Starts November 2021.
Starts May and November 2022.
Because of the recent explosion of the volcano “La Soufriere” the buildings at Richmond Vale Academy have been severely damaged.
Due to this, our sister Non-Profit Organization in the United States has offered to take over the training, prior to the project work in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
Join us in boosting healthy food by making organic gardens!
An overview of the 6 months Climate Activism Course
2 Months training in the United States
On arrival, new participants are involved in an intensive study and research curriculum centred on learning and reflecting about global warming and climate change; both in the classroom and through research activities.
Throughout the programme, there are three anchor themes from where to choose all the climate compliance actions and research activities:
- Food and water Security
- Energy Security
- Ready for Climate Change
In this period, participants have structured teacher-led courses about global warming, climate change, sustainable agriculture, pollution, the oceans and other related topics. Participants also reflect on the actions that can be done together to adapt to the changing climate in the islands and around the world.
3 Months “Making St. Vincent Climate Compliant”
The team will be posted in villages in St. Vincent. Projects focus on creating change in farming, education and health. This period is about leading by example, raising awareness and mobilising people to participate in community and individual actions.
During this period team actions can include:
- Tree planting
- Setting up biogas digesters
- Assisting families making home gardens
- Promoting the use of organic farming
- Teaching in schools
1-Month Evaluation and Outreach
In this final period, the team reflects on their 5 months experience and shares its achievements and lessons learned with other teams and with the local community. They do this by giving lectures, building user manual or dossiers, writing reports and making other communication materials (such as blogs, Power Points presentations and videos).
Besides being deeply involved with the activities participants also work during the week in the organic garden, make food production, do fitness activities, collaborate in running the school and much more.
More about St Vincent and what has been accomplished so far
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has been devastated by severe weather disasters year after year over the past 10 years. In response, Richmond Vale Academy took decisive action by initiating a programme called “The Saint Vincent Climate Compliance Conference 2012 – 2021”.
This program aims to bring people together to take action. Since 2012, more than 400 national and international students and teachers together with thousands of people across St. Vincent and the Grenadines have answered to the threat of climate disaster.
Most recently the volcano La Soufriere erupted in April 2021. This brought the country into an emergency situation, leaving thousands of people in shelters loosing their livelihood.
- 30,000 trees have been planted.
- Hundreds of lessons given in schools, community centers and elsewhere.
- 30 tons of garbage has been collected from beaches, rivers and villages.
- 100 Organic Home gardens have been built with families in North Leeward and Fancy.
- Six Bio gas digesters have been installed at farms, schools and
- Numerous information leaflets, newspapers, booklets have been distributed along with airing radio and TV programmes in St. Vincent and abroad, mobilising people to take action.
- Four books have been written and distributed to families, organizations and government entities.
- Several conferences, open days, seminars and fairs have been held informing about Global Warming and Climate Change.
- More than 1000 people visiting the Academy annually to learn about
and get inspired to what actions can be taken for a sustainable future.
- The RVA Climate Center has been implemented and is under constant improvement.
- With the recent volcanic explosion RVA tried to help in anyway possible, fundraising money to support farmers with feed to their animals, buying food supplies, giving farming workshops in shelters, donating clothes to people who had lost their clothes or could not return to their houses.
Learn more about the Volcanic Eruption on our blog and YouTube channel.
Testimonials: Why We Joined
My decision to come to Richmond Vale Academy in March 2017 was aligned with my path towards getting more and more involved in the development sector. By then I was studying a couple of subjects of my Master of Development Practice by distance. I saw the opportunity to have a more hands on experience, so I enrolled in the programme. I absolutely loved my time as a volunteer student here. I learned so much, not only about climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives, but also a lot about myself!
Calvert, St. Vincent
I wanted to be a volunteer because I find it interesting and I always wanted to try it. I was just out of school and didn't really have any plans – a person in my town who knew RVA suggested I should join. He said I could meet people from all around the world. I thought I could make a change for myself, and the people I was going to help.
A long time ago I had this innocent idea that I wanted to make the world a better place, I wanted to go far away to Africa, to improve it, to change it. Fortunately life made me wait long enough to learn some things before.
I had just finalised my undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and I felt the need to apply what I had learnt in a practical manner. A job seemed likely, but then the rigidness of it put me of a little. It was during an enduring search that I saw the opportunity to volunteer and it immediately peaked my interest.
Meet the teams:
Videos from our Climate Actions
The cost of the program:
|Climate Compliance Program - 6 Months|
|$500 + $3300|
|Enrollment fee + Tuition fee|
|Food and Accommodation for 6 Months|
|Basic materials needed to execute the program's activities|
|Research and Action|
|The price is subject to change in 2022|