For PWB School Sumatra we are partnering with the Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary in Sumatra 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 orangutans in need. Go trekking in the jungle and encounter orangutans that share 97% of our DNA and bathe elephants in the river. Proceeds go directly to conservation of pristine rainforest in Sumatra, 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.
Get ready for a treat as this dynamic duo takes you an the journey of a lifetime!
Danielle Da Silva is the Founder of PWB and is an avid traveller, photographer, and director (with credits including the PWB TV Web Series). She has been on the TEDx stage twice and has also been published in various places such as National Geographic and Huffington Post. Danielle is a passionate conservationist and a Co-Founder of the, which is the project we will be funding on this project. Danielle is an instructor at the Royal Ontario Museum's Environmental Visual Communications college-affiliated course, where she teaches Multimedia Narratives and is an expert on campaign psychology and making change through storytelling.
Alongside Danielle will be photographer David Coulson. David is a photographer and visual storyteller dedicated to sharing stories that connect people to nature and that help translate complex science and conservation issues in a relatable and emotional way. After completing his BA in Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Queen’s University, David picked up a camera and soon realized the ability of powerful narratives and engaging visuals for changing perceptions and behaviours. When not behind the camera, or in front of a computer screen, David enjoys spending as much time as he can outdoors, or ‘up in the clouds’ reading some abstract philosophy. David also holds a post graduate certificate in Environmental Visual Communication, and has worked with the likes of the Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Nature and Canadian Geographic.
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 Orangutan Information Center and first lesson. (private transport to OIC and use of office room)
Travel by private bus to Bukit Lawang for 3 nights and do trekking 2 days. This is where we will see and photograph the critically endangered orangutan. Having 2 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!
Drive by private bus towards Lake Toba. Here you will be able to take in the Batak culture of the area and experience a different side of Sumatra.
Back to Medan to unwind before going to the restoration site, take a trip to the Medan Zoo to show the group where an orangutan was kept and rescued en route back to the city. Share your stories with the group, followed by a night of desserts and coffee at a Sumatran Coffee House.
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.
Return to Medan for a night of relaxation before heading home the following day.
Depart Medan at any time.
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