Dear Colleagues

On behalf of the Polish Geographical Society’s Geography Olympiad Committee and the Pedagogical University of Cracow, it is our pleasure to invite your country to send a team to the 11th International Geography Olympiad (iGeo), which will be held in Kraków, Poland, from 12 to 18 August 2014, under the auspices of the International Geographical Union Olympiad Task Force. The venue of the Olympiad will be the campus of the Pedagogical University of Cracow – in the old capital city of Poland.

This will be an excellent opportunity to showcase the geographical skills and understandings of your country’s geography students, as well as a reward for student excellence. The participants will have the opportunity to visit some of the most interesting and attractive places in Southern Poland as well as immerse themselves in the fascinating history and culture of Kraków and its surroundings.

As always the iGeo competition contains three elements: a written response test, a multimedia test and a fieldwork test. The official language of the iGeo is English. Questions will be presented in English and students must answer in English. Extra facilities will be provided for students not educated in English. For further information on the tests, see the attached Guidelines for Tests.

A team will be made up of four secondary school students between 16 and 19 years of age (inclusive) on 30 June 2014. Students must be selected through a national geography competition. They will be accompanied by two adults who are involved in geographical education in their country, and who are able to speak and write English. One of the leaders must be fluent in English and experienced at marking students’ work, so as to be able to mark test papers in English. Please also refer to the iGeo website for the statutes under which the iGeo operates ( and click the link for Statutes).

Countries are responsible for their own travel, visas and insurance. In addition, a contribution of PLN 1,000 per person (for each student and leader) is payable as a contribution to local expenses (for currency exchange rate please check at

As well as the tests, the program includes geographical poster presentations and a cultural function. Details of these will be sent to participating countries. Various excursions will be arranged including one to the Małopolska region, and there will be some free time. A visit to the Memorial and Museum Auschwitz Birkenau (the former Nazi concentration camp) will be organized at no additional cost for the teams that opt-in by May 2014.

An optional post-iGeo fieldtrip may be arranged if enough countries are interested. More information on the post-iGeo fieldtrip will be available in the post-iGeo fieldtrip section of our website in due course.

If you need a formal written invitation to the 2014 iGeo, please email us the name, position and address of the person to whom the letter should be sent.

Please send the application form to us at Any other queries about the 2014 iGeo in Kraków should be sent to

If you have general queries about the Olympiad, for instance about eligibility, those should go to the Task Force Co-Chair, Kath Berg, at

We look forward to welcoming you to the iGeo in Kraków in 2014.


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Yours sincerely,

Tomasz Sawicki
iGeo 2014 Organising Committee

Information updates at:

General iGeo contact:
Ms Kathryn Berg
Co-Chair, International Geographical Union Olympiad Task Force
c/o RGSQ, 237 Milton Road, Milton Qld 4064, Australia
Phone: + 61 7 3368 2066
Fax: + 61 7 3367 1011