A solo trip to Borneo sealed the deal on a dream job for John Trybus. Not too shabby for a few weeks away.
After college, John, 22, was searching for a full-time job. He didn't get the one he expected to. But rather than feel sorry for himself, he took it as a sign. And an opportunity to travel for awhile.
He learned of a "trip of a lifetime" to Borneo, and signed up to go orangutan trekking with Dr. Birute Galdikas. She's the world's leading expert on orangutans. She has spent more than three decades living with and studying them at a reserve called Tanjung Puting Reserve.
John's trip to Borneo, sponsored by the Orangutan Foundation International, was not out of the blue. He had worked at National Geographic and had always been fascinated by the culture of Asia. And he's been interested in primates and their natural world since he was a child. Ever since seeing "Gorillas in the Mist," the movie about Dian Fossey.
The Borneo group was fantastic, he says. He was younger than the dozen other people on it, but everyone was nice. And intriguing. "You would expect a trip like this to bring an unusual type of person and it did."