ENTIRE CHAPTER

BE PART FOR BOTH EPISODES

 

DURATION

7 WEEKS

DATE

19TH JULY TO 7TH SEPTEMBER

PRICE

£1640 (incl VAT)

(LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE)

(Please note that do you do not need to make any payment now. Once your application has been accepted, you will be invited to create an account where you can make the payment)

A CHAPTER YOU WILL REVISIT AGAIN AND AGAIN

You must be thinking what has the trip got to do with the volunteering experience right? These are not separate experiences, but two connected episodes of Novoto’s first chapter. We believe that travelling and volunteering abroad can go hand in hand.

While you travel from Delhi to Goa, you will come across many faces, situations and opportunities. You will learn what an impact tourism has had in Goa. You will meet the women, acid attack survivors, who run a cafe in Agra. You will discover new art in Udaipur. You will be mesmerized by the architecture in Mumbai.

Drawing inspiration from various individuals, businesses and communities, this experience will orientate you and equip you with ideas and opportunities, which you will implement during your volunteering part of the trip in Hampi. You will have an idea of the important factors to create a rural development plan based on sustainable tourism. You will be inspired by the idea of forming a women’s incorporation. You can introduce art from a different part of the country. You can add the intrinsic value of a tourist facility, to a locally owned property. 

This is how Novoto uses your pre-existing passion and skills and galvanize it into a sense of purpose. A purpose that can leave a long lasting impact, if materialised.

FULL itinerary & map

WHAT’S INCLUDED?

🛫Pre-departure information, personal goal setting and information by project leader

💼Experiences – 24 experiences

🏖️Hidden experiences  

🚗Transport – All transport including transfers and sightseeing during the tour

🍲Meals – 20 breakfast, 3 lunch, 6 dinners during the tour

🛏️Accommodation – 19 nights on twin sharing basis.1 night in shared dorm basis during the tour

👨Experienced tour leader

 💼Qualied Project Leader and volunteer coordinator

📞24x7 support and backup

👨Project bootcamp and community orientation

🍲3 meals per day while volunteering excluding weekend getaways

🏖️Weekend getaways –  transfers, accomodation and breakfast

👪Accomodation with local host families while volunteering

💷Travel allowance for volunteer related work.

📅Organised social events.

💼Access to working space and necessary equipment

📜Achievement letter

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED?

You will need to bring spending money for your trip. We recommend a minimum of £25 per day during the tour and £75 per week while volunteering

🛫Any International flights

🙍Tourist Visa

💷Admission fees and activity expenses, not mentioned in the itinerary

🧗‍♂️Optional activities not part of the itinerary

🏥Travel insurance

💷Expenses of a personal nature

💸Discretionary gratuities for guides and chauffeurs

 🚗Transfer to airport (Will be arranged on request)

🏖️Other expenses incurred during the weekend getaways

 🍲Meals apart from those included in the itinerary and that provided by your host family

💸Discretionary gratuities for guides,chauffeurs and local help

🚗Transfer to airport (Will be arranged on request)

DAY 1 ARRIVING IN NEW DELHI

We would prefer if you reached New Delhi by 4:30 pm on this day. In case you plan on reaching a day earlier, we can help you find accomodation for the night. Do let us know.

Namaste! Welcome to Delhi, the capital of India! A monumental city with a vibrant mix of old and new teeming bazaars, stately British boulevards, powerful Mughal palaces and forts, and intricate, ethereal towers, temples and tombs. You will be met on arrival at the international airport by our representative and escorted by private vehicle to your accommodation where you will meet your fellow Novoteers. In the evening, after your orientation talk, we will head to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, a Sikh shrine, which feeds 15000 people each day. This will be followed by a stopover at the India Gate, a majestic sight whose beauty is amplified at night. Head back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep. The next 21 days are going to be the best of your life and there is a lot to do!

Included Experience – 1. Visit to Gurudwara and India Gate

Accommodation
C Park Inn Hotel or similar

*No Meals Included (Except dinner served free of charge at Bangla Sahib Gurudwara).

DAY 2 DELHI | JAISALMER

After a well deserved good night’s sleep, we start the day with a guided tour of Old Delhi by tuk tuk, fuelled by some delicious food from the ancient alleyways to bless your bellies. You will also visit an organisation which is championing the art of transforming the lives of former street kids. We then head to Connaught Place, where you will have time to grab some lunch in your free time. Later in the evening, board your sleeper class train for Jaisalmer.

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Included Experience – Old Delhi tour with food.

Overnight on train

DAY 3 ARRIVING IN JAISALMER

Arrive in Golden City around noon. Get picked up by a Jeep and then make your way for tonight’s authentic stay in the Thar desert. There will be a camel safari and folk dance for you to enjoy followed by a Rajasthani dinner. This is one for the books!

Included Experience – Desert Camp

Optional activity
Test your courage by visiting the abandoned Kuldhara village on your way from the railway station to you desert camp, which many believe is haunted. (Free)

Accommodation
Wind Desert Camp or similar

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

DAY 4 JAISALMER

Have breakfast in the desert camp and make your way back to Jaisalmer. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. The entire trip has been guided up until this point. It’s now time for you to go and explore the city full of Havelis with your fellow Novoteers.

Optional Activity – If you prefer a guide, we offer a guided tour of Jaisalmer Fort, Patwon Ki Haveli, Gadi Sagar Lake, Bada Bagh and the evening market.

Accommodation
Desert Boys Guest House or similar

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 5 JAISALMER | JODHPUR

Check out of the hotel and board your bus to the Blue City. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel and afterwards enjoy an orientation walk exploring the Old Town and the bazaars famous for their vast array of local handicrafts.

Optional Activity

The Bishnois are one of the many unique communities of Rajasthan. If you would like to experience this, then we offer an orientation tour of Bishnoi village.

Included Experience – Orientation walk

Accommodation
Hotel KP Heritage Haveli or similar

*Meals: Breakfast

DAY 6 JOHDPUR | UDAIPUR

After breakfast, check out of the hotel and proceed to a guided tour of Mehrangarh Fort and Jaswant Thada. Rajasthan has numerous forts, but none will overwhelm you like magnificence of Mehrangarh Fort. After the tour you will board your bus to Udaipur, the Venice of the East. On arrival check into the hotel and then enjoy the orientation walk followed by a boat ride on Lake Pichola and cultural show at Bagore Ki Haveli. Later on, when you and your crew are done with dinner, we will visit the Jagdish Temple for Aarti.

Included Experiences – 1. Orientation Walk . 2. Lake Pichola Boat Ride. 3. Bagore ki haveli cultural show 4. Jagdish Temple Visit at night.

Accommodation
Hotel Deziree Inn or similar

*Meals: Breakfast

DAY 7 UDAIPUR

A day free for a leisurely exploration of the city at your own pace. Full of lakes, palaces and food joints, this city exudes a real venetian feel, unmatched anywhere else in India. There is a lot to explore with your crew. For all you art lovers, there is plenty in store.

Optional Activity
Explore the city with a guided tour of by tuk tuk. Sites include: City Palace, Saheliyon Ki Bari and sunset at Monsoon palace.

Art class at Ashoka Arts in the morning.

Accommodation
Hotel Lake Paradise or similar

*Meals: Breakfast

DAY 8 UDAIPUR

Today we will head to a sanctuary for rescued animals for half a day of volunteering. Whether you have technical skills in animal care or are simply an animal lover, this sanctuary welcomes anyone who can help with their daily operations. This will be followed by cooking a event. After a week in India, it’s time to test your cooking skills as you prepare some desi food.

Note: We believe that while volunteering, a minimum time commitment is necessary to make a difference. However, this animal sanctuary welcomes visitors with time constraints too as they value any contribution, and do not require much skill from their volunteers.

Included Experiences – 1. Excursion to animal sanctuary 2. Cooking Experience

Accommodation
Hotel Lake Paradise or similar

*Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 9 UDAIPUR | PUSHKAR

Today we are making our way to Pushkar, a true oasis in the desert. What makes this oasis unique, is that it is the only place on the planet which has a temple dedicated to Brahma, the creator god of Hinduism. On arrival, check into your accommodation and then enjoy your orientation walk. For all you coffee lovers, you will get to recharge your batteries during the Famous Coffee Shop visit. If you are lucky, you might also bump into the famous Nathu Lal Solanki, while taking a stroll by the ghat. He plays the Nagara, a classical Indian drum and can teach you for a negligible amount, for a price that has not changed in 20 years

Included Experience – Orientation walk

Accommodation
INN Seventh Heaven or similar

*Meals: Breakfast

DAY 10 PUSHKAR

This morning you have free time to explore this tiny paradise and check out the 400 temples around the ghat. This is an opportunity to do some shopping for your loved ones back home that you will not want to miss!. In the afternoon, you and your crew will visit Aloo Baba, a spiritual guru who has lived a life of ascetic simplicity, meditating and practicing yoga to clear his mind of all material distractions and open his consciousness to God. You’ll be treated to snacks & tea time at the Aloo Baba Temple while learning more about meditation. The evening is free for you to enjoy independent activity.

Included Experience – Aloo Baba visit.

Accommodation
INN Seventh Heaven or similar

*Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 11 PUSHKAR | JAIPUR

Start the day hiking to the Savitri Temple for sunrise. Afterwards, check out of your hotel and, before boarding the train to Jaipur, visit Ajmer Sharif, the holiest shrine for Islam in India. Arrive in the Pink City of Jaipur, a city of huge historical significance for the Rajputana. After checking into your hotel, you will have a guided tour of the Pink City, which will allow you to learn more about this wonderful place. You will have the evening free for independent activity with your crew. Old and New, Jaipur has a lot to offer.

Included Experience – Guided tour of Pink City

Accommodation
Arya Niwas or similar

*Meals: Breakfast

DAY 12 JAIPUR

Free time to explore the city. This is your last night in Rajasthan, the land of the Kings.

Optional Activities
Guided tour of Amber Fort, Nahargargh and Jal Mahal by tuk tuk.

Art lovers can also visit Kala Kendra Cultural Center (various exhibitions). It has a great cafe-restaurant serving the best dosas you have ever had.

Accommodation
Rawla Mrignayani Palace or similar

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 13 JAIPUR | AGRA

Check out of the hotel and board your bus for Agra, former Mughal capital. This is the day! You know what we are talking about. On arrival check into your accommodation. After you have settled in, we will take you on an orientation walk. You will visit Sheroes Cafe, a cafe run by acid attack survivors. Here, you will have a chance to try some scrumptious snacks and visit a library that has been set up with donations. There is also a handicraft and boutique area where one of the survivors stitches her dream. Famous for its Mughlai cuisine, Agra will give you serious dilemma for which food joint to choose.

Included Experience – Orientation walk

Accommodation
The Agra Grande or similar

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 14 AGRA | VARANASI

You’ll wake early, set to tick some things off your bucket list.. This is the moment you have all been waiting for. Catch the greatest tribute to love, the Taj Mahal, at sunrise. We will continue exploring the secrets of the Old City of Agra including Agra Fort. In the afternoon, you will make your way to play with Sloth Bears, rescued from dancing shows. In the evening, we will be catching an overnight train to Varanasi.

Included Experience – 1. Taj Mahal and Old City tour. 2. Sloth Bear Sanctuary

Accommodation
Hotel City Inn or similar

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 15 ARRIVE VARANASI

Welcome to Varanasi. A religious and cultural epicenter in India, this is one of the most awe-inspiring places on Earth. You will see something new every few seconds. On arrival transfer to your accommodation and check in. Once you are good to go, explore the Old City and its sacred Ghats with an orientation walk. Witness the evening Aarti, a breathtaking Hindu religious ritual of worship and one of the most blissful experiences of you trip.

Included Experience – Orientation Walk

Accommodation
Ganga Monastery or similar

Meals: Cold packed Breakfast.

DAY 16 VARANASI

Enjoy an early morning boat ride and learn more about life around the Ganges. Rest of the day is yours to enjoy independent activities. We encourage you to visit an amazing project called Brown Bread Bakery, run by an NGO, which loves to share this project with interested travelers.

Included Experience – Boat Ride on the Ganges

Optional Activity
Yoga class in the morning.

Optional Activity
Visit to Sarnath Museum, the oldest archeological museum of the country. It is here that Lord Buddha gave his first sermon.

Accommodation
Hotel City Inn or similar

Meals: Breakfast.

DAY 17 VARANASI | MUMBAI

Today you will be flying to Mumbai, the city that never sleeps. India’s biggest city, home to Bollywood and the powerhouse of India’s rapid economic growth, you will be struck by its overwhelming energy. On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel. Later, we will take you on an orientation walk of the Fort and Colaba area, Mumbai’s Manhattan. During this walk we encourage you to try some Mumbai style street food. Visit the Dhobi Ghat, a popular open air human laundry, an age old Mumbai speciality. During the evening, you will enjoy a group dinner in our guest house and a Bollywood fiesta.

Included Experience – 1. Orientation Walk 2. Bollywood Fiesta

Accommodation
Namaste Mumbai Guest house or similar

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner.

DAY 18 MUMBAI | GOA

Today you will visit a school and engage in a discussion with local teachers. You will discover more about India’s distinct educational system and learn why India is becoming one of the world’s biggest providers of a skilled workforce. In the evening board your train to Goa.

Included Experience – School Visit

Optional Activity
Dharavi slum visit

NOTE: We understand that you may be against this idea and consider it as a human safari. Dharavi is one of the most important communities in Mumbai and is home to many unique characteristics. On this tour you will learn about Dharavi’s rich culture, it’s current state of affairs and where is it heading. This optional activity will be provided by Reality Tours which donates 80% of its profits to the community development initiative in Dharavi.

Overnight board on Train

Meals: Breakfast

DAY 19 GOA

Welcome to Goa. Beaches. Trance parties. Hippies. But Goa is so much more than that. On arrival, you will be transferred to your accommodation. Run to the beach and let the waves from the Arabian Sea do their magic. In the evening you will have the opportunity to experience crab fishing with local fisherman, followed by a yummy Goan dinner.

Included Experience – Crab Fishing and Dinner

Accommodation
Fameux Harmal or similar

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

DAY 20 GOA

In the afternoon, the group will head to a coworking space in Arambol for the event that marks the closure of the trip and the project. You will have the opportunity to reflect upon and discuss your journey, which started three weeks ago. You saw a lot. You experienced a lot. Do you feel that you made a difference? Did you leave a mark? Share your experience with the rest of your crew. We would love to hear any ideas and suggestions you think may be able to help us. . Tell us how we can make a bigger impact. We value your views. Have you ever thought about working remotely? Here you will have the chance to network with digital nomads who have Goa their base. Enjoy the afternoon and evening at your own pace. This is your last night.

Included Experience – Project Closure event

Accommodation
Fameux Harmal or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

DAY 21 GOA

You have finished the first leg of your journey. You have learnt a lot. Now it is time for your volunteering experience. Tonight you head to Hampi.

Check Roles Available Below:

Overnight on Bus  

ROLES 

SOCIAL WORK AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

One of the most important pillars for long term planning. Volunteers will be responsible for assisting the project leader to create a long-term rural development plan based on sustainable tourism. They will form part of the collective initiative led by multiple stakeholders including Novoto, Kishkinda Trust and the Gram Panchayat and will investigate the development of opportunities for the overall community.

ARCHITECTURE

Infrastructure being the most important success factor for a tourist destination, accommodation providers have a lot to gain from the initiative. With plenty of existing locally owned houses in Hampi, there is a huge potential for those to be converted into facilities such as homestays, shacks, cafes and other similar facilities. Volunteers will be responsible for redesigning existing facilities as per the requests of the hosts and the overall direction of the stakeholders and the overall community.

ENGINEERING

Volunteers will be responsible for creating a new sanitation map for the village of Anegundi, drafting plans for renewable energy, agricultural technology, waste disposal methods and lighting of local streets and monuments.

TEACHING AND EDUCATION

Volunteers will be responsible for working alongside school teachers at government schools with the goal of equipping them with better teaching and monitoring techniques and policies, in addition to assisting them with their daily work.

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

With Hampi posing a huge potential for  tourism, there exists a need for creation of  grassroots level micro-enterprise. As such volunteers will be responsible for providing entrepreneurship and skill developments lessons, identification of micro enterprise opportunities and creating implementation plan.

ART

There is an existing initiative lead by Kishkinda Trust and the Gram Panchayat to create a local creative art scene. Volunteers will be responsible for providing art lessons to local women and children, in addition to collaborating with architects in the design of  various facilities.

MARKETING

The ultimate goal of the project is  to increase the tourist traffic to Hampi. Volunteers will be responsible for setting up  a marketing strategy and implementing it, making use of social media marketing, content marketing, as well as video marketing showcasing Hampi’s beauty.

TOURISM AND HOSPITALITY

With tourism being the most important industry for a sustainable source of livelihood, volunteer will be responsible for creating a long term plan based on sustainable tourism. Additionally, they will also be responsible for training in hospitality skills.

IT AND COMPUTER SKILLS

Technology is at the center of growth in today’s world. It is necessary that everyone has basic computer literacy skills. This role will involve volunteers providing computer and IT lessons to the locals, equipping them with the skills to navigate the world of information.

MORE OPPORTUNITIES

None of the above suit you? We are more than happy to hear what you think about how you can contribute during your volunteering experience. With a community as vast and diverse like that of Hampi’s, there is plenty of room of various skill sets and passion.

Please note that this volunteering opportunity is not a work placement. It is an chance to immerse yourself in a cultural experience, to take advantage of  the chance to capitalize on your skills and passion and make a lasting impact as you help to empower individuals and the community. You will have the opportunity to set your own goals and the guidance to achieve them while you have a immersive experience.

A USUAL DAY WHILE VOLUNTEERING

You will usually begin your day around 8am with a breakfast provided by your host family. After this you will leave for a team meeting with your fellow volunteers and project leader and draw up your plan of action for the day.

You will then proceed to your work location; either the site of the working space where you will work on your specific assignment until you break for lunch at 12pm. You will have the option of either coming back to your accommodation or having  your lunch delivered to the working space.

Your lunch break will usually finish at 1:30pm, after which you will head back to work, to finish that day’s task and wrap it up by 5pm.

The evening is your time to spend on a range of activities with your fellow volunteers. Dinner will be provided by your host family as per your requirements, but we recommend you eat before 9:30 pm. Occasionally you will have organised social events in the evening.  

If it is Friday, then it’s time for a new adventure as you set off for your weekend getaways with your fellow volunteers.

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