9 night eco voyage, sailing from bustling Manila. Inc. 4 nights sailing, visit uninhabited paradise islands to dive, harvest dinner and explore off-grid regions on an exclusive VOPO itinerary. Arrive to our sanctuary home, Danjugan Island for a further 5 days of deep ecological immersion as you participate in the coveted EARTH Summit 2019. Uniting fascinating people from across the world.

$2950 (twin-share) | $3250 (private cabin)


The VOPO Earth Voyage directly supports our long-term local partners:

 
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2019/2020 DATES

25 Mar - 3 April, 2019 (SOLD OUT)
27 Dec - 5 Jan 2019/20 * VOPO NYE * (BOOK QUICK)
11 Jan - 20 Jan 2020 (BOOK NOW)
25 Jan - 3 Feb 2020 (BOOK NOW)

In the Philippines, Danjugan Sanctuary 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.

 

EARTH VOYAGE CREW

Say hello to Earth-class citizens of Philippines Expedition, March 2019.

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Are you a local Negros Island resident?

Apply now for the Local Scholarship, sponsored by the incredible MODIBODI Australia.
Spend 4 nights at Danjugan Sanctuary, including transport, accommodation, food and all eco-adventure activities.
Enjoy a fully funded position, for all Wild Enterprise workshops and the EARTH SUMMIT!

Thank you for making this opportunity possible, Modibodi. *Now closed, meet the finalists below!


MODIBODI LOCAL SCHOLAR

Meet the finalists for VOPO Philippines, Modibodi Local Scholarship 2019

We need your help! Read through the below outstanding finalists (click their name to see more). Complete the voting form to assist with selecting the local Dumaguete, Philippines Scholar for EARTH VOYAGE 2019. The Scholarship program includes 4 nights at Danjugan Island Sanctuary with the VOPO Earth crew, all ecological activities & signature workshops. Plus, ongoing mentorship and global opportunities.

At VOPO Earth, it is very important to us that equal opportunity exists. Regardless of the outcome here, all applicants will be invited and encouraged to engage in VOPO programs, events and opportunities that harness their brilliant potential.

Thank you to VOPO Philippines sponsor partner, MODIBODI Australia for making this life-changing opportunity possible for ambitious Filipinos in one of the most economically challenged regions of the world.

Voting closes Sunday, March 17 at 17:00PM AEST, with the winner announced publicly Monday evening.

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Who will be the VOPO Philippines MODIBODI Local Scholar 2019?


How can The Philippines become a world leader in ecological preservation?

“A great leader doesn’t tell you what to do, they show you how it’s done. A country can become a world leader in ecological preservation if the leaders themselves give priority to preserve our environment and have the initiative to educate the people and provide strictly enforced laws to protect and preserve our resources. The government itself should support the organisations whose aim is for a healthy environment.

People need to be aware and educated that we should preserve and restore what the ecosystem gave us. The people should also be given certain programs and activities that relates to helping preserve our environment. I believe through education, awareness and experience people will soon realise the importance of these resources and the burden when nothing will be left. Not all people are born to love and care for the environment that’s why for me one should experience and get involve for one to realise the importance of the things that surround us.”

What are the 3 things you couldn’t live without on a remote island?

1. Tumbler/water bottle (with fresh water)
2. Extra Clothing
3. Flashlight

Do you have a specific passion or expertise?

I currently study BSBA Major Management Accounting at Foundation University. I also do graphic designing and play sports. I get myself involve in organisations whose aim is for sustainability and leadership.

Jennifer Villanueva

How can The Philippines become a world leader in ecological preservation?

“The Philippines can only lead in the efforts of ecological preservation if and only if all strata of the population are involved. This cause should echo not only in the upper and middle class social classes but even more so in the lower classes.”

What are the 3 things you couldn’t live without on a remote island?

1. Knife
2. Water container w/ water
3. Fire starter

Do you have a specific passion or expertise?

I am an Electrical Engineer and MBA Candidate at Silliman University. My additional experience includes Event and media management, Public relations and Team management.

Gemjoy Contiveros

How can The Philippines become a world leader in ecological preservation?

“For this country to become a world leader in ecological preservation, it must be through the conscious and collaborative efforts of each citizen of this country with the heart to protect and nurture the rich flora and fauna of the Philippines. It must begin by encouraging young individuals with bright and innovative ideas to cooperate with organisations that deliberately work on how we could further preserve our ecosystem.

Some of the ways to ensure that the Philippines leads in ecological preservation among different countries are:

- Develop ideas and strategies that focuses on biodiversity conservation;
- Fully educate each citizen to practice reduce, reuse, and recycle; and
- Conduct researches to transform Philippines into a carbon-neutral country.

To envision the Philippines as a leader in the world's ecological preservation is definitely not beyond the bounds of possibility as long as every Filipino works hand in hand.”

What are the 3 things you couldn’t live without on a remote island?

In this digital age, one of the things to must-bring in a remote island is a smartphone, to capture such breath-taking sights, edit it minimally on some photo-editing apps, save it and share the moment on social media. It is also a necessity to bring comfortable clothings that is suitable for the different weather. Lastly, a personal hygiene kit for personal hygiene of course.

Do you have a specific passion or expertise?

I have a passion for volunteering most especially if it involves serving the humankind, animals, and protecting our environment. I love joining organisations that sets goal in nurturing our world in many different aspects. I also love to wander to unfamiliar places, it allows me to gain new learnings and treasure unforgettable moments and experiences. I have yet to discover more passion I have within me through many more experiences.


Gwaineth Stefhan Pabinguit

How can The Philippines become a world leader in ecological preservation?

”The Philippines is an archipelago of islands that are rich in natural ecosystems. Some of which have been destroyed by natural or man made calamities. However, the Filipino people still continue to revive and preserve this ecosystems despite the coming in of typhoons and unnatural circumstances. We do not stop once, we continue to preserve.”

What are the 3 things you couldn’t live without on a remote island?

Watch. Slippers. Coffee.

Do you have a specific passion or expertise?

I am the Internal Vice Pesident at NORSU League of Student Organizations. I study AB Social Sciences at Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) System and studied BS-Mathematics at University of the Philippines.

I love talking to people. Seeing them smile makes me very happy!


Who will be the VOPO Philippines MODIBODI Local Scholar 2019?

We need your help! Now complete the voting form to assist us with selecting the local Dumaguete, Philippines Scholar for EARTH VOYAGE March 2019. The Scholarship program includes 4 nights at Danjugan Island Sanctuary with the VOPO Earth crew, all ecological activities & signature workshops. Plus, ongoing mentorship and global opportunities.

Thank you to VOPO Philippines sponsor partner, MODIBODI Australia for making this life-changing opportunity possible for ambitious Filipinos in one of the most economically challenged regions of the world.

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Who will it be?

Voting closes Sunday, March 17 at 17:00PM AEST, with the winner announced publicly Monday evening.


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Meet the finalists for VOPO Philippines, Danjugan Local Scholarship 2019

We need your help! Read through the below outstanding finalists (click their name to see more). Complete the voting form to assist with selecting the second local Dumaguete, Philippines Scholar for EARTH VOYAGE 2019. The Scholarship program includes 4 nights at Danjugan Island Sanctuary with the VOPO Earth crew, all ecological activities & signature workshops. Plus, ongoing mentorship and global opportunities.

At VOPO Earth, it is very important to us that equal opportunity exists. Regardless of the outcome here, all applicants will be invited and encouraged to engage in VOPO programs, events and opportunities that harness their brilliant potential.

This scholarship was made possible by VOPO Earth team & partners, Danjugan Sanctuary. Thank you for making this life-changing opportunity possible for ambitious Filipinos in one of the most economically challenged regions of the world.

Voting closes Sunday, March 17 at 17:00PM AEST, with the winner announced publicly Monday evening.

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Who will be the VOPO Philippines Danjugan Local Scholar 2019?

How can The Philippines become a world leader in ecological preservation?

”The Philippines could become a world leader in ecological preservation through educating the youth of today about the importance and relevance of preserving the beautiful natural resources of our country because in the future these young individuals will take a large portion of the society of tomorrow. These natural resources form the identify of the Philippines and if these are destroyed because of the selfish decisions of politicians and businessmen, then Philippines would be nothing but a poor imitation of an industrialised country. Education could become a powerful tool if partnered with experience. Different agencies of the government and non-profit organisations could help each other in providing different volunteering opportunities to young individuals for them to witness or experience the reality of the issues we are facing about ecological preservation. Through it, we might see a brighter future for our Mother Earth and for the future generations.”

What are the 3 things you couldn’t live without on a remote island?

I could not live without food, water and companion on a remote island. I might need to have a companion or someone who is more familiar with the geographical structure of a remote island because I might enter a red zone area. So it would be a great help to have a knowledgeable and experienced companion so that I could avoid unnecessary and dangerous encounters.

Do you have a specific passion or expertise?

I am passionate in advocating for the environment. It all started with just attending coastal clean-up activities as part of the advocacy of the student government that I am once part of. Until I was already attending different seminars, workshops and some talk sessions that allowed me to understand better the reality of the problem we are facing about the environment that's why I started a project that tackles both problems in unemployment and environment. The said project aimed to give livelihood to unemployed housewives by making them the makes of our products. Our products is a transformation of waste materials of bakeshops - the flour sacks - into tote and drawstring bags. With the said project, we aim to promote the responsible production of materials so that the unnecessary production of new fabrics are avoided. Hence, I can say that I am passionate on transforming problems into business solutions.


Niel Anthony Lajot

How can The Philippines become a world leader in ecological preservation?

”I believe that the Philippines has been one of the few countries blessed with so much natural resources. It houses multiple organisms that contribute to the breathtaking green surrounding thus, helping us humans for our own benefits. With this reality, I envision Philippines to be the top amongst others in ecological preservation through the people who see beyond the beauty in it. Apart from the eye candy it brings for tourists, people should also learn that these are vital in keeping equilibrium in the nature. Nevertheless, it is never a doubt that there are youth leaders who really fight for its conservation. I can testify to that since I have been practicing zero-waste lifestyle for 2 years now. I immersed myself on activities that would greatly constitute in helping the environment such as writing environmental stories for everyone. If there can be more people who realise the imperative of its existence, and advocate for its support, then definitely the Philippines can become a world leader for ecological preservation. However, the government’s role is one of the crucial sustenance that must be relentlessly present in the lives of its people. It should take the lead in promulgating tangible laws from ocean, land to air protection. If the government itself is eco-conscious, then it is a substantial influence for the citizens to instill. Ultimately, this is a call for hope not only in the status quo, but also for the sake of future generations. Recalibrating our ways is a remedy for the country’s massive amount of plastic pollution and apparently to address that we must combat within ourselves, through cultural and spiritual transformations, the top environmental problems— selfishness, greed and apathy.”

What are the 3 things you couldn’t live without on a remote island?

Apart from physiological needs such as food and water, I believe that I cannot survive without a good book, pen and paper, and lastly, cozy socks. Hilarious as it may seem, I always carry with me a book, pen and paper wherever I go. Most of the time, I write happenings about my day to not forget about it for the rest of my year. Reading a good book can also pacify me if I were to be on a remote island alone. Lastly, cozy socks are my everyday buddy. When it’s chilly, it’s so lovely to pull on a pair of cozy socks—nestling in the snuggly softness is such a treat for our feet! At least if rescuers couldn’t find me and I won’t survive, I would spend my remaining days still lucky and delighted.

Do you have a specific passion or expertise?

I love writing. Ever since I was 8 years old, I always write about anything under the sun. Perhaps, that is also one of the reasons why I took Bachelor of Mass Communication in college. Through writing stories, I was able to integrate my personal advocacy in environmentalism. I love hiking mountains as well and I’ve been through Puncak Tanawan, Mt. Talinis, and Osmeña Peak. Because of my love for nature, I became a member of the Association of Young Environmental Journalists, a news network founded in Silliman University, which has been named as one of the Ten Accomplished Youth Organizations in the Philippines this year. Intertwined with this, I am keen on taking a stance on climate impacts to human health because I’m very particular on how our unwariness affect not just the environment we are living, but to us humans as a direct recipient. Mostly, people failed to see in this angle of environmental stewardship. That is why, I invest much time and effort through stories in making people realise this catastrophe as a human centric cause-effect relationship.

  • Vice Chairperson, Internal Projects Committee at Ang Sandigan


Gabriel Leonardo Sienes

How can The Philippines become a world leader in ecological preservation?

”Philippines is diverse. From marine to terrestrial environment we have high endemecity. Philippines are also known to have a high range of problems about our environment from plastic usage from sachets to managing our resources. Despite this, filipinos spark to help conserve our environment and fight for it. Asian countries were inspired by the MPAs, marine protected areas, that inspired them to follow. Filipinos always make ways to find solutions. This somehow prove that we are resilient despite our numbers, and we fight for our environment from the people and for the people.”

What are the 3 things you couldn’t live without on a remote island?

Friends, camera & food!

Do you have a specific passion or expertise?

I’m a biology student. I finished working on my thesis about micro-plastic occurrence in pelagic fish from southern Negros. I am an advocate against the usage of single-use plastic. I am currently working on myself and learning better alternatives. Also, I am the current president of our organisation, Cuernos de Negros Mountaineers Club Inc. It is a mountaineering org in which we aim to educate people on responsible mountaineering, or basically responsible travelling. I am very passionate about our mountains and seas.


Who will be the VOPO Philippines, Danjugan Local Scholar 2019?

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Who will it be?

Voting closes Sunday, March 17 at 17:00PM AEST, with the winner announced publicly Monday evening.

 
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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.

 
 
 
 
 

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

 
 

Expedition Archives

 

Field Notes

Phrasebook

Mabuhay: Welcome! Cheers! (Celebration).

Steads lang: It's all good... Chill...

Grabe: The word comes from Spanish 'grave' and locally means serious, exceptional, extreme, too much!.

Local Eats

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Vedge Health Hub, delicious local filipino food cooked veggie and wholesome.


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.


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.
 


See the below survival guide for essential info.
Or contact the team at info@vopo.earth.

 
 

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

 

modibodi LOCAL scholar


Help us select the local Dumaguete, VOPO Philippines Scholar for EARTH VOYAGE 2019.
Thank you to VOPO Philippines sponsor partner, Modibodi for making this possible.

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