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Environmental Internship in St Vincent and the Grenadines

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Environmental Internship in St Vincent and the Grenadines

Explore the tropical paradise of St Vincent and the Grenadines and join a multicultural community of activists to combat the global issue of climate change.

Prices from US$1,695

Situated in the heart of the Caribbean Sea, St Vincent and the Grenadines is a breath-taking island chain renowned for its picturesque beaches, crystal clear waters and lush green jungle. St Vincent, the main island, is volcanic and offers unique black-sand beaches, hidden waterfalls and impressive hiking opportunities in the forests that surround the giant La Soufrière volcano. You could even get the chance to retrace the steps of Captain Jack Sparrow at a number of spectacular locations used in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” movies. 

Despite its natural beauty, the threat of climate change to this Caribbean archipelago is real, unprecedented and urgent. The geography of St Vincent makes it particularly vulnerable to tropical storms and hurricanes, the intensity of which is projected to increase in future years due to global warming. Small island communities are also threatened by rising sea levels, causing contamination of freshwater sources as well as landslides and flooding.  Events such as these threaten thousands of locals and there is a high probability that, without adequate action, these communities will be left without drinking water, electricity and homes.

By joining this exciting project, you can be part of efforts to improve the future of this small island nation, as well as the world in general, by volunteering as a Environmental Intern. You will have the opportunity to learn about climate change from passionate teachers as well as educating others and creating awareness of global warming. Volunteers will prepare and implement actions in the community, working alongside Vincentians as active partners. By working together with the communities and utilising their native knowledge, you will develop effectual environmental projects.  These activities could involve planting trees and Vetiver grass to prevent landslides, making home gardens with families to secure a sustainable food chain and healthy living, as well as teaching in schools and communities about biodiversity and the effects of global warming.  

 

PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Visit this remote Caribbean tropical island paradise and enjoy stunning scenery
  • Assist local communities in their climate change mitigation actions to help make St. Vincent a climate compliant country
  • Live in a community of like-minded people from all over the world

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Minimum age of 18 years

FAST FACTS

Location  The academy is located on St. Vincent Island
Activities
Implementation of climate change mitigation strategies
Plant trees and Vetiver Grass
Beach and river clean ups
Recycling campaigns
Organic farming
Teach in schools and communities about biodiversity and climate change
Make home gardens with local families
Transport  Pick up from airport by local Frontier representative (Price not included in project price)
Accommodation  Simple twin rooms located in the accomodation with shared bathrooms

 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

 

Before you go

Pre-departure support & documentation
Travel & medical advice & documentation
Advice on equipment
Transport between project sites
Materials to execute the program’s activities
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier t-shirt (UK only)

In-country


Accommodation
3 meals a day
Project orientation and training
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ back-up

 

 

 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

This is an exciting project that offers an eye-opening insight into the climate change mitigation strategies of this small island nation. As a developing country with limited resources and a lack of trained personnel, there are a number of problems on St Vincents caused by recent climate disasters. Over the past decade, there have been several instances of persistent heavy rains and flooding events that have caused devastating damage to the island leaving thousands without power, roads collapsed, schools closed, and large parts of the island cut off by landslides.

This project aims to alleviate the effects of climate change on this island through the implementation of practical methods and theoretical teaching, to encourage sustainable living in local communities. Our group of volunteers are a great support to the overall goals of the St. Vincent Climate Compliance Conference which was set up in 2012. In the first five years of the compliance conference, volunteers have helped to clean up 20 tons of trash from local rivers and beaches, planted over 30,000 trees, set up 2 model gardens, produced 20 TV and radio programs and taught over 6,000 people face-to-face in schools, community centres and festivals all over the island.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

For the first weeks of your project you will complete a series of courses covering topics including Global Warming, Climate Change, The Oceans, Pollution, Sustainable Agriculture and Biodiversity. You will also look at the measurable effects of climate change in the area and discuss potential ways to mitigate and adapt to these challenges. This will also include a grand tour of the academy including the hiking routes, diving centre, passion fields, solar panels and vegetable and forest gardens. Here you will also learn how to grow vegetables and herbs, create banana circles and make compost using natural organic fertilisers and pesticides. The following weeks will be spent reaching out to the local communities of St. Vincent, introducing them to sustainable practices such as growing healthy food, planting trees and avoiding pollution. This period will also include a cultural exchange where you will learn from local Vincentians about their sustainable methods and traditional herbs used for healing.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

You will be collected upon arrival at Argyle International Airport, located on the island of St Vincent, by a friendly Frontier representative before being transferred to the project site. Please be aware that you will be responsible for paying for this transfer and you should take these additional costs into account when planning your project.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

During your project you will be staying in shared accommodation, located on the north eastern shore of the main island of St Vincent. The rooms are simple, single sex, twin rooms with shared bathrooms in the hallways. 

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

You will get to experience the truly unique cuisine of St Vincent’s, including African, French, British, and Caribbean influences. Specialities include red snapper, callaloo or pumpkin soup, breadfruit, pickled meat or seafood, kingfish, shrimp, lobster, conch, as well as plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables grown in the islands rich volcanic soil.

Once a week you will be assigned breakfast duty, which will require you to prepare breakfast for the rest of your team mates. For the remainder of the day, all of your food will be provided by two local cooks. This will include a large variety of locally sourced and home grown food with plenty of exciting new flavours to experience. Additionally, every meal will contain vegetarian and/or vegan options based on the needs of the volunteers.

 

 

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ADDITIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

Whilst your days will be active and busy, you will have some down time in the evenings, as well as optional activities such as game nights, documentary viewings and cultural events in nearby villages. There is also the chance to take part in sporting activities by joining in with yoga, football or volleyball games. Sundays are designated Nature and Adventure days where you and your team will have the opportunity to hike nature trails, summit the active La Soufrière volcano or walk through waterfalls. You could also visit families in Chateaubelair or take a trip the small city of Kingstown complete with basic local shops, a public library and weekly farmers market. The academy also has a dive centre located on the beautiful Richmond beach, where you can complete your PADI dive qualification or explore the unspoilt waters on the northern side of St Vincent. In addition you will have the option to visit the equestrian clinic on site, where you can interact with the herd of former wild horses, and learn about natural horsemanship or take part in a horse hike. 

COSTS

4 Weeks US$1,695

DEPARTURE DATES

2019  

1 month internship startdates: 1st July 

6 month internship start dates: 1st March, 1st August, 1st November 

Volunteers should aim to arrive one day before the project start date. 

Nearest Airport: Argyle International Airport

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

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