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For organizations and individuals

Below we give some sample packages based on the examples above, but feel free to propose and design your own journey …
A few quick notes:

Individuals vs organisations:
We trust the examples below will inspire both, but we help organisations in the design of an entire sustainability journey, see section G below.

Pay for one, travel with many 
We repeat this feature here as it is truly one of the marvels of virtual travel … Once you’ve chosen and funded your journey, your friends/peers/colleagues can travel with you – the only thing holding you back is digital bandwidth 🙂
So if you see a journey you like, ask your friends or colleagues to join and everyone chips in!

Note on currency:
Since e-travellers come from all over the world, we give indicative prices below in Euros (€).

Where does your money go?
Where you want it to go! You choose the project you like, either by picking from the list below or by designing and executing your own project. Below the table you’ll find a bit more info on (financial) transparency.

A. Meet and support a family or community (ref example 1 above)

  • STANDARD INCLUSIONS: All “A” projects feature a preparatory skype intro with LooLa staff and then a live Skype visit to the family you support.
    All packages also include a smartphone for the family and a pre-set WhatsApp group (with the family, the guests and LooLa staff who can act as translators) so you will be able to stay in touch as long as you want!
    Naturally, you also get the GPS address of the family so you can visit them when the time is right 🙂



1. COVID Aid. Help a family through the next 6 months of COVID by providing them with daily necessities, including nutritious food. In return, you could learn delicious local recipes from them!


2. Safe Water Garden. Give a family a life-saving sanitation system (Safe Water Garden) that doubles up as a crop garden (see the Safe Water Garden section for details)


3. House upgrade. (Refer to italic notes above for standard inclusions). Referring to example 1 above, together with the family, you decide on a housing upgrade (such as putting a new roof, rebuild walls, a new kitchen, a new washroom) as per the family’s wishes. You get before-and-after, as well as live footage, and we’ll connect you or your group via WhatsApp so you can all stay in touch!


4. Develop local tourism by helping a family to become a “home-stay”. Same as above, but this time you focus on house improvements that will help the family to start hosting guests as a home-stay and hence open up lasting new economic opportunities. For 10 weeks in a row, we’ll bring you live follow-up coverage facilitated by LooLa’s staff where you can continue developing the idea, and build local confidence and long-lasting friendships along the way.


5. Build a whole house. Help design and build a completely new eco-house for a financially challenged family on a new plot of land. Witness the event online the whole way, building up close relations with LooLa’s staff and the recipient family as you travel along.


6. Help a local home become self-sufficient. Together with LooLa’s staff and an enterprising local family, design and build rainwater harvesting systems, sanitation systems (refer example 5), solar power systems, and gardens that feed the family


7. Pen-pal / support the children. Transparency is key to us, so we prefer to share measurable results with our guests. Of course, it is easier to measure project outcomes than it is to measure people. In that sense, this is our most challenging eco journey, but at the same time, it could be a very rewarding and personal one, and we believe something like the following can work. Using the smartphone as a tool, together with our staff and the family, you can design nutritious menus which include (the purchase of) vegetables and fruits every day (good nutrition is a prerequisite for good school results), and after half a year, the children will have learned sufficient English to be able to communicate directly with you! This project is great for guests who like to help Indonesian people acquire English language skills. Feel free to pick up Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian language) along the way! Should you wish to continue after that, LooLa’s staff is happy to help you to make private arrangements with the family to support specific items you both agree on. If you have ideas of your own on how to make this program come to life, tell us, and we’ll make it happen!


8. Other community projects. There are other ways for you to get engaged in a very meaningful way and experience Indonesia in a delightful manner. For instance, you could decide to pay for a wedding (and important event that is increasingly hard to afford) and then witness the preparation and the wedding itself. Or you could decide to help a small village community with building its own mosque. Such projects are in the order of €1500 – 5000 and would make for an experience that will leave memories for a lifetime, both with guests and local people. Contact us if you want to develop such an idea or you have your own!


B. Restore historical sites & recycle plastic (ref example 2)

1. Plastic removal from historical home areas: referring to example 2 above, contribute € 10 per kg of collected (plastic) waste, and if you buy 25kg or more, we’ll send you footage of beginning and end of the event, with proof of collection and proof of responsible disposal.


2. Historical house beautification: your contribution allows a local family to work on a full clean-up of a historical village family homes, equip the garden with flowers and paint the house, enhancing local well-being as well as enhancing economic opportunities arising from enhanced tourism potential. We’ll send you before-and-after footage, and we’ll send you the GPS address of the local family so you can visit them whenever the time is good.



3. Historical house beautification “Plus”: same as above, but this time (as in project A) our staff will introduce you to the family via live footage, and you get before-and-after, as well as live footage, and we’ll connect you or your group via WhatsApp so you can all stay in touch!


4. Develop local tourism by helping a family to become a “home-stay”. Same as A2, but focussing on home-improvements and online mutual training so as to give the family the confidence to start operating a home-stay. This project is great for guests who like to help Indonesian people acquire English language skills, since being a homestay host will require the family to have a mastery of basic English. Feel free to pick up Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian language) along the way!


5. Recycling plastic: referring to the text in example 2 above, design a “Cash to Trash” program together with local women at € 150 per interactive 1-hour session (minimal 5 sessions). This will include a beach or village clean-up where the local women will bring you along via Skype, and minimal 25 kg of plastic will be removed (with photo/video evidence)


C. Renewable energy journeys (ref example 3)

1. (Renewable) energy audit journey 1: referring to example 3 above, by using LooLa’s live monitoring tools and by taking online interactive tours with LooLa’s staff, conduct an energy audit at LooLa, design, execute and measure energy savings programs and optimise the use of solar power at € 200 per interactive 1-hour session (minimal 5 sessions). The sessions will be hosted by 2 expert local LooLa staff with academic support organised by LooLa HQ. You will be able to apply the results of the LooLa project to your own home or organisation.


2. Renewable energy audit journey 2: at just twice the price, you could work together with a local school on this audit, learn together and make friends!


3. Supply remote village homes with solar power: meet the family via Skype through our staff, stay in touch via a WhatsApp connection, and design and set up together an autonomous PV system at a remote village home. Contact us to discuss details!


D. Climate change / become CO2-positive (ref example 4)

1. Mangrove-tree planting, journey 1: referring to example 4 above, fund the planting of 200 trees, 1000 trees, or 10,000 trees at a cost of € 2 per tree. We’ll send you before-and-after footage of the event, as well as live footage from the planting event itself.


2. Mangrove-tree planting, journey 2: we calculate together how many trees you must plant to be carbon-neutral for one day, or one month, or one year, as an individual or as a group, and then we execute a planting program, keeping track of progress. Cost is € 200 per interactive 1-hour session (minimal 5 sessions) as well as the cost per tree as in D1. Sessions will be hosted online by 2 local expert LooLa staff with additional academic support.


3. Possible extensions: in addition to D2, take part in surveys of the response of marine life to the planting, facilitated online by LooLa’s staff and local university professors (fully interactive sessions last around an hour each and cost €200 each, minimal 5 sessions).


E. Safe Water Gardens – lifesaving lifelong sanitation for all (ref example 5)

1. Safe Water Garden for a local family: referring to example 5 above, we’ll build a Safe Water Garden (a lifelong lifesaving sanitation system) for a local family together with the local recipient family. Your group will get before-and-after, as well as live footage of the event, as well as the GPS address of the family you’re supporting, so you can visit them whenever the time is good for you.


2. A Safe Water Garden in a SWG pilot village. Take part in our pilot project to show that it is indeed possible that villagers create their own SWGs after receiving minimal instruction. Your contribution includes a smartphone for the local recipient family and they will get in touch with you via Skype so you can witness the building event. Your contribution furthermore pays for the ongoing scientific monitoring and research reporting on this milestone event.



3. A research Safe Water Garden (SWG): Like E2, this is another opportunity to participate in the ongoing research to enable the global rollout of SWGs to all villagers around the world by 2030: We’ll buy a smartphone for a local family and LooLa staff will introduce the family to you and you’ll build a SWG together with them, with the intent to follow its success and to conduct important research on the SWG’s chilli-growing capabilities (or another research project – we have several such projects). You’ll get to know the family through online interviews conducted by our staff. You get before-and-after, as well as live footage of the building of the SWG, and your LooLa facilitator will go back between 5 – 10 times to reconnect you with the family and take stock of the scientific results. We’ll connect you all via a WhatsApp group so you or your group can stay in touch directly as well!


F. Gender equality (ref example 6)

Gender equality journey: referring to example 6 above, join LooLa’s female staff on their rousing journey towards ever-growing female power, possibly by pairing up one-on-one. Translators will be available, as well as expert help from LooLa’s head-quarters in Singapore. This project is great for guests who like to help Indonesian people acquire English language skills, since there will be lots of interviewing and exchanges of experiences. Indonesian women have had great experiences with writing down their feelings, in particular personal letters to their buddies. Count € 200 per interactive 1-hour session (minimal 5 sessions).


G. Designing a sustainability journey for your institution

LooLa’s company HQ (the world’s highest decorated sustainable tourism operator) will help you decide which UN SDG(s) appeal to you and which sustainability goals fit your organisation best, and then we work with you to give shape to your choice, whether it concerns a quick outcome or a long-term strategy. This could be a combination or expansion of the samples above, or the samples above may inspire you to try something new. We’ll coordinate with your senior staff throughout, and then, once we have decided on a sustainability journey, we will execute it together with you, and we’ll work closely together with you to make sure that all the desired outcomes will be met. Expect project costs to be as per the examples above, plus € 750 per hour for high-level online consultation sessions (where you can add as many people as you want).


General note on pricing: In the past –and perhaps in the future when physical travel is possible again– LooLa used to charge a fixed daily fee, and any community/eco-project was then simply charged at (direct) cost, with guests having the right –and being encouraged– to check the project bills.

Without physical guests, we can of course no longer charge the projects at cost only, because we also have to factor in company overheads: staff and maintenance costs, both in Bintan and Singapore. Naturally, the more our staff input is needed for a project (for instance if you’d like our staff to collect data on an ongoing basis and/or give you live updates of your project every x weeks), the higher these overheads will be. Like so many things in the COVID situation, this is all new for us, and we don’t yet know exactly what we need to charge for overheads so as to ensure our business future. The above prices are the first draft. We believe they give a reasonable indication of the cost, and we are very confident that we can deliver an awesome experience for every single experience that appeals to you.

Looking forward to working together with you – let’s give life to online eco journeys that benefit everyone taking part in them!

LooLa Eco Adventure