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Overview

Do you possess an eye for international development? An urge to work in the 3rd sector? An innate ability to keep a project on track and analyze its requirements? Well, then say no more! We welcome you to liaison with the project development committee to help keep various initiatives under Rebuild Hampi’s project development route and monitor their progress. Using skills in social research, operations, project management and more provide Rebuild Hampi with one of its most essential contributions and help all parties involved achieve the common goal – for a sustainable future. 

It gets even better, as you live with the most amazing host family, learning about local culture and traditions. Whereas Hampi itself poses numerous adventures for your independent hours, some truly exciting destinations await you during the weekend.  

We invite individuals with passion for and experience in social and development studies and ones who are looking to explore this field!

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

  • Work alongside the Project Development Committee to monitor the project initiatives, making sure they alight with the project’s development
  • Conduct social research based on the needs and requirements of the local community and liaison with other stakeholders for smooth operations
  • 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

Project Development

We recommend social workers, and human development-related workers to be a part of this board. Social Experience is preferred.

Rural Development Based on Sustainable Tourism – Main Project

This board is created to include social workers and individuals with distinct backgrounds in the human development sector. Oversee the entire Project Hampi, including all the initiatives that come under the same. Keep track of its progress. Help us achieve the change we aim for.
Your objective would be to create a proper structural plan to be followed with respect to any project. Let’s join hands, because together, we will be able to do a lot more.

Sustainable Development- The Continuity

Oversee all of the initiatives under Rebuild Hampi. Your primary responsibility is to ensure that these initiatives undertaken by the volunteers result in societal development  that is measurable and is under your control.

Equip, not cater- Skills that last

Just by following up on all initiatives would not suffice. Provide them the guidance, through which the locals can absorb modern skills that creates independency and makes them self sustainable.

Women’s empowerment- Urgent need

In terms of participation, women are not far behind. Hence, it is only fair for us to work for their benefit. Exclusive initiatives like ‘Women of Hampi’ provides the opportunity and exposure to empower female locale.

Education- Foundation

Knowledge plays an important role in our project. Plan and implement steps in which the volunteers are able to teach the community theories that help in bettering their lives.

New Business- Innovate

Generation of newer businesses and microenterprises is one result we would be achieving. Instruct the volunteers to provide the local business owners with the support to set up their enterprises- irrespective of its size.

Job Creation- Spillover

Newer employment opportunities will be provided to the locals. This is when we have actually made an impact to their economy. Allow the employing of skilled and unskilled labour across industries.

Improve Sanitation- Quality of Life

City-wide health and hygiene standards are deplorable. We are here to change that. Impact the society through the medium of the initiatives, and provide it with a higher quality of life.

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 you 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 ground team, as they take you to the site scheduled for the day.

Monitor and track the daily progress of every initiative. Invest yourself in the process of social research, site visits, community surveys and fund raising task as you create plans for the future, with regards to the project development.

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 discussions 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 the 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 equipment

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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 the host families

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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 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!

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 at most destinations in this tour. From October onwards the temperatures start going down averaging around 25 C during the day.

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