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Professional Development Study Visits in India

We host, facilitate and run professional development study visit programmes. These programmes enable teachers to gather information and teaching resource ideas to use and share on return to their schools. These are residential visits which run for between 6-14 days. Each study visit is developed to suit the key stage, curriculum requirements and interests of the group of teachers.

CPD teacher visits

Next visits currently open for application. (Click here.)

For general enquiries and to register your interest in our study visit programmes, please mail us on sangaminfo@gmail.com.

Objectives:

The aim of these projects is to support, inform and enable the delivery of teaching about life in developing countries, global education, and to increase first-hand experience of a different country and culture in order to enrich many curriculum subjects.

  • To offer a professional development opportunity for Early Years, Primary and Secondary teachers;
  • To increase authentic experience of a different country and culture by spending ten days living in a residential study centre in and alongside a village community in rural Karnataka.
  • To develop ideas about how to teach about India and development issues through enquiry and by gathering comparative case studies for rural and urban development.
  • To gather resources, artefacts and information to enhance and enrich the delivery of many curriculum subjects. Particularly Geography, History/Knowledge and Understanding of the World; Art/Creativity; RE/PSED and cross curricular topics which involve teaching and learning about India.
  • To explore markets, temples, sacred mountains, and learn about Indian creative traditional rituals and cultural art forms.
  • To reflect on creative and participatory teaching practice through activities, school visits and discussion.
  • To strengthen Global Citizenship, intercultural learning and Internationalism in your school.

The visits are open to any teachers who share the objectives above.


Focus on the curriculum:

Visits are often focused around delivery of the geography curriculum , with a focus on rural and urban settlement locality studies, water, agriculture and geographical enquiry. However teachers have come with an eye to enriching other subjects including History, Knowledge and Understanding of the World, Religious Studies, Citizenship, Sustainability, Science, Art and Creativity and Music.

Coverage of the 2013 Geography programme of study within our study visits (Click here.)

Education in India:
The visits have a strong emphasis on understanding the curriculum in the context of the Indian Education system, and school visits often form a large part of each programme. Many visiting teachers wish to initiate partnerships, which we facilitate and co-ordinate, and are able to advise on the next steps and grants which may be available in the future to support such partnerships.

Key stages:
Teachers that attend these visits are mainly teachers of KS1 and 2, but teachers have also applied and attended from KS3 and 4 as well as TA’s and advisors.

Leaders:
We work alongside a group of leaders who are teachers, advisors and education consultants in the UK who lead preparation sessions for us, gather groups, and coordinate a programme of activities to suit their needs, they often accompany the group to India and work with us in facilitating the chosen programme. Please see our leaders page for information about our leaders and the visits they are working on currently.

Preparation:

During the preparation meeting before you travel you will be advised about kit lists, tips for travelling to India and how to get a visa for India. It will also be a chance for you to ask questions and meet the rest of the group. During that meeting you will also discuss what your interests and curriculum needs are so we can begin to form the precise programme for your visit.

The activities:

The visits are carefully structured to suit the professional curriculum needs and personal development agendas of the members of the group.  You may want to gather material for a geography case study of an Indian village, or the rapidly changing city of Bangalore. You may wish to explore environmental development issues such as land use change, agricultural practices, water, and urbanisation. You may want to discover Indian music, art, dance, cookery or story.   You can visit temples and understand more about Hinduism and Indian rural rituals.  You can visit schools and engage in professional dialogue.  You may wish to enliven your own teaching practice by developing ideas for learning about another place through enquiry. You can visit local markets, temples, and the ancient city of Mysore; and most people want to shop for artefacts and resources for school.  We create a programme of activities once each group is formed.

Accommodation:

The visiting groups stay at our residential centre which is located next to a village called Silvepura 25km north of Bangalore. The accommodation is simple and in keeping with a south Indian rural feel with external bathroom facilities and shared rooms. However we have equipped the centre with solar heated shower rooms and flush lavatories, mosquito nets, and fans. The bedrooms are large and airy leading off a spacious shared living area, we provide three meals a day of home cooked south Indian vegetarian food which is served in our central dining space. The centre is based within a two acre wooded garden therefore much of the activities and discussions occur outdoors. Please see our accommodation pages for more details about Sangams residential facilities.

What to do if you are interested?

  • Please Look at “Next teacher study visits” and read more about the different visits that are currently open for application.
  • Once you have chosen a visit which is being run at a date that suits you, visit the page about that particular visit.
  • Download and send the application form by post to the leader. Applications will be reviewed as per received, and appropriate applications will be given places on a first-come basis.
  • And then attend the preparation session where you will share objectives, and hear full information and advice about travel, health and cultural issues.
  • Then attend the visit!

 

Comments from previous visitors:

“I would recommend this visit to all schools 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 southern India. The week was packed with a whole range of activities including: visits to schools, temples and markets; studies of village and urban life; a variety of cultural workshops in art, dance and music. The staff 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 of Wells Cathedral Junior SchooL.

“I found the school visits absolutely fascinating. They left me wrestling with the question of how to teach effectively, stimulatingly and humanely with few resources and huge numbers of kids! I have hardly stopped talking about the visits to colleagues.” LEA advisor for Geography, Sunderland.

“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.” Head of RE, St Dunstans 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.

As well as extending our own knowledge, we have so much to offer the children back at school. The visit was a tremendous resource, which will bring to life the topics we cover.” Year 6 Teacher, Croscombe primary school, Somerset

Such activities ought to be made compulsory to blow away the cobwebs of routine and give inspiration a kick-start!” Year 4 Teacher, West Chinnock, Somerset

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Read reports from previous visits- These reports are from groups undertaking visits to us managed by HTI Merganser under the DfE Teachers International Professional Development Programme (TIPD)

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