UNESCO WHV 2022 – Let’s Heritage at Rani-Ki-Vav, India

UNESCO WHV 2022 – Let’s Heritage
at Rani-Ki-Vav, 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 WHV 2022 projects will provide empowering and enriching opportunities to young people and enable them to go beyond borders to some of the most outstanding places in the world. National and international volunteers will work together with the local communities to preserve our common cultural and natural heritage, through concrete hands-on and awareness-raising activities.


Rani-ki-Vav is an exceptional example of a distinctive form of subterranean water architecture of the Indian subcontinent, the stepwell. Initially built as a memorial in the 11th century CE, it was constructed as a religious and functional structure and designed as an inverted temple highlighting the sanctity of water.

The project is the pioneer of a nationwide; four-site campaign extending the outreach of the first ‘Let’s Heritage’ project. It aims to promote 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 participants will organize and take part in different awareness-raising actions, from heritage walks, heritage workshops, study visits, cultural evenings, networking, conservation dialogues, socializing, and exploring local cuisine, paintings and performing arts with local youth, school students and community representatives. They will also document the whole program activities to promote the site and youth involvement in heritage protection & conservation across different social media platforms, scheduled visits to various heritage sites across the city, and handicrafts and museum visits. The heritage expert Talk will feature experts delivering insights about Indian Heritage.


  • To be a part of the esteemed WHV Project of UNESCO

  • Develop your Heritage Quotient

  • Meet Heritage Experts

  • International Certification

  • Work together with Global Participants

  • Build a network with the community

  • Explore Indian Culture, Heritage and Architecture


  • Participants must be 16 – 35 years old.

  • Participant has to be involved in the entire time frame of the program.

  • Participants must be enthusiastic to explore heritage conservation and promotion at the World Heritage Site

Eligible Regions: Open for All

Dates: 12 – 21 November 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 November 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.

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