Heritage restoration and conservation

Protection of the World Heritage Site at Hampi
Hampi, Karnataka, India       June 12 - June 25, 2017

Volunteer project: Located in the central part of the state of Karnataka, in the southern part of India, Hampi is definitely one of the most interesting travel destinations on the map of India. It is famous for its ruins belonging to the erstwhile medieval Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar, now declared a UNESCO World Heritage site. The temples of Hampi, its monolithic sculptures and monuments are breathtaking. The Hindu style of architecture found at Hampi speaks of the splendor of the Vijayanagar Empire.

Hampi attracts thousands of tourists and pilgrims every year. Vast stretches of boulder-strewn hills make the backdrop of Hampi unique. Dotted around the hills and valleys are over 500 monuments. Among them are beautiful temples, basement of palaces, remains of aquatic structures, ancient market streets, royal pavilions, bastions, royal platforms, treasury buildings, etc. Hampi is a backpacker’s paradise - every monument hides more than it reveals.

The project in Hampi will focus on the protection of the cultural heritage and the sites of historical importance and on creating awareness among the locals, school children, tour guides and tourists. We've been running the projects in Hampi for the past 9 years with the cooperation of UNESCO World Heritage Centre, the Archaeological Survey of India and local associations.

The international volunteers will take part in the following activities:
• An introductory session with archaeology and heritage conservation officials
• Clean-up activities around the monuments in Hampi
• Planting trees
• Awareness Walk and Street Play with locals
• Organizing a Drawing competition for the school children and opening it up to local people by setting up an open gallery

Leisure activities: Cultural visit to the sites and temples, interacting with the school children and local community. The volunteers will also participate in local festivals that happen during the days of the project.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guest house, in shared rooms.

Location: Hampi is located in the state of Karnataka, 350 km north of Bangalore and 13 km from Hospet. Hampi is accessible by bus from Bangalore and Goa. The nearest railway station is in Hospet. The nearest international airports are Bangalore, Mumbai and Panjim.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 15,000 Indian Rupees (about $225 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Restoration and preservation of the cultural landscape of Hebron and Bethlehem
Hebron and Bethlehem, Palestine       July 1 - July 10, 2017

Volunteer project: Volunteers in this project will conduct renovation work in Bethlehem, as well as in nearby Battir, an ancient village that has recently been added to the UNESCO World Heritage Program. The project will also include one day in the Old City of Hebron, where volunteers will carry out renovation work and will visit a local children’s club.

Battir is an ancient village with wonderful landscape and nature, just outside the town of Bethlehem, which has been inhabited since the Iron Age. Battir has a unique irrigation system that utilizes man-made terraces and a system of manually diverting water via sluice gates. The old monuments and water canals of Battir date back to thousands of years, and the landscape resembles the one of the Babylon gardens.

The work will include the following activities:
- Planting trees in different places in Hebron, visiting villages around Hebron city and helping them rehabilitate their lands
- Fun activities with children attending summer camps
- Tours around the old cities of Hebron and Bethlehem: painting, cleaning, and renovating old places
- Renovation work within the village of Battir, including its ancient water canals. This special ancient water system is connected to several natural water sources.
- Assisting the rebuilding of a wall in Battir that leads to an ancient water cistern at the edge of the village. This wall will help locals and visitors reach the water cistern, establishing it as a tourist attraction.
- Renovation work in several locations beside the railway line that was established in the Ottoman Empire and that connected Turkey to Palestine.

Language: English

Cultural activities: The afternoons will be dedicated to a program of educational activities. The aim is to expose volunteers to the reality of life in Palestine. The program will educate volunteers on Palestinian culture and history, and the history of the conflict in the region. The program will include lectures, documentaries, visits to refugee camps in the Bethlehem area and tours of other places of interest. The program will provide many opportunities for interaction with locals. Volunteers will have the opportunity to speak with Palestinian activists and to ask whatever questions they have about the situation in Palestine.

Accommodation: The volunteers will be hosted in an apartment in Bethlehem.

Location: Hebron and Bethlehem

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 300 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Heritage conservation and awareness campaign in the ancient Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India       July 24 - August 6, 2017

Volunteer project: Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram, is an ancient historic town famous for its stone carvings and cave temples. It was a bustling sea port - ancient Indian traders who went to countries of south-east Asia sailed from the sea port of Mahablipuram. The structures here, mostly carved straight out of granite, are among the oldest existing examples of Dravidian (South Indian) architecture. Mahabalipuram was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984.

The main objective of the project in Mahabalipuram is to spark interest among the local community by involving students and international volunteers in activities that promote sensitivity and respect towards the World Heritage site. The project in Mahabalipuram will focus on the protection of the cultural heritage and the sites of historical importance and on creating awareness among the locals, school children, college students, tour guides and tourists.

The international volunteers will take part in the following activities:
• Promoting heritage conservation
• Awareness Walk and Street Play with college students and locals
• Tree planting
• Promotion of the Young Guardian Club to encourage active youth participation
• Discussions with college students on the issues of heritage protection and conservation
• Learning sculpture

Leisure activities: Visiting heritage, cultural and religious sites, intercultural exchange with the fishermen community, interaction with college students.

Language: English

Accommodation: In a guest house, in shared rooms.

Location: Mahabalipuram is located in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, 60 km from Chennai and 100 km from Pondicherry. Mahabalipuram is accessible by bus from Chennai, Bangalore and Pondicherry. There are domestic and international airports in Bangalore and Chennai.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 15,000 Indian Rupees (about $225 US)
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Restoration and preservation of Prambanan World Heritage site
Klaten, Central Java, Indonesia       August 7 - August 18, 2017

Volunteer project: This project follows an important global initiative for preservation of World Heritage sites since 2008. Arriving from all across the world, the volunteers will discuss issues related to world heritage and cultural diversity while actively engaging in the preservation of World Heritage sites.
Prambanan temple compounds is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia which is one of the largest temple compounds in Southeast Asia. It was built in the 9th century dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities (Shiva, Wishnu and Brahma). The Prambanan temple compounds consist of Prambanan temple (also called Loro Jonggrang), Sewu temple, Bubrah temple and Lumbung temple with a total of about 240 temples. The temples were damaged by the earthquake in 2006 and volcano ashes from Kelud mountain eruption in 2014.

The volunteers will be introduced to the World Heritage Centre’s activities and campaign, as well as the history and dynamics of World Heritage sites worldwide. The Heritage Centre renders a symbolic dimension to heritage through debates and reflections, contributes to the restoration and preservation of cultural heritage, and improves accessibility and availability of information. The Centre also raises the awareness of the local population by creating a sense of ownership and identification. It also promotes cultural heritage among international volunteers and organizations.

The volunteers will work on restoration projects in the Prambanan temples. Before the restoration work begins, the volunteers will have a one-day orientation. This orientation will teach participants how to perform restoration work and will provide information about the history of the temple. This is a truly educational process, which will enrich the volunteers with cultural understanding and a lot of knowledge about the temples and the process of restoration.

Since the volunteers will be living in the local community of Bugisan, they will also engage in activities with the students of the local school. Volunteers will help promote preservation of the temples and do some activities like student competitions, culture exchange, etc. The volunteers will also campaign about world heritage preservation and preservation of Prambanan Temple in particular among the local community and visitors to the world heritage site.

Study theme: The volunteers will be introduced to Prambanan temple compounds and will learn about the value of history and culture. They will learn why and how this temple was built long time ago by visiting temples and heritage sites around. The volunteers will also be introduced to the Indonesian culture and customs in general, with a special focus on the Javanese particularities. Some cultural visits are also foreseen.

Leisure time: Visiting the nearby World Heritage site, the temples of Prambanan and/or Yogyakarta City.

Language: English

Accommodation: The volunteers will be accommodated in Indonesian host families (basic conditions, sleeping bag and mat needed).

Location: Bugisan Village is located in Klaten regency, 25 km east of Yogyakarta.

Terminal: Adisutjipto International Airport (JOG), Yogyakarta or Yogyakarta Railway Station

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 240 Euro
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Help preserve Prambanan World Heritage and experience traditional Bali culture
Central Java and Bali Island, Indonesia       August 21 - August 31, 2017

Volunteer project: Prambanan temple compounds is a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Indonesia which is one of the largest temple compounds in Southeast Asia. It was built in the 9th century dedicated to the three great Hindu divinities (Shiva, Wishnu and Brahma). The Prambanan temple compounds consists of Prambanan temple (also called Loro Jonggrang), Sewu temple, Bubrah temple and Lumbung temple with a total of about 240 temples. The temples were damaged by the earthquake in 2006 and volcano ashes from Kelud mountain eruption in 2014.
In collaboration with Central Java Archeological Site Management, volunteers from all over the world will come together to help to preserve and restore the temple. We will conduct a heritage project in Plaosan Temple which also belongs to Prambanan temple compounds. The volunteers will be introduced to the World Heritage Centre’s activities and campaign, as well as the history and dynamics of World Heritage sites worldwide. The Heritage Centre renders a symbolic dimension to heritage through debates and reflections, contributes to the restoration and preservation of cultural heritage, and improves accessibility and availability of information. The Centre also raises the awareness of the local population by creating a sense of ownership and identification. It also promotes cultural heritage among international volunteers and organizations.

Bali, also known as the island of gods, is a wonderful place with rich culture and nature. Many people from around the world travel to Bali to see the beautiful nature and to learn about its fascinating culture, traditional dance and music. The nature itself is amazing with the rainforest and the terraced rice paddies with the special irrigation system called Subak as intangible UNESCO world heritage. The volunteers will be introduced to the local knowledge in protecting and conserving the local culture and nature.

In the first week, the volunteers will be involved in restoration work at Plaosan temple. They will have a one-day orientation about how to do the restoration and will be given information about the history of the temple, so that they can gain a real knowledge about the temples and the restoration process. As the volunteers live in the local community of Bugisan village, they will also have activities in the school with the local students. They will promote the preservation of the temples among the students and will organize some activities like teaching, playing games, cultural exchange, etc. The volunteers will also campaign about world heritage preservation among the local community and visitors to the world heritage site and especially the Prambanan temple compounds.

On the 9th day, the volunteers will move to Bali by airplane to take part in cultural activities. They will get introduction about the traditions and culture of Bali in general. In the village, the participants will interact with local people, will learn and practice local traditions and customs, and will support the local people in their work to protect and conserve the local culture.

Study theme: In the first week, the volunteers will be introduced to Prambanan temple compounds and will learn about the value of history and culture. They will learn why and how this temple was built long time ago by visiting temples and heritages sites around. While in Bali, the volunteers will be introduced to the rich local culture and nature. They will interact with local people and will learn about the importance of local culture.

Leisure time: The volunteers will visit the nearby World Heritage Site and temples of Prambanan and/or Yogyakarta City. During the free time in Bali, the volunteers will have the chance to visit diverse and exciting attractions which are known all over the world. The volunteers may visit beaches, a handicraft centre or a traditional market.

Language: English

Accommodation: In the first week, the volunteers will be accommodated in host families (basic conditions, sleeping bag and mat needed) nearby the temple. While in Bali, the volunteers will stay in a typical local accommodation.

Location: Bugisan village in Klaten regency, 25 km east of Yogyakarta and Bali Island.

Terminal: The volunteers should arrive at Adisucipto International Airport (JOG), Yogyakarta and depart from Ngurah Rai International Airport (DPS), Denpasar, Bali.

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 430 Euro
The fee includes one way domestic flight ticket from Yogyakarta to Denpasar, Bali.
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Historic heritage of Buganda kingdom
Kasubi, Kampala district, Uganda       1 - 12 months

Volunteer project: The Buganda kingdom dates 200 years back and has a very rich history. One of the outstanding treasures of Buganda is the Kasubi Tombs which were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In 2010 some parts of the site were almost completely destroyed by a fire. After this tragedy, the Buganda Kingdom has vowed to rebuild the tombs of their kings, and the kingdom is looking for motivated volunteers to help rebuild the former glory of the kingdom by conserving, protecting and promoting the heritage site in all aspects. The Kasubi Tombs is the only Heritage Site of its kind in Uganda. The volunteers will be partnering with the kingdom to rebuild, restore, and document some of the activities of a two decade legacy.

Volunteer tasks include: restoration, promotion and protection of cultural values and sites; intercultural exchange; social work; educational support; raising awareness; guiding and counseling; tree planting.

Study theme: Protection, preservation and promotion of historic heritage, sustainable tourism and improving the livelihoods of local communities.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 12 months. The program is running throughout the year.

Accommodation: Accommodation will be in a host family or a group accommodation on site.

Location: The site is located in the Central region of Uganda, Kampala district, which surrounds the capital city.

Age range: 19 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 300 Euro for 1 month; 450 Euro for 1-3 months; 750 Euro for 3-6 months; 900 Euro for 6-9 months; 1200 Euro for 9-12 months;
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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Support the Management Boards of UNESCO Protected Sites in Vietnam
Vietnam       2 - 12 months

Volunteer project: Placement on this project can be on one of 8 UNESCO protected sites in Vietnam:
• My Son World Heritage site
• Can Gio Biosphere Reserve
• Western Nghe An Biosphere Reserve
• Dong Van Global Karst Plateau Geopark
• Lower U Minh Ha National Park (under Mui Ca Mau Biosphere Reserve)
• Cat Tien National Park (under Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve)
• Dong Nai Culture and Nature Reserve (under Dong Nai Biosphere Reserve)
• Citadel of the Ho Dynasty

The volunteers will support the staff of the site management board. Volunteers' tasks include: giving English training course to the staff and the local community; conducting research about sustainable tourism development and management, and protection of the tropical forests; writing handbooks, leaflets and guidebooks…

Special requirements: Background/experience in environmental management, heritage management or tourism management is preferred.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 2-12 months

Accommodation: Volunteers will be provided with accommodation at the site. They need to bring a sleeping bag.

Location: Ha Giang Province, Nghe An Province, Quang Nam Province, Ho Chi Minh City, Thanh Hoa province, Ca Mau Province, Dong Nai Province, and Quang Ninh Province.

Terminal: depends on the site

Age range: 21 and over

Participation fee: $690 CAD (about $510 US)

Extra fee: 7,500,000 VND (about 300 Euro)/month
The extra fee is intended to support the local host of the project who does not have sufficient funds. It is due upon arrival.

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