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Karel De Grote University College, Antwerp.

Hello to the 2018 group of students!

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We very much look forward to your visit with us! This will be the ninth year that we are working with your students, and it is always a great pleasure.

We will be using this site as a place for sharing information so do please check it every now and then.

Please find below information about your internship in India:

Dates:

Arrival in India:  5th January 2018.

5th January - 19th January. Orientation programme at Sangam.

20th - 21st Moving into the apartment and settling in.

22nd January –30th March:  1 week observation and the 9 weeks of teaching placement.

30th March onwards: You can return to Belgium, or travel for a bit in India before returning.

 

Information about the Orientation programme at Sangam

The first two weeks in India will be a process of arrival and orientation to India and to Indian culture. We will pick you up from the airport and you will spend these days based at our residential centre here on the outskirts of the city, undertaking activities and excursions which will introduce you to this part of India and help you to understand some of the logistics and practicalities of staying in India.

We will talk you through tips for when you are travelling and how to keep safe whilst living and travelling in India. We will take you over to the schools that you will be working with on one day, so that you can meet the staff and see the context of the schools before beginning to teach there, we will take you to the apartment so that you can see where you will be staying, will take you shopping so that you can equip your apartment with the things you might need. You can go on a train journey and excursion for the last two days of the orientation time, and we will finally take you over to your apartment in the city on the 19th evening so that you can settle in there before the start of the school placement. Please therefore arrange a flight which arrives in Bangalore any time over the weekend of the 5th-7th January. Please can you all arrive at the same time if at all possible so that airport pick ups are simple. Once you know your flight information please be sure to mail it to us at the email address at the bottom of the page.

What is Sangam?- Let me first give you a sense of where you are coming to:  Our space (known locally as “the land”) has been used as a community space in many different ways since 1983. Initially it was established a centre for artists to stay in, and the space retains an artistic angle with a studio and pottery facilities. Since 2003 we have developed the space as an education and study centre under the name of “Sangam” and now our programmes are both for artists and for groups of teachers and students. We have a series of ongoing activities in the community and with local schools, as well as running specific short term teacher study visits, teacher training activities, student placements, collaborative programmes, and research projects. Because of the artistic background to “the Land” and the Sahi family much of the work we do here is creative in some way, and our location and background also has made it possible for us to share a body of ideas and information about India, from our ‘inside’ perspective, facilitate learning programmes, and organise journeys of exploration.

Our centre “The Land”: So let me describe the space: The Land is a two acre plot which is very wooded, and many of the activities and discussions occur out of doors. The bedrooms are shared in twos, threes or fours, depending on the group size, and there are options of single rooms for those that wish to share. We usually run only one project at a time at the Land so it is likely that you will be the only people staying. Each room has mosquito nets and fans. The bedrooms all open into a central living area which is shared by the group. The bathrooms are shared in a block outside with flush lavatories and solar heated hot showers. We provide home cooked vegetarian Indian meals which are cooked in a kitchen which is open to all to use and we have enjoyed using our traditional woodburning stove. We will provide laundry facilities and towels, and there is a wifi connection, a set of cycles, studio spaces and sports equipment for you to use. Please check the rest of our website for details about what we do and where you will be coming to for that time.

I write all this in order to give a sense of the community simplicity of our centre. We try as far as we can to run the centre sustainably and ecologically and so we have tried to maintain a balance between simplicity and comfort so that it is authentically an experience of living sustainably in rural India, and yet also enables people visting from abroad to feel comfortable, at home and safe. It’s important that the students in the group come prepared for this sort of space and are ready to get accustomed to a certain amount of simple, shared, outdoor living.

A student group leader: Please could you delegate one of you to act as my point of communication with the rest of the group. I will then mail that student the activity choice form and costing sheet for the orientation process, and any communications from the school which will be their job to share and co-ordinate with the rest of the group. Please can the chosen student leader mail me as soon as you have all made that choice so that I can start communicating with them.

Activities and costing for the orientation process: An activity choice form and costing sheet will be sent to you all before the end of October 2016 which will give all the details of the costs of the time with us, and the activities that you can choose to undertake with us. Please fill that in as a group and the group leader will need to send it back to us as soon as you have decided what you want to do, so that we can put together a very exciting programme of orientation for you. The cost of that first week in India therefore depends on what you choose to do, and once that has been finalised we can invoice you the amount which we will ask the group leader to pass on to us via a simple wire transfer some time in late November so it arrives with us before the start of the programme. Please can you have a good look through our Activities- and we will shortly send you a costing sheet so you can make your choices.

Preparation information: Once we have received your activity choices, in late October we will be sending you a comprehensive preparation pack which will include a kit list, travel advice, medical information, and a draft programme, as well as all the contact details for us and updated contact information for your school placement so that you can make contact with the relevant people, and begin to prepare for your travels and make plans about what you need to bring. You will then need to begin to plan how to get a visa for India. Please ask Mr Vandael for advice on this as he travelled to India relatively recently and will know the updated information about how to get in Indian visa from Belgium. You will need a six month Tourist visa which needs to last for your whole time in India, until the end of March, so don't apply for it until late October or early November. Make sure that you leave enough time for any travel that you might do after your placement finishes! Please don't apply for a working visa or a student visa. The sixth month tourist visa is easy to get and is what you need.

Airport drop: After you complete your placement on the 30th March you will need to move out of the apartment and most students wish to travel for a bit (a few days or perhaps or a week or so?) I would advise that you travel in at least twos or threes. Most groups usually bring the bulk of their luggage here to us whilst they travel, and finally once you are ready to leave for Belgium we can organise a vehicle to take you to the airport if you wish.

General support: Once you have moved into the apartment you are most likely to relate mainly to the staff of the school who will be your main points of contact, but we can continue to offer support and advice, and a place to go if you need to in a difficult situation. Please make sure that you keep our contact numbers with you at all times.

Our contact details:

Kiran: 00917760849111, Imo:  00919480348418 Sangam office: 0091 28446006, Our address: The Land, Silvepura P.O, Bangalore north, 560090, India.  Imo’s email: sangaminfo@gmail.com. Website: www.sangamprojects.com.

You can also follow us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sangamprojects

Information about the placement at Parikrma

The schools:

From Monday the 22nd January until 30th March you will be working in two different schools or “centres” all run by a foundation called the Parikrma Humanity Foundation. (http://parikrmafoundation.org/) This is an organisation which works with children from the slum communities of different parts of Bangalore. You therefore need to split into two groups- three of you will work in a centre in a part of Bangalore called ‘Nandini Layout’, and three will be working at the ‘Sahakaranagar’ centre. The Sahakara nagar centre is only ten minutes walk from your apartment, the students working in the other centrewill need to take a rickshaw to school each morning.

Who will you be working with?: You will meet your assigned mentor and academic coordinator during the orientation week when we plan to visit both of the schools as part of the orientation process. Your placement with the schools is from Monday 22nd January, until Friday 30th March. You will be expected to be in school for four days a week  and you are allowed one day out of school for time to work on your individual projects. You can arrange between you and the teachers of the school which day that is. Most groups organise that the Friday is the day off.

The work at the school:

The school will be assigning you to a set of classes which you will be working with for the time in India. Your final choice of lessons, classes and subjects will depend on you, and you have a week to organise that after a period of observation when you first arrive in school, so that by the end of the first week you can create a time table which suits you, your skills and interests and meets the needs of your placement/internship.

It is helpful to begin the process by sending some introduction information to the school so that they can get a sense of where you might like to work. Many thanks for mailing me your personal information- most of you have sent an introduction email already. Please can you make sure that you have included details of what age group and subjects you have teaching experience with, and what subjects and classes you would mainly like to work with during the time in India. I can then find out who will be your mentors and co-ordinators, and can collect all the contact information to add into your preparation pack. You will be asked to help the schools with resource packs, teaching aids and projects besides helping in the classrooms by sharing the planning and teaching of subjects.

Please be in contact with Mr Vandael for the details of what the college requires of you during this school placement and what projects you are expected to do so that you are clear about this when you arrive at the school. Please ensure that your mentors at the school are sent a copy of that information once you have their contact details. So that they are made aware of the sort of projects that you need will be working on. They will talk with you when they meet you to plan out and finalise a timetable which suits your interests and skills.

The apartment:

After the orientation week with us you will be staying in a three bedroom apartment in an area of Bangalore to the north of the city called Sahakaranagar, very close to one of the Parikrma centres. We will try and visit it on the day we visit the schools during the orientation week so that you can get an idea of what it is like and will have time to buy things to equip it before you move in there.  It is clean, airy and in a safe neighbourhood. You will be given two keys- one for each school group, and when locked it is safe for you to leave your things inside. Each room has attached flush toilets, running water, and showers which are heated with a wall mounted heating device. There is a small basically equipped kitchen which has a small electric cooking ring, and a small fridge. You will move into the apartment on Friday 19th January. There is no telephone or internet connection in the apartment. You will have free access to the internet at your schools. But they don’t really appreciate you spending time in school on your personal mails, so in the past I think the students have found ways of connecting to the net in the apartment using “dongles” which you can buy here, but you will need to check with your mentor and ask them for advice on this. The students from your college last year used the same apartment so they might still have a workable dongle that they can sell to you!? Ask for their advice for how they tackled this one. I think it might be worth taking bedsheets and pillow covers as these are not provided. You can also buy some bedding when you are here. It is clean, but is quite sparse! You might want to buy some colourful cloths and rugs to decorate once you have moved in. Once you have seen the apartment we will take you shopping so you can buy some things for it before you move in.

Apartment Costs:

The apartment that they have organised for you this year costs about Rs 18000 each per person for the whole placement period- (Rs6000 per student for the three months of Jan, Feb and March.- About 240 Euros.) This covers rent of the apartment, electricity and water. Please can each of you be ready to pay for the apartment during the first week when you meet with the mentors at the school.  The easiest way to do this is to get out the funds from an ATM machine, but please do inform your bank before you leave home that you will be withdrawing money in India so that they expect that.

Transport costs:

Those travelling to the Nandini Layout School each day will need to budget for Rs350 per day. The Sahakaranagar students will walk to school so you will have no transport costs.

The mentors fee:

Your University use to have an understanding with the Parikrma foundation that you will each provide an honorarium to the school for the time of the mentor. This may no longer be the case. Please can you find out if this is still relevant, and how much it is, and also bring that with you so that you can give it to your mentor when you meet her. The mentors fee is for the organisation as a whole, but your mentor will collect it.

Food

You can eat the simple but nutritious breakfast and lunch provided by the school, for no cost. You can also eat in local café’s or you can self cater. There are many supermarkets within walking distance of your apartment. You will need to cook your own evening dinner.

Some advice from the school:

Please do not wear revealing clothes, and instead please wear loose cotton clothing, (you can buy local style ‘Kurtas’/ tunics), long skirts and trousers would be really appreciated.  Obvious use of alcohol, visitors from outside and loud large gatherings are not allowed in the apartment. The residents and management of the apartment block are very particular about rules.

I hope that this helps you to make some plans for the whole journey! I will be in touch with you before the end of September with the activity choice form.

Next steps- a time line:

So in summary:

1) October 2016: We will send you an activity choice form for the orientation programme.

2) Late October 2016: Please can you choose your activities for the orientation process according to the choice form that we send to you. Please can you also delegate a group leader from the ten of you and send your responses to them, and at the same time please send them or me your personal information, teaching experience information, and preferences for teaching so she can forward all of this to us.

3) November  2016: Once we have all of that information I will coordinate with the school on your behalf to organise the placement.

4) November 2016: We then send you an updated preparation pack with all the information about the process. kit lists, travel advice etc, school information, and contacts for your placement.

5) November 2016: Please co-ordinate with Mr Vandael for the placement requirements from your college.You can then contact the school directly ensuring that they are well prepared for the professional requirements of your internship, what the college requires of you and what projects you are hoping and expecting to undertake, and to begin to make contact with the people you will meet when you get here.

6) November- December 2016: You can prepare for the visit, organise visas, buy flight tickets (and mail us the arrival information!) and the delegated leader can collect and send the payment for the orientation process.

7) Jan 5th-7th You fly to India and your time in India begins.

Please do email us if you have any questions about any of the above at this stage. I look forward to hearing more about what you would like to do with us during the orientation process, and meeting you finally in Jan when you arrive with us.

With all good wishes,

Imo (sangaminfo@gmail.com)

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