Communitites Land Conservation Marine Conservation Farming Teaching


South America

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1 Month programs start January, July and November. 6 Months programs start March, July and November.


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By educating people from St. Vincent and the rest of the world, Richmond Vale Academy aims to build the capacity, knowledge and confidence in its’ students. By achieving personal growth and development, future leaders of St. Vincent and of the world will take action for a more just and more sustainable world.

Richmond Vale Academy is another kind of school where students and staff run the school together and practice community living.

We have a no drugs no alcohol policy. This is necessary to be able to focus on the task at hand namely to fight Poverty and Climate Change shoulder to shoulder with the poor.

typical day A Typical Day on this Course

We share 3 meals a day. Breakfast at 7 am, lunch at 12 and dinner at 6 pm. Sundays breakfast at 9, lunch at 1 and dinner at 6 pm. We have 2 cooks employed who make lunch and dinner. We cook breakfast on shift, serve the food as well as cleaning the dishes.

Vegans and Vegetarians can eat well.

After Breakfast we clean for half an hour, Mondays and Fridays there is a morning class at 8.30 about world issues, global warming etc.

On Tuesdays we have a common action for 3 hours where we bake bread, make jam and other things for the kitchen and furthermore do small maintenance around the buildings. Thursdays we have Garden action where we have a lesson by our Permaculture teacher after which we go out and work in the two gardens.

In the afternoon around 4.30 pm most people do some kind of sports, swimming, yoga.. and in the evening we show documentaries, movies or have some drummers coming in etc.

In between the various teams have studies and actions in the communities. When you start you are presented for a program for the time you are here including a detailed plan for the first month. You are part of planning when you get into the ropes of everthing.

ideal candidate Who are we looking for?

You should be minimum 18 years of age and willing to work and live in a community where we share our lives, activities and responsibilities. We have people from all over the world and each person has his or her way of culture and there has to be room for tolerance and respect.
Living and working in a tropical climate is hot, humid and straining so you need to take good care of yourself to drink enough water, use sun screen, insect repellant and eat responsibly. We have food for varied choices and there is plenty of fruits.
You need to abide to the no drugs no alcohol policy.
You share a room with another person.

our offer What we can offer you

You can join us in the process of creating the first country in the world to be Ready for Climate Change and we need all the people we can get!
Read "Ready for Climate Change"

There is no doubt that Climate Change is hitting poor countries the hardest.
Saint Vincent is one of the poorer island nations in the Caribbean and one of the world's most disaster prone countries.

Global Warming means longer periods without rain. Only 7% of the farms in St. Vincent have irrigation systems. Water reservoirs and grey water systems need to be built and water conservation measures need to be taken to secure food production in the future.

Climate Change means more flooding and hurricanes. In 2014 extreme weather hit St. Vincent and left thousands without public water, with heavy destruction of roads, bridges and houses and left hundreds in shelters. The damages from 2014 disasters alone equaled 17% of the small developing island nation’s GDP.

Climate Activists with Richmond Vale Academy stand side by side with the poor and plant trees to prevent landslides, keep rivers and drains clear to prevent flooding, start organic back yard gardens to promote food security and teach people how to be more prepared for Climate change. We have from 1 - 6 months programs.

The 6 months programs start 1st of March, July and November.

The 1 month programs start 4th of January, 1st of July and November.

The first month of the 6 months program you will learn in theory about what Global Warming and Climate Change means for smaller Island Nations. You will go on trips around the island to see the devastation from the Hurricane and flooding and will take part in different actions like planting trees etc. Your team has people from all over the world and a team leader. You will be introduced to the community living and responsibilities, day structure, common meeting, kitchen duty etc. and you will be welcomed!

You are welcome to fill out the application form then we can talk.

A onetime Contribution: Economy-wise, we can only implement these projects when participants contribute to the expenses we have during the time in the project: 1 month costs 900 USD, 6 months is 2.900 USD. This fee covers all costs related to the program, food, accommodation and local transport.

You are welcome to add me on Skype or Facebook so we can talk.

Sunny Greetings Else Marie - St. Vincent and the Grenadines


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