Join twenty-two middle school students from an international school in Saudi Arabia on an exciting two-week trek in a primary rainforest area in Sumatra. As a Virtual Trekkie, you will learn about the endangered orangutan, "the old man of the forest," and its threatened rainforest habitat.
Our group will hike and camp in the Gunung Leseur National Park, visit the Orangutan Rehabilitation Center in Bukit Lawang, whitewater raft and tube on the Wanpu River, explore a bat cave, and climb an active volcano in the Bukit Barisan Range. We will also visit the schools, homes and villages of the fascinating Batak people, joining them in song and dance, then boat, bike, and hike around their traditional homeland, Samosir Island in Lake Toba, one of the largest and deepest lakes in Asia.
The contact for this project is Bill Cason, Dhahran School, Saudi Arabia.
Virtual Sumatra is a KIDLINK project. More details can be found on this site.
March 30 - and the students in Saudi Arabia depart for Sumatra!
Student essays written by Paul Lane's class in Sumatra
This is research from their April rain forest trip with information on medicinal plants, poisonous plants, tropical birds, amphibians, reptiles, and primates.