I am 66 now but I still feel as if I was 16. I had very interesting life.
Quite some time have passed since I left the Academy. Despite that, I feel as if I still there - planning new projects, discussing global issues and enjoying being able to take part in making difference.
To those who are new to the Academy, I would like to say, that this is how all of us who spend some time here, feel. It is common feeling uniting us all. It is feeling of being able to make dreams reality, to change environment were we live and to influence not only other people lives but also our own. And while we change a lot after being here, we must have something in common even before we came here.
Richmond Vale Academy is a beautiful place as if it is closer to the sky and the sun. Here come people who pursue noble goals and have generous feelings . Here we can be important and useful to others.
All our stay here we are looked after by people who found us and invited us to come here. It gives us feeling of trust and security.
And there are other people who we almost never see do some important jobs. We probably think too little how valuable that work is for the Academy and for us.
There also is a lot of work done which is unnoticeable to many, but it is the most important work. The work that is done by Stina and Jesper.
Stina and Jesper created the conditions and gave an opportunity for us to come here. Just because of them and their hard and tireless efforts we all can participate in those programs. All this never ending work improving and developing the programs and the site lets people to be here, learn new skills, materialize ideas, and enjoy the life. We can and want to be proud of the Academy, time spent here, work that we did, new aims to make world a better place.
And I want to thank those people .
I am 66 now but I still feel as if I was 16. I had very interesting life. I travelled a lot, I lived and worked in few different countries and I have a wonderful family. It is all well and good, and quite usual. But what was very important to me is to leave some mark in the life and in lives of others. And it was never an easy task.
I had dreams and ideas, plans and visions for various global issues, and I felt need to do something about it, but I also felt too little, too weak to try to do something, too unsure about my capabilities and future success. But always we had support group leaders who deserved special acknowledgement. They worked really hard to keep everybody motivated during all program period.
And most if not all people who come to the Academy feel that need to do something about ecology, environment that influence not only our personal life, not just some few other people, but change life of societies, countries and set global example for others to follow. This is what unites us all in the Academy, and it starts before we came here and doesn't end after we leave. We became part of our projects, part of our team, part of the Academy for the rest of life. And the projects we do not end when we leave, we carry on changing the world wherever we are and whatever we do. We carry on fighting environmental issues by actions, education, becoming an example to others.
If you are experienced in similar projects or are absolutely new to it, here you will find friendliest people, fun activity, interesting learning and experience sharing time. However the most important, you will take part in one of the most ambitious project on the whole globe - to make St. Vincent and the Grenadines the most ecologically friendliest country in the world.
It is a long term project, but it involves many little project that I was doing and that you will be doing and other new teams will carry on doing so eventually we can achieve our goal.
Also I would like to add, that after finishing the program most of us feel that not all opportunities have been taken, not all work has been done, not every time we managed to appreciate the work of our colleagues, not all available time was used to improve ourselves and help others. And time flies by ...
So be proud that you are students at the Academy.
The success of the Academy largely depends on how sincerely each participant does their work. And so do good work and spread the knowledge to the world.
Respect your own and others opinion. Appreciate everything, every work, every person. Always stay the real humans.
I miss my time when I was in St. Vincent a lot. The weather, people and the work we did was incredible. And as usual it can appreciate most what I had during that time only when I am far away. But I hope I will come back to St.Vincent. I have a good reason for it - to came to see the difference that I and you and all of us made there in St. Vincent working on our small projects for the most ambitious project in the world.