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Food Production

[caption id="attachment_253" align="aligncenter" width="623"] Food Production Time - Garden With soaring food costs, one billion people going hungry every day, fast food and junk food causing malnutrition, obesity and health problems, food production based on fossil fuels contributing to global warming and climate change – with all these problems and more, the question of how to produce and supply healthy food for all is a burning issue of our time. [caption id="attachment_252" align="aligncenter" width="467"] Permaculture in our Greenhouses At RVA, you will be involved in food production on several levels and from different perspectives. You will study the issues globally and locally, getting the facts and investigating the consequences for ordinary people. Why are the people of St. Vincent, with their seemingly perfect conditions for farming, far from selfsufficient with food? What does it mean when giant corporations control food production with profit as their only goal? You will work in the academy’s garden farm, growing organic vegetables and fruits for own consumption, raising animals for meat, and growing lime, passion fruit and bananas for sale. [caption id="attachment_255" align="aligncenter" width="528"] Setting Seedlings You will learn how to plan and start garden farms as an important action when fighting with The Poor in Central or Latin America, and how to solve obstacles such as getting water for irrigation, making compost from local waste materials, and fighting pests without...
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Climate Change in St. Vincent

[caption id="attachment_4178" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Infrastructural damage in the St. Vincent and the Grenadines town of Georgetown, following the Christmas Eve 2013 storm. Photo Credit: trust.org In a lot of developed countries, and especially those in temperate climates, it is easy to think of climate change as something that is going to happen. A threat that will influence the lives of our children or grandchildren. However, in a lot of places people are already experiencing a lot of the negative effects of global warming . Particularly developing countries around the equator are seeing the impact and if you happen to live in a small island state you are facing an even higher risk. St. Vincent & the Grenadines , unfortunately, fits perfectly into all these categories. At  Richmon d Vale Academy we went out into the local communities to observe and talk to people about their experience with living in a place that is changing rapidly. Not all of the people we met were familiar with the concepts of Global Warming or Climate Change  but everyone could tell that their country was acting differently than it used to.       The consequences of Global Warming and Climate Change in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Rising sea levels. As glaciers and icecaps are melting the sea level is rising. A group of older Vincentians we met told us...
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Fitness

[caption id="attachment_249" align="aligncenter" width="560"] Training for the soccer match Whatever your fitness level is when you arrive at Richmond Vale Academy, you can look forward to improving your health, strength and stamina and getting fit for fighting poverty and global warming, by enjoying sports and exercise of many different kinds, individually and with your teammates. Most participants try out their limits on this adventure trip, building both stamina, confidence and comradeship.                                      Swimming, Ball Sports, Running, Hiking , Yoga , Insanity , are among the chosen sports. Fitness Center                                               Towards the end of 2010, the teachers decided to build a fitness center for everyone living at RVA. During 2011 we made several actions and building weekends together and finished the center in August 2011. We completed new bathrooms, showers, built a big terrace, made new floors and painted the corridors. We imported used fitness equipment from USA that includes yoga mats, yoga balls, hand weights and a small variety of fitness machines.
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No drugs No Alcohol

The frames of the school In order to ensure the best possible conditions for the programs at Richmond Vale Academy, the Teacher Council has from the start set frames regarding alcohol and drug use while in the program: 1.Nobody who participates in a course can take alcohol while carrying out the program. This also applies when traveling to or from home travel. 2.Nobody who participates in a course can be involved with euphoriant or narcotic substances. This applies whether you are at school, traveling, on home travel, or in Central or Latin America during travel and work periods. In short, it applies all the time. 3.Former drug users must have been free of heavy drugs for a minimum of 18 months before the course starts. * A participant who does not comply with the drug and alcohol frame is no longer on the course. * The main arguments for this decision are: Re. 1) and 2) Learning about and investigating the present-day reality is both physically and mentally demanding, and so is taking action as a consequence hereof. Drugs and alcohol will be a hindrance to the implementation of the program and an impediment to the social life and comradeship between people during the course. Moreover, the program takes place in countries with severe punishments for possession of drugs, and the projects where you will work in Central or...
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About Us

R ichmond Vale Academy  is a non profit institution in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. More than 500 students from St. Vincent and around the world have participated in shorter and longer courses to reduce poverty and protect the environment since 2002. Richmond Vale Academy is an educational institution with the aim to train activists from all over the world to fight global warming and global poverty shoulder to shoulder with the poor. The Academy currently runs two main programs: 1. The Climate Compliance Conference , which is host of the Climate Change Activists  where new students join for one or six months at the time and take part in a 10 year project to spearhead that people in St. Vincent adapt to the challenges of Global Warming and Climate Change. 2. The Fighting Poverty Program , students join an 18 months program in cooperation with One World University. Students earn an A or B-certificate in "Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with The Poor" as Distance Learners . Students spend 6 months Service Period at a Humana People to People project in Ecuador or Belize. We also run a smaller horse training program and offer 2-4 week courses to school groups that learn about and experience St. Vincent. How Richmond Vale Academy was started The Academy was built in the 80's as a Vocational School for Vincentians...
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Meet the Students

Casey, age 24 from Hong Kong “Living in a big city life I’ve seen how wasteful we are and how we are so bound by this dependent way of living. I’m looking forward to learning at RVA to make a change personally and to bringing it back to my community.”   Sara, age 27 from U.S.A. “I came to RVA because I really wanted to travel and try something new. I also thought it would be a good opportunity to participate in positive and meaningful change. Some of the things that I enjoy are hiking and camping, reading, animals and live music.” Sam, age 24 from England “I have travelled from the U.K. in order to pursue my passion in gaining knowledge about the environment. My interests lie in the outdoors, hiking, climbing, slacklining, and diving.” Lilith, age 21 from Germany “I came to RVA to learn more about gardening and global climate change and to take that knowledge back home with me to pass it on to other people.” Kwakou, age 19 from U.S.A. “I’m from Washington D.C. and I’ve decided to come to RVA because I want to learn more about being self-sufficient and making a positive impact on my environment. My ultimate goal in life is to be a drive for improvement in today’s society. When I look around I don’t see enough...
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Life at Richmond Vale Academy