Location
Multiple Locations +4
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Malawi
  • Zambia
  • Mozambique
Length
40 weeks
Need-based funding, Payment plans

Program Details

Language
English
Age Min.
18
Timeframe
Year Round
Housing
Hostel
Groups
Small Group (1-15) Medium Group (16-30) Large Group (31+)
Travel Type
Budget Family Older Travelers Solo Women

Pricing

Starting Price
4500
Price Details
The fee covers the 10-months program, including food and accommodation, training before, during, and after the phases of the project. It also covers the airfare to the 6 months project period as well as health insurance while you are there. While you are in the project period you receive a stipend that covers food and pocketmoney.

Not included: The flight to St. Vincent, personal insurance and pocket money during the 4 months in St. Vincent.
What's Included
Accommodation Activities Domestic Airfare Equipment Meals Transportation Wifi
What's Not Included
Airport Transfers
Feb 12, 2024
Oct 02, 2023
24 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Study & Action Program:
With this 10-month program, we join hands with activists all over the world to fight for sustainable development and the eradication of poverty in some of the poorest regions of the world. We believe that this kind of activism is needed more than ever, and we invite you to join the Richmond Vale Academy team of likeminded people for an action-based and fast-paced program, learning and creating positive change through humanitarian work.

Program Structure
Part One - 3 months: Training in St. Vincent and the Grenadines
Part Two - 6 months: Project period in Malawi, Zambia or Mozambique
Part Three - 1 month: Conclusion and information period in St. Vincent and the Grenadines

Certifications:
1. Field Work Certification from Humana People to People
2. Certification of Completion from Richmond Vale Academy

Program starts in April and October.

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

Non-Discrimination Policy

The policies of Richmond Vale Academy, prohibits any form of unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state law with respect to employment, volunteer participation and the provisions of services.

LGBTQIA+ Support

Non-Discrimination Policy

The policies of Richmond Vale Academy, prohibits any form of unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, sex, gender, gender identity or gender expression, age, marital status, national origin, mental or physical disability, political belief or affiliation, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under state law with respect to employment, volunteer participation and the provisions of services.

Impact

Sustainability

RVA integrates several levels of sustainability in its program: For its students, the curriculum is up to date and focused on the acquisition of technical and organizational skills which are directly applicable to future projects and careers. For its community partners, the technical resources and models are designed to be economical, feasible and scalable by the community itself after the RVA teams are no longer present. For the Environment, all technology and project models are designed to have minimal negative impact, be replicable and scalable with local resources, and fully sustainable by local players.

Ethical Impact

RVA Ethical Program Statement:

RVA works from an ethical foundation of social inclusion, participatory decision making and whole team accountability in its climate change efforts at the community level. Community members are engaged as equal team members in problem definition, project design and identification of resources and deployment of tasks.

Program Highlights

  • Live and thrive in a community with people from all over the world
  • Study about Poverty and learn to analyze the reasons for why people are poor
  • Practice and develop leadership skills
  • Improve your social and practical skills
  • Learn about international development work and strategies

Program Impact

Poverty is an menace in our society. You will through this program learn the reasons for poverty and you will also do something about it by working bottom up projects with people in Malawi, Zambia or Mozambique. You will spend the first 3 months in St. Vincent which is one of the poorest countries in the Caribbean and you will work and implement projects with people in Malawi, Zambia or Mozambique. You will realize that poverty is not a static thing but that we can do something about it. Bringing energy and good mood and project implementation into communities will help break the evil circle of poverty.

Program Reviews

4.82 Rating
based on 22 reviews
  • 5 rating 81.82%
  • 4 rating 18.18%
  • 3 rating 0%
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  • Impact 4.6
  • Support 4.5
  • Fun 4.75
  • Value 4.7
  • Safety 4.45
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jonathan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Building a better world

I will begin by saying a few words that I wrote when I finished my program and that one of my professors in the program still reminds me of them, every time life gives us the gift of meeting again in different parts of the world. Mr. Jasper Frees, I came to this program with my pockets full of money, an angry face and an empty heart and I finished the program with my pockets empty, a smiling face and a heart full of love and joy.
Mi programa duro 14 meses en los primeros 6 meses estuve en la isla de san Vicente y las granadinas, en las instalaciones de Richmond vale academy, allí aprendí todo lo necesario para realizar la segunda parte del programa de viajar a mozambique, en la escuela casi todo el programa fue realizado bajo la metodología de learn by doing, allí aprendí nociones básicas de portugués, agricultura orgánica, estilo de vida autosostenible, energía solar, sistemas de permacultura, globalización, blue economy, resolución de conflictos, resiliencia, políticas internacionales, microcréditos, sistemas de recolección de agua de lluvias, desarrollo social y un poco más.
Es un programa fuerte que fortalece la mente y espíritu, también te ayuda a crear lazos con tu equipo de trabajo y compañeros, algo indispensable para poder realizar el viaje a mozambique, en mozambique nos centramos en proyectos de microempresa basado en la reutilización y comercialización de ropa y productos de segunda mano que llegan de Europa y EEUU, proyectos clave para desarrollar la economía de las familias en la zona.

Pros
  • adventure
  • food
  • friends
Cons
  • expectations
30 people found this review helpful.
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Laura
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Finding my purpose

I joined the program in October 2022 and finished by August 2023. It was my first time as volunteer and that's why I decided to join, I didn't need experience or even studies related to it. During my first 3 months I was involved in the most interesting classes, discussions and debates about climate change, poverty, another kind of history, colonialism and Africa, also, I was taking part in many workshops that later would be helpful in my service period. At Richmond I found the most amazing experience, I made wonderful friends and I got to be more interested in subjects related to the word.
For the next 6 months I was a preschool Development Instructor in Malawi, working with preschools in the rural areas of the country defiantly change my loge, now I look back and im proud of taking the chance of joining such a life changing experience. I got to know the people and their culture, live the daily Malawian life and make many memories and friends for the rest of my life, I also evolve as a person and I found my purpose in life.
during my 10th month I was back at Saint Vincent where I was able of sharing experiences and realising that I had changed.
If I would known before about it I would have done it way time ago, never is too late to join.

Pros
  • Solve problem skill
  • Cultural exchange
35 people found this review helpful.
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Oscar
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Figthing with the poor

This experience for me was really too much fantastic, because is open our eyes and mind about another cultures, context, situations etc. Because also we can prove our personalities and is growing every moment. Besides is maverous when we know another topics like climate change, colonization, also when we practice news technics about organic agriculture, permacultur, productions food. In every country is different for example about the soil, seasons, facilities for water, economic situations etc...

39 people found this review helpful.
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Lia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

RVA - Fighting with the poor

RVA is a great place to meet people who are interested in learning and finding solutions to big problems like climate change and inequality. It is not only theoretical knowledge but you are also working with communities. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in expanding their awareness and wants to live in a better world while also making new friends from all over the world. St. Vincent is an amazing place, really safe and beautiful. Thanks to this program I was able to get closer to my purpose. It was a great decision to join.

38 people found this review helpful.
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Pauline
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible adventure

This experience of 6 months in Saint-Vincent-and-the-Grenadines was unique and I will never forgot it ! I met people from all over the world with different background and it was an incredible human experience. This program help me to grow up, to be envolved and to learned a lot. Thanks to Richmond Vale Academy and all the person I met, today I really know what I want and what is my purpose. Also I’m aware about the world where I live and the importance to take care of the Earth. Projects allow us to work directly with the community by taking actions and do the maximum to have a positive impact in the island.
The program show us the collective strength, help us to build our opinion and our vision of the present and the future. I also learn how to improve my relationship with people : tolerance, listening, trust, empathy… The things that I really appreciate is that you are never alone : your team become part of your family. I did a lot of things that I never think I was able to do thanks to the experience. To conclude, don't hesitate, this program is amazing !

Pros
  • Cultural exchange
  • Positive impact
  • Collective spirit
81 people found this review helpful.
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Elizabeth
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

More than a program!

My dream was joining an international volunteering program, but I never expect will be one of my best and happiest experiences in life, live that experience in Saint Vincent influenced a lot. Learning about different topics provided by the school like permaculture and have the amazing opportunity to live in the community taught me many educational and spiritual things, the local people, and their incredible willingness to help and teach us about everything made the time there so special.
This experience expands my vision about the situations that we face in our world like poverty and climate change, things that we cannot wait to take action and also filled my heart and soul with knowledge and sweet people, I learned from their example and this is something that we cannot postpone either in our lives, the possibility to live and experience more emotions and feelings that makes us a little bit better human beings.

Pros
  • Teamwork
  • Communication
  • Culture
76 people found this review helpful.
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Ana María
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A light on my way

I'd say that having the opportuniy to do "Fighting with the Poor" program at RVA, changed my life. Since the first moment I had the tools to enjoy my experience at the maximum. I learned about permaculture, sustainable development, food security, Climate Change, etc. Working with the community was the best thing I could live. Before starting the program I finished my law degree and I didn't know about my real passion, for that reason this program was a light on my way, because nowadays, I finally can say that working with people is something that I want to do for the rest of my life. This program overcome all my expectations!

Pros
  • Cultural exchange
  • Taking action
76 people found this review helpful.
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Nathalie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

SVG My Happy Home

Being a volunteer in the Island allowed me to be stronger and grateful.
Every day of the program was possible to discuss and learn a new idea related to values, behaviors, cultural aspects, history, skills, and attitudes to grow mentally, emotionally, and intellectually. That opportunity to reflect on your posture to work together for a positive impact is the best achievement I got throughout the program.
I will say that any time you are considering to be a volunteer think about the words Selly Paterson from Rose Hall, told my team one day "Pass on all the knowledge and all the love."

Pros
  • Empowering
  • Enjoyable
  • Enlightening
80 people found this review helpful.

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