To safeguard Earths remaining
wilderness, by empowering communities
through sustainable business.
VOPO meticulously designs immersive and challenging remote travel experiences that support community-based sustainability projects.
We partner with NGOs and community groups to develop a microcosm of locally-owned social enterprises and ecological solutions to support the growth of sustainable industries in developing regions of the world. We are committed to support the design of closed-loop systems with communities our expeditions take place in, enabling the implementation of waste management infrastructure, sanitation and access to renewable energy sources as a fundamental human right.
Currently, we operate our wilderness impact expeditions in 5 locations across remote parts of Indonesia, the Philippines, Solomon Islands, French Polynesia and Australia. VOPO work with local communities upon request and official invitation, to provide a global, goal oriented platform for each region to establish sustainable micro-economies.
From 2020, expedition leaders will be trained and employed directly from the communities that we work with. For this, we sponsor scholarship positions for locals to join VOPO Wild Enterprise programs. During this process, training for future expedition leaders and facilitators of VOPO's programs and experiences happens.
Remote communities across Asia Pacific lack access to sustainable income opportunities, longterm impact planning processes and fundamental systems.
Villagers often turn to illegal logging, mining and poaching as jobs. Development often occurs outside the planning process which has detrimental impacts on the environment. Basic waste management services and infrastructure are often non-existent, therefore, waste is dumped everywhere.
We partner with the local communities to propel:
1) the creation of locally-owned enterprises to generate sustainable income, with nature as the most lucrative asset
2) introducing waste, sanitation, renewable energy technology, systems and education programs to promote a clean environment and connect human beings with their fundamental needs.
The VOPO experience is enhanced by supporting the local communities
we work in.
We call this phenomena 'experience symbiosis'.
By supporting the local communities where we work, we can provide an authentic, valuable and fulfilling experience to expedition participants. Expedition guests engage in and support local sustainability projects, directly.
We create positive impact in the remote communities our expeditions occur through the VOPO eco-incubator program, Wild Enterprise. The goal is to improve the wellbeing of remote communities by facilitating the creation of locally-owned positive-impact enterprises. We utilise nature as our most lucrative asset to be preserved.
All VOPO Expeditions fund the critical Wild Enterprise program, within some of the worlds most breathtaking, remote yet ecologically challenged destinations.