Courses start in November, March and August every year.
Participants join together with the teachers to form a small and cohesive team.
- Embark on study and research activities about global warming and climate change.
- Undertake tangible and practical actions to develop the RVA Climate Centre and the local communities. Some actions include:
- Teaching in schools and communities.
- Starting climate smart vegetable gardens.
- Planting trees and with different community groups and individuals.
Through the years, community visits, lessons and discussions have been held by the teams at many places such as: Richmond Hydropower Plant, SVG AMP, Bequia Desalination Plant, Chatoyer Gardens, the Ministry of Agriculture, Tourism and Education, the Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment, the Community College, the Technical College.
At the end of each course, a new team of participants replaces the team that has completed the program. This not only enables a longitudinal study of climate change and it’s effects; it also allows a continuous fresh perspective and ensures that the adaptation plan remains relevant. RVA’s small teams work closely with a larger group of Vincentians who are already involved with the programs in different ways. Active community participation, involvement, input and unification are essential components for the continuation of the projects. However, it is the seamless merge of groups that creates the synergy for the CCC.
Brief overview of the 6 month course
On arrival, new participants are involved in an intensive one month study and research curriculum centered on learning and reflecting about global warming and climate change; both in the classroom and through research activities. During this month, the participants go through the following program periods:
- Period 1: “Gaia warning”
- Period 2: Digging deeper / Research activities
Throughout the program, there are three anchor themes from where to choose all the climate compliance actions and research activities:
- Food and water
- Protection against global warming and climate change
Period 1: “Gaia warning” - 14 days
In this period, participants have structured teacher-led courses about global warming, climate change, sustainable agriculture, pollution, the oceans and other related topics. Participants also reflect on the actions that can be done together to adapt to the changing climate in the islands and around the world.
Period 2: Digging deeper / Research activities - 14 days
In this period the teams conduct research activities using RVA’s digital and physical library as well as the internet. Each team makes their own self-organized study plan with scheduled tutorials, peer-reviews and group discussions.
Period 3: Making RVA Climate Compliant - 1 month
In this period participants prepare and carry out the first planned Climate Compliance actions; using Richmond Vale Academy and the Climate Center as their testing grounds.
The actions done can include:
- Developing water collection systems
- Increasing the production in the organic garden
- Starting up a production of sheep
- Doubling up the number of plants in the nursery
- Developing the production of staples in the forest garden
- Setting up a new "on grid" solar system at one of the buildings
This period aims to: Enable participants to materialize the ideas generated in the previous periods, by transforming the theory learnt into a practical action plan.
In summary, during the first two months participants will be involved in gathering substantial quantitative and qualitative data at the school and around the near villages; through research and practical action.
The aim of the first two months is: To set the theoretical and practical foundation for the community actions to be implemented, during the remaining four months, in the rest of Saint Vincent.
RVA places considerable emphasis on the importance of:
- Working in close collaboration with community groups, individuals, ministries and schools.
- Using of several data-collection techniques and methods during all the research stages.
This is done, not only to ensure that the Vincentians’ vast knowledge and experience of climate change is considered and utilized but also because it enables the community members to be the owners of the projects as well as the solutions.
Period 4: Making St. Vincent Climate Compliant - 2 months
Using RVA as a base from which to work from, the focus of this period is: To go out and engage the communities of SVG into working with the team; to achieve Climate Compliance for all.
This period is about leading by example, raising awareness and mobilising people to participate in community and individual actions. During this period and the following periods, team actions can include tree planting, setting up biogas digesters, assisting families making home gardens, promoting the use of organic farming and teaching in schools.
Period 5: Our next large endeavour #1 - 14 days
In this period participants identify an outcome that is relevant to them in the overall plan and goals3 for the 10-year Climate Compliance Conference. They actively explore how the team’s first “Large Endeavour” can help materialize the selected outcome.
Preparations for this period can be made during period 4 and can include data collection, investigation trips and meetings with community leaders.
Period 6: A sweet follow up - 14 days
Building on the exploration activities in period 5, the purpose of this period is to plan and implement one main action with two secondary or complementary actions. Of particular importance is to consider the people that have been met and those that worked along with the participants during the actions in period 5 and thus coordinate plans during period 6 to include them, or address their needs and concerns.
Period 7: Our next large endeavour #2 - 14 days
“Large Endeavour” is purely practical and aims to involve actions where a larger number of people are participating. This period is always a highlight for the team.
Period 8: Our proud legacy -14 days
In this final period, the team reflects on their 5 months experience and shares its achievements and lessons learned with other RVA teams and with the local communities. They do this by giving lectures, building user manual or dossiers, writing reports and making other communication materials (such as blogs, photo albums and videos).
The team also hosts and organizes an “open house event” at Richmond Vale Academy. In this event, guest speakers, local vendors and CCC participants get together to celebrate a big farewell amidst debates, tours and activities with more than a 100 people.
Besides being deeply involved with the activities and periods related to the CCC, participants also work during the week in the organic garden, make food production, do fitness activities, collaborate in running the school and much more.
All of these activities form part of the RVA experience and allow participants to develop their teamwork and overall skills.
Meet the teams:
The cost of the program:
|Climate Compliance Program - 6 Months|
|$500 + $2700|
|Enrollment fee + Tuition fee|
|Food and Accommodation for 6 Months|
|Basic materials needed to execute the program's activities.|
|Research and Action|