NEGROS EXPEDITION

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25 MARCH - 3 APRIL 2019

A 9 day eco voyage, sailing from bustling Manila visiting uninhabited paradise islands, free-diving, fishing and exploring. Arrive to our sanctuary home, Danjugan Island on March 29 for the
5-day EARTH Summit, 2019.

Price upon application.

In the Philippines, Negros in particular, the thing you will notice first, the thing that stays with you, is the people. Perhaps the kindest and most inventive population we have ever met. When you get off the plane, you realise the good nature and intense past history that the people have lived through. You begin to understand the current socio-political landscape and the diversity in thought.

We made sure to recognise this when selecting the various natural and cultural spectacles you encounter during the expedition. Expect to be surprised, past guests had no idea what was coming! Intense. Natural. And always real.

If you are looking to discover the secret paradise of The Philippines archipelago, while contributing to exciting ecological projects, then this expedition is perfect for you.

 
 
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Be inspired by the flourishing elements of eco-enterprise in the region. Savour the abundance, sharing a wild world with adventurers of diverse culture and skill.

 
 

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. Danjugan is a self-sustaining nature sanctuary. Reliant on solar energy and limited rainwater sources. 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.

Whats included?

  • Access to VOPO Adventure Society

  • Pre-Expedition Intellectual Immersion

  • Expert guidance and hosting by diversely qualified Expedition Leader

  • All meals (delicious, sustainable, local, plant-centric)

  • Accomodation during the expedition

  • Domestic flights and internal transfers

  • Human centred design and systems thinking 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

Whats not included?

  • Any International Airfare / Airport taxes

  • Items of personal nature

  • Alcoholic & aerated drinks

  • Airport & departure taxes

  • Visas

  • Personal travel insurance

 
 

Itinerary

Apply now at the top to get a detailed itinerary.

 

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. Read our Sustainability Policy

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 change makers and
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 have created Trading Carbon, an initiative that in allows us to neutralise the GHG emissions from all travel. 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.
 

PREVIOUS ADVISORS

Dinesh Jayasuriya, Principal Sustainability & Humanitarian Consultant

He specialises in measuring the environmental sustainability of large organisations and helps them create solutions to mitigate adverse impacts. Dinesh has done extensive work as a Humanitarian Engineer for various UN agencies and international NGOs. When deployed to conflict and disaster areas, Dinesh specialises in information management, tracking human rights and IT/Telecoms.

Elaine Osborne, Resource Recovery Specialist

Currently, Elaine is working as a Waste Specialist for the Australian Red Cross Blood Service and has had previous work as the National Waste Reduction Manager for CSIRO reduced the organisations’ waste to landfill contribution significantly reducing costs. Nowadays, you will probably find responding to wildlife rescues and providing immediate care for native wildlife in her out of office time.

Blake Lindley, Senior Sustainability Consultant

He specialises in waste and resource recovery, developing solutions to environmental issues through meaningful behavioural change and reconsideration of today’s convenience driven consumerism. Nowadays, you will probably find Blake developing resource recovery strategies, writing waste policies or chasing the snow and surf across Australia and beyond.


See the below survival guide for essential info and a packing checklist.

 
 

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 Arnavon Expedition? Pay your deposit today!

 

Field Notes

Refer to the VOPO Philippines Expedition Project Plan for more details