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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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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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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