Start May and November.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines has been devastated by severe weather disasters year after year over the past 10 years. In response, Richmond Vale Academy took decisive action by initiating a programme called “The Saint Vincent Climate Compliance Conference 2012 – 2021”.
This program aims to bring people together to take action. Since 2012, more than 300 national and international student and teachers together with thousands of people across St. Vincent and the Grenadines have answered to the threat of climate disaster.
- 30,000 trees have been planted.
- 30 tons of garbage has been collected from beaches, rivers and villages.
- 50 Organic Home gardens have been built with families in North Leeward.
- Six Bio gas digesters have been installed at farmers, schools and
- Numerous information leaflets, books, booklets, radio and TV
programmes have been
aired in St. Vincent and abroad, mobilising people to take local actions.
- More than 1000 people visit the Academy annually to learn about
and get inspired to what actions can be taken for a sustainable future.
The Climate Activism Course is 6 months with the following periods:
Period 1: “Gaia warning” - 14 days
In this period, participants have structured teacher-led courses about St. Vincent, global warming, climate change, sustainable agriculture, pollution, the oceans and other related topics.
Period 2: Digging deeper - 14 days
In this period the teams conduct research activities and dig deeper into the subject of climate activism and especially sustainable, organic farming and PermaCulture techniques.
Period 3: Making RVA Climate Compliant - 1 month
In this period participants prepare and carry out Climate Compliance actions at Richmond Vale Academy.
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
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, 6, 7 and 8: Our next large endeavors - 2 months.
In this period participants identify large endeavors needed for example making a big open day, producing a garden farming newspapers, a documentary, create radio programs or arrange a big event involving many people to plant trees, mangroves or clean up communities. In the final two weeks the team reflects on their experiences and lessons learned and share with the next teams and people involved in the different projects.
Throughout the programme, there are three anchor themes from where to choose all the climate compliance actions and research activities:
● Food and water Security
● Energy Security
● Ready for Climate Change
Testemonials: Why We Joined
A long time ago I had this innocent idea that I wanted to make the world a better place, I wanted to go far away to Africa, to improve it, to change it. Fortunately life made me wait long enough to learn some things before.
I had just finalised my undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and I felt the need to apply what I had learnt in a practical manner. A job seemed likely, but then the rigidness of it put me of a little. It was during an enduring search that I saw the opportunity to volunteer and it immediately peaked my interest.
My decision to come to Richmond Vale Academy in March 2017 was aligned with my path towards getting more and more involved in the development sector. By then I was studying a couple of subjects of my Master of Development Practice by distance. I saw the opportunity to have a more hands on experience, so I enrolled in the programme. I absolutely loved my time as a volunteer student here. I learned so much, not only about climate change mitigation and adaptation initiatives, but also a lot about myself!
Calvert, St. Vincent
I wanted to be a volunteer because I find it interesting and I always wanted to try it. I was just out of school and didn't really have any plans – a person in my town who knew RVA suggested I should join. He said I could meet people from all around the world. I thought I could make a change for myself, and the people I was going to help.
Meet the teams:
Videos from our Climate Actions
The cost of the program:
|Climate Compliance Program - 6 Months|
|$500 + $3300|
|Enrollment fee + Tuition fee|
|Food and Accommodation for 6 Months|
|Basic materials needed to execute the program's activities.|
|Research and Action|
Note: For November team 2020 the price of $3400