One World Center
Here people come together from all over the world to dig into the big issues of our time and to expand our knowledge so we can take action for a better world.
Two issues gain particular attention at OWC. One issue is the growing gap between rich and poor and how structural violence plunges more and more people into poverty every day, while large corporations gather record profits. The other issue is the mounting consequences of man-made global warming and climate change, which along with the end of fossil fuel will change our lives dramatically in the coming decades and possibly threaten our very survival.
OWC builds cooperation and comradeship across cultures, languages and borders and challenge themselves and its volunteers to think and act outside the box.
Richmond Vale Academy
RVA's main focus is on sustainability. RVA grows organic vegetables and fruits and also keep bees, chicken, pigs, sheep and horses. The aim is to produce all of the basic food and energy consumed on campus within the next 2 years.
Richmond Vale Academy also has some big goals: "The St. Vincent Climate Compliance Conference 2012 - 2021" is an initiative to help St. Vincent become a food, energy and disaster secure nation. RVA offers an 18-month Fighting with the Poor program, where the students complete their service work in Latin America.
RVA also offers a one month and a six month Climate Activist Program. The campus is run on a "collective", which means that the staff and students run the school. Everyone cooks, cleans, grow food, takes care of the property and makes decisions about financial matters. The staff and students also assist in running the income generating project "Richmond Vale Nature and Hiking Center" an Eco-tourism project where funds are raised through inviting tourists to learn about St.Vincent and visit the natural wonders of the island.