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Hampi, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and described as a “highly evolved multi-religious and multi-ethnic society”, is an ancient city of ruins situated in the south India state of Karnataka . A unique landscape with a lot of historical relevance, it ranked #2 on Lonely Planet’s ‘Must Visit Destinations’ of 2019. However, lack of long term grass roots level policies has prevented Hampi from reaching its true tourism potential. Moreover, human development indices there, such as healthcare, education, employment and equal opportunities do not meet optimal standards.
Our project, Rebuild Hampi: Rural Development Based on Sustainable Tourism, is a multiple stakeholder approach involving local players. In addition to addressing various quality of life parameters, our mission is to put Hampi on everyone’s bucket list, and create a sustainable tourism industry, on which the local community can thrive. And you can be the change makers to help us achieve that!
Therefore, we invite each and every individual, who wants to create a social impact, to join us. Have the adventure of your life as you take part in Rebuild Hampi.
Change begins with an adventure.
- 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
Under Rebuild Hampi: Rural Development based on Sustainable Tourism, we have a variety of initiatives which focuses on various development parameters while testing multiple academic and professional skills
Women of Hampi
You have come here to experience Hampi. Why stay in a hotel, when you can experience the traditional lifestyle of the locals? This initiative is focused on converting the local households into homestays; with the main objective of upscaling local tourism and helping the stay-at-home women hone their skills in hospitality and entrepreneurship.
A lot of exciting work awaits! You will be required to study the local culture and heritage of Hampi. Using your new-found knowledge of local architecture, you will get to redesign existing houses and other facilities to convert them into homestays and cafes!
Design and Art
With your skills and unique viewpoints, you will be able to assist locals realise their visions for their properties. You will be beautifying their establishments, thus making businesses more appealing from a hospitality and tourism perspective.
A huge opportunity for business-related fields! Individuals will help homestay owners by assisting in their daily business operations in addition to formulating sustainable business models. Think of it as your own startup.
The entire project is primarily based on developing the tourism industry, with hospitality skills are at the core of. You will provide training in this field to the locals. Not to mention, personal development.
Are you an avid follower of the world of business? Have you ever seen an entrepreneurial success story and thought, “Damn, I wish that was me.”? Well, here’s your chance. One of the goals of this initiative is to infuse a sense of entrepreneurship within the community by developing microenterprises at the grassroot level, as well as working with existing businesses.
Individuals with business-related backgrounds will create case studies, and provide solutions to existing businesses with slow growth, in addition to developing new grassroots level micro-enterprises.
Design and Art
Unleash your creative side in order to help local artisan businesses develop diverse product offerings. Create authentic products, train the locals, set up the working process, and ultimately help these creative businesses with a range of offerings.
Power Up Hampi
Just like most of rural India, Hampi too suffers from irregular electric supply and power cuts. This initiative is aimed at improving the electrical supply in Hampi while moving towards renewable energy. Let’s modernise Hampi the clean way.
While the objective is to tackle the shortage of electrical supply, it is important that the current electricity is substituted by the adoption of renewable energy.The opportunity to mix traditional core engineering and emerging technologies is huge!
The most common mode of transport in Hampi are autos (tuk-tuk). Certainly a fun way to get about, but not particularly eco-friendly. This initiative hopes to replace the autos running on conventional energy with more sustainable options. t We also aim to encourage women into employment.
Design and Art
Responsible for adding the finishing touches to the vehicles! Use your imagination to increase the face value of these ‘fun rides’; take your most creative ideas and turn them into reality.
Time to put your skills to the test! Follow appropriate engineering techniques to design, assemble and build electric autos and their charging units. You will also use your technical knowledge to train the drivers to charge and maintain these units.
Open defecation, unregulated dumping of waste, no waste management system. Nobody likes that. Through this initiative, let us tackle the problems relating to sanitation and hygiene. Educate the masses through awareness campaigns, building technologies and any other tools that you have to offer.
Design and Art
Travel back in time, as you witness an outdated sanitation map which was designed back in 2006 by the United Nations. Implement the plan, and upgrade if required. Become a part of a widespread plan to repaint the village walls and raise awareness for better sanitation.
Apply what you learned at college and from your various mentors as you work towards improving the sanitation system. Implement new ideas or improve conventional ones like waste composting, biogas power generation, reducing vehicle emissions.
Individuals with a background in education and teaching will be responsible for leading outreach campaigns for health and hygiene awareness. You will need to do this through unique educational methodologies so that there is a lasting impact amongst the local community.
The history of agriculture dates back thousands of years, when its development transformed our hunter-gatherer ancestors’ way of life. But recent years have seen a fall in Hampi’s agricultural output due to inadequate resources and practices. This initiative is aimed at improving agricultural output and productivity using technology and new business models.
You will conduct historical case studies of the farming industry as a whole, and learn about the slowdown in the local industry. Draw up new models, routes to market and sustainable supply chains.
Responsibilities will involve building a variety of different agricultural technologies. Anything from soil composition systems, to water conservation structures for farmers such as grassed waterways, grade stabilisation structures, flood prevention dams, terraces, animal waste and housing facilities.
Individuals with experience in agricultural science are essential for this project to succeed. You will introduce newer and more efficient methods of organic farming which will ensure sustenance farming in addition to boosting income from agriculture.
This initiative aims to create a new model of education in the government schools to encourage practical learning, creativity, and overall development by focusing on both the students and teachers.
Design and Art
We need artists and designers to provide students with lessons on art and design in the form of workshops and after school lessons. Additionally, you will also be beautifying school premises to encourage creativity and holistic development.
With your experience, training, and passion for education, you will be responsible for equipping the local teachers with new teaching and monitoring techniques to improve their proficiency. You will also encourage the students to take up extracurricular activities and promote wellness through various ‘‘outside the classroom’’ programs and activities.
Add colour to the evenings of Hampi! Santhe,’Moon market’; is an initiative to bring back a local evening bazaar selling local handicrafts and cuisine, with the view of adding more to Hampi's tourism potential.
Whether you are an economist, a banker, a consultant or a student, use your analytical, marketing and business development skills to create a model for this initiative, all while making sure that the participating businesses reap the benefits.
Architecture fanatics will be responsible for consulting with the local community based on their business interests and sustainably design food, crafts and other stalls and kiosks items that showcase local heritage and culture.
Design and Art
A great opportunity to show your creative flair! Through this initiative, you will help the participating creative businesses by developing a wide variety of authentic products, in addition to designing their stalls and kiosks.
Rebuild Hampi has multiple initiatives which possesses scope for individuals from multiple disciplines to your skills, passion, experience or a simple motivation to learn
Join us as you apply your experience to empower the locals, especially women, with skills to last.
Women of Hampi
Good exposure for individuals willing to know more about hospitality as a sector. You start at the extreme grassroots level. As you convert homes into homestays and cafes; understand the concept of hospitality, and teach it to the locals.
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.
From rural electrification to agro-tech and sanitation to health, this is your opportunity to showcase your practical innovation.
Power up Hampi
In this initiative, you have a major role to play. You will be in charge of creating technologies that generate electricity, using alternative sources of energy such as renewable motor grids, solar lighting microenterprises, biogas plants, hydropower, and any other ideas which you can bring to the table.
You will build and introduce innovative agro-tech such as grassed waterways, grade stabilisation structures, flood prevention dams, terraces, animal waste, and housing facilities to support the local farmers and improve their agricultural output.
Improve Hampi’s sanitation mechanisms by implementing new ideas to improve on conventional methods. Think waste composting, biogas power generation, and reducing vehicle emissions. Help draw up new sanitation and drainage maps and design various other facilities.
Build your portfolios by using appropriate engineering techniques to design, assemble, and build electric autos and their charging units.
Use your analytical, research and numeral skills to formulate new businesses and cooperatives.
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.
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.
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.
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 apply your analytical skills in a real-life scenario.
Transfer local heritage and culture using your creativity and implement new aesthetic ideas.
Women of Hampi
This particular project offers you freedom of expression, by allowing you to renovate existing Hampi houses into homestays and cafes based on an in depth study of the local culture and heritage and recommendation by the owners.
Architecture fanatics will love this project. You get to design stalls and kiosks that are going to be set in the Santhe Market. Using your own skills, you will make a difference in the lives of many
Art & Design
Use design and art as means for revival of local creative scenes and sustainable change.
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.
You will find plenty of opportunity 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.
Would it not be great if you were able to create products and sell them in 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.
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.
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.
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 which currently lacks importance in the schools of Hampi!
Help the local farmers, by using your expertise and knowledge with an emphasis on organic farming.
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.
An opportunity to work in project planning and its operation, similar to a 3rd sector role.
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.
For teachers and educators who want to transfer their skills to empower local teachers and students.
Link yourselves to an environmental cause. You will have the opportunity to come up with campaigns that make the community cleaner and more responsive to their health and hygiene requirements. Launch and lead unique outreach programs, in a mission to create a lasting impact! Challenging, but powerful.
Work alongside local teachers and help them by equipping them with the right teaching tools and monitoring techniques. You will also have the opportunity to create programs and activities for students which will facilitate their overall development.
Use creative ideas to market Hampi to the rest of the world using content and strategy
Interested individuals can sign up for a marketing role in this project. You will be primarily marketing Hampi as a tourist destination. Along the same lines, you will be responsible for marketing all the initiatives that come under Rebuild Hampi. You will be responsible for content creation, video making, PR and digital marketing. However, more innovative methods are always welcome!
The project entails scope for two way progress as we focus on the development of both you, the participant, and the host community we serve
Sustainable development – continuity
We are filled with the strong desire to make our volunteers’ efforts worth it. Hence, our volunteers and team make sure that the initiatives are constantly developing with time.
Equip not cater – skills that last
Charity creates dependency. We, on the other hand, want to create change which lasts. Our initiatives are designed so that the locals equip themselves with skills which make them self sustainable.
Women’s empowerment – urgent need
Just like the rest of India, Hampi suffers from gender inequality. This project is designed to provide new opportunities to women to work and earn a living,
all without completely disrupting their current lifestyle and practices.
Education – foundation
Knowledge, A powerful tool that we use to change people for the better. It is not only conventionally limited to school teachings. You will run various campaigns, both for school goers and the wider community.
New businesses – innovate
We do not believe that start-up ventures can only be for urban life. You will provide the tools to the people, in order to create newer business. Be it a grocery shop, or a service facility centre for farmers; we cover it all.
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.
Apply your academic or professional experiences to develop them further for an enriching and rewarding experience which will reflect on your resume.
Improve sanitation – quality of life
Clean Hampi, and Power Hampi. These are our two major initiatives focused on improving residents’ overall quality of life by focusing on health and hygiene.
New tech – efficiency
Through the advent of alternative sources of energy, agro-tech and more, you will introduce new technologies to empower the local community in ways that will make their daily lives easier.
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
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.
With respect to your project chosen and team allotted, work with your fellow collaborators coming from such diverse backgrounds.
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
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 – https://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 gateways
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 40C. From October onwards the temperatures start going down averaging around 25 C during the day.