Rebuild Hampi: Business Development - Novoto

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Attention all business enthusiasts! Does entrepreneurship fascinate you? Want to build a business from the ground up or help existing businesses improve on their performance? Want to learn how grassroots economics work? Look no further and join us in Hampi! You have the opportunity to create new and support existing micro-enterprises, cooperative societies, and more. Use your research, numerical and analytical skills to build a sustainable grassroots business ecosystem which will create jobs, and promote a sense of pride within the community. Who knows the next big star-up comes out of Hampi!

You will be looked after by your amazing new (host) family and get to acquaint with a vibrant new culture! You will find plenty of adventures both locally in Hampi, amidst the most beautiful landscape, and over the weekends with your fellow volunteers. 

Whether you are a student, a professional with corporate experience, or just a novice looking to learn, you are more than welcome to join us. Because we believe in sustainable growth for both of our participants and the community. .

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


  • Equip locals with business development and management skills along with infusing a sense of entrepreneurship in the community for self-sustainability
  • 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


Meant for individuals from business-related backgrounds and interested in similar activities. Whether you are a student studying economics or a banker, consulting is your passion or entrepreneurship your dream, apply your knowledge to make these initiatives revenue-generating.

Women of Hampi

You will be providing business development workshops and skills to the women of Hampi, setting up their hospitality businesses and ensuring operations run smoothly. Join us, learn something new, and teach us what you know.

Microenterprise initiative

Build a microenterprise from scratch. It can be a women’s co-operation, a local social enterprise, tourism related businesses, introducing community currencies or even setting up an ecommerce business.

Santhe Market

Also known as ‘The evening market’, you will be responsible for monitoring each business’s operation, designing their business plans and creating a marketing strategy for the market itself, to attract more visitors.

Agriculture Project

This project gives you an opportunity to create a case study on the overall farming industry and establishing farming cooperatives. Troubleshoot the ideas, minimise problems, and improve your analytical skills in a real-life scenario.

Sustainable Development- The Continuity

The main objective of any business is not just profitability. It is also self-sufficiency and sustainability. Through our projects,  we drive this community towards sustainable development.

Equip, not cater- Skills that last

Every business professional has some tricks up his sleeve, which can help businesses to survive this competitive market. Teach the local businessmen your perspective. Equip them with the necessary tools.

Women’s empowerment- Urgent need

Unfortunately, women are not completely free of unfair prejudices. This hampers their ability to do business. We are here to change that.

Education- Foundation

Even though the business is a trade that is influenced by real-time events, there are several postulations that one should know before venturing into one.

New Business- Innovate

There is a huge potential for a business revolution in this city. All we have to do is work towards realizing it. Assist local business owners and entrepreneurs and do justice to their efforts.

Job Creation- Spillover

Newer businesses lead to opening up of new jobs. Maximise employment opportunities for the locals. A small step towards improving the economy.

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


24x7 Emergency Support

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

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

Efficient Monitoring

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


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

Efficient Safety and Health facilities

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


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.

Make regular progress in uplifting local businesses and farm cooperatives, or in monitoring the operations of 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


Enriching homestays

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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?


Pickup from Bangalore airport

Airport Pick-up (Up to two days before your trip)

Qualified project leader and community orientation


24x7 support and backup


3 meals a day.

On weekends, only Breakfast is served

Accommodations with local host families


Travel allowance for volunteer-related work


Access to working space and necessary equipments


Achievement Letter



Personal expenses


Weekend getaways


Meals apart from those provided by your host family


Discretionary gratuities for local help


International flights




Travel insurance


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 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 do about the visa?

You will be required to obtain either an Indian E-Visa (you can check your eligibility here – httpss:// or apply in person at your nearest Indian Embassy prior to your travels.

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 with 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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