Welcome, new students!


Although not the only thing going on at SHF this month, it was certainly the most monumental!
On Sunday, 23 June 2019, SHF and many honored guests welcomed Cohort 4 – 60 new students from the four regions of Sumba. The recruiting process for our students is quite extensive and began in December 2018. With nearly 800 applications for the coveted 60 student spots, the recruiting process was very challenging. We are pleased to welcome the best of the best.





The students and their families arrived in their traditional dress, followed by traditional dancer performances. The welcoming ceremony concluded with a feast that included local food from all four regions of Sumba. Our new students are embarking on a challenging life-changing adventure.

These beautiful young men and women said their tearful farewells to their families, graciously welcomed foreign and local Sumba Hospitality Foundation staff, and frankly, appeared almost scared to death – but we are confident that like those who came before them, they will be settled into their new home at the Sumba Hospitality Foundation in a very short time.




Thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Bakker

We are so grateful and want to extend a heartfelt thank you to Mr. Bakker and his wife Annet for their donation of office supplies and time. Mr. Bakker traveled to the Sumba Hospitality Foundation from the Netherlands bringing several kilos/boxes of office supplies to stock the foundation’s offices. In addition to this generous material donation, Annet Bakker, a trained nurse, volunteered on staff for two months earlier this year. We are so blessed to have so many in our Sumba Hospitality Foundation family who so generously give of themselves or provide essential resources. As part of the Sumba Hospitality Foundation family, if you are looking for a way to contribute materials please have a look at the donation possibilities. If you have a desire to personally serve as a volunteer, drop us an email or have look here first.




Join the new happiest team in the world

Curious about working at an incredible foundation where you get to work with the happiest students in the world that will not make you want to leave?

Watch the video below to get a deeper look at what working for the Sumba Hospitality Foundation is really like. We are always looking for new talent so, if you or anyone you know is interested, please contact us.


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