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7 Amazing Things to do in St. Vincent

7 Amazing Things to do in St. Vincent
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is an island country in the Americas, located at the north of Venezuela and the island of Granada, in the chain of the Lesser Antilles of the Caribbean Sea. The country has a British colonial history and is now part of the Commonwealth of Nations and Caribbean Community ( CARICOM ). Its capital and more populated city is Kingstown, located in the island of St. Vincent. Formed by the greater island of St. Vincent and by a series of smaller islands in the south, the country has a very pleasant climate, with an average temperature of 27ºC in summer. Tourism has been an important source of income for this Caribbean nation, which has hotels, cabins and restaurants to receive visitors in each of the islands that comprise it. There are many things to do in St. Vincent. However, today we will present the best options. Enjoy it! Things to do in St. Vincent and the Grenadines Scuba diving St. Vincent is called the “Critter Capital of the Caribbean”, thanks to the abundance of marine life flourishing in its coral reefs. One of the things to do in St. Vincent, is search for baby seahorses, frogfish, and more while you're practicing scuba diving . Also, the waters of the northern part of the island of St. Vincent are unspoilt, virgin and scenery....
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7 Beautiful reasons why you should go hiking

Are you looking for a healthy sport that allows you to be in contact with nature and suitable for any type of person? Without a doubt, that sport is hiking . The frenetic pace of life, the work and the jungle of asphalt in which we live are passing the bill. It is not a purely physical matter, but a mental one. Depression is already a pandemic and rare is the person who has not experienced stress, anxiety or insomnia. Spending time outdoors may be better than you think. Hiking is obviously healthy for our body, but few stop to think that it could also be beneficial to our mental health. That is why more and more people are aware of the benefits of hiking, and therefore, fans are increasing. And is that, when we hike, besides just walking, we enjoy unique landscapes and we are in contact with nature. In addition, as hiking gets more and more followers you can find mountaineering or hiking centers that periodically offer routes for all those enrolled in it and outsiders who want to try the experience. We goin to help you take the next step. That's why in this post we present to you 7 reasons why you should go hiking. Beautiful reasons why you should go hiking 1-Doing Sport Is Always Beneficial As everyone knows, doing sports...
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Tree of the Week: The Coconut (Cocos nucifera)

When one thinks of the Caribbean it is almost certain that the coconut will flitter into the imagination in one way or another. It could be easily argued that it is one of the most prominent symbols of island culture and for good reason. Since its introduction to the West Indies it has deeply embedded itself into the lives of those who live here. The coconut is in the Palm tree family . It can grow to be up to 100 feet tall with leaves that are up to 20 feet in length. It is a very hardy tree. The trunk is comprised of hard, dense wood. The branches and fronds are also very strong. The “nut” is actually a drupe. It has a thick husk on the outside and the inside is a fibrous layer that can be eaten or pressed for oil. The center of the nut is hollow and typically contains a drinkable liquid known as coconut water.  While it may be near impossible to think of the Caribbean without palm trees, believe it or not, it is not a native species to this part of the world. Its origin is disputed but it is most widely believed that it comes from the India-Burma region of the world. The coconut was introduced to the Caribbean very shortly after Columbus landed in the Bahamas...
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“Voice, Opinion, Idea, Decision”

We all have the right to say, but it’s not everyone’s personality to voice out, especially in front of a group. The more audience there is, the higher chance we will receive critique. Therefore some people opt to keep their voice in their mind instead of saying it out loud. It often happens in social media, or a company meeting with your boss, and for me now in Richmond Vale Academy (RVA). In other words – it happens when you say something and people are actually listening. Opinion cannot be wrong, but you can disagree with me. This is what a teacher in RVA said to me. Opinion represents one’s stand, one’s interest, and one’s voice. There is no right or wrong about expressing, but only if people accept the opinion or disagree. However, we may mistakenly cover our ears when we hear a different opinion or an unpleasant opinion that will harm our interest. Don’t forget it is always good to voice these opinions than to have no one express at all and it is better with different opinions because it drives us to think from different angles. With different opinions, we start to think further and we also start to give ideas if we want to get the thing done. Sometimes solutions provide us a more efficient way, eventually. Either way, we will have...
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Tree of the Week: Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis)

The breadfruit tree has an exceptional significance in Saint Vincent because of the peculiar story behind its introduction to the Caribbean. It began in 1787 when the English Captain William Bligh and his ship, the Bounty, set sail for Tahiti in the South Pacific. Their mission was to collect breadfruit which England hoped would be a successful crop for feeding slaves. Shortly after departing from Tahiti, Bounty’s crew mutinied. The reason for the mutiny is merely speculated. Many believe that during their five months in Tahiti the crew fell in love with the Tahitian women and the easy island life and did not want to return to the rigors of seamanship. Another story is that the crew was angered at Bligh because he was using their drinking water to keep the breadfruit trees alive on the voyage. Bligh then set out on a second breadfruit voyage in 1791. The fruit finally made it to the Caribbean; its first introduction taking place right here in Saint Vincent. It arrived in Kingstown on January 23, 1793. The breadfruit tree has been deeply embedded in Saint Vincent culture ever since. It is sometimes referred to as a Caribbean “super food” and is even included in the country’s national dish: breadfruit and jackfish. The most popular way to prepare the breadfruit is to roast it over an open fire or...
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The damage after Storm Matthews

By lily In St. Vincent there was a tropical storm not too long ago and the damage has been severe with landslides, power cuts and water shortages in several villages. So, from 28-29 September, St. Vincent experienced heavy rainfall. And extreme wind from the tropical Storm Matthews . T hat affected the whole eastern Caribbean. The whole island there has been effected. [caption id="attachment_7210" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Photo credit: mic Some hospitals reported that there was power cuts and water shortage due tenon-functioning as the generator was out. Then, many people on the East side of the island have lost everything and for several days lived in shelters. So, the reason most people lost their homes are due to flooding and landslides. Then, this makes it more difficult for NEMO to clear the roads. So, deliver emergency help, such as water. And food and shelter where necessary. The schools was closed for 2 days. And people were advised to stay indoors as well as off the roads. Then, sadly one person died during the storm matthews. Even though it has been several weeks since the storm matthews. And the effects are still visible. Here at Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) we are conscious about the effects that global warming and climate change have on a small developing country in the Caribbean. Because extreme weather happens more frequent and...
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The Beginning of the Nursery

10,000 trees, that's our goal. The November Climate Compliance Team aims for propagating 10,000 trees—in the nursery that we are building—and for planting at least 3,000 trees ourselves, hopefully even more! There are a variety of trees on our list. For example, coconut, papaya, pandanus, avocado, soursop, etc. Regarding the last flood caused by the unusual amount of rain in the last weeks, the team decided on planting more vetiver grass than we originally planned. It has very deep roots and prevents erosion so that landslides are less likely to happen. We started collecting saplings from a mango tree and replanted them in planting bags. Unfortunately we didn't have enough bags left so we had to come up with solutions like normal plastic bags with holes in them. These plants were a lot more likely to die than the ones in the planting bags. We also started collecting seeds from the fruits we were eating at breakfast: papaya, avocado, and soursop. Most of the seeds are already planted in trays or cups with holes in them. We need space for the trees while nursing them, so we started building more tables for our trees. Then, we cut the steel, drilled holes, screwed the steel together and put them in the holes we dug in the ground beforehand so the tables would be stable. We haven’t put...
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This is our Backyard: The Spectacular La Soufrière Volcano

Can you imagine getting up from your bed, going to the patio and having a view of a volcano? We present to you our backyard in Richmond Vale Academy : La Soufrière volcano. [caption id="attachment_7270" align="aligncenter" width="500"] La Soufrière Volcano - Our Backyard One of St. Vincent's most dramatic vistas is a volcanic mountain situated in the rugged north. La Soufrière, often shrouded in cloud, waits for the hearty and energetic to climb its 4,000 feet to be stunned by its immensity. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is part of an island chain in the southeastern Caribbean called the Lesser Antilles, or Windward Islands. Referred to as the “Gem of the Antilles,”. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is comprised of St. Vincent.  Bequia , Canouan , Mayreau , Mustique , Union Island  a nd many smaller Islands and Cays. Mainland St. Vincent is relatively young, about 3 million years old. La Soufrière volcano occupies a central place in Vincentian history and psyche. Then, reflected in numerous times it is mentioned in the Bequia Mysteries . So, La Soufrière eruptions, and the volcanic nature of the soil, shaped St. Vincent’s history, population and culture. It created the black sand beaches along the northern coasts of St. Vincent. Then, the rich, fertile volcanic soil spawned a densely forested interior. Which provided refuge and strategic launching pads for the...
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Tree of the Week: Mango (Mangifera indica)

  [caption id="attachment_7144" align="alignleft" width="300"] Juicy, sweet and yummy Mango! Juicy, sweet, yummy! Mango is a treat to people all over the world and Vincentians are no different. One good friend to Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) told us about how, when he was a boy, he and his friends would get out of school and race down to the nearest mango tree to collect the good fruit before it was gone. When it is in season here in Saint Vincent (SVG), one is hard-pressed to find a fruit that is more popular than the mango. The mango tree is a member of the Evergreen family. Then, it can grow to be up to 90 feet tall. Its leaves are about 12-16 inches in length when they are mature and are leathery, glossy and dark green in color. The fruit has a smooth, tough outside layer and fleshy, juicy inside layer that is very sweet. It can vary in size, shape and flavor depending on the variety and weighs anywhere between ¼ of a pound and 3 pounds. The fruit tree was introduced to the Caribbean in the late 1600s from the India-Burma region of the world. In the earlier days of mango cultivation in Saint Vincent. Much of the land near the sea was occupied by British estates and plantations. It was common for people to go...
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The Fair of Flair in Chateaubelair and "Ecotourism"

Traveling has been vastly popular for centuries now. No doubt about it. However now with climate change and global warming as a hot topic. People are becoming more and more aware of the impact their travel habits can have on the place people visit. And now is the start of the term Ecotourism . It is responsible travel to a natural areas that conserves the environment, sustains the well-being of the local people. As a traveler this means to minimize physical, social, behavioural and psychological impacts. As travelers we should have the compassion and interest to support local people with their art, food and traditional ways of expressing themselves. Local products in some cases may be more expensive. However it is authentic and one of a kind. Not mass produced in sweatshops in China  or Bangladesh .  Ecotourism is built around the awareness and respect for the environment and culture. For many tourists when arriving at a new destination there is a tight schedule with all the pit stops that the tour guides have decided. Usually the guides make arrangements with the big brands, and then, there is no time for buy local products. As an example, last Saturday there was a special event happening in Chateaubelair called “The Fair of Flair in Chateaubelair”. And it was meant to bring awareness and interest to buy local...
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The Mayan food in Belize

by Manal When I was working as a development instructor in Belize , I was very lucky to get the chance to experience the Mayan cuisine .  In Belize we lived in a Mayan community. We lived very close to a family so we had many opportunities to eat different dishes from the Mayan cuisine. If I want to be talking about Maya food. Then I will be of course be talking about corn tortillas! Corn is something very important to the Mayan people. It is the crop they grow and cultivate and have been doing it for centuries and it is their main source of income, and main source of food as well.  But these people are really lucky as corn tortillas are very tasty especially when they are coming straight from the Kamal, there were many times when I ran excitedly to get myself some the first second I notice that mama wasbaking. Corn tortillas are amazing with everything! Jam, eggs, peanut butter! And of course beans! Which is another crop that is also grown by these farmers.  Because of this, the main and constant dish that Mayan people eat is the beans and corn tortillas. The beans are cook as a stew or grinded. And then the beans are eat with the corn tortillas. But this dish is delicious, and that is because...
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Preparing for Richmond Vale Academy

by Sara Averbeck [caption id="attachment_7065" align="alignleft" width="225"] "The November Climate Compliance Team taking a different kind of path together" The application had been submitted, the preliminary tasks toward enrollment had begun. Once I felt sure enough about my decision to attend Richmond Vale Academy  (RVA). I started to tell my friends and family about it. In one form or another they all had the same response: “ This experience will change you ”. I’ve only been at the academy for two weeks but I already have no doubt that they were right. What I never expected, however, was how much RVA would change me even before my arrival at the school. Post college graduation I spent two years feeling at a complete loss as to what to do next. A career track didn’t feel like the right path but slinging pizzas and pouring beers wasn’t exactly fulfilling. A friend of mine had recently returned from a solo journey across Europe . I found her photography and her stories to be beautiful and inspiring. More than anything else, I am inspire by her bravery. To go far away to strange places and immerse herself in strange cultures entirely on her own seemed to me unthinkable. I had never traveled outside of the U.S before.  For me, adventure had always been experienced well enough close to home. But,...
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Meet our Climate Activist Team # 14

The biggest threat facing humanity is Climate Change. The constant and disproportionate emissions of gases by industrialized countries, among other abuses of natural resources, are causing major changes in global climate. Then, its consequences affect mainly the developing countries and result in floods, drought, hurricanes and all kinds of natural disasters that leave the population helpless and without means to survive. That is why, international summits such as the Kyoto Protocol . And more recently the Paris Agreement promoted by the U.N , have begun to adopt some measures. The basic idea of it is to create viable sustainable development of mankind, ie, that supports economic growth and environmental preservation. To achieve this balance, various proposals have been made. Promoting sustainable agriculture, limiting methane emissions, reducing greenhouse gas emissions or setting up tax incentives to encourage the use of renewable energy. There are several organizations around the world that are encouraging education on the effects of climate change and how to prevent them. Richmond Vale Academy is a non profit institution in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Today, more than 500 students from St. Vincent and around the world have participated in shorter and longer programs to fight poverty and protect the environment since 2002. The Climate Change Activist Program , has the purpose that you learn and teach along with people from all over the...
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Making seedlings of our own organic seeds

By Sebastian Lopez Our organic garden at Richmond Vale Academy consists of four green houses. One of them is dedicated exclusively to producing our own seeds. Being able to produce your own seeds is challenging, but is a very critical point to be sustainable. It is not only providing the perfect conditions for the plants, but also dealing with unexpected outcomes. Some time ago, we decided to have chickens in the garden. The purpose was to collect eggs for the kitchen and to use the chicken manure in the compost, since it is rich in nitrogen. However, the chickens manage to give us a hard time escaping every time they wanted and causing serious damage. Especially to the plants we had designated for seeds. But we didn’t give up. After some disappointments and many tries, we were able to obtain our own eggplant seeds. It was very satisfying considering eggplants were also very vulnerable to pests. The knowledge we gained by dealing with the previous problems prepared us to be ready when the eggplant season arrived. After we waited for the eggplant to ripe. We took the seeds, dry them and save them. We kept them in the fridge waiting to be used, and the moment arrived. New students came to begin with their climate compliance program , the same program I started before them. Full...
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20 Inspirational Hiking Quotes to get you out there

[caption id="attachment_6931" align="alignleft" width="300"] Photo Credit: Richmond Vale Diving and Hiking Center Few recreation activities offer as much benefit in return for as little as hiking does. Hiking is a basic mountaineering modality it does not need heavy backpacks with expensive equipment, nor climbing steep slopes nor knowing complicated techniques of knots or risky climbing maneuvers. Hiking allows us to enjoy something that we have done all our lives: walking. So, walking beyond going from the house to the car and from the parking lot to the office... Walking is healthy, we gain strength in the legs, the heart beats with more vigor, the lungs work more effectively, biceps, stomach muscles, chest and shoulders are benefit from the simple fact of walking. To motivate you to go out there and get in touch with nature, we present you these inspirational hiking quotes. We hope you like them! 20 Inspirational Hiking Quotes “In all things of nature there is something of the marvelous” –Aristotle “Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity”. ― John Muir “Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory. – Ed Viesturs, No Shortcuts to the Top: Climbing the World’s 14 Highest Peaks “I walked slowly to enjoy this freedom, and when I came out of the mountains,...
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Humanure: Using human waste as fertilizer

“The world is divided into two categories of people: those who shit in their drinking water supplies and those who don't.” – Joe Jenkins, Author of Humanure Handbook . As the war for resources wage on let's take a moment to discuss a resource that we throw away every single day: human manure. "Humanure (human manure) is the human fecal material and urine that is recycle for agricultural purposes via thermophilic composting. Humanure contains valuable soil nutrients that enhance plant growth.  Human manure could be a major source of soil fertility if properly recycled. When discarded into the environment as a waste material, it creates pollution and threatens public health. When you recycle using composting, the pollution and health threats are eliminate. "   Composting toilets don't smell bad at all. That is because each time someone does their business, they cover it up with carbon-rich sawdust which accomplishes three things. Soaks up moisture, create a covering that prevent odor from escaping. And create a cover that prevents flies from being attract to it. Additionally, each bucket has a wooden cover so insects cannot get into it. Many Ecovillages compost human waste in such a way that it is recycled, over a two year period, using methods that organically destroy all pathogens contained within it. The toilets at don't have any water in them. Instead, they have...
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Team Schedules November Climate Team

Climate change is the greatest environmental threat facing humanity. Constant and disproportionate emissions of gases by industrialized countries, among other abuses of natural resources, are causing major changes in global climate. Its consequences affect mainly the developing countries and result in floods, drought, hurricanes and all kinds of natural disasters that leave the population helpless and without means to survive. Climate change is one of the great threats of our time, not only for nature and the extinction of species, but also for man. Although the effects of climate change are noticeable across the globe, they do not affect all populations alike. In the Climate Change Activist Program of the Richmond Vale Academy, you will learn and teach along with people from all over the world and — what's the most important task nowadays for a Climate Activist — contributing to create awareness, spreading the knowledge about Climate Change and Global Warming in the communities, and specific in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Our team of Climate Activists are already carrying out their corresponding activities with the program. Here we present the activities that have been carried out the last couple of weeks: Week 3: Digging Deeper – 14 th to the 20 th of November Morning Afternoon Evening Monday Morning Class about: The USA election and democracy Basic climate science: Climate Change and the Oceans...
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Do you know about the damage caused by ExxonMobil?

ExxonMobil is the largest oil corporation in the world. It emerged as the Standard Oil Company in 1889. It is currently the result of the merger in 2000 of the Esso and Mobil corporations. Today operates in different regions under one of these names or as ExxonMobil. Its activities span more than 40 countries. Include the exploitation, processing and marketing of petroleum products and natural gas, as well as the manufacture of chemicals, plastics and fertilizers. Only oil, this company produces 2.6 million barrels of crude oil a day. Its founder was John D. Rockefeller .  But, what does this US Corporation actually hide? [caption id="attachment_6873" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Photo Credit: porttechnology.org Throughout history, ExxonMobil has carried out a series of actions that place it outside the law. And yet, in reality, they have remained unpunished. An example of this is the accusation that is made to this company to be linked to dictatorial regimes of countries.  Such was the case of ExxonMobil's alliance with the dictatorial regime of Mohammad Suharto in Indonesia. Different manifestations were made against this transnational, they ended with an endless number of dead, wounded and missing. Oil Spill Contamination The most acclaimed case of ExxonMobil's was in 1989. In that year,  Exxon Valdez oil tanker  caused an oil spill into the crystalline waters of Alaska. Although the company tried to hide the...
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This is all the scuba diving gear you need!

Scuba Diving is one of the most rewarding activities you can do. A relaxing hobby in which you will experience different experiences. In each dive you will observe and learn new things while having the opportunity to make new friends. So, the relaxing atmosph ere offered by the sea and the snorkeling activity itself are probably the main reasons for the existence of a camaraderie among divers. Then, you do not always find this in other activities.   [caption id="attachment_6834" align="aligncenter" width="400"] Photo credit: pixabay Sharing ex periences and even tips and tricks while navigating makes learning something new. So, this is an activity of coexistence in which if you travel alone. Then, you will always find a partner. And if you do it together. You will meet other people who share the passion for the exploration of the seabed. Learn to dive and scuba dive underwater to observe all the mysteries that locks can be a magical experience. So, to enjoy this experience, you need to have the proper scuba diving gear. Then, since it facilitates greatly the power to do this activity of its kind. Scuba Diving Gear Mask or visor It is the element that allows to see under the water avoiding the direct contact of salty or chlorinated water with the eyes. The mask interposes a layer of air between the eyes...
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After our Service Period in Belize - FWTP Team October 2015

Last 6 months in our Service Period By Lillian Hallmark After returning to the Academy   after our service period we have several things to get in order. We are back to the communal living, common action and food production. However it's not all.  We are also in the process on making our own product. Which we will share with others who are interested in learning about Fighting shoulder to shoulder with the poor (stay tuned). We have many ideas on what we would like to  make for our journal product. I will write two articles about gender inequality and the environment. The articles will compare Belize to either St. Vincent or my home country Norway. My team mate Mariana will illustrate the articles. Manal will make videos on “How to live sustainably” that you will be find on Richmond’s Youtube channel . Baha will make short stories or poems describing the true story about the world. It will have music and will be beautiful. This is all up to us, what we would like to share with others. There is no limit to what we can do (unless it includes putting a flag on the moon, RVA does not have budget for that). Not all of people like to write essays, meaning they should not be forced to. Others are more artistic and like to create art...
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