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Mervi, Finland: We have a responsibility to act

experience I am currently enrolled in the 18 month Fighting with the Poor program at the Richmond Vale Academy
I am currently enrolled in the 18 month "Fighting with the Poor" program at the Richmond Vale Academy. Before coming to the Caribbean, I had worked 8 years for the same company and felt that I wanted a change in my life. The office job was making me unhappy and left me lacking a sense of meaning. I didn't feel like I was contributing anything to th...
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Julian: Embrace this unique learning experienceThe chicken project

IMG_20180122_075109 We hope they will take good care of our chicken project and see the fruit trees grow and blossom
The 6 months program is unique in many ways. It provides the students with a practical understanding of topics surrounding sustainable agriculture and climate change adaptation. For most of the students, including me, many of these topics would have maybe always remained theoretical concepts. The program is structured in several "periods", each of ...
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Felix: RVA is an amazing place

felix Felix worked in Ecuador
My name is Ammon Felix and I am from the Richland, WA, U.S.A. I was part of the Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with the Poor Program at Richmond Vale Academy from April 2016 - November 2017. During this Time I spent 6 months studying the massive forces in the world that keep many people in poverty. I spent 6 months learning the practicalities of wor...
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We plant trees

treeplanting Tree planting action at Richmond Vale academy, St. Vincent
Tree planting actions and awareness campaigns are an important part of Richmond Vale Academy's curriculum. We partner with many different stakeholders in order to plant the most beneficial trees in various projects. We plant shade trees with schools, fruit trees in communities, give away moringa seedlings for personal backyards, plant mangroves on ...
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Joost, Germany: Everyone can make a change

joost Joost, Germany: Everyone can make a change
As my team arrived in St. Vincent and at the Richmond Vale Academy, we decided pretty early that we want to assist in re-establish a farmers market in Chateaubelair, a little village on the North-Leeward side of the main Island of St. Vincent. As there were attempts to build up a farmers market before we came to St. Vincent, which ultimately failed...
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Green Energy Movement

solar-panel-roof1 Our aim is to become fully dependent on Solar Energy
Our Solar Project As part of the movement for a more sustainable, eco-friendly Richmond Vale, one of the most recent projects we have embarked on is to become dependent on only solar powered energy. The movement within the renewable energy sector in the modern day is rapidly growing, and so its vital, we as a climate centre, divert away from the ex...
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Morning class: Crossing Crisis- Relations between US and Latin America

morning-classe_20180906-173059_1 Morning Class at Richmond Vale Academy
Every Monday and Friday we have what we call morning class. Everyone, teacher, student, guest speaker, is welcome to prepare a presentation about any topic that is of interest to them and share their passion about it. This morning a guest speaker that we love inviting for his passionating talks, came to tell us more about the relationship between U...
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Richmond Vale Academy establishing "Pass it On” home gardens in the community

pass-it-on-homegardens Students at RVA taking part in the project
In 2016, Richmond Vale Academy, an alternative school centered on climate change, began to establish "Pass it On" home gardens in the community of Chateaubelair, North Leeward. The goals of the "Pass it On" home garden project are many: (1) teach members of the community how to grow their own food using the principles of permanent agriculture or "p...
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Learn to Dive

jesper-diving-instructor-richmondvale-diving-center Jesper is a diving instructor at Richmond Vale Diving Center
When you join a program at Richmond Vale Academy it is possible to become a certified Diver. We started to engage in protection and conservation efforts in 2015 by investing in a Diving Center.  Shortly after we a trained instructor and the second instructor is in the process to being certified. We started to learn about the importance of mari...
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Rebels of the Caribbian

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We don't generally think of the Caribbean as a place of suffering and vulnerability. However, Stina Herberg and Selwyn Patterson, who are fund raising to attend the CCC19 conference at Findhorn, live on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent where each day they experience the truth of the Caribbean's defencelessness against climate change. They have s...
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How an island got it's name

Young-Island-SVG The island nation consists of 32 islands and cays - one of the islands is called Young Island.
The country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, also known as 'Hairoun (a)' and also 'Yurumein', is located to the south of the Caribbean Sea and has a population of 110.000 people. SVG is a small island nation but its history is quite remarkable and its landscapes are breathtaking.  The island nation consists of 32 islands and cays - one of ...
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Malwina, Poland: Seeing St. Vincent through children’s eyes

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We keep hearing that as adults we are nowhere as creative as when we were children and, what's worse, that the older we get the less creative we become. My point, however, is not to discuss the broad topic of 'creativity' and whether formal education system diminishes it or not. What I want to share with you is my impressions from one project, a sm...
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Building weekend in the mountain

Building Weekend at Richmond Vale
Our Permaculture Teacher, Luke, and his family, own land in the province of Vermont in Saint Vincent. This piece of land is located in the mountain, when you reach the end of the paved road you still need to drive for a couple kilometers on a very bumpy rocky muddy road. At the end of the path, there is a small shed with a covered deck, full of too...
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When we make an agreement, we owe it to ourselves to act on that

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As part of joining Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) every student agrees to what we call 'The Frames'. This is the policy in which we agree to have no drugs and no alcohol as part of what we do here at the school. There are several reason for this from simple things such as reducing work ethic to having negative impact on the community.  For me one...
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La Escuela Pública "Belair" visita RVA

Hoy, ¡los estudiantes de sexto grado de la escuela pública Belair llegaron a Richmond para visitar nuestro campus! ¡Siempre es una pequeña aventura y una gran experiencia de aprendizaje para todos, tanto para la escuela como para nosotros aquí en RVA! Heather hizo una presentación sobre la vida en RVA, nuestros programas, los proyectos de huertos familiares y, por supuesto, sobre el cambio climático. [gallery link="none" ids="12887,12886,12888" orderby="rand"] Después de un almuerzo rápido con una vista del volcán y Santa Lucía, nos dividimos en grupos más pequeños y todos los estudiantes del equipo de marzo de " Voluntariado Ambiental " y con el de " Combatiendo la Pobreza ", se convirtieron en guías turísticos para el día. Como somos  otro tipo de escuela , queremos vivir una vida sostenible, así que tratamos de ser pioneros y construir proyectos de ejemplo. Mostrar nuestros proyectos de sostenibilidad a niños de 10-12 años nos enseñó a los estudiantes de RVA cómo mantener las cosas simples y emocionantes. Les mostramos nuestros paneles solares, la estación de biogás, el nuevo jardín de cocina permacultural, nuestro Chicken Hotel, el sistema de recolección de agua, nuestro Organic Gaden, el sistema de compost, Fruit Forest, los cerdos, e incluso una pequeña visita a los caballos. [gallery columns="2" link="none" ids="12890,12889,12892,12893,12894,12896" orderby="rand"] Ver cuán entusiastas y entusiasmados estaban los estudiantes con la visita nos hizo muy...
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Combate Hombro a Hombro con la Pobreza en Belice

En Belice, una tercera parte de la población (126.000 personas) vive debajo de la línea de la pobreza. Desde 2012, Richmond Vale Academy ha cooperado con Humana People to People en Belice y con varios Instructores de Desarrollo entrenaron y ayudaron con los proyectos allá. Los proyectos de Humana People to People tiene como finalidad: Movilizar niños, jovenes y adultos a ser parte activa de las esferas económicas, sociales y ambientales de sus comunidades. Mejorar la salud de la familia, la educación y la economía. Reducir la vulnerabilidad de pequeños granjeros y comunidades a los impactos adversos del cambio climático. Hasta la fecha, HPP Belice, ha trabajado directamente con 5500 familias - aproximadamente 25.000 personas. Disfruta un nuevo video desde Belice! https://youtu.be/98UE_VD0UCE Aún tenemos algunos lugares en el Equipo de " Combatiendo la Pobreza " de Octubre, puedes ayudarnos al compartir esta información con tus amigos y en tus redes sociales! Muchas gracias!
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Fight Shoulder to Shoulder with The Poor in Belize

In Belize, one third of the population (126.000 people) lives below the poverty line. Since 2012, Richmond Vale Academy has co-operated with Humana People to People in Belize and several Development Instructors trained and supported the projects there.  The Humana People to People  projects in Belize aim to: - Mobilize children, youth and adults to be active in the economic, social and environmental spheres of their communities. - Improve family health, education and economy. - Reduce the vulnerability of small farmers and communities to adverse impacts of climate change. To date, HPP Belize has worked directly with 5,500 families – approximately 25,000 people. Enjoy a new video from Belize!
We still have a few spots left in the upcoming Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with The Poor starting in October, you can help by sharing this blog with your friends and on your social media pages! Thanks!  
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Belair Government School Visiting RVA

Today, 6th-grade students from Belair Government school came all the way to Richmond to visit our Campus! It is always a little adventure and a great learning experience for everyone, for the school as much as for us here at RVA! Heather gave a presentation about living at RVA, our programs, the home-garden projects and of course about climate change. After a quick lunch with a view of the volcano and St Lucia, we divided into smaller groups and all the students from the Climate compliance March team and Fighting with the poor team became tour guides for the day! In another Kind of School we want to live a sustainable life, so we try to be pioneers and to build example projects. Showing our sustainability projects to 10-12 year olds taught us RVA students how to keep things simple and exciting!  We showed them our solar panels, the biogas station, the new Permaculture Kitchen Garden, our Chicken Hotel, the Water collection system, Our Organic Gaden, the Compost system, the Fruit Forest, the Pigs, and even a little visit to the Horses! Seeing how enthusiastic and excited the students were about the visit made us very happy :) We love showing our other kind of school to many interested kids and to inspire them to change the World! Such a positive feedback made us smile: "This is a little...
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Cuidar la tierra y la distribución equitativa.

Tuve el privilegio de participar en el curso de permacultura de 10 días celebrado en RVA. Esperaba que aprendiéramos sobre la agricultura y el diseño de jardines y cómo se pueden hacer de una manera más sostenible y ecológica, pero resultó que la permacultura es mucho más que eso. El concepto de permacultura proviene de las palabras permanente y agricultura, pero significa algo más que el rediseño agrícola. La permacultura es una filosofía, una forma de pensar y hacer, un conjunto de principios y una forma de vida. La permacultura es un enfoque multidisciplinario, que desafía los límites estrictos y cubre muchos aspectos de la vida. No se trata solo de diseñar nuestra producción de alimentos de acuerdo con los principios ecológicos, sino de diseñar sociedades para que las personas en ella estén en sintonía con la naturaleza circundante. Los principios de permacultura se pueden aplicar en cualquier parte del mundo porque toman en cuenta la naturaleza local y sus desafíos o más bien las posibilidades. La permacultura es lo opuesto al monocultivo y la agricultura química y debería regenerar el suelo en lugar de agotarlo. En nuestras lecciones comenzamos desde lo básico: cómo se formó la tierra, de qué está hecho el suelo, qué plantas y otras formas de vida necesitan para tener éxito y cómo funciona el ciclo de la vida en nuestros bosques...
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Hombro a hombro

Hombro a hombro
. Los instructores de desarrollo en el programa Lucha con la Pobreza  de la Academia Richmond Vale tienen la oportunidad de trabajar en el Proyecto de Ayuda Infantil de HPP en Belice.   La idea del proyecto Ayuda Infantil es luchar contra la pobreza de la mano con la gente del distrito de Toledo y asegurar que cada niño pueda crecer al máximo de su potencial. El proyecto generará capacidad en las personas del proyecto. Las familias trabajarán con actividades dentro de 10 líneas. Se alcanzará a 1,000 familias directamente a través de su inscripción en el proyecto y se alcanzarán muchas más a través de actividades comunes a través de las escuelas, días de puertas abiertas y actividades en las comunidades. Ayuda Infantil Toledo se lanzó en diciembre de 2007. Junto con un personal dedicado y voluntarios locales e internacionales, se han llevado a cabo muchas actividades desde entonces. Las actividades principales han sido el establecimiento de clubes juveniles, construcción de letrinas, implementación de actividades generadoras de ingresos, plantación de árboles de Moringa, crianza de pollos, huertas orgánicas, implementación de cultivo orgánico de cacao y café, grupos de mujeres con actividades para producir mermelada de piña, alfombras y artesanías, campañas de concientización sobre el VIH / SIDA, construcción de estufas ahorradoras de leña, cursos de advertencia global y mucho más. La población de Belice se...
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