harlynvolunteer
I found myself and I know who I am and my purpose in life.

Following up on my achievements after my successful climate compliance course that I did right here at the RVA, which I would say is one of the top 5 institutions in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

For all my readers and interested persons out there, who is interested in the 3 L’s. Long life, living sustainable and willing to Learn; RVA is the place to be.

After my course I was the headline of a brochure with a special cause, it read how to create a sustainable future for St. Vincent and the Grenadines and also sent a message to invite people into the Climate Compliance course. Since the completion of my course, many doors have opened for me. Opportunities keep coming, but I found myself, and I know who I am and my purpose in life. Which is to make this world a better place to live in, in terms of creating a sustainable way of living and promote eating healthy.

I am actually working with the institution right now in the organic garden, (mind you I just said organic) absolutely no chemicals! No GMO! That is why we are strong. Absolutely no GMO! I’ve involved in beach cleanups, community cleanups, GMO demonstrations and I’m loving every moment of it. It’s an awesome feeling with this fight I’m winning so get involved and fight for a cause.

RVA horray horray, Nice to know you’re here to stay.

 

“A better tomorrow”

Yo could ah black like tha, white like snow.

RVA door is always open fuh yo.

So come on down, where we sit on solid ground.

Or fly on over, before it gets any later.

Yo don’t want to miss what’s on tomorrow’s list.

 

climatecompliance
We were part of the big tree planting action "Moringa 10000"

My name is Fernanda Restrepo from Colombia i was part of climate compliance conference team 4 whit 4 more persons 2 from Costa Rica, one from Guyana , one from Japan and me the last past year. I just want to say welcome to RVA am sure that this experience will be one of the best for you guys, in my personal experience I learned a lot of thing not just only about global warming and climate change otherwise about how to live as a family, how to do the things as a team whit just one propose, to help and do de difference in the island.

About our projects that we did at the school, we got experience about how get advantage of the organic waste that we generate mostly in the kitchen. In my special case I made a project about worms production, is very interesting because the worms eat organic waste producing kind of compost (humus) very healthy for the soil off course whit some especial care, about the other team mates they did some projects about soap production with the used oil from the kitchen as well it was really interesting. We also worked as a team going to the communities to teach about global warming an climate change mostly with the kids. We were also part of the big planting action of moringa 10000 and we went around of the island to distribute the plants and taught about it. Finally one of our our most important project was the news letter, we wrote, fundraised and distrubuted in 5000 copies!!!

This was the most difficult project because we had to go out to do fundraising to do the newsletter, we took a lot of time to do it but at the end we achieved it was a real good job for the team.
This is just a bit of the experience in RVA I cannot tell you everything because were many things lived at the school, sometimes is difficult to be away of our country our family and the things that makes as to be in our comfort zone, but am sure that this time in RVA will make you very very strong, this will lets you know yourself, is important keep a good relation with the team leader. There will come difficult situations for sure but the most important is to find the best way to go out if it, enjoy that paradise in my opinion is the best. Enjoy the local people they are a really nice and special treasure, enjoy the beach and the tourist places, get advantage of the time there are too many things to do to go out of the routine, smile on and bring happiness to others !!!

To finish I just want to say that am so envy of you because I would like to be there, but my time finished and the most important is that am keeping in my mind all of the good memories from there, good luck and if someone would like to continue whit the worms production go ahead !!!

PS… MY INGLISH IS NOT THAT GOOD SORRY !!

ENJOY this great time there
FERNANDA RESTREPO

lucasvolunteercaribbean
I grew up a lot and improved my life in a way that is beyond measure.

Hi, my name is Lucas Morais, and it´s been now 4 years since I finished my program in Richmond Vale Academy, and I have so much to say about the way that my life have changed. My time in RVA passed so fast that it was as a blink of an eye. So, for all of you who is starting the program now, the only advice that I have to give to you is: enjoy every single moment, every one, the good ones, the challenge ones, the tough ones, enjoy the people that you will meet and share you time in RVA, so, ENJOY.

I am from Brazil, i´m a teacher here, currently I teach kids with any disability (mental problems, physical problems, and others) and I also teach Educational Psychology in an University. I live in a State called Goiás, in a small city called Senador Canedo, near by Brasilia, that is the Brazilian capital.

When I started my program in RVA I as full of expectations, and even that I knew that I was ready, I did not know for what! It as almost 10 months of training before to go to Africa. In this 10 months we had a lot of studies, and practical activities, and as I said, it was challenge, hard work, but today when I remember about all of that I can clearly see the change in my life. We had some work in the garden farming and studies about that. We worked in some primary schools in Chateau, where I could meet so many great people, kids everywhere, and so much I learned there.

We had some clean activities as environmental programs, from river cleaning, to the international coastal cleaning day. Have you ever consider about how many trash people leave in the nature? A lot!! We had activities with the orphanage, and also some fundraising activities in the island and also in the other islands of SVG.

Today I can say for sure that I grew up a lot and improved my life in a way that is beyond measure. Today I think about what i´m eating, I have my own herbs garden, I think about the garbage that I produce, I think about the education in the world considering what I can do to make the difference. But most of all, I learned in RVA how to see and respect the other as human being. The culture chock that I went throw helped me to even respect my own culture.

When I went to Africa, I worked at the One World University, with the graduation for teachers program for six months, and I also faced the things that I thought I knew about life and about the world. The challenge about facing a different culture improved me as a person. The food was a challenge, the way that people see things were different of mine, and in the beginning was tough, my as I realized that my way is not the only way become able to understand what is culture.
After that I got back to RVA to the camp future period where I could share with the other my experiences in Mozambique.

I miss everything in RVA, even the hard work that helped me so much (I can see it now!!).

I said that I had only one advice to give to all of you, but considering about what I learned in RVA, I have a feel more: work hard, study a lot, respect the other, consider that your way is not the only way, give yourself to the moment, be opened to the things that is going to change in your heart, and in your mind, keep focused, and the most important advice:

AFTER A HARD DAY OF WORK, ACTIVITIES AND STUDIES, GO STRAIGHT DOWN TO RICHIMOND BEACH AND ENJOY THE SAND, THE SEA AND THE VIEW!!!

jannevolunteer
Making friendships that lasts a lifetime.

 Hey, to all the new teams who are so lucky to have the chance to be at RVA.

My name is Janne and I was a part of team 5. I came to St Vincent in September 2014 and finished my stay in March 2015. It is so difficult to narrow down my experiences down to a few lines. So I just wanted to wish you an amazing time at RVA. Remember to enjoy the time and the people there because when your time has come to leave you don’t want to regret anything.

 I promise that the next few weeks or months are gonna be very hard, challenging, exhausting and at times it may seem impossible but I can assure you that everything is worth the fight. Among your new experiences you will get a lot of new and worthy knowledge that you for sure will use at one point in your life, you will meet the most amazing people and form friendships that will last a lifetime. Foreign students properly will have a desire to come back to the amazing country of SVG, I at least do.

Remember when times are hard, ask yourself why you chose this place and keep moving forward.

Lots of greetings From Denmark.

 

Janne

EverinaVolunteerCaribbean

I worked in the Rose Hall model garden

What have I learnt? Even before arriving at the school my learning process had began.

I had heard about genetically modified organisms but had no idea what they were and how they were form.

By the first week of being at the Richmond Vale Academy my questions where answered and I learned even more, about the effects and also about climate change.

We went to a Garifuna workshop where we leant about trees and plants like the Moringa tree other plants around us, I also learnt about the different drums and beats in Belize and St Vincent. I was introduced to biochar( what is it used for, how to make it and how I can make my own in the future), we also learnt about Permaculture and seeds of permaculture and got a better understanding about what its about and how I can use it to make changes to our working area at home and at school.

We learnt about leadership what makes up a good leader and how I can better manage groups that am involve in and how to start my own. I also had the opportunity to work on the model garden at Rose Hall where we made the path bigger using tires this is to show people that the simplest things can be recycled and tires were also used to prevent soil erosion.

 

Evenina Daniel, St. Vincent