My experience reading national climate change adaptation plans from developing countries is that their vulnerability analysis and synthesis could be improved with geographic analysis! In response, Eliza Drury and I reviewed and developed guidelines for Geographic Vulnerability Analysis in Developing Countries. I took Eliza’s geographic vulnerability analysis work on Malawi in ArcGIS and translated it into an exercise in open-source QGIS: GIS software any developing country planner or NGO can afford! The exercise is designed for anyone who has already taken an introductory course in any GIS software. I gave the exercise to my seminar in Geographies of Climate Change Adaptation and Development in Spring 2016 and edited it based on student feedback. Several students then successfully applied GVA in their own research projects.