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    Welcome to Richmond Vale

    Fires, floods, hurricanes, droughts and extinctions are telling us that we need a new economic model to protecting the planet.
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    What comes together comes best

    Alone the world changes you, together we change the world.
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    Learning by doing

    Each student and the student body, become able to act with others in the present reality.

Richmond Vale Academy, St. Vincent and the Grenadines  

Richmond Vale Academy is an educational institution with the aim to train activists from all over the world to fight global warming and global poverty where it is most needed.  


Fighting Poverty Program - 12 Months

Fighting Poverty Program - 12 Months

The Fighting Poverty program addresses poverty in a practical approach. Participants train in the Caribbean and serve poor communities in Latin America. New Poverty Fighters Start every April and October. Read more and join us for this amazing experience!. Click here to learn more

Climate Change Activist – 6 Months

Climate Change Activist – 6 Months

Learn, Teach and DO together with your team and members of the community to reach this amazing goal of making our small nation of St. Vincent and Grenadines, one of the first countries in the world to be ready for the Climate. Click here to learn more

Climate Change Activist – 1 Month

Climate Change Activist – 1 Month

Since the start in 2012, we have cleaned up 20 ton of trash from rivers and beaches, planted over 30.000 trees, set up 2 model gardens, taught in all schools on the island, produced 20 TV and Radio Programs. Click here to learn more


  • Demion, St. Vincent

    Before RVA's public awareness campaign, many Vincentians did not know what permaculture was. Dreams of getting gold in a global treelympics were farfetched and plastic bottles were an environmental menace. Organic food, GMO awareness and so on were not highly extent. Through RVA's intervention with its 2012 -2021 Climate Compliance agenda, SVG is now a different nation with a more positive environmental attitude."

  • Dr. Thompson, St. Vincent

    Here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, we are attempting to become a green island, looking at energy, at the way we conserve our environment. I believe Richmond Vale Academy is one of those places where you can get the information and education and certified programs in terms of what you really need to know about helping to save this world, our planet."

  • Diana, Romania

    I am very proud to say I have been part of the greatest team there ever was. First let me welcome you to this piece of heaven we call Richmond in St. Vincent, I'm sure you love it (who wouldn't?!) and I know you will have a blast while learning and working here. I can vouch for the learning experience. I learned to never give up!"

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  1. It is advisable to keep your room locked, hide values from the window. The school has a small safe that can be used.
  2. If you leave Richmond Vale campus notify your teacher or another member of the staff. Tell where you are going, the expected time of return and if possible a phone number for contact.
  3. Do not swim alone. 
  4. Use common sense. Do not carry valuables clearly visible like cameras, iPods, purses or anything that can easily be seen and taken. Be aware of what is going on around you.
  5. Avoid “trouble situations” in the streets such as people arguing, car accidents or people trying to catch a thief.
  6. Do not invite people or guests to RVA without previous agreements. Please communicate who and when, and the timeframe.
  7. When new students and volunteers start at RVA an introduction to all people working at the Academy are done by a tour or a “Farmers Lunch or Common Working Day”. If you see people on the campus, who do not work or live at RVA please notify a teacher.
  8. Students and Volunteers agree with their teacher and team when traveling or spending the night off campus. This includes who are leaving, where to and the timetable.
  9. It is advisable that each team has a list of important information on each student such as full name, DOB, blood type, allergies, important information related to the person and an address and phone numbers of a relative.
  10. Do not walk alone outside the RVA Campus.


Other Advice

  1. Dress appropriately on the campus common areas. There is a lot of “official traffic” in the area such as government officials, employed staff, hikers and other visitors.
  2. Keep you own insurance to protect your valuables such as cameras, iPhones or laptops.
  3. Family or friends from abroad are welcome and they can stay at the Nature and Hiking Center.
  4. If a student wishes to terminate the program, then the person should leave Richmond Vale Academy within 3-5 days. If more days are needed a special agreement has to be made with a teacher.


People coming from Europe have a very unique opportunity to see how the developed world is impacting on developing countries, particularly small island nations like Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. This can clearly be seen in Saint Vincent because t...
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I am currently enrolled in the 18 month "Fighting with the Poor" program at the Richmond Vale Academy. Before coming to the Caribbean, I had worked 8 years for the same company and felt that I wanted a change in my life. The office job was making me ...
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My name is Ammon Felix and I am from the Richland, WA, U.S.A. I was part of the Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with the Poor Program at Richmond Vale Academy from April 2016 - November 2017. During this Time I spent 6 months studying the massive force...
Tree planting actions and awareness campaigns are an important part of Richmond Vale Academy's curriculum. We partner with many different stakeholders in order to plant the most beneficial trees in various projects. We plant shade trees with schools,...