Richmond Vale Academy
What We Need
Join a 1 or 6 months intensive program with studies, courses and actions to make the small island nation of St. Vincent and the Grenadines Ready for Climate Change.
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, after years of climate change related effects, was devastated by the severe weather disasters of 2010 and 2011.
In response, Richmond Vale Academy (RVA) took decisive action by initiating a program called “The Saint Vincent Climate Compliance Conference 2012 – 2021”.
The program aims to bring people together to identify and undertake concrete climate change adaptation projects.
As a consequence of its actions, RVA has been the catalyst that motivates and mobilizes - both students and local community members - to build resilience into their lives whilst simultaneously developing themselves personally, academically and socially.
Since the start 600 people from all over the World have joined making: 50 organic home gardens and installing biogas digesters, planting 30.000 trees, teaching in schools and communities, initiating beach clean ups and much more in cooperation with Vincentians from all over the islands. Along with this newspapers have been printed and distributed, open days held and Radio and TV programs produced.
Gaston Browne Prime minister from Antiqua and Barbuda at the UN:
“All 14 Caribbean community countries together produce less than 0.1% of global emissions. We are the least of the polluter’s but the largest of the casualties. The unfairness, injustice and inequality are painfully obvious”.
In the end, the program will train you to be an environmental activist who is able to better take a stand to the future of this world.
We also run an 10 months work, study and travel program - “Work with indigenous communities in Belize” with 3 Months in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, 6 Months in Belize and 1 month back in SVG. Here you end make evaluation and outreach.
When & Who
The 6 Months Climate program start March, August and November.
The 1 Month program start July and November.
What we Provide
3 meals a day. Accommodation with shared bathrooms.
Excursions and hikes into the communities and nature of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
We have meals for every taste including Vegans.
3200 USD for the 6 months program and 4200 USD for the 10 months program. The enrollment fee of 500 USD is part of these fees. Room, board and any costs concerning the program are included.
More Services we Offer
You can do a PADI Diving Certificate. We have very safe instructors and a breath taking view of coral reefs and fishes!
Additional Info about Us
There is no doubt that Climate Change will hit 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 teams starting year round. We live in a tropical country so the fruits vary but other than big amounts of rain there is nothing to hold us up from working in the communities.
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.
We are running two programs:
An 18 months program with 6 months studies with One World University, 6 months’ service period in Belize and Ecuador and 6 months Journal. A-Certificate at the end of the program.
1- 6 months Climate Compliance programs with Organic farming and permaculture, recycling, tree planting, research and work with the communities. Climate Compliant means food and water secure, co 2 neutral and ready for disaster.