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There is a famous saying in India, ‘Atithi Devo Bhava’. Translation: Guests are equal to The Almighty. It’s followed diligently across the country, and Hampi’s no different. The people of Hampi are warm and welcoming. What they lack in, is the application of new techniques in professional hospitality. Are you a student who wants to make a mark in this industry? A professional looking for his next project? Or an individual who just wants to foray into hospitality? If yes, then you have the transformative power to make a mark in an ongoing long term project. In addition to providing your skills to assist with running and developing various tourism units, you will also equip them with your knowledge that would last a lifetime!
You will quickly find yourself at home in this beautiful community, living with your loving host family and find plenty of activities to do. On the weekends, you have time off. So head off with your team to explore some stunning destinations, not very far away.
Hospitality is a unique specialty and requires excellent standards. As such we welcome change-makers with academic knowledge, any past or present experience, or a willingness to work in this profession.
Good exposure for individuals willing to know more about hospitality as a sector. You start at the extreme grassroots level. Teach the underlying basics of good hospitality practices and further help the locals in developing the skills in those lines.
You will be training the locals on how to sell products and services in the Santhe Market. You will be in-charge of food stalls, and other shops where the business has to be very people-interactive.
Santhe Market, Women of Hampi: initiatives that encourage the community to develop and become self-sustainable. Work under these initiatives, and put the community to the right track of progress.
Not everybody has been fortunate enough, to learn the skills that you have. Let’s do our part, and furnish the people with the same, so that they can be applied and their lives can be improved. Independency, not charity.
With our initiatives, especially with ‘Santhe Market’ we have taken a step to instill an entreprenuerial skill in this city. Assist the aspiring business-owners to make it big, and let the world know about their efforts.
Hospitality is an emerging sector, with the potential to employ huge multitudes of people. But for the same to be facilitated, a strong base is to be created. A core understanding of the industry needs to reach the public. That’s what we can achieve with your help.
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.
Work with the locals on a daily basis, to further polish their hospitality skills. Introduce their applications as you train them to successfully operate a homestay or a market stall.
At noon, we make a stop for lunch and refreshments. After lunch, we continue with 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 to 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 provided by your host family and weekend getaways
For the volunteering project of two weeks, you would be better off with a light packing. Carry comfortable footwears 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.