We are partnering with the Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary and the Orangutan Information Centre 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.
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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 in route back to the city. Last day at the OIC, 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. This extension is a bit of rough travel which is why it is an optional extension. 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.
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 and has also been published in various places such as National Geographic and Huffington Post. Danielle is a passionate conservationist and a co-Founders of the Sumatran Wildlife Sanctuary. 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.
A seasoned collaborator and worldwide traveller, Brian Hodges is a travel and editorial photographer known for capturing authentic moments and images with a powerful connection to place. Brian believes that great photography is not just about captivating images, but creating images with lasting emotional impact. In love with travel and the lure of the road, he has followed the winds of adventure around the globe and across 60 countries. He speaks English, French, and Spanish fluently. Before picking up a camera, Brian focused his creative energy on designing satellite telecommunications systems. He spent a decade living and working as a software engineer in Paris where, among other projects, he played a key role engineering the XM/Sirius radio prototype system. His award-winning work is featured in such distinguished publications as Conde Nast Traveler, Photo District News, National Geographic Traveler, GEO Magazine, and many others. He regularly contributes his photographic talent to charitable organizations worldwide, leveraging the power of imagery to increase awareness for their causes. Hodges calls Australia and California home, but never gathers dust at either – when not taking pictures, you’ll likely find him surfing, mountain biking, or practicing yoga.
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