GVC (Italy) and Alianza por la Solidaridad (Spain) are international non-governmental organizations having joined their expertise in management of humanitarian action worldwide and now implement the “EU Aid Volunteers in Action” project.
The objective is adding value to ECHO and other Humanitarian Operations with the support of 38 trained EU Aid Volunteers working within 11 local organizations.
18 senior (more than 5 years of professional experience) and 20 junior (less than 5 years of professional experience) volunteers will be deployed in 8 countries (Cuba, Guatemala, Haiti, Jordan, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Tunisia).
The project aims also at building the capacities of local organizations in hosting volunteers, preventing emergencies and being prepared in case of disaster.
Moreover, Europeans and locals will work together to strengthen the resilience capacity of vulnerable communities in least developed and fragile countries.
More info available here: https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/echo/eu-aid-volunteers_en/gvc-gruppo-di-volontariato-civile_en
In the framework of the project GVC will deploy 15 volunteers to Saint Vincent and the Grenadines at Richmond Vale Academy.
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 beneficiaries. 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.
More information is available here: www.richmondvale.org
Program of the 6-months deployment
Deployment is organized in teams of work. During the first month the volunteers and the team will dig deep into understanding the problems at hand and start planning the ways of working in the coming months. The main focus is on studying and investigating the effects of climate change and global warming, both on a global scale and more specific in St. Vincent. In this period the Volunteers will build the foundation for the projects they will carry out in the next 5 months of the program.
During the second month of the Program, the Volunteers and the team will implement projects to make Richmond Vale Academy into a model farm and will work with Permaculture principles in the food production, with water conservation, renewable energy, developing food processing systems, organic cleaning products and/or any other projects that can contribute to increase the sustainability of the Richmond Vale Academy.
The last five months of the Climate Change Activist Program are the major part of the program, in which the Volunteers and their team will carry out actions shoulder to shoulder with the people of St. Vincent, to build sustainable systems and raise awareness and prepare for climate change.