Richmond Vale Academy partners with many organizations from community based organizations, schools, farmers groups, to international development agencies and government ministries. It is surely a privilege to work with so many different people for a more just and climate compliant future.

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The Richmond Vale Academy has won the following awards:

 

  • Tourism Social Enterprise Award 2019 +

    Tourism Social Enterprise, a special award recognising an initiative by an individual or group/association which addresses social problems by applying innovative tourism development ideas.
    by The Caribbean Tourism Organisation. Read more here

     

  • Energy Globe National Award for St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2019 +

    Richmond Vale Academy won the prize for the Biogas Project. Read more here

     

  • Energy Globe National Award for St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2018 +

    Richmond Vale Academy won the prize for the Pass-it-On Sustainable Model Garden Project for St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Read more here

     

  • Energy Globe National Award for St. Vincent and the Grenadines 2016 +

    The ENERGY GLOBE Award was founded in 1999 by the Austrian energy pioneer Wolfgang Neumann and it is one of today’s most prestigious environmental awards. Projects which conserve and protect our resources or employ renewable energy can participate. Richmond Vale Academy won the prize for the Treelympics Project for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.


  • Treelympics Treeplanting Award 2015 +

    St. Vincent and the Grenadines won gold medal as the world's most active country second year in a row. Trees were planted with 80% of the schools. 86 countries participated. Read More

     

     

  • Treelympics Treeplanting Award 2014 +

    St. Vincent and the Grenadines won gold medal for the worlds most active country and planted trees with all schools. 118 countries participated. Read More

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  • Inter-American Institute on Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA) Award +

    In the competition “Climate Smart Agriculture: Among stories from Farmers in the Eastern Caribbean States” the IICA identified successful cases of climate-smart practices. Richmond Vale Academy won the prize for St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

     

  • Saint Vincent’s Ministry of Agriculture Climate Smart Agriculture Award +

    During the World Food Day 2016, RVA received the award acknowledging the efforts achieved. The award was supported by the Japan-Caribbean Climate Change Partnership within the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).
    The event was called “Climate is changing. Food and agriculture must too.” More than 1.000 visitors were present at the event.

  • Tripadvisor Green Leaders Award +

    The TripAdvisor GreenLeaders Program showcases a variety of eco-friendly hotels and B&Bs, from budget to luxury – and they’re all committed to green practices like recycling, local and organic food, and electric car charging stations.

     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Richmond Vale Academy employs 25 people in teaching, farming, administration and maintainance.

 

  • Stina Herberg, Director

    Stina was born in Norway and is the academy’s director. For the past 25 years she has worked with education, environment and development projects in Angola, Mozambique, Denmark, Norway, Caribbean and USA. Stina became the director at Richmond Vale Academy in 2007.
  • Aster McKeefer Davis, Teacher

    Aster McKeefer Davis was born in St. Vincent. He has completed the Climate Compliance Conference Program and has extensive experience in ecological farming. He started to work as a teacher at RVA in 2019.
  • Tamas Gubicza, Teacher

    Tom was born in Hungary. After finishing Janus Pannonius University of Pécs with a teachers degree he worked as a ski instructor for many years. He went to Africa, where he worked as a volunteer-teacher ( Namibia ). He joined Richmond Vale Academy in 2018 as the teacher for the Fighting Poverty program.
  • Jesper Friis, Manager and Teacher

    Jesper holds a BA in Pedagogy from DNS in Denmark. He has traveled and studied in more than 40 countries including Turkey, India, Libya, Mozambique, Cuba, USA and Germany. Jesper is a certified PADI Diving Instructor and is also certified in Solar Energy Photovoltaic Design and Installation with NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners).
  • Selwyn Patterson, Teacher

    Selwyn comes from Rose Hall and is a community activist and drummer. Selwyn worked as a prison officer and with the Ministry of Agriculture before he started at Richmond Vale Academy seven years ago.
  • Luke Punnett, Teacher

    Luke is from Vermont and has a BA in Business Management. Luke is a certified Perma Culture Design Instructor running an organic farm in Vermont. He teaches organic farming, agroforestry, soil management, production of organic fertilizer. Luke joined RVA in 2014
  • Cleo Westfield, Accountant

    Cleo is from Petit Bordel and studied Principles of Business at St. Vincent Grammar School. Cleo has been teaching at Troumaka Secondary School before he started working as an accountant in 2017.
  • Raymond Matthews, Farm Manager

    Raymond is from Fitz Hughes and has been working at Richmond Vale Academy for more than 15 years. Raymond manages the commercial farm production which ranges from passion fruits, trees and eggs.
  • Else Marie Pedersen, Marketing

    Else went to Africa with the Travelling Folk High School in Denmark. Before that she studied and traveled all over the world. She has visited over 10 countries in Africa and been to several Humana People to People projects. She worked at One World Center in the United States for 12 years. In June 2014, she joined Richmond Vale Academy. Email:info@richmondvale.org
  • Danail Petrov, Teacher

    Danail was born in Bulgaria and has a BA in Forestry. Danail has worked with community development and water security with DAPP in Zambia before joining RVA in 2017.
  • Pat Otley, Landscaper

    Pat is a lifelong farmer from Chateaubelair, has his own farm in the Richmond Valley. Pat is in charge of developing the park areas around the Academy.
  • Joan Maizy Patterson, Farmer,

    Lifelong farmer from Fitz Hughes and works in the passion fruit department.
  • Christobelle Charles, Cook

    In secondary school I found my passion in cooking by doing “cookery” classes.  I built up my knowledge from working various places with many different cooks from St. Vincent and other countries as well. After having worked at Richmond Vale Academy for a couple of years I left to work somewhere else, but now I am happy to be back.I look forward to meeting you and serving one of my soups or other dishes for you!
  • Samuel Glasgow, Ecotourism

    Sam has travelled the world working on cruise ships. At Richmond Vale Academy he is working with Eco Tourism, Transport and various other tasks.
  • Ugur Mentes, Teacher

    Ugur Mentes was born in Turkey where he graduated from Van Yüzüncü Yıl University as a social science teacher. He taught for a while in Turkey before he decided to join as an Erasmus Volunteer in St. Vincent and the Grenadines. Having completed the 6 Months Climate Program he decided to join RVA as a teacher

El país de San Vicente y las Granadinas (SVG), también conocido como 'Hairoun (a)' y también 'Yurumein', está ubicado al sur del Mar Caribe y tiene una población de 110,000 personas. SVG es una pequeña nación insular, pero su historia es bastante notable y sus paisajes son impresionantes.

El país ha tenido una larga historia de resistencia contra las potencias imperiales europeas. El pueblo de San Vicente, los caribes, logró proteger su patria del asentamiento francés y británico durante 200 años. Estaban tan atentos que este territorio se convirtió en la última de las principales islas caribeñas en ser colonizadas. Durante esta lucha, los esclavos africanos que escapaban de los naufragios o las islas circundantes fueron bienvenidos a establecerse en las islas. Se mezclaron con los caribes y ahora se conocen como los caribes negros o los garífunas.

En 1719, Gran Bretaña tomó el control del país y permaneció en el poder hasta 1979, cuando San Vicente y las Granadinas reclamó su independencia y su derecho a controlar sus propios asuntos.

El país consiste en la isla principal de San Vicente y 31 islas y cayos más pequeños llamados las Granadinas.

El país importa la mayoría de los alimentos, lo que afecta fuertemente a la economía local. La mitad de la población vive en áreas rurales, de las cuales el 25% está empleada en la agricultura. La población agrícola está envejeciendo y pocos jóvenes se dedican a la agricultura.

Debido al efecto del calentamiento global y el cambio climático, la precipitación global disminuirá. Además, caerá más violentamente y en menos días. Esto conducirá a una mayor destrucción de los cultivos agrícolas y los campos debido a la sequía, así como a las inundaciones. La isla principal de San Vicente tiene mucha agua y solo unos pocos meses de estación seca. Solo el 7% de las tierras agrícolas están irrigadas y la mayoría de los agricultores utilizan una gran cantidad de pesticidas, herbicidas y fertilizantes nitrogenados, fosforados y potásicos (NPK) importados.

SVG depende en gran medida de los combustibles fósiles importados para la generación de electricidad, el transporte y la cocina. Tiene una combinación de energía de 90% de combustibles fósiles y aproximadamente 10% de energía hidroeléctrica con una contribución creciente de la energía solar fotovoltaica (PV). Afortunadamente, esta nación tiene muchas fuentes potenciales de neutralidad de carbono que incluyen energía geotérmica, solar y eólica.

En la isla principal, la mitad del uso de la energía es de los hogares. Hoy en día, la mayoría de las personas usan gas LPG importado para cocinar y el uso de calentadores de agua solares domésticos es común. Actualmente, el gobierno ha instalado paneles solares en 3 edificios gubernamentales y en una universidad. Las personas están más conscientes de los beneficios de usar energía solar.

Hay tres centrales hidroeléctricas en San Vicente. Con mejoras e inversiones, pueden proporcionar hasta el 20% de la energía renovable del país. Además, el gobierno se ha asociado con una empresa privada para construir una planta geotérmica de 10 a 15 MW que estará en funcionamiento en 2021.

Cuando se compara por área, SVG se clasifica globalmente como el segundo país más propenso a desastres.

Como parte del Caribe, SVG se encuentra en el cinturón de huracanes del Atlántico. Por esta razón, los huracanes y las inundaciones repentinas dañan el área casi todos los años. Además de esta amenaza anual, se prevé que el cambio climático afectará negativamente a la región por el aumento de la intensidad de los huracanes, el aumento del nivel del mar, la disminución de las lluvias y la subida de las temperaturas.

Con huracanes y tormentas tropicales cada vez más fuertes y más dañinos, el país verá más deslizamientos de tierra y erosión del suelo y de las costas. Además, el aumento del nivel del mar y las marejadas ciclónicas afectarán a las ciudades y pueblos pesqueros de todo el país. Esto tendrá un impacto directo en el 85% de la población.