Sikerei photos kindly by @asworldsdivide

mystical migration

10 days
23 Mar - 2 apr, 2018

Spots: 7+ available

The Mentawai appears, when looking at it from the seat of a traditional dugout canoe, like an enchanted land. A heavily forested archipelago of dense jungles, unique fauna and flora that are often exposed to some of the most perfect waves in the world.

It is thought that the Mentawai archipelago separated from Sumatra some 500,000 years ago, resulting in a unique biodiversity, remote world class waves and mystically resilient people.

Through our travels, we let a lot of extraordinary landscapes vanish into a blur outside the windows. One moment present, the other, gone. On this journey, you will enter a realm vastly different from your typical holiday, in some of the most pristine, undeveloped places.

This experience will be physically challenging, mentally stimulating and spiritually abundant. You will be exposed to the true wilderness of the Indonesian jungle and all its glory.

Together with our fantastic partners, you will have the unique opportunity to use our Brainmelt challenge-solving method to create tangible, positive change with a passionate team of creative and innovative individuals.

 

 

The Indonesian Student Scholarship will open soon! 

 
 
 

it is our mission to curate extraordinary
expeditions that enhance earth and self.


IS THIS FOR ME?

VOPO Expeditions invite participants from all walks of life. Whether you bring multiple qualifications, practical experience or enthusiasm, we extend this experience to everyone.

One critical factor is openness. The Mentawais are considered remote. Together, we will embrace the simplistic beauty of life. You won't get high-speed internet, but you will access a new world of connection and insight.

 

Agenda

10 days, round trip across the wild elements the Mentawais archipelago has to offer.

Gain a deeper understanding of ecology, sustainable design and human psychology. As a participant, you will have the opportunity to showcase your knowledge around a nominated topic. We will capture data, work with local pioneers and learn from guest speakers & NGOs to together develop a critical sustainability strategy for the Mentawai region.

  • Domestic flights, boat and van transfers plus
  • All accommodation (Padang, Muara Siberut mystical migration, Palau Masokut & Silabok exclusive retreat)
  • Secret surf boat voyage to best breaks
  • Yoga and meditation in the islands
  • Guided treks and informative sessions
  • Exceptional free diving and snorkeling
  • VOPO Brainmelt intellectual series, inc surprise guest speakers
  • Local, delicious cuisine catered for all meals
  • Complimentary spirits at the retreats
  • Professional photographer & videographer
  • Carbon offsetting

*Excludes international flights, travel insurance & scuba diving (request at competitive price)


FIELD Research

As part of the VOPO X Mentawai package, we will provide our participants with the documentary As Worlds Divide. It will provide incredible context and background to the social-political challenges faced in the region.

Filmed over an 8-year period, the doco will take you through an intimate journey inside the life of the indigenous Mentawai people who are loosing their connection with their land and culture.

 

The Expeditions

VOPO Expeditions were conceptualised to address social and environmental challenges, by bringing skilled humans, adventurers & innovative minds together from across the world for an experience like no other. The itinerary is designed to connect, intellectually stimulate and inspire new ways of tackling some of the worlds biggest feats. All in a pristine setting with the wisdom of locals and curious company who are eager to dive deep, get exploring and bask in the glory of nature. 

The Process

Scout Behind the scenes, we spend 6 to 12 months scouting, engaging, researching and designing your next expedition through in-depth partnerships.

Scout
Behind the scenes, we spend 6 to 12 months scouting, engaging, researching and designing your next expedition through in-depth partnerships.

Choose Check out the adventures, select the one that suits you best. Our tailored expeditions accommodate to unique requirements.

Choose
Check out the adventures, select the one that suits you best. Our tailored expeditions accommodate to unique requirements.

Embark Take an epic adventure with a team of global pioneers to some of the worlds most naturally abundant and culturally diverse places.

Embark
Take an epic adventure with a team of global pioneers to some of the worlds most naturally abundant and culturally diverse places.

Create Meet local leaders in sustainability, collaborate and work with the team to create a solution to a pressing challenge, fast.

Create
Meet local leaders in sustainability, collaborate and work with the team to create a solution to a pressing challenge, fast.

what will you go home with?

A once in a life time and memorable adventure, a global network of fearless, innovative and creative minds &
the tools to solve social and environmental challenges using our Brainmelt method.


Sustainability

As air travel is a huge contributor to environmental degradation, our team are currently focused on calculating our carbon footprint. For which, we are developing a method to account for the impact of all miles (revealed soon). We also respect our role as guests in each host country, knowing that long-term strong partnerships are imperative to sustainable outcomes and allow us to be responsive to the genuine goals of the region. VOPO also devote a portion of Expedition places to local scholarship participants, a measure that maximises accessibility. This is also key to our mission, exploring unintended consequences and addressing systems rather than symptoms. Additionally, we stay at locations that are off the grid, investing in local employment, with a commitment towards conservation and in harmony with nature.

See our Sustainability Policy.

 

may challenge your comforts. 
what you discover outside that zone, 
could change your life forever.
 

 
 


open your mind to what you can offer and see what magic the planet gives back to you.