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The Geographical Association Study tour 2019

A study visit for teachers to India

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India 2019Student programmes

The Geographical Association International Special Interest Group is delighted to be announcing their 2019 study tour, which will be a journey in both north and south India.

Dates: (Approx) July 27th- August 11th 2019. (16 days in India.)

South and North focus: This tour will be a journey to both the north and south of India with an internal flight between the two very different and contrasting regions of India:

The North of India- Rajasthan and The Thar Desert: In the Rajasthan area of the Thar Desert in north India we will look at desert environments and the characteristics of a desert. Beginning in Jaipur we will travel to Udaipur where we will visit a water management NGO and be introduced to their projects and activities in the region, and on to the Ranthambor national park area where we will visit crafts livelihood projects, and agriculturalists to hear about development opportunities, soil fertility issues, the issues and challenges of subsistence farming, and the challenges of sustaining wildlife conservation projects and agricultural development in proximity.

The South of India- Karnataka and the developing mega city of Bangalore: In the Bangalore area of Agricultural South Karnataka we will stay in a rural location on the outskirts of the city, and from there examine the multiplicity of Bangalore through enquiry transects to witness economic development sectors, industrial zones, the old markets and business centres. We will meet with agriculturalists and developers, interview people in the service sector and meet with researchers in human development in order to gain an authentic understanding of the extraordinary growth of this emerging mega city, its particular challenges development issues, and its opportunities. Secondary geographers will have an opportunity to develop a case study of a major city in an (LIC) and (NEE), with a particular focus on the rise of the service sector, development of India’s silicon valley, and TNC’s in the call centre industry. Primary geographers will develop rural and urban contrasting locality studies; looking at development and change, similarities and differences and cross curricular themes for teaching about India’s cultural context with a large focus on enquiry in Geography. The time in the south is likely to include an onward journey to the temple town of Hampi, across to the semitropical forests of the western Ghat mountains, and down to the coastal region of Goa. During this section we will be looking at ecotourism and its role in reducing the development gap, sustainable management of resources, forest ecosystems, and issues relating to forest characteristics and biodiversity.

Supported and guided: The journey will include a mix of planned activities, supported excursions with interpretation and guidance, time for discussion and reflection, and opportunities for free time for the group to explore independently. Participants will be provided with relevant study materials electronically in advance and as part of a printed resource pack which they will be given on arrival. This contains curriculum linked located case studies and ideas for how the experience can be used in school, relevant to the current KS1-3, GCSE and A-level Geography syllabi- for each of the places visited on the trip, set within a broader context of India. This pack will be developed for the specific group of teachers travelling on this study tour.

Organisation: The visit is being facilitated by an education group called Sangam who have 15 years of professional experience organising supported curated travel experiences in India. Sangam has a branch company in the UK who manage all the pre visit operational logistics of their programmes in India, and who will work with the group to safely prepare you for travel before and during the visit in India.


What about travelling responsibly, health and safety, and preparation? Our visits are organised to work towards British Standard BS8848 best practice for overseas travel, so the trip is carefully risk assessed with risk management procedure and protocol in place, and we guide and prepare you thoroughly in our management of the visit to ensure your safety whilst abroad:

  • Once you have joined the visit we will arrange an optional meeting at a convenient time for all participants, during which time we will go through an outline of the whole visit and it will be an opportunity to chat about the journey and to have any initial questions answered.
  • The participants will then be sent a comprehensive preparation pack. This pack includes the detail of the travel itinerary, information about the accommodation and facilities of where you will be staying, travel advice, kit lists, and health and safety guidance. The pack will give advice and guidance for flight booking, visa guidelines and insurance advice, which participants purchase themselves alongside our support. We advise that the flights are purchased through STA or a similar travel company who provide ATOL protection for bookings.
  • We will then plan a second meeting to carefully go through the preparation pack together and to cover your needs and questions nearer to the trip, looking specifically at health and safety guidance, how to travel responsibly in India and how to stay safe.


To hear more and to register your interest: Please be in touch with Susan Knight of the GAISIG at:

Facilitating organisation: Sangam/ SEC.



I would recommend this visit to all wishing to develop their understanding of a different culture. What a life-changing experience it was! We all came back inspired and with a much greater understanding of the issues which affect the lives of the people in the rural and urban communities in India. The people at Sangam were extremely knowledgeable and were able to answer any questions put to them. The whole experience can be used in so many ways within the school curriculum.” Headteacher, Wells Cathedral Junior School.

It was the best trip of my life. I know we all feel privileged to have experienced Indian life and culture with such depth and in so short a space of time. The hospitality was second to none.” Teacher of RE, St Dunstan’s Secondary School, Glastonbury.

We have all come away re-energised and determined to change our priorities. The opportunity has been the most useful professional development in my 30 years of teaching”. Head teacher, Buckland St Mary Primary School.

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