When I started to look for volunteering opportunities, I was mainly interested in projects focused on environmental actions and climate change. Apart from the actual work done within the project, it was important to me to choose an organization that was well established and transparent. RVA’s Climate Compliance Conference has been running for almost 10 years now, and RVA itself has an even longer local history.
Once you apply to join a program at RVA, you will go through a process of video chats with some staff members to get some information on the structure of the program, day to day life on site and so on. You’re also asked to reflect on some written pieces about these topics. I really enjoyed the application process and the more I got my mind into the program, the more eager I got to actually participate.
In the end, the biggest selling points for me were the fact that the 6-month program starts off with a studying period to prep participants for the tasks ahead with a solid base of theoretical and practical knowledge. Also, the strong focus on communal living and a self-sustainable lifestyle was very appealing to me. After all, we’re always stronger as a team! Oh and to be honest, the imagination of living on a tropical island in the Caribbean isn’t too shabby either ;)
Jokes aside – the climate was an important factor for me too. I need the sun, and I just thrive and perform better in warm, sunny climates.