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Isaac's Trip to Bali/Sumatra

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Isaac will be traveling to Bali and Sumatra on a service trip to work to restore an orangutan habitat. The Sumatran Orangutan is one of the most endangered primates in the world. They will take a multiday trek in search of wild orangutans, and work with an Orangutan NGO to help restore what were once illegal palm oil plantations to healthy orangutan habitats.

Any funds raised will help Isaac on his summer journey. Thank you for your support.
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My phone rang at 9:26am and normally a call from a random number in Indonesia would be quickly rejected! Amazing that he's 8,000 miles away and it sounds like he's around the corner. They are currently in Bali and they have been working to pave a road with concrete and working in a local school. Yesterday they traveled to a cashew factory. Below is an update from the team and a few pictures.

East Bali Immersion
After a super early wake up time, we all had the ability to watch the beautiful sun rise over the ocean and pour over the volcano, making waking up worth it! With the cool breeze, birds chirping, and sometimes obnoxious roosters, we began our walk to the factory.

Today, some of us began to mix and make concrete while the rest started to fill in holes and ditches. Even with the sun beating down on us, the work was truly exciting and rewarding. Even without the cement laid down, we could already see our amazing work that would become something so great and useful for the people and children of the village who were in need of a safe and accessible road.

Luckily we were given a ride back to East Bali Immersion for some chill time and fresh, delicious lunch. Some of us fell out of hammocks and others spent time just enjoying the peaceful time in the sun. After some amazing and refreshing coconut drinks, we had lunch and then planned for an amazing time at the preschool. Spending time with such young, beautiful, and happy children is something so special and I think all of us will never forget those sweet, smiling faces.

After saying a longing goodbye, we headed back out to smooth out some more cement with the hardworking locals who seemed to never give up or slow down. It seemed as though everyone truly and genuinely saw the difference we were making. After some hard and rewarding work, we drove back with an amazing pink and blue sky floating over the beautiful volcano that was simply in our grasp at our time here in the East Bali Immersion.

After some refreshing showers, we all sat for one more delicious dinner provided by the amazing staff here. We ended this last clear and starry night with our usual evening circle around a burning fire, with an amazing surprise of roasted bananas, coconut, and chocolate along with some delicious s’mores from Nadia. What an amazing way to end the last night here in this incredible, pure place of Bali.
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This morning Marie's phone rang and it was a call from Indonesia! Isaac is having a great time. He was telling us how a group taught them a native dance and then he was able to teach them The Cupid Shuffle. Here is the update from the group blog.

Into the Jungle

July 3, 2017

The jungle trek was amazing! We saw 9 wild orangutans including a male (shown below) who came down to the forest floor which is rare for the aboral beings. We also spotted the notorious female orangutan named Mina. Our guides gave her a fruit offering and we were able to continue on our jungle adventure.

The hike was a challenging 7 hour adventure that required the use of hands and feet at times and even a rope at the end! By far the biggest support we had was from each other and from our amazing guides. Some struggled more than others with slips, stings and a few tears along the way but everyone agreed that it was more than worth it! After all, adventure is often discomfort recounted at leisure. Growth happens outside the comfort zone and we certainly grew as individuals and as a tribe of traveling nomads. That night we feasted by candle light and camped on the river bank. After dinner the clap of thunder announced the coming of the rain and we took shelter in a tent large enough for all of us. We ended the night singing with the accompaniment of guitar and the sound of rain on a tarpaulin roof.

Today, with spirits high, we floated back to civilization on inner tubes snaked together like a caterpillar.
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Update from the team:

Today was our first full day in country and we sure did seize it. Our eco lodge in Bukit Lawang is an architectural wonder made of bamboo. It over looks the river and we started the day with breakfast above the shore. Today’s service project was painting and placing boarder signs to help maintain the boundary of gunung leauser national park. To frame the experience we first talked about the impact of palm oil plantations on wildlife and then wrote about our motivations and goals for doing service (an activity called service tree). After painting yellow signs with black writing in the local language we feasted and refreshed with safe to drink local fresh squeezed juices. We then had a lesson in self care and Maslow’s hierarchy of needs. In the afternoon we trekked into the jungle in tow of our expert and friendly guide Dharma. We slipped, giggled and stomped our way off trail in order to nail up the signs. Dharma crouched down and with an excited expression and quiet voice gestured for us to move in closer. He pointed up as our first orangutan sighting swung from limb to limb right over our heads! Sumatra is hot and humid this time of year and we celebrated a successful mission by swimming in the river. After showering off and we had some intentional time for reflection. Each person had their own silent solo sit spot to read, write or simply be still in a world that’s always moving. Post dinner we had a sing along with some locals at the restaurant as they jammed on three guitars and a bongo. Western hits like “soul sister”, “wonderwall” and “hotel California” made this distant land feel not too far away after all. The night concluded with the ritual and routine of evening circle.
Painted signs
Our first Orangutan spotting
Evening meal
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Isaac and hit team touched down in Sumatra around 9pm EST last night. The group boarded their bus to drive towards to the pristine rainforest of Bukit Lawang. Once they arrived in Bukit Lawang they checked into their rooms at the beautiful Eco-lodge and got the chance to explore the unique landscape as well as prep for today's day of service with the Park Rangers from Gunung Leuser National Park. Everyone is in high spirits and extremely excited to be on the ground in Sumatra.
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