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.

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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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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.

The Sumba Hospitality Foundation at a glance

The Sumba Hospitality Foundation (SHF) empowers local youth through education, providing vocational training in the hospitality industry to Sumbanese high school graduates aged between 17 and 23 from socially and economically disadvantaged backgrounds since 2016. The comprehensive program offers full board housing, healthcare, internship, and training in our social projects, including a small hotel with 5-star service and a unique restaurant specializing in Indonesian cuisine. Graduates either embark on a 6-month internship or secure immediate employment in renowned hotels or restaurants.

At the foundation, responsible tourism is more than a concept; it’s a commitment put into action. Our buildings are designed with sustainability in mind, featuring unique bamboo infrastructure, a solar panel farm, and wastewater management systems. Sustainability lies at the core of our vocational training program, empowering the next generation to become advocates for responsible tourism.


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A wide range of complementary projects to maximize our positive impact

Our students choose one of the following 5 areas of the hospitality industry: Front Office, Housekeeping, Culinary, Restaurant & Bar, Spa and Wellness. The training also includes English, life skills and environmental awareness.

Located on our campus, “Maringi Sumba” is a learning space for students and a hotel that generates income for the Sumba Hospitality Foundation. The students receive practical training and offer guests a 5-star service.

“Makan Dulu Restaurant” serves Indonesian food with a Sumbanese twist. It provides our students with one year of intensive on-the-job training. The revenue is fully reinvested into the foundation.

At our permaculture garden, we teach students new organic farming methods with long-term sustainability in mind. Its produce is served at Maringi Sumba and Makan Dulu and also incorporated into daily healthy meals for students and staff.

Sustainability is part of our DNA. Projects trespass departments and range from sustainability classes and upcycling workshops to waste management and responsible purchasing.

Since our inception, we have worked hard to create and maintain a strong community within the Foundation and beyond. Students, staff, suppliers, industry partners and alumni together form the SHF community.