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Calvert: I have grown alot

calvert-blog I’m so happy that I got this opportunity to go to RVA and I enjoyed it all
Calvert: I am 19 years old living in Layou and I have done a 6 months course at RVA. What we do here is to learn about Global Warming and Climate Change, about how some companies are destroying the planet – especially the fossil fuel companies. I'm in the RVA climate change COMPLIANCE CONFERENCE TEAM and I'm going to say a bit about what I have lea...
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A big Happy New Year from Richmond Vale Academy!

happy-new-year-richmondvale A big Happy New Year from Richmond Vale Academy!
The year of 2018 has been extra ordinary in so many ways.  I would like to thank all of you who are reading our blogs and news as you are in one way or another - part of making this world a better place. The past year was a breakthrough in so many ways from new classrooms, home gardens, and program developments, fundraising and improving the o...
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Why do an Erasmus program in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Front-erasmus-turkey-lithuania Erasmus+ Volunteers in Richmond Vale Academy from Turkey and Lithuania!
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 there is such a huge change in the climate and all across the country we can see the devastation that...
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Art for social transformation

frontimage Painting a mural in the local Petit Bordel School in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
Art is a tool that allows us to communicate and express different opinions. During the month of April 2018, our intention was to inspire and strengthen the relation between people and nature. This is what we hoped to achieve while painting a mural in the local Petit Bordel School in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. At the same time, we carried out...
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Mervi, Finland: We have a responsibility to act

experience I am currently enrolled in the 18 month Fighting with the Poor program at the Richmond Vale Academy
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 unhappy and left me lacking a sense of meaning. I didn't feel like I was contributing anything to th...
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Julian: Embrace this unique learning experienceThe chicken project

IMG_20180122_075109 We hope they will take good care of our chicken project and see the fruit trees grow and blossom
The 6 months program is unique in many ways. It provides the students with a practical understanding of topics surrounding sustainable agriculture and climate change adaptation. For most of the students, including me, many of these topics would have maybe always remained theoretical concepts. The program is structured in several "periods", each of ...
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Felix: RVA is an amazing place

felix Felix worked in Ecuador
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 forces in the world that keep many people in poverty. I spent 6 months learning the practicalities of wor...
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We plant trees

treeplanting Tree planting action at Richmond Vale academy, St. Vincent
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, fruit trees in communities, give away moringa seedlings for personal backyards, plant mangroves on ...
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Joost, Germany: Everyone can make a change

joost Joost, Germany: Everyone can make a change
As my team arrived in St. Vincent and at the Richmond Vale Academy, we decided pretty early that we want to assist in re-establish a farmers market in Chateaubelair, a little village on the North-Leeward side of the main Island of St. Vincent. As there were attempts to build up a farmers market before we came to St. Vincent, which ultimately failed...
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Green Energy Movement

solar-panel-roof1 Our aim is to become fully dependent on Solar Energy
Our Solar Project As part of the movement for a more sustainable, eco-friendly Richmond Vale, one of the most recent projects we have embarked on is to become dependent on only solar powered energy. The movement within the renewable energy sector in the modern day is rapidly growing, and so its vital, we as a climate centre, divert away from the ex...
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Morning class: Crossing Crisis- Relations between US and Latin America

morning-classe_20180906-173059_1 Morning Class at Richmond Vale Academy
Every Monday and Friday we have what we call morning class. Everyone, teacher, student, guest speaker, is welcome to prepare a presentation about any topic that is of interest to them and share their passion about it. This morning a guest speaker that we love inviting for his passionating talks, came to tell us more about the relationship between U...
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Richmond Vale Academy establishing "Pass it On” home gardens in the community

pass-it-on-homegardens Students at RVA taking part in the project
In 2016, Richmond Vale Academy, an alternative school centered on climate change, began to establish "Pass it On" home gardens in the community of Chateaubelair, North Leeward. The goals of the "Pass it On" home garden project are many: (1) teach members of the community how to grow their own food using the principles of permanent agriculture or "p...
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Learn to Dive

jesper-diving-instructor-richmondvale-diving-center Jesper is a diving instructor at Richmond Vale Diving Center
When you join a program at Richmond Vale Academy it is possible to become a certified Diver. We started to engage in protection and conservation efforts in 2015 by investing in a Diving Center.  Shortly after we a trained instructor and the second instructor is in the process to being certified. We started to learn about the importance of mari...
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Rebels of the Caribbian

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We don't generally think of the Caribbean as a place of suffering and vulnerability. However, Stina Herberg and Selwyn Patterson, who are fund raising to attend the CCC19 conference at Findhorn, live on the Caribbean island of St. Vincent where each day they experience the truth of the Caribbean's defencelessness against climate change. They have s...
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How an island got it's name

Young-Island-SVG The island nation consists of 32 islands and cays - one of the islands is called Young Island.
The country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, also known as 'Hairoun (a)' and also 'Yurumein', is located to the south of the Caribbean Sea and has a population of 110.000 people. SVG is a small island nation but its history is quite remarkable and its landscapes are breathtaking.  The island nation consists of 32 islands and cays - one of ...
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Malwina, Poland: Seeing St. Vincent through children’s eyes

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We keep hearing that as adults we are nowhere as creative as when we were children and, what's worse, that the older we get the less creative we become. My point, however, is not to discuss the broad topic of 'creativity' and whether formal education system diminishes it or not. What I want to share with you is my impressions from one project, a sm...
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Building weekend in the mountain

Building Weekend at Richmond Vale
Our Permaculture Teacher, Luke, and his family, own land in the province of Vermont in Saint Vincent. This piece of land is located in the mountain, when you reach the end of the paved road you still need to drive for a couple kilometers on a very bumpy rocky muddy road. At the end of the path, there is a small shed with a covered deck, full of too...
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When we make an agreement, we owe it to ourselves to act on that

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As part of joining Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) every student agrees to what we call 'The Frames'. This is the policy in which we agree to have no drugs and no alcohol as part of what we do here at the school. There are several reason for this from simple things such as reducing work ethic to having negative impact on the community.  For me one...
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La Escuela Pública "Belair" visita RVA

Hoy, ¡los estudiantes de sexto grado de la escuela pública Belair llegaron a Richmond para visitar nuestro campus! ¡Siempre es una pequeña aventura y una gran experiencia de aprendizaje para todos, tanto para la escuela como para nosotros aquí en RVA! Heather hizo una presentación sobre la vida en RVA, nuestros programas, los proyectos de huertos familiares y, por supuesto, sobre el cambio climático. [gallery link="none" ids="12887,12886,12888" orderby="rand"] Después de un almuerzo rápido con una vista del volcán y Santa Lucía, nos dividimos en grupos más pequeños y todos los estudiantes del equipo de marzo de " Voluntariado Ambiental " y con el de " Combatiendo la Pobreza ", se convirtieron en guías turísticos para el día. Como somos  otro tipo de escuela , queremos vivir una vida sostenible, así que tratamos de ser pioneros y construir proyectos de ejemplo. Mostrar nuestros proyectos de sostenibilidad a niños de 10-12 años nos enseñó a los estudiantes de RVA cómo mantener las cosas simples y emocionantes. Les mostramos nuestros paneles solares, la estación de biogás, el nuevo jardín de cocina permacultural, nuestro Chicken Hotel, el sistema de recolección de agua, nuestro Organic Gaden, el sistema de compost, Fruit Forest, los cerdos, e incluso una pequeña visita a los caballos. [gallery columns="2" link="none" ids="12890,12889,12892,12893,12894,12896" orderby="rand"] Ver cuán entusiastas y entusiasmados estaban los estudiantes con la visita nos hizo muy...
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Combate Hombro a Hombro con la Pobreza en Belice

En Belice, una tercera parte de la población (126.000 personas) vive debajo de la línea de la pobreza. Desde 2012, Richmond Vale Academy ha cooperado con Humana People to People en Belice y con varios Instructores de Desarrollo entrenaron y ayudaron con los proyectos allá. Los proyectos de Humana People to People tiene como finalidad: Movilizar niños, jovenes y adultos a ser parte activa de las esferas económicas, sociales y ambientales de sus comunidades. Mejorar la salud de la familia, la educación y la economía. Reducir la vulnerabilidad de pequeños granjeros y comunidades a los impactos adversos del cambio climático. Hasta la fecha, HPP Belice, ha trabajado directamente con 5500 familias - aproximadamente 25.000 personas. Disfruta un nuevo video desde Belice! https://youtu.be/98UE_VD0UCE Aún tenemos algunos lugares en el Equipo de " Combatiendo la Pobreza " de Octubre, puedes ayudarnos al compartir esta información con tus amigos y en tus redes sociales! Muchas gracias!