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Hampi’s architecture showcases marvelous applications of skill, tact, and workmanship. Be it The Ruins, The Virupaksha Temples, or The Musical Pillars of Vitthala; each structure adds something unique to the charm of the city in ruins. But there is more to that! Help transfer that rich heritage through designing traditional homestays and stalls and kiosks for bazaars,’ using your own approach, or get inspired by Hampi’s architecture to create something new!
If you are an architecture fanatic, then you are in heaven amongst Hampi’s gorgeous ancient sites and authentic community. Moreover, weekends are free for you to explore various hotspots in South India with your new gang!
We believe architecture to be one of the most difficult disciplines, and such we recommend participants to have prior knowledge and experience. School leavers aspiring to be architects are welcome to join this role too!
This particular project offers you freedom of expression, by allowing you to renovate existing Hampi houses into homestays and cafes based on an in depth study of the local culture and heritage and recommendation by the owners.
Architecture fanatics will love this project. You get to design stalls and kiosks that are going to be set in the Santhe Market. Using your own skills, you will make a difference in the lives of many.
The Vijayanagara Empire had a huge sense of affection for pristine architecture. It would be a great honour to please them, as we use architecture to develop the city they love.
Reconstructing a homestay from a traditional house is something very unique for these inhabitants to see. Hence, with such diverse initiatives, equip the locals with the skills necessary to build better lives.
Initiatives like ‘Women of Hampi’ put women and architecture in a single space and leads to their empowerment. All that is required is for such initiatives to be completed as per targets.
Whether its ‘Women of Hampi’, or the ‘Santhe Market’; there is a lot to learn and to teach. Such initiatives provide a unique platform where the locals can learn the underlying architectural concepts and can use it later in their lives.
At every step, we are there to help. We provide enough support so that you can make an impact in this community. From the host families to the project leaders, everyone is extremely experienced and would be glad to assist you in any problems you face
Look forward to what the day has to offer. Wake up in the ancient habitat of Hampi as you are served breakfast at 8:30. Freshen up, and get ready. By 9:30, join your fellow voluntourists for an exciting day. Get greeted by Novoto executives, as they take you to the common site for the work.
Showcase your Architectural skills as you work towards constructing a historical market from scratch, along with putting a unique twist on traditional houses by converting them into homestays.
At noon, we make a stop for lunch and refreshments. After lunch, we continue with the project-specific work. Enjoy your day.
After 5 PM, the evening is kept free for a range of independent activities with fellow voluntourists. Occasionally, there shall be organised social events in the evening.
Finally, dinner is provided by the homestay. Rest and think about the fond memories created.
At Novoto, we aim to transform the perspective of voluntourism from one of humanitarian relief to one of cultural exchange. We believe that the impact of cultural exchange is more powerful than simple humanitarian relief
International flights booked for arrival/ departure have not been included in our travel fee. It must be purchased separately.
However, in case of any inquiries, you can contact us.
There are multiple international flights landing in Bangalore. We will be picking you up from the Bangalore airport.
During departure, you can catch a train to Bangalore or transportation to the airport can be arranged on request.
You will be required to obtain either an Indian E-Visa (you can check your eligibility here – httpss://www.visahq.co.uk/) or apply in person at your nearest Indian Embassy prior to your travels.
The project has been curated with the most observant prior due diligence. Any additional expenses individuals incurred during the tour are at their own discretion, such as any shopping and souvenirs they might wish to purchase, additional meals and activities not not provided by your host family and weekend gateways
For the volunteering project of two weeks, you would be better off with a light packing. Carry comfortable footwear and light clothes. Make sure you carry the essentials- your passport, VISA, flashlights and Indian currency.
Oh also, leave some room in your suitcases. You never know what you might like to buy here!
No, tipping has not been included in your travel plan. It’s up to you to decide the amount for the same. We totally respect your discretion.
We very much believe in privacy. Hence, we are sorry that we cannot reveal their names. However, we have a wide range of travellers from all over the world who you will meet on your first day.
No need to worry! We have our on-ground team for your assistance. Besides that, you can get in touch with us through our social media handles on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also call us directly on our helpline.
As much as we would LOVE you to join us, it will be difficult for us to accommodate you in an already on-going trip.
Good news? You are more than welcome to extend your stay, but the expenses for the same have to be taken by you.
Unfortunately, no. We leave that to your discretion to book travel insurance of your choice.
Definitely! Your entire experience would be well-documented in the form of videos, and also in other means as approved by the group.
April to September is summer in Hampi where temperatures are generally pleasant around 40 C. From October onwards the temperatures start going down averaging around 25 C during the day.