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Course Structure:

  • 6 weeks at CICD. Training, both practical and theoretical.
  • 11 weeks as a volunteer with Richmond Vale Academy and communities in St Vincent and the Grenadines.
  • 4 weeks back at CICD to conclude and share your experiences.

First period: Climate Activist in Training

6 weeks at CICD. Training, both practical and theoretical, and planning and preparing the 3 months volunteering period. During the training we focus on getting to grips with the issue of climate change. What is it? What consequences does it have in different parts of the world? Why is it happening? Why are no serious plans made by those in power to change it?

Apart from theoretical studies we put a lot of focus on what CAN actually be done. We will go on field trips to meet other climate activists in the UK, we will work in the garden farm at CICD and carry out other actions in the development of our Climate Centre. We will also focus on planning and preparing the time fir the volunteering in India or Africa concretely.
During this period you will also be a part of running the school together with all other students and staff, and you will be part of governing the school through our Common Meetings.

Team building and nature experiences

Team building and nature experiences

Studies about St Vincent and the Climate Crisis

Studies about St Vincent and the Climate Crisis

Taking care of our Garden Farm

Taking care of our Garden Farm

 

Second period: Volunteer in St Vincent and the Grenadines, as a Climate Activist.

This period will be spent working closely together with Richmond Vale Academy and local communities around environmental projects in the idland St Vincent. The concrete tasks will depend on the time of year and the specific needs at the projects. The concrete agreement about the projects and which tasks your team will have, is normally made in the beginning of the training.
You and your team need to be flexible and ready to do what is most needed!

Beach Cleaning Actions with the children

Beach Cleaning Actions with the children

Constructing Biogas Plants

Constructing Biogas Plants

Protecting coastal vegetation

Protecting coastal vegetation

 

Third period: Call to Action for our Climate

You return to CICD with your head and heart full of what you have achieved together with the people at the project, and of the people you have met and befriended. This period is about making a conclusion on what you have learned and achieved, passing on your experiences to the next team, and share your experiences and results far and wide - and make a call to action for others to continue in your footsteps!
You have had discussions about this period in both 1st and 2nd period, so you are well prepared - you have lots of photos, films, interviews, statistics, songs etc. 

Sharing what you have learned

Sharing what you have learned

Inform about important issues

Inform about important issues

Presenting with your team

Presenting with your team