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Overview

Farming is one of the backbones of Hampi’s rural economy. This practice had a huge responsibility, employing thousands under its care. Nevertheless, there is a huge room for improvement! We are looking for individuals who have a penchant for organic farming. You will be responsible for equipping local farmers with apt agricultural skills, promoting awareness for ecological farming, and encouraging other sustainable living practices. You will, therefore, take a lead in promoting welfare among the farming community and their family. Your valuable transferable skills will help bring a long-lasting effect to this already mesmerizing landscape and its people, filled with a lush green cover, and it’s inhabitants. 

Your host family will help you learn something new about their culture every day, while you make this godly community your home. Hampi and all its mysteries are bound to keep surprising you. A new adventure awaits you and your new friends on the weekends.  

Experience is not a problem here. We are focused on building a team of like-minded individuals, and would be glad to see what value you bring or how you can learn! 

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

  • Opportunity to implement innovative farming technologies and organic methodology to improve local farming productivity
  • Train local farmers with new agricultural techniques and practices which promote organic farming and facilitates sustenance farming
  • 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

Agriculturists

Help the local farmers, by using your expertise and knowledge with an emphasis on organic farming.

Agriculture Project

Time to put your education, experience or hobby to the test. Get involved in a real-life scenario, as you help the farming community of Hampi. Analyse local conditions, recommend various types of crops, and suitable methods and technologies to facilitate the local farmers with improved agricultural productivity.

Sustainable Development- The Continuity

Agriculture in Hampi, can change for the better. All it needs from your side, is making sure that all of our initiatives are constantly developing with time. Things will change, slowly but surely.

Equip, not cater- Skills that last

A lack of basic skills lead to the farmers underutilizing their potential. Let us make them self-sustainable, and hone them in their expertise. Creating a change that lasts.

New Business- Innovate

We do not believe that start-up ventures can only be for urban life. Agriculture can open several doors to entreprenuership and rural business ventures. Provide the tools to the people, in order to create newer business.

Job Creation- Spillover

Farming, besides having an important role in Hampi’s economy, can be also used as an insightful tool. Employment is one such issue that can be taken care of with the same. Assist in the creation and conversion of employment opportunities.

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.

Discover better-suited farming techniques for the Hampi soil, improve crop yield and gradually work towards increasing the average farmer’s income.

At noon, we make a stop for lunch and refreshments. After lunch, we continue with going ahead with the work on all specific projects. 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 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 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 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 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. From October onwards the temperatures start going down averaging around 25 C during the day.

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