Your new life starts here

Our Hospitality School and our Training Restaurant deliver a curriculum that encompasses a range of skills focusing on hospitality and sustainability. Students learn in beautiful, open-air classrooms and receive challenging and diverse lessons, delivered by a team of local and international teachers and volunteers. The majority of classes are given in English in order to encourage the progression of our students.

Acceptance to our hotel school includes full boarding, meals, and healthcare. The curriculum balances subjects including hospitality, sustainability, and English alongside critical thinking and entrepreneurship. Our aim is to produce career-minded individuals, who possess the optimal balance of skills, knowledge, and attitude.

Sumba Hospitality Foundation believes that education is the best prevention against child labor, prostitution, and human trafficking on the island of Sumba. We want to give equal access to education and do not discriminate based on religious beliefs or tribal associations.

Students from all corners of Sumba

Over the years, our students have been selected from all corners of the island to create impact from within the most distant villages in Sumba Barat, Sumba Barat Daya, Sumba Tengah, and Sumba Timur.

Our activities in Beautiful Sumba

Hover you mouse over the map of Sumba to find out more about Sumba Hospitality Foundations work with the people of Sumba.

We are involved in Sumbanese Society at all levels, from collaboration with local government to working directly with the communities of Sumba.

Our activities in Beautiful Sumba
Sumba Barat Daya Sumba Barat Sumba Tengah Sumba Timur

Sumba Barat Daya

Ratenggaro village in Sumba

Southwest Sumba is the most populous region of Sumba. In its capital Tambolaka, you’ll find Sumba Hospitality Foundation’s offices, as well as our social enterprises: Makan Dulu (restaurant) and Maringi (resort).

Sumba Barat

South Sumba has always been a hidden gem for surfers. The endless stretches of beach are stunning. Here you can find Nihi, a unique 5-star resort, and an important partner of Sumba Hospitality Foundation since day one.

Sumba Tengah

Central Sumba has a lot to offer: the most amazing waterfalls are hidden all over this central part of Sumba. Although not densely populated, students from several villages in this region have found their way to our school.

Sumba Timur

East Sumba is the largest, and probably the most traditional region of the Island. It hosts Sumba’s biggest city, Waingapu, as well as countless traditional villages, and the enchanting landscapes of Bukit Wairinding.

Choose an area of hospitality training

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

Students can apply for one of these 5 main areas. Classes cover the in-depth theory on the chosen subject and provide opportunities to practically apply gained knowledge. Additionally, all students study English, computer skills, life skills, and permaculture.

Are you a motivated high school graduate, between the ages of 17 and 23 years old? Did you finish high school and do you have a basic knowledge of English? Are you able to relocate to our Tambolaka Campus for a year? Our hotel school might be something for you..

The selection process

After we received all applications, members of the Foundation and our NGO Partners run the selection of students, which consists of 5 steps:

“For me, there is no greater joy than welcoming new students to our campus. It warms my heart to see so much motivation, dedication, and eagerness in these young people. Every year I have the privilege to become the mother to 80 new children, that’s how it feels. Years later it makes me proud to meet them again when they are working in renowned hotels and restaurants all over Indonesia … and beyond. What a blessing!”