The goals and principles upon which the Agastya International Foundation was founded are a solid footing for success. Fast-tracking the organization on the path to global recognition and growth, however, was the acquisition of 172 acres of barren land amid small farms and rice paddies several kilometers from Kuppam in Andhra Pradesh. This land provides Agastya with a laboratory to study ecology and carry out experiments in education.
Children are bussed in for lessons in science, math, and art on Agastya’s campus, which augment the curriculum in the government schools. Agastya’s instructors have been able to improve upon their methods of educating children and to develop programs for training local teachers, as well. Camps are arranged for groups from schools in faraway cities, providing urban children with a rare opportunity to experience nature close up, in a rural environment. The campus also attracts teachers from private schools all over India, who come here to learn ways to infuse their own teaching with the Agastya spark.