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Spreading the Love for Geography

If you’re someone that has a real love for geography and an urge to enthuse other students, then the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) Ambassador Scheme could be just the thing for you to get involved with!

Celebration Day 2014 (jazz hands)

Geography Ambassadors at the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) headquarters in Kensington, London


Undergraduates, postgraduates and graduates can all apply to become an ambassador and once you have attended a training session you are free to go and spread the love for geography in classrooms and beyond. Throughout all of your visits there is amazing support provided to you and any resources that you need are sent to you though the post, including your I LOVE GEOGRAPHY pencils… that yes, it is true, both students and teachers go crazy for!

I Love Geography Pencils to give out t0 the students

You can get in touch with teachers yourself or check  on the Facebook page where potential visits are added daily. Schools may ask for a wide range of visit topics for example:

  • I love geography sessions
  • Careers in geography
  • What is geography like at university?

…or maybe they would like you to come up with a fun entertaining geographical activity that will enthuse their students. Lets face it, we’ve all heard the phrase ‘isn’t geography just colouring in?’…as an RGS-IBG Ambassador it is your chance to erase that stereotype!

I got involved as an RGS-IBG Ambassador during my first year at Queen Mary University of London. I saw it as great opportunity as I hope to become a Secondary School Geography Teacher. However, even if you are not interested in becoming a teacher it doesn’t matter as along with the social aspect, this scheme provides you with lots more invaluable skills that would look great on any C.V.  My first session was a children’s lecture at the Royal Geographical Society at its headquarters in Kensington – just down the District Line from Queen Mary – it was a great way to kick start being an Ambassador. I got to meet fellow geographers from both QMUL and other universities and I received my Ambassador t-shirt!

Following on from this I attended three events at schools in London that I arranged myself. First up was a lunchtime session for a group of sixth formers who wanted to know what geography was like at university. Secondly I attended an Open Evening at Addey and Stanhope School to encourage students and their parents that taking geography as a GCSE option is a really great way to widen future horizons. The RGS-IBG Ambassador scheme provided me with loads of great resources to give to the school, the students and the parents. I later returned to Addey and Stanhope School and had the chance to do an after school session based entirely on my own ideas. So despite others opinions, I decided to take a laboratory  into the classroom and do soil analysis, even though my flat mates joked ‘so… your just going to talk to them about dirt?!’ it went down really well, the students loved it and I got amazing feedback. Soil analysis was something that I had been studying in my first year, I provided the equipment and soil samples with the help of the geography laboratory staff at QMUL, and in groups the students tested soil texture, soil pH and soil colour.

Testing the pH of the soil

Testing the pH of the soil

Concentrating on getting that pH value just right

Concentrating on getting that pH value just right

Analysing the soil texture

Analysing the soil texture

Not wanting to get their fingers dirty didn't last long!

Not wanting to get their fingers dirty didn’t last long!

Using the Munsell colour charts

Using the Munsell colour charts

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From the short talk that I gave the students even managed to make some university style notes

The students made some university style notes from the short talk that I gave

Becoming an RGS-IBG Ambassador is really simple, you can download the application form from the Geography Ambassador Scheme website and a training session is happening at QMUL on the 13th February 2015. The scheme is really flexible and allows you to do something different around all of your university studies. For me this scheme has provided me with so much confidence, I really enjoy every moment of it and I cannot wait to do another session and eventually become a geography  teacher! Whether in London or your home city, there are lots of students out there waiting for you to come to their school and spread the love for geography… so what are you waiting for?

RGS throwing


The Royal Albert Hall

The Royal Albert Hall

Now, I recently visited the Royal Albert Hall in Kensington, West London with my sister for the Rays of Sunshine charity concert. Though I’m a born and bred Londoner, I hadn’t had the opportunity to visit the exquisite site previously and so, it was my very first time visiting. At first sight, one is definitely struck by the sheer size of the slightly oval-shaped building (it’s huge!). Its exterior is dressed with arched, golden-framed windows, dark ochre walls and a dome-like frame.



Side view of the Royal Albert Hall, opposite Kensington Park!

Side view of the Royal Albert Hall, opposite Kensington Park!



It is undoubtedly an amazingly designed building with so many doors! Opened by Prince Albert in 1871 through his passion for grand British infrastructure, it’s the famous stage for world class performers like Frank Sinatra, Elton John, the Beatles and Adele, and performers at the traditional Royal Variety Show for the Queen like the dance group, “Diversity”, high political figures and powerful
speakers like Sir Winston Churchill and Nelson Mandela, not to mention home to the BBC Proms.



The stage from the back row seats!



The beautiful sight of the building at night after the event!

Entering at door 11 stall J, the corridors inside are sophisticated and nicely modernized with historical pictures of events like the Queen’s 50th Anniversary Concert in July 2003 and Jay Z’s performance in September 2006. What’s really nice is that the hall offers an inside out tour of the entire building for individuals and groups (upon request) which would be great for all those new to London and want to explore some of its greatest sites, conveniently next to one of London’s largest parks, Hyde Park.



The brochure about the tours of the Royal Albert Hall



The brochure about the tours of the Royal Albert Hall (2)


More information is at and its official Facebook page!
Mabel I. Osejindu
BA English Language and Linguistics, 2nd Year

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