What is the program about?

 

Along with your team you will learn to be the proactive force in teaching and implementing projects in some of the poorest countries in the world.

You will learn to lead by example and raise awareness while mobilizing people to participate in community and individual actions to make ecological home gardens, secure better health and teach in schools.

The activities included in the program are designed to contribute with agricultural production, family health and nutrition, education, small business development and environmental protection

The activities included in the program are designed to contribute with agricultural production, family health and nutrition, education, small business development and environmental protection

Community Development Program Structure

The Program Starts in April and October

Three months training at Richmond Vale Academy, St Vincent

Period One is based at RVA

Studies will include global affairs, political science, international and economic development.

Methods will include group and individual studies, lectures, investigations and discussions within a team.

You will also take part in projects and receive leadership and practical training to develop a variety of skills directly needed during the subsequent project period in one of the communities in St Vincent.

The administration of the school is carried out by its staff and students, including carrying out all the daily chores.
The focus of the training period is to provide the framework that will give you the understanding, knowledge and variety of skills, including team building, practical and leadership skills, to make the project period a success for both you and the beneficiaries at the project.
These skills will also be useful in your future career and life.

Six months Project Work in the Caribbean or Africa

This is where your volunteer experience starts.

Your team will be posted in a local community in the Caribbean or Africa.
Projects focus on creating change in farming, education and health. The projects work together with children, parents, farmers, teachers and local leaders.

You will do your part to tackle the root causes of poverty and help build sustainable and resilient communities.
Prior to leaving for your destination, you will have meetings to discuss and determine the specific jobs and responsibilities for your posting, depending on the specific needs of the low and moderate income families with whom you’ll be working with.
After that you will have a consolidated plan that will act as the guidelines for the coming six months as you begin your work together with the community.

There will be a variety of tasks, from engaging with local farmers to increasing food production, supporting economic opportunities for the families, working together with teachers, collaborating with the local government, helping with public facilities installation, leading activities in the community centers or promoting and constructing home gardens together with a local community – and much more.
You will get close to your partners in action and gather experiences you will never forget. You will also change as a person.

 

One month Conclusion and Information period in St Vincent

Following your six months of community work, you return to RVA to digest your experiences.

This final stage of the program enables you to share your findings and evaluate the effectiveness and impact of the work in the field.

This allows for continual improvement of the program, whilst ensuring you gain extensive and valuable understanding derived from the program.

You finalize the products and get ready to spread information to target groups of your choice and «hit them in the heart», thereby supporting and encouraging greater community development efforts.

During this phase, you will acquire additional skills and understanding that help you prepare for the next steps in your life and career.

Period 1

Three months training at Richmond Vale Academy, St Vincent
Period One is based at RVA. Studies will include global affairs, political science, international and economic development.

Period 2

Six months Project Work in the Caribbean or Africa.
This is where your volunteer experience starts. Your team will be posted in a local community in the Caribbean or Africa.

Period 3

One month Conclusion and Information period in St Vincent.
Following your six months of community work, you return to RVA to digest your experiences.

 

What people say?

 

Tjasa, Slovenia, 23 y old.

During my time at RVA, and also during my volunteer work in Ecuador, I’ve learned and seen many things which opened my eyes. When I actually met the people in the field I’ve realized that the best way to do something for them is to go out there and do things with them and teach them how they can do it by themselves.

Tjasa, Slovenia, 23 y old
Project period in Ecuador
Baha, Jordan, 37 y old

My decision to become a volunteer came after I started learning about climate change and the effects it has on the world, I wanted to start taking action towards the elevation of the effects of climate change. I also wanted to take on a new challenge that would completely take me out of my comfort zone.

Baha, Jordan
Project period in Belize
Austin, St Vincent, 34 y old.

Africa changed my life. The difference in culture, food, music, living lifestyles and even social practices. The exposure I got still remains some of the fondest memories. Of course, this journey had to start somewhere, and mine started at Richmond Vale with the most diverse team I’ve ever worked with even to this day! My journey started in 2009, but the friendships, skills, knowledge and memories remain with me ever since.

 

 

Austin, St Vincent, 34 y old
Project period in South Africa
Anna, Poland, 22 y old.

I have worked for a sailing organization all my life, doing youth projects. I’d say most of the skills I got from the program were soft skills. I’ve learned how to better deal with people, how to organize my workday, how to communicate with my international coworkers. But most importantly, I’ve gained a different outlook at life. I am going to work part-time soon, because I’ve realized there are other more important things in life.

Anna, Poland, 22 y old
Project period in Belize
Ammon, USA, 20 y old.

The most important thing I gained from this program was recognizing opportunities when they come along, as well as knowing how to find them. There is more than one way of doing something. The best way won’t always be obvious and often times you have to pave the way. Real Practical skills through: Gardening, Using a Machete, Speaking Spanish, Organizing events and group actions, harvesting food, travel skills of all kinds.

Ammon, USA, 20 y old.
Project period in Ecuador
Jocelyn, Chile, 32 y old.

I met with a lot of people who became really important to me… they will always be in my heart. The best moment was to create an ecologic playground in Cangonama, Ecuador; it was the best thing I did in my life, not just for the playground itself, but because of the people, the work, the organizing part of it, it made me another person…

Jocelyn, Chile, 32 y old
Project period in Ecuador
Tomika, St Vincent, 20 y old.

Before I arrived to Mozambique, I always had the idea that I was poor, but in Africa I learned that wealth is not in material things. I have seen families eating from one plate and still invite their neighbors to join them for a meal. I have learned not to be a prisoner of the capitalist world that we are living in. The time that I stayed in Africa is very memorable and it taught me to be a humanitarian.

Tomika, St Vincent, 20 y old
Project period in Mozambique
Heather, Scotland, 32 y old

I spent 6 months of my programme in Ecuador, which was incredibly challenging due to the language barrier and very different life style, but somehow despite all the challenges I made it through and for me that was an incredible achievement. Living and working abroad really shows you the similarities between people and it inspired me to be the best person that I can be

Heather, Scotland, 32 y old
Project period in Ecuador
Vivian, Uruguay, 43 y old.

During the programme, I learned to listen, observe, debate, practice my patience and tolerance. The greatest challenge all the time, getting out of our selves and our egoism to try to do something common with people from completely different points of view, culture, language, etc. I got to know people who just gave the best of themselves at all times!

Vivian, Uruguay, 43 y old.
Community Development Program

Why this program?

Personal Growth

Your team and teachers will challenge and support you in becoming a more confident and competent person using your own driving force. You will develop your leadership skills along with practicing community mobilization and involvement.

Make a difference

You will learn about real-world issues like extreme poverty, climate change, biodiversity loss and inequality, and will practice taking action against some of these atrocities.

Practise another way of living

Experience and realize the power of living collectively with like-minded people, who are searching for a way to create social change, just like you.

Why this program?

Personal Growth

Your team and teachers will challenge and support you in becoming a more confident and competent person using your own driving force. You will develop your leadership skills along with practicing community mobilization and involvement.

 

Make a difference

You will learn about real-world issues like extreme poverty, climate change, biodiversity loss and inequality, and will practice taking action against some of these atrocities.

 

Practise another way of living

Experience and realize the power of living collectively with like-minded people, who are searching for a way to create social change, just like you.

Community Development Program

$500

Enrollment fee

+

$4000

Course fee

Food, Accomodation and
program costs are included

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