Month6

THE CLIMATE COMPLIANCE 2012-2021 IS A PROGRAM RUNNING FOR 10 YEARS IN SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES.

Since the start in 2012, we have cleaned up 20 ton of trash from rivers and beaches, planted over 30,000 trees, set up 8 model gardens, taught in all schools on the islands, produced over 20 TV and Radio Programs and taught over 6,000 people face to face.

New climate change activists can start in March, July and November.

 

IMAGINE

» Waking up early in the morning with the sound of nature, enjoy breakfast and after that go to the organic garden to take care of the nursery and check the process of making natural fertilizer.

» Living in a community with people from all over the world, having workshops about sustainable energy and participate in environmental campaigns with children and adults from the nearby villages.

» Getting your hands dirty while learning how to make compost and prepare some productive soil for the garden.
» Learning and teaching, doing more than just waiting for politicians to sign 50 page-agreements to take care of the food you eat.

Since the first team in 2012, more than 160 people already lived this experience of becoming Climate Activists at RVA.
We believe that when we work together everything is possible.
Understanding the causes and consequences of Global Warming and Climate Change is just the beginning; We go further,  teaching and applying permaculture principles, developing new ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle.

Climate Activist Program (6 months)

This Program is divided in 8 periods.

 

» PERIOD 1. GAIA WARNS YOU:

On the first 14 days you’ll have courses and presentations about Global Warming, Climate Change, Sustainable Agriculture, Pollution, The Oceans , Small Island Development States, the Caribbean and what we can do together to adapt to the changing climate in St. Vincent.

» PERIOD 2.  DIGGING DEEPER:

Next 14 days are for further studies and research, digging deeper into understanding how climate change has affected St. Vincent, how it will do so in the future and what we can do together to prepare for what’s coming.

 

During the 1st month of the Climate Change Activist Program, the main focus is on studying and investigating the effects of climate change and global warming, both on a global scale and more specific in St. Vincent.

You, together with your team, will go out to investigate, to see first hand the damages climate change has already brought upon this island. In this period you build the foundation for the projects you will carry out in the next 5 months of the program.

Climate Activist Program (6 months)

Projects at the Climate Center

 

» PERIOD 3. MAKING RVA CLIMATE COMPLIANT:

During the second month of the Climate Change Activist Program, you and your team implement projects to make Richmond Vale Academy into a model farm and a model school for St. Vincent.
Your team and you will work with Permaculture principles in the food production, with water conservation, renewable energy, developing food processing systems, organic cleaning products and/or any other projects that can contribute to increase the sustainability of the Richmond Vale Academy.

 

In this period, each team needs to map out what will be their direct contribution to the goal of making St. Vincent and the Grenadines into a climate compliant nation.

Climate Activist Program (6 months)

Projects in Vincentian Communities.

 

» PERIOD 4. MAKING ST. VINCENT CLIMATE COMPLIANT:

You will spend the next 4 months teaching in primary and secondary schools, community centers, businesses, community colleges, medical and technical schools.

Creating TV and Radio programs and publish articles in the newspapers in St. Vincent. Run GAIA Clubs where children and adults join to learn about sustainable living.

You will also organize a big Climate Event, as an Open House, where you invite hundreds of people to workshops, lectures, exhibitions and training sessions.

 

The last 4 months of the Climate Activist Program are the major part of the program, in which you and your team carry out actions together with the people of St. Vincent, to build sustainable systems and preparing everyone for climate change.

Climate Activist Program (6 months)

Projects in Vincentian Communities.

 

» PERIOD 5 and 6. OUR NEXT LARGE ENDEAVORS:

Important tasks on this period of the Climate Change Activist Program are: Produce and Distribute the Climate Compliance Newsletter, carry out a clean up competition between schools called “The World’s Cleanest Country” and build playgrounds from tires or other kinds of trash that needs to be recycled.

During this period, the Climate Activist Team, is reaching schools and communities in more distant areas of the island using the media and partnering with active community leaders.

» PERIOD 7 and 8. FOLLOW UPS AND OUR PROUD LEGACY:

Keeping the follow up process, on the model garden farms with carbon storage in connection with new GAIA Clubs. Encouraging people to take the leading voice on the projects created during the last 5 months and, for the big ending, a great Green Celebration and BBQ with the community.

 

Finally, the whole team gets together to evaluate, conclude and hand over your experiences to the next Climate Activist Team.

Time for sharing writings, reports, photos and videos. Then, get everything ready for a special farewell celebration at the academy.

So, let’s talk about the costs.

Because we get support from sponsors and run our Hiking and Diving Center, we are able to keep our costs low. From as low as $2800 ($2300 + $500 enrollment fee) for the 6 months program.

To put our price into perspective for you, consider this:

You’ll be living in this Caribbean Island for 24 weeks (168 days). Learning and Teaching along with people from all over the world and — what’s the most important task nowadays for a Climate Activist — contributing to create awareness, spreading the knowledge about Climate Change and Global Warming in the communities.

All of this for as low as $16.67 per day to cover food, accommodation and the material you need to execute the activities inside the program (tools, books, etc.)

Services like Laundry and Fitness Centre are also available for you as well.

 

    Climate Activist Program - 6 months 

$500 + $2300 *

ENROLLMENT FEE       +       TUITION FEE

3 meals/day for 24 weeks (Vegetarians and Vegans are accommodated as well) 

Accommodation for 24 weeks (Simple and comfortable rooms)

Basic materials needed to execute the program's activities (Garden's tools, Books and Video Guides)

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

* From July 2017 the tuition fee will be $2400 so a total of $2900.

….The most important part of the arrival was still to come: Getting to know the people I would be sharing my life with.

After the formal introductions, I immediately became part of the group’s common actions: laughing, discussing, playing games and of course: working. Fortunately it could not be easier: everyone was so open and willing to make me a part of the group that it did not take long until I felt to be well integrated.

Besides the common activity in the group, the shared life at RVA is the major means to get to know everyone. Frankly spoken it brings you even closer to people than common work. When living together you do not only have to organise your life together regardless of any cultural difference, but you are also automatically confronted with different cultural habits and thus might find yourself talking about your backgrounds. You see people all day, eat with them three times a day, relax and work with them….”

Niklas from Germany.

“I have no words to describe such an amazing experience, since long ago I always wanted to do something like that but I just thought it was expensive and I left it for a future moment, as we use to do with many things in our life.

Then you realize you have spent your life purchasing stuff that you can’t even remember; and letting your money (and your time with it) run out of your hands for something that just brings you a fast,trivial sense of happiness, which flows away after each shopping experience…”
Vanessa from Spain.

“I arrived to the Island of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines on a Saturday night after two days of travel and several flight scales – From Copenhagen to Glasgow, from there to Toronto, Barbados and finally to Saint Vincent…

…Only when I wake up the next morning I was really able to see the school buildings and it’s surroundings were I could find horses, chickens and pigs, the organic garden and the fruit orchard…Later on, and because Sunday is resting day, we went down on a ten minutes walk to a very beautiful beach with black sand, warm and transparent water, where I could see the fishermen and their boats, swim and feel the hot and humid weather of the Caribbean islands…”
Ana from Portugal

We accept new applications for March, July and November….

…. Join the next team and come to this Caribbean Island!

Begin the Application Process NOW!

Fill in the small form below and we’ll contact you with more information about this Climate Activist Program and the RVA lifestyle.