Vocational education as springboard

Providing education to the underprivileged youth of Sumba has been our main focus from the start.

Since 2016, we provide vocational education to high school graduates with underprivileged social and economic backgrounds, between the ages of 17 and 23 years old. Acceptance to our hotel school includes full boarding, meals, healthcare, and internships.

applications received
students selected every year
hours of teacher-facilitated training
students graduated
50 %
of graduated students is employed

Our Hotel School

Our Hotel School focuses not only on hospitality training in a live environment but also includes education in English, environmental awareness, permaculture farming, and personal development.

Since 2016, every year selected students are given the opportunity to finish their one-year program with an internship at a five-star hotel or restaurant. Our campus encompasses open-air classrooms, a fully equipped professional kitchen, an organic farm, and our training resort, Maringi.

Students can choose one of these 5 areas of hospitality:

  • Front Office
  • Housekeeping
  • Culinary
  • Restaurant & Bar
  • Spa & Wellness

Training Restaurant

We launched Makan Dulu, our second educational project, in 2020 to give even more high school graduates the opportunity to chase their dreams.

The main focus of the educational training restaurant is not theory, but practice. The curriculum includes not only culinary, restaurant, and bar service training in a real-life environment, but also English, environmental awareness, and personal development. The intensive on-the-job training is preparing our students to conquer the job market in one year’s time. Makan Dulu is located only 5 minutes away from Tambolaka Airport.

Career Launch

Our Hotel School students’ training doesn’t stop after 11 months of intense schooling. At the end of the school year, the students are sent off to enjoy a 6-month internship at internationally recognized and renowned names in the hotel and tourism industry: Alila, Aman, Bulgari, Nihi, Oberoi, Ritz Carlton, and many more.

A student counselor supports our students in creating their CV’s and preparing for job interviews. Moreover, the Sumba Hospitality Foundation keeps the graduates and alumni updated with the latest information about job opportunities. The alumni are one big family, constantly supporting each other. This network grows stronger every year and has become a big asset in their further career development.

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Creating partnerships for sustainability The Sumba Hospitality Foundation is all about sustainability and community service. In that spirit, our students recently joined forces with other groups and businesses near Kawona Beach. SHF students collaborated with Bakti Luhur Vocational School, the Sumba Tour Guide Association, and Sinar Tambolaka Hotel to restore this local attraction to…

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The Wai Humba Festival is an annual, traditional festival of Sumba that aims to protect the environment, especially the water sources of the island. The main basis of the Wai Hulba Festival is a reflection of Hinduism. This festival is not a tourist festival but a space for the consolidation of the culture of the people

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We are proud to be able to count the best of the best among our preferred partners. Most have welcomed our students for several years in a row and are employing alumni as we speak. A loyal partner from the very start has been Nihi Sumba. They employ our alumni and they have our students

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.