in the fighting poverty program.

During this period the participants become key members of Richmond Vale Academy and part of the teacher council.



Reporting and Editing


The Development Instructors return from the project, meet again in the team and bring together all collective experiences from 12 months of learning, working and gaining experience.


The participants then share their experiences with the school and find ways to share their knowledge with the world through creating a Journal Product;


A magazine or newspaper or radio broadcasts or television programs —or a multi- media production, theater, or book— in order to bring to the public the knowledge and experience acquired in the first 12 months of the program.


The News Desk

After having crafted the product, the team spends 2 months ‘on the road’ of teaching and inspiring others to create change.

The Journal Product is taken on the road and shared with as many people as possible.
Another part of the teaching is to share the product online on the RVA blog, Forums, Groups, etc.... in as many ways as possible.


Conclusion and Preparing  the Future


The last months of the program are spent on taking final exams with One World University and on making common and individual conclusions of 18 months fighting shoulder to shoulder with the poor.

Participants, now equipped to take on bigger responsibilities for the world, prepare to leave the school and make individual or collective decisions about how to continue the mission to eradicate poverty

Besides participant's  payments, the Hiking, Diving and Nature Center offers monetary support and other donations are given from various organizations to support the running of the school and actions in the communities.

On the Fighting Poverty Team you will cover the remaining expenses by contacting new donors and other fundraising actions.

Raising funds is an integral part of the program, that will teach you to take charge, plan, organize, go for a goal and succeed while sticking together with the team.

For a fair investment of $5400 ($4900 + $500 enrollment fee) you could become a Poverty Fighter at RVA with extended field experience in Ecuador or Belize.


REMEMBER, at the end of your journey (18 months later) YOU will be a Qualified Development Instructor with a lot of priceless field experiences and an A-Certificate from One World University.


    Fighting Poverty Program - 18 months 

$500 + $4900


3 meals/day for 18 months (60% of our food is produce locally and organic) 

Accomodation for 18 months  (12 months in RVA and 6 months in Ecuador or Belize)

Basic materials needed to execute the program's activities.

Investigation and Just For Fun Trips (Getting to know St. Vincent and the Grenadines)

Fraction of the travel cost to Ecuador or Belize (by foundrasing campaigns you'll complete the necessary amont) 

A-Certificate from One World University



"We feel it has  a significant influence on people's lives in Belize, because it promote actions with the communities, supporting them during the process, teaching and giving knowledge which can be used longer after we leave the project. This is a very different way to do aid where many other organizations just gives resources without implementing them properly, which do more harm than good...

....As a person the project also teach us many new skills and show us that we have more capacity than we ever could think of. Just the fact that you live together with people who are living in a difficult situation gives you a lot of perceptive on your own life...."  Thomas (Denmark) & Keith (Colombia)

"The opportunity to be a Poverty Fighter is an once in a lifetime experience that allows you to use all your knowledge in practice, the opportunity to meet people, to share your culture as well as learn a lot about a new one, to learn new skills, to come across a new lifestyle, to discover a lot about yourself. You'll be able to reflect on your own values, and the most important aspect is to help people..." Martin (Slovakia)

"The biggest challenge for me were definitely the languages. Both, English and Spanish. Before I came to RVA I didn’t use English a lot. There was no need to do so. We had English in school and I was surrounded with it all the time on TV but I didn’t use it for communication. I was never satisfied with my level of it and I was never confident using it. That was one of the reasons why I chose a program that is not in my country (Slovenia) and I also knew that there won’t be anyone from my country so I will be forced to speak English, right or wrong....

....Latin America, more specifically Ecuador, was a period when a was confronted with number of challenges. When I arrived to the project my Spanish was still at the beginning and that put more pressure on me because we were there to teach people different things related to farming and agriculture, nutrition and English..." Tjaša (Slovenia)


"We receive new participants on April and October...

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