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Overview

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.  

Fast Facts

Language- Kannada, Telugu, Hindi & English
Currency-Indian Rupee (1 USD= 75 Indian Rupees)
Famous For- historical ruins, temples, tourism
Delicacies- Ragi Mudde, idli & dosa

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Equip local hospitality business owners, especially women, with skills and methodologies necessary for boosting the local tourism industry
  • Innovate new tourism activities in the community and train locals to run those enterprises with
  • Experience the authentic lifestyle with your host family while immersing in cultural exchange
  • Catch a break while exploring Goa, Bangalore, Gokarna, and other weekend getaways with fellow volunteers
  • Be part of a long term project centered around rural development based on sustainable tourism while developing professionals skills

Opportunities Available

Hospitality

Join us as you get to make the best of your experience in hospitality to empower locals

Women of Hampi

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.

Santhe Market

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.

Sustainable Development- The Continuity

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.

Equip not cater- Skills that last

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.

New Business- Innovate

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.

Job Creation- Spillover

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.

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24x7 Emergency Support

For any problems, we are available via our helpline number. Social media and ever-present on the ground team
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Ground team and host family

Our ground team led by a project leader along with your host family will help you in settling in your home
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Efficient Monitoring

Trained Personnel to assist your in your assignments, provide constant feedback and monitor your progress
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Orientation

You will be provided with both pre and on arrival orientation to give you a detailed idea about the project and your individual roles
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Efficient Safety and Health facilities

Fully equipped with emergency kits, and access to local hospitals nearby in case of any emergency
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Training

Special training and guidance to be provided so that you are equipped to change Hampi’s society for the better

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.

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Enriching homestays

Your accommodation takes the form of verified local homestays.. Explore Hampi, live like the locals.
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Learning local customs

Have lunch with the hardworking farmers, relax with kids at the banks of The Tungabhadra river, and attend the evening Aarti at Virupaksha Temple
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Authentic local food

Whether it is Ragi Mudde, or dosas, make sure that you try the local flavours. You’ve got travel experience, and so does your palate.
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Explore Hampi

Tourism is Hampi’s chief value proposition. The city in ruins, Tungabhadra river, Virupaksha Temple, Matanga Hill; all of these and more await you.
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Engage in discussions

Wondering why we believe so much in the power of cultural exchange? Participate in meaningful discussion with both locals and fellow volunteers from around the world to broaden your horizon.
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Weekend getaways

There is no dearth of weekend getaway destinations from Hampi. Travel to Gokarna for surfing, Hyderabad for its biryanis, Panaji for its beaches, or Goa to party it up.

What’s Included?

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Pick-up from Bangalore airport

Airport Pick-up (Up to 2 days before your trip)
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Qualified project leader and community orientation

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24x7 support and backup

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3 meals a day

On weekends, only Breakfast is served
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Accommodation with local host families

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Travel Allowance for volunteer-related work

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Access to working space and necessary equipments

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Achievement Letter

Exclusions

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Personal expenses

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Weekend getaways

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Meals apart from those provided by your host family

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Discretionary gratuities for local help

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International flights

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Visa

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Travel insurance

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Drop off to Bangalore airport

Can be arranged on request

Are flights included in my trip?

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.

Which flight should I take?

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.

What do I do about the visa?

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.

What are the extra costs that I should keep in mind?

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

What do I carry?

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!

Is tipping included?

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.

Who are my fellow volunteers?

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.

How do I contact, in case of an emergency?

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.

Can I join a trip late, or extend my stay?

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.

Does Novoto provide me a travel insurance?

Unfortunately, no. We leave that to your discretion to book travel insurance of your choice.

Will there be any showcase?

Definitely! Your entire experience would be well-documented in the form of videos, and also in other means as approved by the group.

What’s the weather like?

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.

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