Richmond Vale

Learn more about our amazing Academy!

Learn more about our amazing Academy!
It’s 9 pm at Richmond Vale Academy, and a small circle of drummers sends rhythms into the darkness of the hills. The stars seem to be on steroids, but we still need flashlights for our dragon quest. Franklyn—the local hiking guide, night watchman, and nocturnal pollinator-in-chief—ambles ahead of our motley group: two young Scandinavian honeymooners, two mature ladies from Barbados, and a burly Dane who is minding a teenage boy with unspecified problems. Franklyn leads us into rows of tall, twisting cacti whose flowers reach full bloom only at this time. Lacking the right moths, they need human hands and a paintbrush to stimulate the production of dragonfruit, Hylocereus costaricensis. The huge white blossoms have a monstrous beauty. Tonight there are 54, significantly less than the record 1000, but enough to contribute to a crop. The succulent red globules that they’ll turn into helps make this institution the largest producer of this exotic fruit in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. The extraordinary Richmond Vale Academy is full of such surprises. The first is that it exists at all. A part of the International DRH Movement (Danish “Travelling Folk High School”), RVA can trace its origins to 1970, when pioneering educators took a busload of Danish youngsters into Asia Minor to expand their horizons and learn by experience. Their encounters with poverty led to engagement, and eventually...
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FLASHBACK NEWS: 1-On-1 With Stina Herberg

Stina Herberg, the present principal of Richmond Vale Academy is a force to be reckoned with. At age 20 she started a series of world travels that would take her to over 50 countries in the following years, finally leading her to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, as part of the RVA staff, in attempts to make of the island a climate compliant nation . Stina has worked in projects that directly tackle  poverty , sustainable development and climate change , in countries as different from each other as Mozambique and the United States. We have unearthened a one-on-one with Stina that the Caribbean News Service published a couple of years back but is still relevant today. [caption id="attachment_5321" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Stina Herberg, current principal of Richmond Vale Academy, talks about the causes that are dearest to her, her future goals, what and who inspires her in this interview with Caribbean News Service - Photo Credit: Liberty Trainers Network Here we have a person who is passionate about creating a more equal, healthier and better world not only for humans, but for all creatures that wander this Earth. Stina has an incredibly vast pool of knowledge that she has gathered during her trips and volunteer work, and shares a snippet of it in the article that you'll find below, check it out!: KINGSTOWN, St. Vincent, Oct. 06, 2014 – Stina Herberg...
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Who are we and what do we do?

The St. Vincent Climate Compliance Conference has been established in 2012 to run for 10 years. During this time, it is the objective of Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) to make the island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines climate compliant, i.e. self-sufficient food and energy-wise, as well as resistant to natural disasters. This will be ensured both by implementing material projects (tree-planting, infrastructure building, creating vegetable gardens) and by educating the public – both youth in schools and adults through various actions. The Conference participants are climate activists (or future activists) from all over the world – as well as from St. Vincent – who come to RVA to learn by doing and teaching. Ideally, those activists then go back home to teach others about climate change and sustainable living – either by giving presentations etc. or leading by example. RVA starts 6-month teams 3 times a year to ensure the continuity of the Conference and longer projects around the island, while each team prepares and realizes their own shorter projects from start to finish. Besides organising practical actions both in school and in local communities, the participants take the time to study issues pertaining to climate change, its causes and consequences around the world. Everyone is strongly encouraged to give presentations to the school on the topics they find most interesting, although prior knowledge...
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