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SVG's RVA features in Save The Ocean Project

Ocean-plastic-2 STOP (Save The Ocean Project) will be implemented through 31 December 2021
Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) is on-board with a new ERASMUS project offering an opportunity to youth connected to the institution to travel to Fiji, Thailand and Italy to represent St. Vincent and the Grenadines in efforts to protect the ocean and stop pollution. STOP (Save The Ocean Project) will be implemented through 31 December 2021, and, in add...
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Happy New Year 2020

front2 In 2019, one hundred students found their way to our academy and joined courses from 1 week to 10 months from all corners of the world
Dear Friends, From Richmond Vale Academy at the beginning of the road on the small beautiful island of St. Vincent in the Eastern Caribbean we wish you a very Happy New Year! The year has been remarkable in so many ways at our small so very active academy in the Richmond Valley: the teachers council has grown considerably, the number of students is...
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Vincentians urged to sign up for courses at RVA

stvincent-urgens-to-sign-up-RVA STUDENTS WHO recently completed the one month Climate Change Compliance course, (from left) Jamie Huggins, Romana Rainer and Nicola Wynne
Students at the Richmond Vale Academy are encouraging Vincentians to sign up for courses that will teach them how to live sustainable lives and create forms of employment. Three students from abroad visited SEARCHLIGHT recently to speak about their experience from being a part of the one-month version of the Climate Compliance course. Nicola Wynne,...
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The first Home Garden Seminar – Each One Teach One

20190823_133905 The teachers and students learned to grow food without chemicals in an ecological way
The St. Vincent Climate Compliance Conference program was started in 2012 and is a 10 years standing action conference to make the citadel, here a small island, around DRH Richmond Vale Academy ready for climate change. Students from 74 countries joined with thousands of islanders and removed tons of trash from rivers, streets, communities and beac...
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Investigation on Reducing our Waste

fwtp-header Part of the FWP program before going to the project is to learn how to do an investigation and then take action following what we discovered
Part of the FWP program before going to the project is to learn how to do an investigation and then take action following what we discovered. Here is what we do for the investigation part. We chose to investigate about recycling in zero waste in Saint Vincent. To do so, we asked people around about what is happening in Saint Vincent concerning thes...
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Beating the Garifuna Drums

garifuna-drums-front Garifuna drums are echoing through many communities in Central America
Garifuna drums are echoing through many communities in Central America, singing ballads of their ancestral land of Yurumein, today renamed by the British to St. Vincent and the Grenadines. But their drums seldom beat on the land which Garifuna ancestors protected through generations. Labelled as cannibals by mercenary Christopher Columbus to justif...
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RVA creates history by moving to 100% renewable energy

solar3 Richmond Vale Academy (RVA), which focuses heavily on sustainable living, is now on 100 per cent renewable electricity
It has taken four months longer than anticipated, but they have done it. Richmond Vale Academy (RVA), which focuses heavily on sustainable living, is now on 100 per cent renewable electricity. The school's off-grid system now consists of an additional 48 new solar modules (panels), bringing the total photovoltaic array to an output of 32 kilowatt, ...
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Why did you choose this program?

experience An interview with Anna Maria
Why did you choose this program? ​ When I started to look for volunteering opportunities, I was mainly interested in projects focused on environmental actions and climate change. Apart from the actual work done within the project, it was important to me to choose an organization that was well established and transparent. RVA's Climate Compliance Co...
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The fastest 18 months of my life

cover They say that time goes by fast when you are having fun.
They say that time goes by fast when you are having fun. I have to both agree and disagree. I have enjoyed my time at the Fighting Shoulder to Shoulder with the Poor program of course, and I can't even remember all the happy moments I have shared with my teammate and other students and teachers from our little school community. But it's not all abo...
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Shoulder to shoulder experience as a volunteer

6-women-inside My name is Lina, I am a fine and visual artist and this story begins in Bogotá – Colombia.
Service Period Red Bank / Belize My name is Lina, I am a fine and visual artist and this story begins in Bogotá – Colombia. Going from home to work and from work to home, I accumulated hours and hours of daily thoughts and worries for several years. What I had not noticed was that they related not only to my life, but also to other beings, and I sa...
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The young generation in the Caribbean ready for climate change

Untitled Richmond Vale Academy had the great opportunity to share 2 weeks with a group of teenagers from different villages
Young people from different parts of the world are taking the initiative to fight against climate change; we can see an example in the "Fridays for Future movement".  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines is no exception. Richmond Vale Academy had the great opportunity to share 2 weeks with a group of teenagers from different villages of Saint Vinc...
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Richmond Vale Academy won the Tourism Social Enterprise Award

turism-social-enterprise-fb Richmond Vale Academy wins the Tourism Social Enterprise award
Richmond Vale Academy won the Tourism Social Enterprise, a special award recognizing an initiative by an individual or group/association which addresses social problems by applying innovative tourism development ideas. The Caribbean Tourism Organization (CTO) has recognized eight tourism entities from CTO-member countries with its top awards f...
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People, Planet and Profits - RVA at The Caribbean Sustainable Tourism Conference

stina-big Stina Herberg will speak at The annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development
Stina Herberg will speak at The annual Caribbean Conference on Sustainable Tourism Development  as part of the information dissemination and regional awareness component of CTO's Strategy for Sustainable Tourism. It looks at how member states can design and implement sustainable tourism policies and programmes offering a regional forum fo...
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SVG's horse school welcomes local students

SVGs-horse-school-richmondvale The horse school at Richmond Vale Academy (RVA), which catered primarily for international clients, is welcoming local students, thanks to sponsorship from Tus-T Water.
The horse school at Richmond Vale Academy (RVA), which caters primarily for international clients, is welcoming local students, thanks to a sponsorship from Tus-T Water. With this sponsorship, RVA, whose curriculum focuses on sustainable livelihoods, has been able to recruit a Vincentian horse trainer as well as welcoming local ...
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About finding my way – and taking the first steps to get moving

header-anna I started looking for volunteering projects involved in climate change and environment work and I came across RVA and its Climate Change Compliance program
"Know that if someone is not living bravely,  they will resent your courage.  If someone is unhappy,  they will resent your joy.  If someone is hiding from the truth,  they will resent your honesty.  Move on. Keep moving." - Maggie Smith All my life I have been a people pleaser – trying to make people happy or have peo...
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Rights of Nature: Introducing a possible tool for climate change litigation

new-zeland-feature In 2017, the Whanganui River was granted legal personality in New Zealand
Article written by Jessica den Outer* The effects of climate change are immense ­— ranging from desertification and deforestation, to a global increase in extreme weather events, biodiversity loss, and ocean acidification. The most recent IPCC report reveals the potentially catastrophic consequences associated with a global temperature rise of 1.5º...
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SVG's 'Energy for the Poor' project wins international award

front-bio A project that trained five families in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to build their own biogas digester has won an international award.
A project that trained five families in St. Vincent and the Grenadines to build their own biogas digester has won an international award. The Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) won the Energy Globe Award based on the project, which also teaches local communities about the benefits of biogas as a renewable energy, global warming, climate change and organic...
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Viola's Creative Home Garden in Petit Bordel

featured-IMG_0570 Working in a small space, with little soil and many constraints can spark a lot of creativity
Working in a small space, with little soil and many constraints can spark a lot of creativity. I had been wanting to grow my own vegetables for a long time, but I felt restricted by my little backyard. When the students visited me for the first time, I showed them all my containers filled with herbs to make seasoning, Aloe Vera that I use as body l...
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Humana People to People Progress Report 2018

hpp-annual2019 Humana People to People Progress Report 2018
The Federation Humana People to People (Humana People to People) is excited and proud to release its Humana People to People Progress Report 2018, demonstrating the value of its work. The report provides an insight into the work of Humana People to People and its 30 member associations over the past year, including the shared commitment to attain i...
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How to make a coconut cup and a bowlie

brendax900 Brenda Roberts : How to make a coconut cup and a bowlie
In Troumaca, a village in Saint David Parish, the North Leeward side of St. Vincent, there is a home-garden shaped like a sun. Tomatoes, lettuce, okra, beans, corn, basil, asparagus, pineapples, barbados cherry, soursop… from very common crops to rare ones in St. Vincent, a variety of vegetables and fruits are growing vigorously. Rabbits and their ...
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