Heritage restoration and conservation

Help preserve Prambanan World Heritage and experience traditional Bali culture
Klaten, Central Java and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia       January 16 - January 27, 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 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.
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 information about the history of the temple, so that they can learn 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 day 8th, the volunteers will move to Bali by airplane to take part in cultural activities in Ubud. They will get introduction about the traditions and culture of Ubud and 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. To complete the cultural activity and learning part of the program, the volunteers will have cooking exchange as a way to learn about the different cultures represented in the group.

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 the town of Ubud, in the uplands of Bali.

Terminal: Klaten

Age range: 18 and over

Extra fee: 490 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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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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Volunteer program at Fort Jesus World Heritage Site
Mombasa, Coast province, Kenya       1 - 6 months

Volunteer project: Fort Jesus is a Portuguese fort built in Mombasa between 1593 and 1596 and is considered one of the most exceptional and well preserved examples of 16th century Portuguese military fortifications in the world. The site chosen was a coral cliff high over the Mombasa harbor. It was built in the shape of a man as he could be viewed from the air, and was given the name of Jesus. Today the majestic Fort Jesus provides a fantastic introduction to the history of Mombasa and the wars that took place between the Muslim Arabs and the Christian Europeans for control over the Indian Ocean trade. The fort is one of Kenya's most remarkable and highly valued Monuments of all time and in 2011 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The fort has a museum that displays various finds from archaeological excavations at Fort Jesus, Gede, Manda, Ungwana and other sites.

This project is organised together with Fort Jesus National Museum. Upon arrival, the volunteers will receive an orientation and briefing by the project officer. The volunteers will be involved in most aspects of the work of the Museum such as historic preservation, documentation and data collection, educating the local people of the importance of the historic heritage and eco-system, marketing, research.

The volunteers will work 5 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

Leisure activities: Excursions to Haller Park and beaches during the weekends.

Special requirements: Conservationists, environmentalists, archeologists, anthropologists (students and graduates) are welcome to this project. However, we have an open policy and applicants with other experience and ideas to share are also welcome to apply and will be considered. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 6 months. The program is running from February to November.

Orientation: Orientation meeting will take place in Nairobi before proceeding to the project.

Accommodation: At a host family. Please note that you will share the typical living conditions of a Kenyan family. There is electricity, shower and tap water at the accommodation.

Location: Mombasa is located in the Southern part of Kenya, approximately 8 hours drive from Nairobi. Transport to the project will be by public transport. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Mombasa, 20 minutes drive from the project site.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 21 and over

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

Extra fee: 320 Euro per 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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Volunteer program at Malindi Museum
Malindi, Coast province, Kenya       1 - 6 months

Volunteer project: Malindi is literally two towns in one - a historic Swahili town dating back to the 12th century and a modern tourist center with resorts, shopping and white sandy beaches. Built in last quarter of the 19th century along the seafront, the charming House of Columns building that houses the Malindi Museum is a double story building with a roof terrace covered in tiles. Located a few metres from the Malindi jetty and fish market, the building is believed to have been built by local traders and acted as a hospital until 1952 and then as the Malindi Fisheries Office. Then it was handed over to the National Museums of Kenya in 1999.
Malindi Museum currently houses a library and a number of exhibitions. Exhibits include wooden grave posts of the Gohu people, information about Vasco de Gama and his arrival in 1498, and a number of different photographs and objects that relate to Malindi’s colonial past.

This project is organised together with the Malindi Museum. Upon arrival, the volunteers will receive an orientation and briefing by the project officer. The volunteers will be involved in most aspects of the work of the Museum such as historic preservation, documentation and data analysis and collection, educating the local people of the importance of the historic heritage and eco-system, marketing, research.

The volunteers will work 5 hours in the morning and 3 hours in the afternoon. Saturday and Sunday are free. Sometimes, depending on the nature of work, the time can be extended.

Leisure activities: Excursions to Haller Park and beaches during the weekends.

Special requirements: Conservationists, environmentalists, anthropologists (students and graduates) are welcome to this project. However, we have an open policy and applicants with other experience and ideas to share are also welcome to apply and will be considered. Participants should have a positive attitude, be ready to adopt and enjoy simple living conditions, be flexible and patient.

Language: English

Duration of the project: 1 to 6 months. The program is running from February to November.

Orientation: Orientation meeting will take place in Nairobi before proceeding to the project.

Accommodation: At a host family. Please note that you will share the typical living conditions of a Kenyan family. There is electricity, shower and tap water at the accommodation.

Location: Malindi is located in the Southern part of Kenya, approximately 11 hours drive from Nairobi. Transport to the project will be by public means. The closest Hospital, Markets, Post Office, Banks (ATMs), Internet and other social facilities are located in Malindi, 20 minutes drive from the project site.

Terminal: Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi

Age range: 21 and over

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

Extra fee: 320 Euro per 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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