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What is Charisma?

What is Charisma?
Dear Reader, We like to share with you another appetizer from the fascinating studies in the 18 months Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder Program . This week's topis is from the subject Leadership Intelligence. This subject contains topics like Leadership, The Brain, Building Charisma and Charismatic People. Enjoy and please just write to me if you have any question in regards to One World University, the overall program or the specific curriculum elements. Kind regards Stina HerbergDirector Richmond Vale Academy Module: Leadership IntelligenceSection: Building CharismaTitle: What is CharismaWording: The task is for you to consider what charisma is, why it is worth building charisma, what personal skills you would need to train and finally to make out a plan for yourself. People can be charismatic in many different ways. Often the understanding of charisma is that it is something a person either has or does NOT have – and then there is nothing more to do. We do not agree in this way of looking at charisma. We find that each of us can build our own charisma and that we can decide how we want to do it. There is no final answer on how, each of us can use our natural talents, our enthusiasm, abilities, energy, body and soul, in short, all of it. There are people who use their charisma to gain power to...
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Awareness

Awareness
I came to St. Vincent horse school because I want to learn how to develop a real connection with my horses. After just one week I have learned already so much! I have two miniature horses. Every day I spend lots of time with them to provide in their needs, but I'm missing something. The first lesson with Stina was all about social behaviour and politeness. When I met her horses I saw something I had never seen before. Very polite and well-mannered horses but still pure and natural. Not drilled by training but more like they had a lovely nurturing with very clear boundaries. The perfect environment where everybody is allowed to speak but also listens. So I realized my minis aren't polite at all, they behave like spoiled kids. To accomplish this kind of environment you need a whole new mindset. You can't use ego, productivity and focusing on results. You need the whole process to grow and for that you need awareness. To develop awareness it's important you learn to listen to your intuition. Your intuition can tell you exactly what your boundaries are, what you need and how you can react in a very clear and peaceful way. But this is not so easy. My mind is struggling because my ego really wants to interfere. The biggest challenge for me is, even...
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Football Game with Rosebank

Football Game with Rosebank
RVA vs. Rose Bank This Tuesday, the 17 th of January, people from RVA and Rosebank came together to play a game of football. The Climate Compliance team invited the people of Rosebank to come play at RVA’s football field. Once everyone was ready to play, we had to mix the teams. Only 6 people from RVA played while Rosebank brought over 15 people! One team had more older players, while the other had more young one‘s. But as soon as we started you could see that it was dangerous to underestimate them! My team, the younger one, had a great captain. He was directing his team amazingly and exploiting openings in the enemy's defense every time he saw one. In the first half of the match, my team was losing. Not by much, we were behind 3:1. They had no captain but showed us that they were more than capable of taking the lead whenever they needed to. And they were scarily fast too! One moment they stood still on their side of the field, and the next they rushed past you with 70km/h (44mph). Ok, I am exaggerating a bit now, but it really was hard to catch up with them. What also helped them a lot were the people from RVA. All of us put our souls into the game, especially Casey. Since...
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Tree of the Week: Indian Almond aka Wild Almond

Tree of the Week: Indian Almond aka Wild Almond
Today my team and I spent the afternoon down at Richmond Beach. It is a wonderful place to relax in the sun, go for a dip, or even do some cliff diving. We were doing none of these things. Instead, we were harvesting Indian almond saplings for the tree nursery that we are currently developing. When someone pointed the almonds out to me, I was slightly surprised. The massive trees were not what came to mind when I thought of almonds. As it turns out, Saint Vincent’s beaches serve as an ideal home for these semi-deciduous tropical trees. They do well in sand or clay as long as there is proper drainage. They are also salt and drought tolerant. The Indian almond tree (Terminalia catappa) is not very similar to the more widely known Badam (Indian word for almond) tree. In fact, they are not even in the same family. However, its seed tastes quite like that of the Badam tree, hence the name.  Other common names for the tree are Sea Almond, Beach Almond, Story Tree, Tropical Almond, and Wild Almond. Vincentians tend to call it the Wild Almond. The exact origin of the Indian almond is uncertain. According to the World Agroforestry Centre, it is considered to be a native species in Australia, Cambodia, India, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam. Its usefulness to...
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What is RVA about? Meet Oscar, Jonna, Maria and Melanie

What is RVA about? Meet Oscar, Jonna, Maria and Melanie
Oscar from Venezuela; What is RVA about? Well, the answer to this question is different for every person that has been there or is there right now. RVA means something different for each of these people. What I can tell you is what RVA was for me and how I saw this place during my stay. RVA is a place for giving and getting great things back. During my short stay for only one month I participated in the climate compliance program and learned so many new things about sustainability, organic farming, permaculture, other problems we as the human race face and most important, I learned new things about myself. To be there feeling this energy of activism and drive was such an experience. Besides getting input in every kind RVA is about creating your own ideas when it comes to think about problems and finding a way to solve them or even to just start your own little project to make the academy and the whole island better and more sustained. All these things can't happen when you don't have a great team and so many great people around you. This is the heart of RVA, people who work and live there together, helping each other, teaching each other and of course having fun together. Seeing and experiencing the culture of St. Vincent and its...
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The Powerful Vetiver Grass

The Powerful Vetiver Grass
A Vetiver Grass Planting Action on Campus Three months ago if you were to ask me about vetiver grass I’d have had no idea what you were talking about. Now, however, the gregarious bunch grass is an integral part of my team’s program. We are learning more and more about it every day. Probably the most important thing to know about vetiver grass is that it is a champion for preventing soil erosion . It has a strong and spanning root system that can grow as deep as 4 meters underground. In Saint Vincent , soil erosion and landslides have always been a problem. In recent years, weather has become more severe. Rainstorms are battering Caribbean nations more ferociously and more often than anyone can recall in the recent past. These unprecedented and unpredictable weather patterns making erosion and landslides an even bigger concern. We’ve had a lot of heavy and sporadic rain in the last couple of months. There was one storm in late November that was particularly bad. The storm started very early in the morning and didn’t stop until midday. Most of North Leeward lost power (RVA was out of power for several days) and there were landslides all over the island. We had several landslides around the school including one right in our front yard. It has become painstakingly clear that soil...
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Petra: No big discussion, no drama, no impatience

Petra: No big discussion, no drama, no impatience
I came to St. Vincent and the Grenadines with big expectations. Since my childhood I live together with horses and those beautiful animals have always inspired me to search for new ways to be and communicate with them. As the commercial way of training horses doesn’t please me, I tried a lot of different methods and on my journey I also got in contact with Liberty Training and the Carolyn Resnick Method. That was when I found a video from Stina, playing with her horses at liberty – I immediately fell in love with her inspiring video and the beautiful surroundings. Short time later I knew: My spouse Kai and I will go to St. Vincent – not only for vacation, but also to learn more about horses and Liberty Training. On my first lesson with Stina I quickly recognized: on my long way with horses I lost to focus on small things, on basic things. I lost a lot of awareness – regarding to the horses signals and also regarding to my own body language. Stinas lesson didn’t start with beautiful dances, as I saw them on the video, but with basic things, like greeting the horse or consider the horses behaviour before putting a halter on. And I started to realize that the awareness of these basic things leads to all the beautiful dances...
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A diary of a week and a half at Richmond Vale academy

A diary of a week and a half at Richmond Vale academy
Since we arrived to the Caribbean time just keeps flying. Every day, every minute here brings new surprises. When I start thinking what we have done so far I get amazed by everything we did in so little time. As we arrived Saturday late in the night, Sunday was just a day to chill on the beach and get to know the amazing surroundings of the school; forest fruit garden, chicken tractor, organic vegetable garden, horses, friendly pigs, and of course the lively ocean full of corals and beautiful fish that surrounds the closest beach. When we went to the beach, we took some of the exotic fruit with us that we had harvested from the fruit garden. The first thing I did was to jump from a cliff and swim around with diving glasses. I can't describe this awesome experience that embraced me when I was immersed in the light blue water full of life and amazing creatures. You just need to go there and witness it yourself The sun was strong and we already got burnt so the afternoon we rested, getting ready for the next day was going to be incredible tough as well. On Day Two we went to investigate the origin of this unbelievable island, the Volcano ! As I said before, it was a tough but amazing experience since that...
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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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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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Rescue Diver: How to Deal with Emergencies

The Richmond Beach count with the Richmond Vale Diving Academy who teaches how to deal with dive emergencies and prepare the full program to the most vocational rescue diver. Here’s the story of Bjarke. Rescue Diver Experiences [caption id="attachment_6700" align="alignright" width="500"] Photo Credit: Richmond Vale Diving and Hiking Academy . “Rescue Diver Stop. Breathe. Think. Only then should you act. And rushing into a rescue can make you both victims. Also, in the level 3 of scuba diving courses, you’ll learn how to deal with dive emergencies using a variety of techniques and skills. By the end of this course, you’ll know how to avoid risks and how to respond in case things do go wrong. Rescue Diver emergencies My best experience in Rescue Diver is that I have gained so much knowledge. And Jesper examines the practical part really well with Isa and me. So, one thing I really like is the knowledge review, is there you really suck so much knowledge to you. Isa has been such a good partner because we are always helping each other, discussing things and the good thing about having her as a partner is that she wants it as much as me. And, the second best thing is that she is passionate. Hence, you can tell that she loves to dive. So Isa has also been a good...
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Wonderland Indeed (Bio Diversity)

WONDERLAND INDEED By Vanessa Lindersvold. Climate Activist 2016. https://youtu.be/42HXhKvwIr4 I have no words to describe such an amazing experience since long ago I always want to do something like that but I just thought it was expensive and I left it for a future moment. as we use to do with many things in our life. Then you realize you have We use to do with many things in our life. Then you realize your life purchasing stuff that you can´t even remember and let your money (and your time with it). Running out of your hands for something that just bring you a fast trivial sense of happiness that flew away after the next shopping experience. Everything aiming to destroy this awesome planet we live in and that we should protect. Everything aiming to destroy this awesome planet we live in and that we should protect. One-third of the deep coral reef has disappeared already. Deep reefs are carbonated structures and its presence favors a high diversity around as they are many different marine organisms. Corals prevent beach erosion, capture carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and fix it in their skeletons.This process makes reef sites permanent sequestration of atmospheric carbon, thus, allows the stability of different ecosystems as well, its lost therefore is causing disturbances in the natural This process makes reef sites permanent...
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Arriving At The Richmond Vale Academy

Experiences In The Richmond Vale Academy. By Niklas Steinke I arrive in the dark. Midnight has just been over. The driver shows me the room, the key ready in the lock. Arriving at Richmond Vale after a 21 hrs journey, which made me cross the Atlantic and took me to a different continent felt just great.  Nevertheless, I had no orientation at all. I only saw some of the buildings, lightened in the dark. I did neither know how many buildings were there nor what was in them. After some minutes the driver left and vanished into the dark. Nobody. How will it look tomorrow, in the light? Who will be there? How will my life be like during the next six months?  I could only guess. After a long sleep, I finally woke up at my new home. Everything was different to the night before. The abandoned buildings of the past night were alive with people and noise. After I got to know the first amount of people, I was shown around the site. I was led into the fruit forest, the organic garden, and through all the buildings. Suddenly I did not only know some of the people I would be living with during the next months, but I also got more and more orientation, having seen the beautiful environment of Richmond Vale. Besides the geographical orientation, I need to get some knowledge of the daily routine, since I...
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Why I became a Teacher at Richmond Vale Academy

 Why I became a teacher at Richmond Vale Academy   By Thomas from Denmark.   I want to tell you a little about my experience going through the Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with the Poor Program . Just two months ago a end the most incredible journey of my life. 18 months of hard work had paid of and I could call myself a Development Instructor. It all start with my decision to leave my old life behind, dropping out of university. Leaving my friends and abandoning the idea of doing the same that all of them was doing. Get a degree, a job, a family, kids, a house, a car and all what follows.     I can tell you is not easy, probably the most frightening decision I have ever take in my life. But to this day I look back and only have gratitude in my heart for making that choice. If you are sitting out there with the same feeling as me, the feeling of doing something more, escaping the shackles of society, than take the jump, go out in the world. Get some experience first hand it beats any university degree. trust me. I want to tell you what the program have meant for myself. When I arrive here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines my only work experience is  a...
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The Natural King and Guardian of St. Vincent

Going up to La Soufrière: The natural king and guardian of St. Vincent.   Richmond Vale Academy  Climate Compliance Program – Team 13  Study task 2 – Experience  María Olano. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is not far from that. La Soufrière is the country volcano, a natural monstrous marvel that can be seen from almost every point of the island. It stands there, with all his imperial magnitude, the king and guardian of this portion of land that carries all the warm of the lava within their citizen kindness. Every country have they own appealing characteristics with historical monuments, unique landscapes, and particular roadways. These touristic assets that are frequently use by travel agencies to show how attractive a destiny can be, and carry an interesting number of people to get astonished by different wonders. La Soufrière is the most highest peaks in St. Vincent. It’s 1.234 meters (4.049 feet) and the last time it erupt in 1979. Is especially releveant more than 14 thousand people evacuate from the fervent red thick blood of the volcano. But, no worries, by now it keeps calm and quiet, like a baby sleeping with a lullaby. At 9:00 in the morning we left the school to start the crossing journey to reach the highest point of the mountain, willing to see the crater and tests how far we...
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