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Go travel and do good – without leaving home!
Choose a UN goal and a community you wish to support and meet. We then e-connect you to our team on the ground … Using smartphone cameras, they will, in turn, introduce you to the (famously warm) Indonesian people who will accompany you on your journey.
Together, you explore and discuss and decide on a project that everyone likes; next, you witness its execution and its impact in real time, making lasting friendships along the way…
Choose the impact you wish to make.
Then bring it to life.
Whether you are a school, company, university or a passionate individual:
You can address any UN SDG that appeals to you: take your pick(s), using the examples below for inspiration (or pick one of our sample packages!). We’ll help you design your experience for maximum impact, connecting you closely to the communities you will e-meet on your journey …
The examples below show you the magic.
We look forward to help you create your journey towards a rich experience and a better world!
Do good, feel great.
Pay for one, travel with many...
on a fully facilitated tour!
Individuals, Schools, Universities, Companies … our virtual eco journeys are for everyone!
CSR & teambuilding (bundled in one!) for companies, rich study opportunities for schools, and powerful heart-warming experiences for individuals or groups of friends: the examples below give you the flavour, and further down this page, you can see some sample packages.
Whatever you choose, LooLa’s local staff will be on hand to translate, advise and assist exactly at the level you wish.
Go travel, do good
This is what we love about e-travel: it couples a great journey to deeply meaningful projects. So our travellers not only get to see an intimate view of Indonesia, but your journey will have a lifelong impact on the people you visit.
Travel fast, or take it slow
Some guests prefer well-defined short journeys with quick and powerful impacts, and some prefer to fully customize their journey and possibly stretch it over a long time – with every option in between.
Pay for one, travel with many 🙂
This is one of the marvels of e-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!
You decide on the project you want to do, you will e-meet the beneficiaries, and you will see your chosen project come to completion – that is part of our proud service. But we will also connect you directly via WhatsApp so you can stay engaged as long as you want.
Support a local family
(see also video above)
Look at the smile of the mother in this photo…
That’s the impact a simple kitchen sink can make, since her family no longer needs to do the dishes in the toilet.
This option is great for guests who like to build a personal bond with a local family. LooLa’s staff will introduce you via online video, and a new world will open up: Learn what it means to live on € 200 household income per month, learn what life means when water doesn’t flow from the tap, learn what are their dreams and hopes for the future … but also learn what makes Indonesians the most optimistic people on the planet!
Then you can pick (or design) the most impactful way to support – with our staff on hand to translate, advise, and ensure realistic and optimal outcomes. For starters, the family will receive a smartphone with WhatsApp so you can stay in touch as long (or as short) as you want and witness the impact of your actions. Here are some popular ideas:
- 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!
- Give a family a life-saving sanitation system (Safe Water Garden) that doubles up as a crop garden (see example 5 below for details)
- Help restore the family home, fix up walls, roofs, windows, maybe renovate the kitchen. Take a tour of the house and decide together!
Discover our shared humanity and change lives –both theirs and yours!– for just € 1,000 (SG$ 1,500), and bring as many family or friends as you want along on your e-visits!Book now!
Clean up historic sites & turn Trash to Cash!
Bintan has the longest history in Indonesia, right after Bali. But its gorgeous historic neighbourhoods (built on stilts) are marred by plastic waste…
So here’s a win-win to benefit everyone: you can help the villagers clean up the plastic under their homes and hence restore historic sites to their full glory. At the same time, you can discuss ways to turn Trash to Cash!
In the photo, you see some of the accessories that our local staff made in the past together with our guests. But recently, we discovered an even more exciting way to recycle all the plastic we collect: we can pay the villagers to turn the waste into so-called ocean ecobricks, which are basically plastic bottles stuffed full of waste plastic. We can then use these eco-bricks in our Safe Water Gardens (see example 5), which means that you help create a local business activity that turns trash to cash to lifelong sanitation!
You can fund the plastic clean-up of one (or several) historic family homes, or fund the clean-up of an entire village (you’ll see before-and-after footage and you can witness the clean-up event live!), and you could choose to witness the use of recycled plastic in sanitation systems. Get 15 friends together for SG$ 100 each and clean up and recycle the waste of a whole neighbourhood!Book now!
Optimize our renewable energy usage
With the help of a great energetic Singapore start-up, Resync, we installed (solar) energy monitoring devices, and, in the spirit of transparency, you can see here for yourself (just click “sign in” and you’re in).
At the point of writing (May 2020), LooLa runs around 40 – 80% on solar energy, but we believe this can be improved to 100%! Wherever you may be in the world, we invite you to embark on an energy audit of LooLa with our staff. We can give you a list of all the electrical instruments and give you an online tour of LooLa. You could then come up with an energy savings plan and see it play out in real time as our staff will work with you to implement your ideas. You can then figure out if things work as expected (hint: a physicist myself, I have learned that electricity rarely behaves the way you think 😉 ).
There are countless other experiments you can do, correlating weather to energy output etc … so this could be one of your coolest physics experiments ever, the results of which you can apply to your own school, your company, or your own home!
Options: for schools, you could also pair up with a local school in Bintan who does the experiments together with you. You could do lessons on solar energy, differences between solar and grid energy, and link geographical seasonal changes to solar output. You could help design/install solar sets in isolated homes, you could expand the PV capacity so that local homes can also benefit, and so on … The whole experience can be arranged for under € 1,500, so if renewable energy is your thing, come and talk to us!
Be a planet-hero and store your carbon emissions!
You can do better than being carbon-neutral: you could plant so many trees that you offset the carbon emissions for life for yourself and your whole family and thus become a planet-hero!
If you represent a company, we could calculate how many mangrove trees you should plant to offset your organization’s carbon emissions.
Subsequently, you plant the trees together with our staff over the Zoom and see it play out in live-stream or via other digital means.
Our staff can give you regular updates via digital means, and you can keep track of progress. The data collection you do here could prove extremely valuable for mangrove-tree planting projects all across the world (and if you’re a student, you could end up with a really good grade for your bio project or your extended essay 😉 ). So while doing good yourself, you’ll also contribute to global progress.
If you are a student, you could also choose to buddy up with a local school and ask them to do the planting, or engage in extended marine-biology surveys, studying the impact of your planting efforts on marine life ….. Like this, you learn together and improve your intercultural skills at the same time!
Get 5 friends together for SG$ 300 each and join the group of planet heroes, then inspire others to follow your example!Book now!
Get involved with Safe Water Gardens
370 Indonesian children die every day on account of bad sanitation at their home; the daughter of our cook was one of them. UNICEF and others had shown after the Aceh Tsunami that a solution existed, so we figure we had to try. Our guests agreed, so we began in 2015.
Students, schools, companies and families helped build the first 500 Safe Water Gardens (SWG) together with LooLa’s staff. This led the Indonesian government to recognize the SWG in March 2020, making it officially the world’s most cost-efficient sanitation system.
Our goal: Safe sanitation for every village family by 2030.
Your target: support one or a few local families, help them design their SWG, see them build it (via WhatsApp video call or other digital means) and check in with them every few weeks to advance our joint knowledge. One of the things we don’t yet understand well is this: some families manage to grow chilli (considered a huge benefit) and some don’t. Can you help find out why this is so? By getting to know the family you help, you can ask questions and find out! If you do, you are making a global impact because your findings will inform the next generation of SWGs.
Options: Fund a single SWG (or an entire village if you’re a company), and we’ll send you footage of the event and the address of the local family so you can visit them. Again: you choose the level of engagement you’re comfortable with, we’ll make it happen! Starting from € 1,000 (SG$ 1,500) you can bring lifelong lifesaving sanitation to one family or a school!Book now!
Join our gender equality journey
Indonesia’s society is a front-runner in terms of gender-equality. Equal pay for equal work is mandated by law and the government aims for a gender-equal distribution at all levels. Indonesian men, in general, listen better to a female boss than to a male one! But (particularly in rural areas) women have a high level of mutual distrust. We have found that this distrust can be turned around into collaboration by doing joint projects! Indonesian women –like all Indonesian people– love to share their experiences, and you’ll discover many shared emotions, as well as some different ones.
Pair up with local women and embark together on a conscious journey –shared via digital online means– on what it means to feel fully empowered. You could mix this with a joint project like example 2. We can get you started on this, but this could well be the best journey you’ve ever made in term of self-discovery …. and this is true for men and boys just the same!
Options: As an individual, you could buddy up with one single Indonesian woman (they are keen!), or as a group, you can design group events with group exchanges. For those with language skills, interviewing each other and writing letters to each other can be awesome! … The whole experience can be arranged for under € 1,000, so if gender-equality is your thing (as it is for Loola’s founder), you’re going to have an awesome experience, no matter what you choose.
E-travel vs Physical travel?
In many ways, e-travel is better!
- Reduced cost but a much deeper social impact
- Social & eco-benefits are delivered far more efficiently
- Your engagement can be continuous, rather than one-off
- Friendships are deeper: online contact reduces inhibitions
- Friendships are longer: stay in contact via WhatsApp as long as you wish!
- Unprecedented empowerment of your local hosts, the people, staff, and experts.
- Increased ownership: decide together on the best tools and mode of communication
- Project accountability: You can measure and assess the sustainability impacts of your project
- Financial transparency: you know exactly where your money goes (refer to the last section, below)
- Quality-assurance: the whole process is facilitated by LooLa, and we can help you adjust along the way whenever necessary
- Quality-assurance: you decide in detail on the project you wish to do, and you will receive live online proof of completion
- Opportunity to amplify the project impact by (jointly) designing social media campaigns
- Opportunity (in many cases) to mirror your project with a project at home
- Data privacy: you decide which personal data you wish to share
- For schools: many advantages, see the section below.
- No need for any risk-assessment: just enjoy the trip!
- Increase the group size at no extra cost at all!
… and when the time is right for physical travel, you can visit in real life, perhaps doing a home-stay with the families or communities you supported!
For schools & universities
Curriculum / personal skills
(as per MOE SEM, GSC, IBO, PISA standards*):
- Character-building / leadership / Perseverance
- Planning skills / transdisciplinary thinking
- Collaborative working / communication
- Documenting evidence / resource mgt
- Network building / managing diversity
- Digital literacy / virtual collaboration
- Creative thinking / problem solving
- Decision making / sense making
- Making ethical choices
- Apply curriculum in real life
- Global mindset (awareness & engagement)
- Understanding & engaging UN SDGs, climate change, environmental impacts
- Bundle CAS + TOK through ethics; helps the writing of EE (Extended Essays)
- Contacts can be sustained as part of study units and in-depth case studies
(*) SEM = School Excellence Model; GSC = Generic Skills and Competencies; IBO = International Baccalaurate Organisation, PISA = Programme for International Student Assessment
CSR / GRI / CSV * + team-building
Post-COVID, team-building may be more important than ever as we need to design new ways together to keep our organisations healthy and productive. COVID has also highlighted the importance of sustainability on a global scale, so CSR/GRI/CSV, too, is set to become even more prominent.
Roll CSR and teambuilding into one event
The good news for companies is that you can roll CSR and team-building into one single event that addresses both topics at once, creating a fantastic productive event at half the cost of each!
Do good, and see for yourself
Whichever project you choose, you have the opportunity to get close and make personal friendships with the people you affect
This team-building/CSR event is build to last
As the examples and sample packages show, the e-journeys that we offer allow your staff a lasting team-building opportunity with a CSR impact that you can continue to measure and nurture long into the future –at no extra charge.
(*) CSR = Corporate Social Responsibility, GRI = Global Reporting Initiative, CSV = Creating Shared ValueReady to try out a Virtual Eco Journey? Click here!
Video testimonials of our e-travellers
Click below to see all our current video feedback from:
- Individual guests, of all stripes, nationalities and age groups
- School groups
- Company groups
Enjoy!Click here to see our Virtual Testimonials!
For organizations and individuals
Click the button below to see 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.
Click below to find out more!Find out more!
Our partners in e-travel
As always, in line with UN SDG 17, LooLa believes that partnerships –with local people and other service providers– are the way forward.
We work very closely with a number of great regional universities: NUS, SMU and NTU in Singapore, UGM in Yogya/Indonesia, and our beautiful local university in Bintan, UMRAH. Furthermore, we are very happy to have found a partner in TVWorkshop to bring CSR virtual teambuilding to companies; other ecotourism providers such as Little Planet in Tioman have lovely experiences that they can bring online with you and we’d be most happy to connect you; and in the world of school travel, we’re really happy to be teaming up with EcoFieldTrips and leverage on their expertise to bring high-end academic journeys to life online.
If you are an ecotourism provider with some great projects that you believe can be brought online along the lines sketched above, get in touch with us: we can then add your services to the list of suggested projects.
Let’s work together towards a better world!Ready to try out a Virtual Eco Journey? Click here!
Donate or crowd-finance your favourite project
Many people tell us you like our sustainability projects, but you can’t finance the typical project cost of € 1000 – 1,500 on your own.
That is why, through the payment options below, you can …
• choose to contribute a specific amount towards a specific cause (Safe Water Garden, Be a Planet-hero), or
• contribute any amount that feels right to you, knowing that your contribution will be used to further LooLa’s development projects.
For Singapore residents, you can use
• PayNow (to UEN 53377257E – company name LooLa Komunitas)
• Paylah (to phone number +65 964 30 478)
For contributors outside Singapore, you can use PayPal:
Note: if you encounter a problem with the PayPal payment, please put your email address in the text box below.