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The fastest 18 months of my life

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They say that time goes by fast when you are having fun. I have to both agree and disagree. I have enjoyed my time at the Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with the Poor program of course, and I can't even remember all the happy moments I have shared with my teammate and other students and teachers from our little school community. But it's not all abo...
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Shoulder to shoulder experience as a volunteer

6-women-inside My name is Lina, I am a fine and visual artist and this story begins in Bogotá – Colombia.
Service Period Red Bank / Belize My name is Lina, I am a fine and visual artist and this story begins in Bogotá – Colombia. Going from home to work and from work to home, I accumulated hours and hours of daily thoughts and worries for several years. What I had not noticed was that they related not only to my life, but also to other beings, and I sa...
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The young generation in the Caribbean ready for climate change

Untitled Richmond Vale Academy had the great opportunity to share 2 weeks with a group of teenagers from different villages
Young people from different parts of the world are taking the initiative to fight against climate change; we can see an example in the "Fridays for Future movement".  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is no exception. Richmond Vale Academy had the great opportunity to share 2 weeks with a group of teenagers from different villages of Saint Vinc...
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Richmond Vale Academy won the Tourism Social Enterprise Award

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Richmond Vale Academy won the Tourism Social Enterprise, a special award recognizing an initiative by an individual or group/association which addresses social problems by applying innovative tourism development ideas. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has recognized eight tourism entities from CTO-member countries with its top awards f...
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People, Planet and Profits - RVA at The Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Conference

stina-big Stina Herberg will speak at The annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development
Stina Herberg will speak at The annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development  as part of the information dissemination and regional awareness component of CTO's Strategy for Sustainable Tourism. It looks at how member states can design and implement sustainable tourism policies and programmes offering a regional forum fo...
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SVG's horse school welcomes local students

SVGs-horse-school-richmondvale The horse school at Richmond Vale Academy (RVA), which catered primarily for international clients, is welcoming local students, thanks to sponsorship from Tus-T Water.
The horse school at Richmond Vale Academy (RVA), which caters primarily for international clients, is welcoming local students, thanks to a sponsorship from Tus-T Water. With this sponsorship, RVA, whose curriculum focuses on sustainable livelihoods, has been able to recruit a Vincentian horse trainer as well as welcoming local ...
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About finding my way – and taking the first steps to get moving

header-anna I started looking for volunteering projects involved in climate change and environment work and I came across RVA and its Climate Change Compliance program
"Know that if someone is not living bravely,  they will resent your courage.  If someone is unhappy,  they will resent your joy.  If someone is hiding from the truth,  they will resent your honesty.  Move on. Keep moving." - Maggie Smith All my life I have been a people pleaser – trying to make people happy or have peo...
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Rights of Nature: Introducing a possible tool for climate change litigation

new-zeland-feature In 2017, the Whanganui River was granted legal personality in New Zealand
Article written by Jessica den Outer* The effects of climate change are immense ­— ranging from desertification and deforestation, to a global increase in extreme weather events, biodiversity loss, and ocean acidification. The most recent IPCC report reveals the potentially catastrophic consequences associated with a global temperature rise of 1.5º...
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SVG's 'Energy for the Poor' project wins international award

front-bio A project that trained five families in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to build their own biogas digester has won an international award.
A project that trained five families in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to build their own biogas digester has won an international award. The Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) won the Energy Globe Award based on the project, which also teaches local communities about the benefits of biogas as a renewable energy, global warming, climate change and organic...
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Viola's Creative Home Garden in Petit Bordel

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Working in a small space, with little soil and many constraints can spark a lot of creativity. I had been wanting to grow my own vegetables for a long time, but I felt restricted by my little backyard. When the students visited me for the first time, I showed them all my containers filled with herbs to make seasoning, Aloe Vera that I use as body l...
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Humana People to People Progress Report 2018

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The Federation Humana People to People (Humana People to People) is excited and proud to release its Humana People to People Progress Report 2018, demonstrating the value of its work. The report provides an insight into the work of Humana People to People and its 30 member associations over the past year, including the shared commitment to attain i...
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How to make a coconut cup and a bowlie

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In Troumaca, a village in Saint David Parish, the North Leeward side of St. Vincent, there is a home-garden shaped like a sun. Tomatoes, lettuce, okra, beans, corn, basil, asparagus, pineapples, barbados cherry, soursop… from very common crops to rare ones in St. Vincent, a variety of vegetables and fruits are growing vigorously. Rabbits and their ...
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We welcome you to join one of our programs

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Dear Friend and future participant, We are happy to welcome you to join one of our programs throughout the year. Richmond Vale Academy is a small non profit in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Most of the teachers have been in St. Vincent for many years and most have been trained in Africa at rural area projects in Zambia, Mozambique, South African ...
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A life-changing garden

garden Richmond Vale Academy selected ten homes in the community of Chateaubelair to develop organic gardens in their backyards
Many of the high school students who are close to finishing their studies have a big question in their minds: What do I want to do after this? That was also the question asked by Aster Davis, a young man from Chateaubelair who suddenly found the perfect answer to that question in the most simple way. During his last weeks of high school, Richmond V...
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I was fascinated and excited about ecological farming!

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My name is Ms Emris Stapleton, from Chateaubelair. I am a Field Officer in the Ministry of Agriculture. I am also a farmer, an organic gardener and an active community member. The idea of growing food without pesticides and other chemicals is something that has always intrigued me, but I needed expert advice as to where to begin. The opportunity ca...
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It's just Grass!

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I am a student at the Richmond Vale Academy situated in St. Vincent and Grenadines and I will share my story with you about manure up to now (5 months). Collecting horse manure with bare hands is a sign of personal change for me! Yes, manure is natural gold but holding it with bare hands and then putting it into sacks by holding, maybe sometim...
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In movement there is life and in change there is power!!

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Today is hump day! For the November Climate Compliance Conference students and facilitator hump day has a special flavour! Since January, Wednesday mornings have been pretty hectic at Richmond Vale Academy as we temporarily move to some villages nearby. From Wednesday to Friday, we have been living in Petit Bordel, Rose Bank, Troumaca and Rose...
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Venezuela's Humanitarian Battle

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By Jomo Thomas, St. Vincent. Frustration always overcomes me when people, who are for the most part sensible, logical and rational, get taken for a ride by the establishment media. In fact, the current 'snow job' being done on Venezuela by the mass media reminded me of the wise saying by Malcolm X 'if you are not extremely careful, the media will c...
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Richmond Vale Academy to use 100% renewable electricity by May

100-renewable-electricity-blog RVA focuses heavily on sustainable living will have 100 per cent of its electricity generated by renewable energy by May
RVA focuses heavily on sustainable living will have 100 per cent of its electricity generated by renewable energy by May. The move by Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) falls under its 10-year programme, The St. Vincent Climate Compliance (CCCP) 2012 - 2021. Under the programme, the institution has trained hundreds of students to take action as well as in...
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Organic Farming is Peace

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"An organic farmer is the best peacemaker today, because there is more violence, more death, more destruction, more wars, through a violent industrial agricultural system. And to shift away from that into an agriculture of peace is what organic farming is doing." - Vandana Shiva Dear Readers In this blog you will see a lot of beautiful pictures fro...
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