Environmental projects that make a difference

We aim to raise environmental awareness with students, tourists, and local communities. We have implemented a number of strategies in order to emphasize environmental awareness inside and outside of our school.

These are just a few:

  • Our whole campus is off-the-grid, powered by 288 solar panels
  • We use sustainable building materials that are locally sourced
  • Our water treatment system allows us to re-use 90% of wastewater for irrigation purposes.
  • We only use natural products that have minimal impact on the surrounding environment
  • We collect non-degradable waste in plastic bottles so it can be re-purposed as Eco-bricks and permanently stored away.
  • In-room air conditioning is limited to only the bed area and only for guest rooms.
  • We organize regular trash walks to ensure our mission extends further than our campus.

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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.

Our Projects


Today we are proud to successfully run two independent educational projects on Sumba: a hotel school and a training restaurant.


At the farm, we teach students new organic farming methods with long-term sustainability in mind.


As a real-life study environment for our 60 Hotel School students, we opened a small resort with a big heart: Maringi Sumba.

Makan Dulu

Training restaurant Makan Dulu is a magical real-life study environment where dreams come true for our 20 students.


We aim to raise environmental awareness with students, tourists, and local communities.


Everything we do on Sumba is for and with the local community. We love the people of Sumba and we care for their needs.