In May 2016, 2 groups of SOTA visited the pristine forest of Sumatra while another batch of students, went to the cool project site of the highlands of Lombok.
The Sumatran groups planted saplings of native fruit trees and engaging the local youth of Timbang Lawan village with fun and educational activities. They also painted the vermillion colored education centre with colourful colors and eye catching painting. They were rewarded with rare opportunity to meet with the Orang Utans as they trekked into the forest of Gunung Leuser National Park.
The cool mountain air of Sembalun that sits at 1700m above sea level was a much relief for the group. They helped in the rehabilitation of the Sasak’s Traditional Huts in the village. playing with mud and learning to weave bamboo strips, the youth enjoyed their activities with much pleasure and excitement. They were introduced to the famous tenun weaving of the Sasak and gets an opportunity to learn from the maestro on how to play the traditional gamelan.