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Sheffield University- Enrichment/Enhancement Experience.

10th - 22nd June 2019


Student programmes

Dates: 10th - 22nd June 2019

About this visit: Since 2015 the School of education at the University of Sheffield has been running a two week enrichment/enhancement experience to Sangam’s study centre, outside Bangalore, India.

Who is this programme for: This programme is open to the PGDE cohort for each year group, from any subject specialism, and it will appear as one of the options for your allocated Enrichment/Enhancement Experience as part of your teaching experience. In the previous 3 years we have taken students from across the 6 subjects.

The process: The group of selected students will travel to Bangalore in South India, and stay for one week at Sangam’s centre, a rural education centre on the outskirts of the City, and then travel in South India during the second week. During the visit process the students are placed in a school context for the first week of the visit. You will work in groups with classes of children sharing participatory and activity based projects, aiming to enable an enriched understanding of the concepts taught. During the second week you travel through the varied and diverse landscapes of Karnataka in south India and explore many aspects of the changing and developing south Indian modern and traditional cultural context. You will undertake informal research projects that develop case studies and resource material for use in your return to school. Some of the students use this research as the basis for independent studies, dissertations, special topics or research topics modules - or simply as resource and teaching material.

The visit is being facilitated and delivered by an education group called Sangam- SEC. They have 15 years of professional experience organising educational study visits and curated journeys in India. They host, organise the placement, provide guidance, resource material and case studies, and many ideas for use of the experience on return to the UK. Their Indian base is in the village of Silvepura 20 miles north of Bangalore in South India. The centre runs many different education projects with students and teachers from India and the UK. They work closely with local schools, run study visits for teachers, and facilitate study journeys around India.

The programme: During the time in India you will be exposed to a whole range of experiences which will enable you to define and focus in on a personal area of study. Depending on where your area of study emerges you can be provided with experiences which will inform and enhance that study. You will look at changing and developing urban and rural settlements, look at the issue of water and the environmental impact of development on the area, be introduced to the changing cultural and religious traditions of the area, explore the history and change of the diverse religious groupings of the area, explore the changing enthnography of the area and discuss the geopolitics that is affecting and driving this change.

Activities: There are very many options of outings and activities to inform these areas of study- which are framed into a programme of activities well in advance for each year’s specific group of students. Each visit is different each year and includes- Visits and excursions to the city of Bangalore, exploring the multiplicity of this extraordinary diverse and rapidly changing metropolis, visits to agriculturalists, farms, developers, water harvesting organisations and researchers in human development. There will be visits to temples, shrines and holy mountains, a three day excursion to Hampi an ancient city of Hindu rulers, a journey into the forested mountains of the western Ghats and ending at the coastal area of Goa. There will be visits to schools, urban and rural farming market areas, and explorations of the landscape in the areas that you will be staying in; including walks, drives and cycle rides through villages, to local lakes and farms. All the excursions and outings will be interwoven with introductory talks, explanations of what you are seeing, opportunities to ask questions and time for reflections and further discussions. You will be provided with reading materials before and throughout the whole process to enable you to explore your area of research further.

Where are you staying: Sangam’s centre is very rural and outdoorsy. You will be sharing rooms in threes, and sharing outside bathrooms and toilets so it will be an experience of simple, shared, outdoor living.  But they do have electricity, flush lavatories, solar heated showers, fans in each room, nets on each bed, you can use the washing machine during your time there, and there is wifi connection. Please check the rest of their website for details about what they do and where you will be staying.

Accommodation during the second week’s journey: You will stay in simple hotels, guest houses and home stays which are appropriate to the local Indian context, set within the river basin, forested landscape and coastal regions that we are visiting.

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

  • There will be an initial information meeting to outline the visit, and have any initial questions answered.
  • Once you have joined the visit we will send out 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 obtaining visas and insurance advice, which participants purchase themselves alongside our support.
  • Flights will be booked through travel company who provide ATOL protection for your bookings.
  • A social media group will be created via whatsapp or similar for keeping all participants in touch with each other before during and after the visit, for sharing common questions and logistical information.
  • In India you will be accompanied throughout the programme by your facilitators from Sangam who understand the context and culture of the area extremely well, who will interpret, explain and facilitate the process, and will guide the participants on the basis and understanding that they are part of a group of independent adults who are responsible for their own safety alongside our care and guidance.
  • We will be working with you closely to answer your questions and keep you updated between October 2018 and the visit in the Summer of 2019.

What will the weather will be like? June is a pre monsoon month in India. Temperatures will be in the late 20’s and early 30’s, and there may be some pre monsoon showers. It will be hot.

To find out more about this visit: Please contact Alison Grasmeder at or Sally Davies at,  who will share the further information about the trip, send you an application form for how to join, and will let you know when the meetings at the University will be held.

Please check the rest of this site for information about where you will be coming to, and we will be in touch with the finalised group for 2019 with all the updates and information as we develop this coming years programme.

You can also write to us directly at  Very much looking forward to hearing from you.

We are looking forward to your visit and to meeting you all.

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