This Borneo service learning adventure will provide KIS JeJu Year 6 students with the opportunity to explore the capital city of central Kalimantan Palangkaraya, to experience the local and unique Dayak culture, interact with local school groups, have a special day visiting the orangutans including a trip to the information centre at Nyaru Menteng where you will gain an understanding about the orangutans dire situation. This tour will give you an excellent insight into all facets of Indonesian life in Palangkaraya and you will gain a deeper understanding of the plight of the wildlife due to deforestation.
This specially crafted expedition focuses on 4 areas of learning:
> Highlighting the relationship between humanity, the environment and competition between the earth’s finite resources
> Community environmental projects where students get involved by planting trees
> Developing an understanding of the importance of wildlife conservation
> Experiencing a new culture and learning about the Indonesian way of life
This trip is rated as Adventure Touring level. Although there is no commitment to extended physical activity on this journey we nonetheless want to keep the ‘accent on the active’. We therefore advise that any physical training you complete before undertaking the trip will be to good effect and enhance your travel experience. Remember the fitter you are the more enjoyable your experience will be.
SELAMAT DATANG! Welcome to Jakarta, Indonesia, upon arrival at the airport your group will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel located a short distance from the airport. Following check in your group will take an early dinner at a nearby restaurant.
Accommodation: FM7 Resort Hotel, Jakarta
We take an early morning flight from Jakarta, arriving in Palangkaraya at 7.30am. On arrival we are welcomed by our team of guides, we board the private buses waiting for us, and begin our adventure, starting with a tour of Palangkaraya. The guides will give an introduction to the town, its people, and the local districts. We then visit the traditional villages of Bukit Rawi, Tiwung and Sigi and study the different forms of sandungs, and learn more about the complex Tiwah or second burial rituals. We speak with the elders to learn how people survive in these simple villages on the banks of the Kahayan River, and how the changing river affects their lives. We return to Palangkaraya for lunch at the Kampung Lauk riverside restaurant, to try the grilled river fish specialty. Following lunch, we board the buses for the 40 minute drive to the Rungan Sari Resort, our “base camp” for our time in Kalimantan. The resort in Sei Gohong is approximately a 1 hour drive from Palangkaraya. The resort is a safe and very suitable base for our large group and is situated in beautiful gardens. This afternoon we take a short walk from the resort, to visit a professional Dayak dance academy. An active and highly awarded Dayak dance group will perform and lead a training session for us. We learn some basic steps, the welcome dance and the traditional Dayak call, and we practice together with the local school children. The performance will be followed by a sunset barbecue dinner.
Accommodation: Rungan Sari Resort
Early morning (6am) exercises around the swimming pool are available with a Korean trained specialist, followed by breakfast at 7am. This morning we learn firsthand about the method of ‘permaculture’, working in the kitchen garden of a small local school, assisting with the production of hand folded seedling pots, and preparing seedlings for potting. Following lunch, we visit Katimpun village and the Ransel Buku Foundation, set up by local community to enhance the education of village children. Ransel Buku is an educational project that brings environmental education through books reading, led group discussions and games to children at river bank villages in Central Kalimantan. This project runs by the support of village elders, parents, volunteers, and others who believe that it is the responsibility of everybody to support access to education for better future. Here KIS students will be split into two groups, group one will read books to the local children, spending time with them to improve their English. And group two will learn about the litter recycling program, collecting litter and working alongside the local people to design interesting ways to re-cycle it into other products.
Accommodation: Rungan Sari Resort
Early morning (6am) exercises around the swimming pool are available with a Korean trained specialist, followed by breakfast at 7am. Today we learn about the plight of orangutans – in the face of deforestation and rapid habitat loss. KIS students will split into two groups and rotate through the activities today. Both groups return to the Rungan Sari Resort for lunch and rest.
For the first activity we will be based at the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation (BOSF) Rehabilitation and Education Centre, where we learn about their program to rehabilitate and release orangutans into protected forests in the north of the province. Group one will visit the centre to observe young orangutans in the program, learning socialization and waiting for pre-release onto nearby islands, eventually to be released into wild safe habitat.
For the second activity board the cruise boat, the Rahai’i Pangun, from the small village of Sei Gohong for a 2.5 hour cruise around the BOSF pre-release island of Pulau Kaja. Accompanied by expert guides, learn how these islands serve as the last protected areas, with daily feeding from the foundation, for orangutans in the final stage of rehabilitation. The morning group will walk from the hotel to Sei Gohong village (20 minutes) though the forest. The afternoon group will walk to the hotel after the cruise.
Accommodation: Rungan Sari Resort
After our final breakfast at Rungan Sari Resort we drive to Palangkaraya Museum for a cultural experience with Dayak elders and youth. At the museum we are introduced to Dayak ceremonies related to birth, marriage and death, sitting in focus groups led by the elders and youth – both traditional and contemporary culture is explored. KIS Students are invited to photograph and design a short presentation using the personal computers and head phones provided by the museum. We take lunch at a traditional Indonesian restaurant in Palangkaraya with the opportunity to sample local foods. Following lunch we transfer to the nearby airport for the flight to Jakarta,
Our recent trip to Borneo was fantastic. The country and its people and animals were amazing. We saw heaps of wildlife including four wild orangutans and a herd of eleven pygmy elephants, loads of proboscis monkeys, turtles, deer, lizards, snakes, monkeys, birds, butterflies, squirrels, cats, insects and fascinating plants and flowers...Our children thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Aged six, eight and ten they coped with all that we did. They enjoyed the traveling, plane trips and different destinations. They really got into looking for wildlife and even loved the guided tour of the botanical gardens at Kinabalu.
Carolyn Field, Korumburra, VIC
Excellent, knowledgeable guides. Everything went very smoothly. This trip was outstanding and exceeded my expectations.
A Bagley, New Zealand
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