Rotokas Ecotourism has grown through the hard work and dedication of two primary members, Pedro Uravutu and Junias Repiriri. The two relatives had recently finished High School when the Bougainville ‘crisis’ began. Like many families, the young men were forced onto opposing sides during the bloody civil war.
Since the Peace Agreement was signed both men have strived to improve their communities by becoming heavily involved in livelihood programmes, local governance and primary education. Crucially, both men are from the Rotokas area and have ‘wantok’ and relatives all along the numerous treks.
Rotokas Ecotourism is currently expanding our team through the training of porters, tour guides and accommodation providers. We are recruiting personnel to ensure women and men, from all the different villages in the area can reap rewards from the tourism industry.
Rotokas Ecotourism has partnered with the United Nations Development Programme and New Zealand Volunteer Services Abroad who are providing funding and technical assistance. While assistance from our partners is greatly appreciated, Rotokas Ecotourism is proud to be 100% Rotokas owned and operated.