Update from Management Team

Hello, Please find a quick update on what the team is doing while the school is being built. Lauren, Thomas, and Malcolm are currently studying Bahasa Indonesia at Alam Bahasa in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in preparation for their move to Sumba in May. Yogyakarta, located in Java, is a fantastic city to further become acquainted with […]

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Introducing Thomas Lerch

We are very pleased to welcome Thomas Lerch to the Sumba Hospitality Foundation management team.  He has joined our team as Deputy Director of the foundation and will be assisting in the development of all curriculum for the Sumba Hotel School.  He is from Berlin, Germany and has been living in Dubai with his wife, […]

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Radio Interview with MAX FM Waingapu Radio Station

The team participated in an interactive radio interview with the MAX FM Radio Station in Waingapu, Sumba Timur to promote awareness of the project. Our interview provoked a massive response from the community, with listeners calling in, texting and following on Facebook. This radio station has an audience within a 60 km range, where most […]

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Great Men at Work!

There are currently 40 Balinese bamboo workers building our school on Sumba. Although it is tough being posted away from home and living in tents, they continue working diligently on the project, and the fruits of their labor are displayed in this album. In order to recreate some of the comforts of home, they have […]

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Bamboo is the future!

Watch this incredible TED Talk from Elora Hardy, sustainable designer and founder of Ibuku. The school, restaurant and hotel of the Sumba Hospitality Foundation are built by Elora and her wonderful team. We decided to work together with Ibuku because bamboo is a natural sustainable material that grows very fast and is plenty in Indonesia. Though […]

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Partnership with Glion Institute of Higher Education

We are very excited to announce a partnership between the Sumba Hospitality Foundation and Glion Institute of Higher Education. After 50 years of excellence, Glion is ranked among the top three hospitality schools for preparing students for an international career in hospitality management. 11,000 alumni all over the world who have forged its reputation for excellence […]

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The Ceremony of Laying the First Stone

Together with many friends of the foundation we travelled to Sumba to attend the ceremony of laying the first stone of the school. The Merapi priest read the ceremonial sacrifices and told us that the spirits are in support of the new owner and the construction of the school. The local community gathered on the […]

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