Borneo or Bust

We moved here just in time for Ally to participate in the middle school field trip to Borneo. Borneo is the largest island in Asia and the third-largest island in the world. It is shared by three different countries; Indonesia, Malaysia, and Brunei, and is home to the oldest rainforest in the world. Borneo’s rainforest, which is 130 million-years-old (70 million years older than the Amazon rainforest), is unrivaled in history and biodiversity.

Ally and the rest of the middle school group are flying to Jakarta today. After spending the night in a hotel, they will board another plane and fly into Pangkalan Bun (southwest Borneo) tomorrow morning. There, they will be picked up by a team of guides and taken to Kumai. Kumai maintains the largest area of protected swamp forest in South-East Asia, and it is home to Tanjung Puting National Park (established as a wildlife preserve in 1939). Today, its primary purpose is to protect Bornean orangutan from deforestation.

Once in Kumai, the students will spend five days and four nights on a klotok, a traditional wooden river boat. During the trip, they will explore the river, visit a rehabilitation center for orphaned orangutans, and trek into the rainforest to observe its natural flora and fauna. They will also have opportunities to participate in humanitarian projects at a village school, help restore a site that needs reforestation of trees, and visit the Gereen Turtle Preservation Project (where they can buy a turtle and release it back into the ocean).

This is going to be an incredible learning experience for Ally in a myriad of ways. As soon as she returns, she will post pictures of the trip and write about her experiences.

Perjalanan aman, Ally!

Tembagapura's middle school students and their teachers, Ms. Karen and Mr. James.

Tembagapura’s middle school students and their teachers, Ms. Karen and Mr. James.

Ally with a few of her friends waiting for the bus to take them to the airport in the lowlands.

Ally with a few of her friends waiting for the bus to take them to the airport in the lowlands.

Heading out to get on the bus.

Heading out to get on the bus.

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2 Responses to Borneo or Bust

  1. Don Doody says:

    That sounds so interesting. Ally is going to come home a very worldly wise young lady. Kriste, you make it all seem so wonderful. I can see now why you were interested in going. Frankly, At the time, I thought you two were nuts. Turns out I was wrong. I envy you your experiences.

    Looked like a carpet cleaning company was at your home today. Not sure. There was a blue hose coming from the truck into your home so that was my best guess.

    The rental sign is up so that ‘s good I guess.

    Be well. Warmest regards to you all,

    Don

    Sent from my iPad Don Doody 29655 N. 69th St. Scottsdale, AZ 85266 480-585-0937 Cell – 480-213-7541 doodioni@aol.com

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  2. mary doherty says:

    Whoa…what an experience for Ally. Please keep us all posted on everything. I noticed that there was a volcano somewhere over there. Can you tell us if it was near you? Mary

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