I was looking for an internship for my school, and opportunities to study abroad. With Richmond Vale's program I got both at once, as well as a chance to explore my interest in sustainable communities
I work as an environmental educator, teaching subjects like ecology, wildlife identification, and sustainability. I learned a lot in practice from my time at RVA, and I now have a tangible example in my life to point people toward what a community can do to work toward sustainability
I met an amazing community of inspiring people at RVA, including young people working toward sustainability from around the world. I also got to participate in how a sustainable community actually runs, and see firsthand how outreach and engagement can happen in the greater community. This has given me amazing insight into interacting with diverse communities and the different approaches one can take toward outreach
RVA absolutely impacted my plans and outlook for the future. I look for opportunities to engage with sustainability everywhere I go, and I talk with students and other people all the time about the present problem of climate change for island communities.
Zach Melisi, USA