Rebuild Hampi: Design & Art - Novoto

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A haven for Vijaynagari art and design, Hampi is an artistic pleasure to visit. But what if we tell you that you can be a part of its cultural heritage! Let your creative juices flow, as you put your personal touch in various initiatives under Rebuild Hampi. Associate your work with the community’ culture. Use art and design for reviving the local creative scene and to bring a change through various in-house projects, awareness campaigns, empowerment programs, workshops. If possible bring your own ideas.  

Hampi’s ideal location gives you plenty of options for weekend getaways. Additionally, find yourself at home with your warm and friendly host family and come across numerous stories from Hampi’s breathtaking landscape during your time off.

Irrespective of experience and background, any individual can be a part of this exciting role. However, having those would be a bonus. Only because it facilitates the further exchange of knowledge for participants who want to learn 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


  • Experiment with various creative ideas for beautifying various local premises and designing local handicraft, while equipping the locals with creative skills to last
  • Use design and arts as a means for change to tackle issues in sanitation and health hazard, encouraging extracurricular participation, and reviving the local art scene
  • 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

Designers & Artists

If you are looking for an opportunity to apply your knowledge or passion in the field of art and design, here it is! With cultural revival being an important element of the entire project, your knowledge is highly valuable!

Women of Hampi

A great opportunity to use your art and design for a change! Transform traditional houses into homestays and cafes along with beautifying them in line with local culture! This initiative is sure to produce a formidable team of artists, designers, and architects.

Micro-enterprise Initiative

You will find plenty of opportunities to create local authentic handicrafts and products for the artisans, helping them with new ideas. At the same time, you get to learn their trade, a prime example of mutual benefit.

Santhe Market

Would it not be great if you were able to create products and sell them to a foreign destination? And this for a social cause. Work alongside local artisans, and get new products to the local market, and see it for yourself if you are any good at sales.

Electric Autos

Another initiative from our side to test your imaginations. You will breathe new life into outdated and newly assembled electric autos with your creativity. Your work will be seen everywhere on the streets of Hampi.

Clean Hampi

Attach your professional skills to an environmental cause. An off-beat project, which definitely piques people’s interest. Paint village walls and other facilities (NO GRAFFITI), and tackle problems related to health and hygiene from a different angle.

Education Transformation

Foray into education, give back to the community. Teach children the basics of design and art, through workshops and after-school lessons. You will make some fond memories as you encourage students to take extra-curricular, a practice that currently lacks importance in the schools of Hampi!

Sustainable Development- The Continuity

The city has a rich legacy. The style of art and architecture is very distinctive, giving rise to an authentic personality of the city. Through our initiatives, we would like to maintain the same.

Equip, not cater- Skills that last

Through this medium, we can make the local artisans independent in terms of thriving in their profession. By grooming them with various design techniques, you can add a new meaning to life for them.

Women’s empowerment- Urgent need

Just like any creative outlet, design and art does not differentiate between genders. It therefore, can act as a great leveller between the two. Let’s utilize this skill to empower the women of Hampi.

Education- Foundation

Education is a powerful tool that we use to change people for the better. But it’s potency can be increased through the application of design and art. Teaching the students about the same, and helping them to hone their skills can transform lives.

New Business- Innovate

Be it converting a traditional house into a homestay, or appealing to the buyers in a market; design and art can play a huge role in facilitation. Apply your proficiency in the local businesses, and improve their current results.

Job Creation- Spillover

The creation of new businesses leads to the creation of new jobs, which provides employment opportunities to the locals. You will be directly facilitating the development of a well oiled local economy.

Improve Sanitation- Quality of Life

Creating and designing works of art, that propagates the importance of proper hygiene and health standards in the society would be very helpful. More and more people will be get attached with the same through this method.

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. 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 project site.

Collaborate with fellow artists and designers into creating something unique. Help in organising an eye-catching market, improve the looks of traditional vehicles, or put a smile in the faces of the local women as you design their dream homestays.

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?


Pick-up from Bangalore airport

Airport pick-up (up to 2 days before the trip)

Qualified project leader and community orientation


24x7 support and backup


3 meals a day

On weekends, only Breakfast is served

Accommodation 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 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 gateways

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 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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