The Mentawai islands of #Indonesia appears, when looking at them from the seat of a traditional dugout canoe, like an enchanted land. A heavily forested archipelago of dense jungles, unique fauna and flora inhabited by an ancient traditional animist culture that is often gifted with some of the most perfect waves in the world.
A major issue in this paradise is the lack of waste management infrastructure, systems and education. Indonesian society has become culturally dependent on disposable products packaged in plastic. The combination of a lack of waste infrastructure and the large demand for plastic products creates a catastrophic problem. Both communities and the ocean are becoming littered and filled with plastic trash. During this expedition, you will join a team of skilled, adventurous and passionate humans ready to undertake an epic project to directly enhance tribal communities, reduce plastic waste from entering the oceans and experience a trip only dreams are made of. Most importantly, you will work directly with local NGOs and stay with Mentawai owned and run eco-retreats to promote sustainable income and a thriving wild environment.
Join us for a 10 day Expedition, where you will be intimately connected to Mentawai ancient wisdom and culture. Guided through a curated experience that deep dives into ecology, economics and politics. Spoilt with perfect little barrels, ocean pools for free-diving sessions and jungle treks that will keep you occupied when you're not immersed in the facets of implementing the exciting second stage of #RoguePlastic.
DEC 4-14 2018
3 SPOTS LEFT
If you wish to join this exclusive journey, book quick!
Sikerei photos kindly by @asworldsdivide
During this expedition you will directly help to:
(1) Test the Feasibility of Waste-to-Energy Microplants that can turn plastic waste into safe drinking water.
(2) Provide Waste Education program that uses traditional indigenous knowledge to schools and villages.
(3) Workshop with local scientists, government officials and businesses in the topics of waste & resource recovery.
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™ and Wildesign™ challenge-solving method to create tangible, positive change with a passionate team of creative and innovative individuals.
YAYASAN Suku Mentawai
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.