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India's treasures: Water, people and their stories.

A Global Studies journey of learning in South India.

cauveryFrancis Parker High School, San Diego

7th – 20th February 2016

Firstly: A big hello to all from Francis Parker who are planning to come to India in Feb. Looking forward to meeting you. This page will be regularly updated with all the information about the programme of activities and the journeys planned during your time in India,so do check it from time to time as we refine and develop the plan.

Introduction: The visit will be a two week journey across south India, questioning, creating, sharing, collaborating and learning together, looking at our relationship to India with the value of resource on our minds. “The idea is to learn from rather than to learn about”. Resource management, particularly of water is topic relevant to San Diego. Water is a relevant and fundamental concern for California and whilst learning about these things in India the process will be a comparative one,  with our own context.


Group number: 9 students and 3 chaperones.

A task for the time in India: The students will be asked to search for clues in the landscape, in the places that we visit, see and witness whilst in India, which deal ideally with the topics of resource management and appreciation. The students could also come up with a project title of their own which takes on a topic of their own interest, which relates both to the social/ cultural environment that they are witnessing, and their own context. This should be done throughout the journeying, during car journeys, during visits to temples, forests, rivers, meetings with farmers etc etc; ie during all activities. They should each keep a journal/ sketch book/ scrap book which include the ideas that they get, the clues that they gather, the questions that they have, the things that they learn from Indian life and culture in relation to their topic/ resources, both environmental and social.


Two Journeys: The trip will be based from our centre in Bangalore, and we will take you on two journeys, one south west to the forested mountains of Coorg, its coffee estates, tropical deciduous forests, and its river. And one will go north east to the ancient temples, river and boulder strewn landscape of Hampi. Both are exquisitely beautiful in very different ways, and have so much to teach us, explore and learn about during the journeying. As mentioned throughout both journeys we will be actively encouraging the students to record ther experiences in their journals/ scrap book, and to continuously ask questions.

The Baale Mane/ Sita school project “Story Making”:

As part of the time in India we will undertake a four day book making/ story sharing collaborative project with the girls from Baale Mane and the children from Sita school in our village. It will be a story project which we will do together. They will involve only the older children in both schools, working on sharing stories from both America and from India, and creating their own stories together, learning about illustration and developing story telling skills. Ideally by the end of this time they will have created 4 books (two for each school) and a presentation which they do together and show to the little ones in the school and in Baalle at the end of the three day project.  We will ensure that Sita school staff are present throughout for translation purposes.


A sense of completion: At the end of the project they will each be given some time to form a presentation of this- it could be in the form of an academic poster which they sketch out simply, it could be a large collage which they stick together, it could be a dramatic piece which they present, a poem, a song. These presentations are not assessed, but could form parts of a film which could be displayed, alongside some of the pieces during an exhibition on return to America.

Any questions?

If any of the group from Francis Parker have any questions over the coming weeks and months as you plan and prepare for your journey, please don't hesitate to contact us on

The detailed information below should give a clearer plan as to what we are going to do whilst you are in India.

Very much looking forward to it! and to meeting you all in Feb.

With warm good wishes,

Imo (Sangam)

The process described: (Please also see itinerary below)

Day 1: Sunday 7th Feb

You will be on a flight from Sandiego to Bangalore


Day 2: Monday 8th Feb

The trip will begin in Bangalore, at Sangam (

We will pick you up from the airport, and you will have time for a day of rest and recuperation after the flight.


During that day we will meet and introduce each other through an object activity and a stilling activity. We will talk through the programme, and introduce the theme and task for the project (both described above). In the afternoon we will introduce the context of Bangalore city, and then take you into Bangalore using a simple enquiry transect activity to explore the movement and change that is witnessed from rural to urban contexts as we travel towards the centre of the city, there will be time for exploring the shops. You will return a little late for an evening meal and introduction to the first journey.


Day 3: Tuesday 9th Feb

This is the start of the first of two Journeys: Towards the forests and mountains of Coorg. We will set off at 7.00am. We will stop at Shravanbelagola Jain temple, then Halibid Hindu temple where we will introduce the locations and discuss them in relation to the theme of sustainability and resource within Jain and Hindu philosophy. By the evening we will arrive at night at Chingaara guest house, a lovely location high up in the forested mountains of Coorg.


Day 4: Wednesday 10th

This is a day for exploring the forest through a jeep ride, a Walk, a Picnic, and with time for reflecting on questions so far. We will have time for talking and thinking about the ethnobotany of the forest issues of environmental degradation, effects of tourism on indigenous populations, vulnerability of cultural wisdom due to rapid intrusive changes. In the afternoon we will journey to a location nearer Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary, where we will spend the nighjt.


Day 5: Thursday 11th

An early morning forest safari in Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary.  We will then follow the Cauvery river to Srirangapatnam. Stop at reservoir and a Bird sanctuary at Srirangapatnam and then stay there in Srirangapatnam.


Day 6: Friday 12th

On the sixth day we will spend the morning in Mysore looking at resources of the river, sugar, paddy, the palace and markets, finishing with a journey back to Bangalore with an evening debreif of the journey and setting the task for the following three days through watching the sita school film and talking broadly about education in India.


Day  7, 8 ,9 and 10:  Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday. 13th- 16th.

These four days are the “Story making” project right in the middle of the trip- the heart of the journey. This will be a collaborative project of book making and storytelling between Sita School, Baalle Mane girls home and Francis Parker. The days will begin early at 8.30am and will end late at 5.30pm we will try to make the most of all the hours that we have together.  The process will begin with introductions, listening to each other’s stories, talking about the mono-myth, creating a story that deals with the issues of water as a resource, and mapping out this a story together in a story-board. There will be a morning for learning and practicing skills of illustration through a series of learning stations. The second afternoon will start to create a story book together in groups which you will work on through the third day completing the books in groups.  Finally on the morning of the fourth day you will visit the schools telling the stories to each other, to their staff and ‘sisters’ at their school and home. We will work the documentation and filming of the whole thing into the process. The evenings will give time for free time, Film watching, Sketching/journal/ scrap book work. The fourth afternoon, after you have said your goodbyes and returned to Sangam there will be a debrief from the story project, followed by a transfer to the train station for the start of the second journey.


Days 11 and 12: Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th

These two days are the second of the two journeys: To the ancient Hindu settlement of Hampi. We will have had an overnight train journey, so will have arrived on the tenth day morning in Hampi. We will visit the Kishkinda trust, where we will hear about their craft programmes, sustainability of craft, use of resources like banana leaves, and hear about water resource management in Hampi. We will do a full Hampi Tour, visiting temples, mountains and the river. By the end of the two days we will be transported to the train station for an overnight journey back to Bangalore.


Day 13: Friday 19th

The final day in India will be a whole morning to form a plan of what their presentations would include. They can work together as a team or can work individually. That afternoon will be a chance to present their work to each other, and it will serve as a debrief of the whole time. There will be an evening opportunity to go back to Fab India (a v good Indian clothing store) to catch up on last minute shopping and presents before taking the flight back to San Diego late that evening.


A suggested itinerary:




Suggested activities

Evening location


Sun 7th

Flight from San Diego. (Please update me on flight info as and when you get it.)



Mon 8th Feb

Arrive v early morning at Bangalore airport. Drive to Sangam. Sleep.

Am: Talk through the programme. Introductions. Introduction to the theme and to the task. Orientation listening/ stilling activity. Finding objects they relate to and have a question about. Introducing water and resource as part of this. Pm: Intrpduction to the City of Bangalore and a journey into the city. Time for shopping and sorting clothing.

Evening: If there is time. Making a small diya from clay, learn rangoli patterning and  decorate with lamps. A welcoming activity.



Tues 9th Feb

Coorg trip day 1:

Am- pm: Set off at 7.00am, breakfast on the way. Stop at Shravanbelagola temple, then Halibid temple. Talks and introductions to the temples on arrival. Discussions relating to themes of sustainability of resource within Jain and Hindu philosophy.

Evening: Arrive late at night at Chingaara guest house, a lovely location high up in the forested mountains of Coorg.

Chingaara. Coorg


Weds 10th Feb

Coorg trip day 2.

Am:Slow morning in the forest. Post breakfast jeep ride to the top of the valley. Walk to the peak. Picnic lunch on the peak.

Pm: Time after lunch for reflecting on questions so far. Introducing the ethnobotany of the forest.  Deal with questions about issues of environmental degradation, effects of tourism on indigenous populations, vulnerability of cultural wisdom due to rapid intrusive changes.

Afternoon Drive to near Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary and stay near the forest.

Near Nagarhole wildlife sanctuary.


Thurs 11th Feb

Coorg trip day 3.

Am: Very early morning forest Safari. After breakfast pack up. Follow the river to Srirangapatnam. Stop at reservoir, think about the sharing of water.

Pm: Check in to accommodation in srirangapatnam.

Evening: Bird sanctuary boat ride at Srirangapatnam (on the river.)

Dinner and a night spent in a hotel on the Kavari river side. Dealing with questions so far as we sit by the river.



Fri 12th Feb

Coorg trip day 4:

Morning and afternoon: A day in Mysore looking at resources of the river, sugar, paddy, the palace and markets, finishing with a journey back to Bangalore.

Evening: Debreif of the journey and setting the task for the next three days.

Watch sita school film- talk about education in India, setting the theme for working with the girls.



Sat 13th Feb

Baale project: “Story making” Book making and story telling.

Am: Introducing the task, listening to each others stories, talking about the mono-myth.

Pm:  creating a story that deals with water. Five part stories creating five page story books.

Evening: free time. Film watching. Sketching/journal/ scrap book work.



Sun 14th Feb

Baale project:

Book making and story telling: am: skills stations,

Pm: Creating a story book together.

Evening: Free time to develop journals



Mon 15th Feb

Baale project.

Am: Finishing the story books,

pm: Completing and practicing the presentations.



Tues 16th Feb

Morning: Presentations of the stories to each other schools.

Afternoons: Presentations and goodbyes.

Evening: Debrief from story project. Early dinner. Transfer to the train station.

Overnight train.


Weds 17th Feb

Hampi trip day 1

Arrive in Hampi. Transport to accommodation. Recuperate and rest.

Visit to Kishkinda trust Hear about their craft programmes, sustainability of craft, use of resources like banana leaves, hear about water resource management in Hampi.

Evening: Dinner in Hampi.

In Hampi


Thurs 18th Feb

Hampi trip day 2

Full Hampi Tour. Temples, mountains and rivers.

Transport to the train station.

Overnight train


Fri 19th Feb

Final day in India:

Am: Transport to Sangam. Whole morning to form a plan of what their presentations would include. Can work together as a team or can work individually.

Pm: Presentations- debrief of the whole time.

Evening: To Fab India to catch up on last minute shopping and presents. Evening out in Bangalore? Back late, packing. Late night flight.



Sat 20th


Flight back to San Diego.


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