MENTAWAI EXPEDITION

Mentawai X.jpg

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.

ROGUE PLASTIC

DEC 4-14 2018
3 SPOTS LEFT
 

Investment

$2950 AU

If you wish to join this exclusive journey, book quick!

Sikerei photos kindly by @asworldsdivide


Expedition Objective

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.

171204-VOPOxPH-026.jpg

Location

 

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.

 

PARTNERS

IEF Foundation
Mentawai Ecotourism
YAYASAN Suku Mentawai

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.

 
 

WHAT DO VOPO GUESTS SAY?

WHAT WILL YOU BE DOING?

This expedition, at moments, will be challenging. But, what you find will stay with you forever. Some of the experiences you will come home with include:

  • Live with ancient tribes and understand their way of living guided by an organisation trying to preserve it (Yayasan Suku Mentawai).
  • Help facilitate experiential and traditional waste education programs that help villagers understand why waste management in so important for the community, the environment and their health.
  • Collect data to help determine whether Waste-to-Energy Microplants are a feasible solution to ocean plastic pollution in remote communities.
  • Fly drones to identify the best possible waste storage and collection systems for the community.
  • Eat amazing traditional Indonesian food.
  • Learn island survival skills, including: opening coconuts, making coconut milk, jungle native medicines, and more.
  • Nature-based activities: surfing, freediving, spearfishing, trekking, island hopping, and more**
  • Enjoy beautiful sunset chats with a crew of legends!

** these activities are optional.

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.

 

INCLUSIONS

  • Access to VOPO Adventure Society
  • Pre-Expedition Intellectual Immersion
  • Expert guidance and hosting by diversely qualified Expedition Leader
  • All meals day 1 - 9 (delicious, sustainable, local, plant-centric)
  • Domestic flights and internal transfers
  • Brainmelt™ and Wildesign™ workshops
  • Political events and Industry excursions
  • Marine and ecology-based experiences
  • Village connection and genuine relationships
  • First Aid and CPR trained team
  • Carbon offsets included
  • Dedicated trip photographer
  • Post expedition Impact Report
  • 24/7 Customer Support
 

AGENDA

Apply now to request an agenda.

 
 

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

  Seed  Behind the scenes, we partner and work directly with communities on projects to provide solutions to key sustainability challenges.

Seed
Behind the scenes, we partner and work directly with communities on projects to provide solutions to key sustainability challenges.

  Design  Our team of experts spend extensive time scouting, engaging, researching and testing all elements of your adventure to create an unforgettable experience.

Design
Our team of experts spend extensive time scouting, engaging, researching and testing all elements of your adventure to create an unforgettable experience.

  Action  We unite local leaders with a team of global pioneers to embark on a VOPO Project, embedded into an insanely inspiring adventure itinerary. 

Action
We unite local leaders with a team of global pioneers to embark on a VOPO Project, embedded into an insanely inspiring adventure itinerary. 

  Propel  Leveraging our global network, we drive longterm change through consulting, reporting and repeat experience to accomplish our targets.

Propel
Leveraging our global network, we drive longterm change through consulting, reporting and repeat experience to accomplish our targets.

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™ and Wildesign™ 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.
 

 

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

Wish to reserve a spot on the Mentawai Inhabit? Pay your deposit today!

 

Field Notes