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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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Horses: The Importance of Second Chances

The first time I rode a horse was almost 10 years ago. It was in a very nice landscape in La Calera; a village in Colombia where people usually make horse rides within groups. Champagne was the name of the horse that was taking me. She was white and had a beautiful blondish hair. After few minutes, Champagne started to run really fast, having me on top of her back. She had bolted and I could no longer control her; thus making me lose stability. After this experience, I hadn’t had the chance to be close enough to any horse; and to be honest, I didn’t feel like searching for a second time either. That was until the past two weeks when I arrived at Richmond Vale Academy; a place where nature is the main character of the scenario. Among others animals I found horses. Not one, but five, and the first thing that made me curious about them was that they were out in the garden, like pets. They didn’t have bridles and they were totally used to people, dogs and cats, all going around. That called my attention and I decided to have a one on one class with them and Stina, from whom I had heard the special relationship and language she shares with them. [caption id="attachment_6013" align="aligncenter" width="500"] Taken from La Bitácora...
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From Winstead to Africa to the Caribbean - By David Christian

This article was originally posted on CICD Volunteering Africa . MY STORY AND I AT CICD I am David Christian, from Rochdale near Manchester. I was a DI at CICD —the 14 months DI programme, in March 2011. The project was at One World University in Mozambique, where my main tasks were the library, promotion and teaching English. My first experience in a developing country; the challenges were motivating the students, communicating in Portuguese, plus coping with the lack of running water, electricity and the comfort of my old life. This is what I wanted, to change myself in this aspect; no longer remaining in my comfort zone and to be ready to face these difficulties millions of people live daily. I returned to CICD and joined the Fighting with The Poor 24 months programme. I returned to Africa —DNS in Mkushi, Zambia, working in partnership— helping with the expansion of the college. Not an easy task visiting many companies for sponsorship; but from my experience in fundraising, you have to keep going until you achieve something. From my African experiences, I didn't try to change the world, but to change some people's lives and I'm happy I achieved that. WHY I JOINED RICHMOND VALE ACADEMY (RVA) I am very aware of what we are doing to our planet. We need to do something about it;...
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Learning the Language of Horses

Johnny's Journey I want to thank you for the opportunity of learning the language of horses. My experience with horses was an amazing one. It was full of knowledge, patience, control and observation. It was thrilling from the start, because it is about connecting —in a deep and very spiritual way— with another form of life. Learning the language of horses was very similar to learning any other language, like Portuguese or English. I completely forgot that I was learning how to comunicate with another species and just started to understand the horse's language. [gallery type="slideshow" size="full" ids="5585,5586,5587,5588,5589,5590,5591,5592,5593" orderby="rand"] Horses, and any other form of life, communicate with their body. Understanding their language is trying to make sense out of their expressions. How they move their ears or what they are looking at; how they move. Every detail says something. It is very much like people! Words only make up 10% of our communication. Our bodies speak for us 70% of the time and the remaining 20% goes with how we say things, rather than what we say. I now understand the depth of the horses' language and why I felt so comfortable with them. Connecting with the horse in his language is very pure. You need not to pay attention to words or how they are being said, but just how the body moves. Horses...
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Leaders by Ammon

If we were born in this world with the concept of "Good" or "Bad" is different depending on your country, religions or culture. In some part of the world eating beef is an offence, while in other parts of the world it's part of their culture, with this simple example we can see the differences between us. But can this difference explain why we are what we are today? Today we are living in a world that has already begun to collapse, we use more than what we have, with change climate water becomes scarce, it is winter when it used to be summer and this everywhere. Today we have discussions about how many people can live on this world? [caption id="attachment_5205" align="alignright" width="400"] Photo Credit: Quora This is the world that we are living in, our world cannot feel the connection because we are so different, with different cultures and different ways of belief, because of this it is very difficult to fix the problems we have in our world. This is the perfect excuse to do nothing, for us to unconsciously think that the task of changing the world is not for us, we think this is the work for superior people, almost like a superhero that can unite and fight evil. Someone who is morally superior, able to guide us on the path...
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Carandre: I encourage you to join!

  For 3.5 billion years the climate on earth has supported life allowing species to diversify and flourish. In the last 10 000 years this unusually stable climate has allowed the rise of civilization and provided a home to seven billion people but the climate systems we depend on are becoming unstable. The atmosphere is warming at an alarming rate and from the Amazon rainforest to the frozen tundra our stable climate is heading towards tipping points. Small changes in our oceans, ice sheets, or forests can tip the balance and change our world forever. Dramatic changes are happening in the world right now due to climate change. The St. Vincent Climate Compliance Conference takes concrete action to make our small island safe for all life here and a model for the world. Get Involved! Meet student Carandre from St. Vincent 
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Judit - How I learned to live and love my life

                    I was born in 1980 on the countryside of Hungary, which definitely has determined my whole life. Since I was born I was always close to nature and animals. Our family house has its own backyard garden, which makes my family to be almost self-sufficient. I always loved the country lifestyle although I moved to the capital and lived an urban life because of my studies and work. In the last 10 years I was working in the film business and living a very stressful life. I wanted to change my way of living. I wanted to live a more honest life and open my mind. In addition to helping people who live in unbelievable living circumstances. It was also a huge challenge to me to test my limits and myself. Me, as a citizen of a 21st century coming from a developed European capital, I thought I lived my life in a very comfortable and easy way. I used a mobile phone, Internet. I could eat, drink, sleep and do whatever I wanted to do, anytime. I wanted to simplify my life and finally to concentrate on the most important things. I wanted to hear my voice within, and get closer to myself and to the world I’m living in. I was curious to see...
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Climate Compliance Conference Pioneer

                    STUDENT STORY FROM SEULBEE - THE FIRST GAIA TEAM! Before my coming here, I was just a freshman of the university in my country. I always wanted to do something helpful for others in my life. And I found a good chance to make changes in Saint Vincent and Grenadines. Through 6 months, I didn’t make a big change. But when I look back as a Gaia team, I can see that we achieved a lot. We made garden for community, taught children in school, went to radio station, recorded TV program, participated lots of international environment activities like Earth Day and World Coastal Clean Up Day, ran Gaia Kids Club and Gaia Adults Club, fund-raised for Gaia News Letter, and mobilized community and so on. Everything was not easy because we were the First Gaia Team. But finally we carried it through together. I still have to learn more but I learned a lot from little to big things. Now I know how to make composters, make seedling, put love until their growing and eat with gusto! Also I learned many things in school because we had to live together in school 24 hours and 7 days . There’s no mom or other person who will do for me. Now I do my things myself....
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So much to share - So much to learn

My passion is to travel and help people. I finished high school last year and I was not sure of what to study and I wanted follow my passion before I made a decision on what to study, also I wanted to gain some experience. My decision of joining Richmond Vale Academy, Climate Conference was a perfect first step out of school. I can honestly say that I have learnt so much I did not know about before and I am grateful for the experience I have gained here so far. I am part of the 6 months Climate Compliance Conference; we concentrate on a lot of practical work although we still have some theory studying too. I am now half way through my course and it has been very productive and fun too. We have different periods in this course, first we get to know the school and learn our different responsibilities. Then we have a period called “Making Richmond Vale Academy Climate Compliant” here we had a chance to choose different projects on how to make RVA Climate Compliant. Our team chose to concentrate on making our own bio-char production, a worm production, a recycling garden and a low cost gutter irrigation system. Now we are in the period called “Making St. Vincent and the Grenadines Climate Compliant”. So far we have made plans...
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