UNESCO WHV 2022 – Let’s Heritage
at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, Mumbai, India
The WHV Initiative was launched in 2008 to encourage young people to undertake concrete actions and play an active role in the protection, preservation and promotion of World Heritage. It consists of action camp projects organized by organizations or institutions, involving national and international volunteers in awareness-raising and hands on activities. These projects are implemented in cooperation with multiple stakeholders and partners, including the local communities, who work together towards the preservation of our common cultural and natural heritage.
The World Heritage Volunteers Initiative is led by the UNESCO World Heritage Centre in collaboration with the Coordinating Committee for International Voluntary Service- CCIVS (WHV global coordinator, regional coordinator for Africa, Arab States, Europe and North America, and Latin America and the Caribbean) and Better World (regional coordinator for Asia and the Pacific). 58 action camp projects will be implemented from June to December 2022 at 55 World Heritage properties and sites on the Tentative Lists, by 44 organizations in 29 countries around the globe.
The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, formerly known as Victoria Terminus Station, in Mumbai, is an outstanding example of Victorian Gothic Revival architecture in India, blended with themes deriving from Indian traditional architecture. The building, became the symbol of Bombay as the ‘Gothic City’ and the major international mercantile port of India. It is an outstanding example of the meeting of two cultures, as British architects worked with Indian craftsmen to include Indian architectural tradition and idioms thus forging a new style unique to Bombay.
The project is part of a nationwide, four-sites campaign extending the outreach of the first ‘Let’s Heritage’ program, implemented in 2017 by the Elixir Foundation at Raniki-Vav. Running for the fourth year at Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, it aims at promoting heritage preservation among youth and local communities, documenting and spreading examples of active participation, stimulating a sense of responsibility and connecting international and local people with the site management and conservation authorities.
The volunteers will organize and take part in different awareness raising actions, from a heritage walk to classes, quizzes, treasure hunts and art performances with local youth, school students and community representatives. They will also organize cleanup, painting and photo contexts and promote the site and youth involvement in heritage protection across different social media.
To be a part of the esteemed WHV Project of UNESCO.
Develop your Heritage Quotient.
Meet Heritage Experts.
Work together with Global Participants.
Build a network with the community.
Explore Indian Culture, Heritage and Architecture.
Participant must be 16-35 years old.
Participant has to be involved in the entire time frame of the program.
Participant must be enthusiastic to explore heritage conservation and promotion at the
World Heritage Site.
Eligible Regions: Open for All
Dates: 17 – 26 December 2022
Participation Fees: (The Participation fees include – Accommodation, Meals and Local Travel during the entire program)
INR 15000 for Indian Nationals
USD 300 for Foreign Nationals
Registration Link: http://bit.ly/unescowhv
Deadline for Application: 05 December 2022
Reference Link to UNESCO Website: https://whc.unesco.org/en/volunteers2022/
Note: Considering the current COVID-19 pandemic situation, the program will have all health precautions and measures as per the Gujarat Government Guidelines which will also be extended to all participating delegates.