For PWB School: Indonesia we partner with the Orangutan Information Centre (OIC) to make this dream trip come to life. You will have the exclusive chance to see how palm oil impacts people on the local and global level, how reforestation is being accomplished, and how everyday heroes are rescuing critically-endangered orangutans in need. Go trekking in the jungle and encounter orangutans that share 97% of our DNA. Work with critically endangered elephants and see the effects of eco-tourism up-close. Proceeds go directly to conservation of pristine rainforest in Sumatra, Indonesia, which is home to critically-endangered Sumatran orangutan, rhino, elephant and tiger.
Participants will come away with beautiful additions to their portfolios, a PWB certificate and a chance to be featured in the PWB Magazine.
Fly into Medan and meet anytime during the day. Meet at the hotel and have dinner together to taste some local Indonesian cuisine and get to know all our fellow travelers.
Medan. Orientation at the Orangutan Information Centre. Spend some time with the passionate team members of the Orangutan Information Centre as they provide an overview of their mission, their work, and their motivations. This will surely be an inspirational kick-off and introduction to the rest of your experience in Sumatra.
LESSON 1: THE ETHICS OF PHOTODOCUMENTARY & INTRO TO OUR NGO PARTNER
We will discuss the ethics of being a documentary photographer through contemporary and historic examples. We will talk about permission/consent, editing, safety, journalistic integrity, responsibility, framing, narratives, your power/role as a photographer, and how photography can and has impacted social change.
Travel by private bus to Bukit Lawang for three nights with two days of trekking. This is where we will see and photograph the critically endangered Orangutan. Having two full days of trekking to see these amazing animals that share 97 percent of our DNA in the wild will leave you breathless. Having the opportunity to photograph a critically endangered animal in the wild is an experience that will leave you changed!
LESSON 2: ART OF STORYTELLING & CREATING SOCIAL CHANGE
Through discussion, we will identify and unveil the elements and ingredients that make a powerful story that makes change.
Drive by private bus towards an area where OIC is creating change for local people through alternative livelihoods.
LESSON 3: PERFECT LANDSCAPES & PORTRAITURE
Participants will learn to take stunning landscape images with or without a tripod. We will also learn how to take beautiful "long exposures" of water and clouds to get a flowy, dreamy effect with or without the use of filters.
Through guided practice and a fun and challenging exercise, participants will learn how to bring portraiture to the next step.
Back to Medan to unwind before going to the restoration site, take a trip to the Medan Zoo to see where many endangered species can end up.
LESSON 4: EDITING & FINAL PHOTO ASSIGNMENT
Time to put all the skills you have learned to the test in one last assignment! Throughout the evening you will have the chance to meet with your workshop instructor to have one-on-one feedback on your editing and selection process.
Restoration site camping trip: The NGO we are working with in Sumatra is the world’s first to successfully turn a palm oil plantation back into forest. Ride by private bus to the edge of palm oil plantations where you will continue on by motorbike to get to the reforestation site. The night will be spent on a platform in the middle of the forest (no running water and sleeping is on mats under mosquito netting). You will learn about the team that has worked together to make a forest and be given the opportunity to plant a tree in your name or a loved one's name. It is a beautiful and unique experience witnessing a young forest being created.
Share your work with the rest of your class!
Depart Medan at any time.
Ready to go to Sumatra?
Entrance fees not listed
International air (also applies to trans-border flights)
Applicable tourist visas
Tips or gratuities
Meals not mentioned
Optional tours or optional admissions
Trekking and camera permits for Gunung Leuser National Park
Visit to elephant conservation program
Workshops and guidance
One night cabin stay in restoration site
All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
Accommodations: Shared hotels and cabin (Single Room supplement: $550 USD)
Meals: Most meals. Please allow $100-300 USD for meals that are not included
Transportation: Private vehicle, boat, ferry
Staff & experts: PWB staff, Workshop instructor, Local OIC staff
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Danielle Da Silva is an international award-winning photographer/filmmaker, Sony Alpha Female, National Geographic speaker, was named Top 30 Under 30 Sustainability Leaders, was named Top Photographer of 2017 and Top 5 Women Changing Media by Matador Network, was nominated for the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award, and is the Founder of PWB. She has been on the TEDx stage twice and has also been published in various places such as National Geographic, the Economist, the Independent, and Huffington Post. Danielle has a background in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development. She is also a Co-Founder of the Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary.
You will be required to make a $500 USD, non-refundable deposit to secure your space (this will be deducted from the total workshop fee)
*Or until full. Max 8 participants.