The First Week of Classes

July 2, 2016 First Week of Classes! Classes have begun! The students jumped into to their first week of classes, splitting their time between English Class with Laura and Grant and studying the student handbook with Thomas and Aten. In English class they learn basic phrases, introductions, possessive pronouns and numbers. In Thomas’s class the […]

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July 1st Welcoming of the Students

Welcoming the new students!At 10 am the students arrived from all over Sumba and gathered at Pak Franz’s house, our neighbor who lives 50 meters from the school. They walked together with their parents to the gate where the Merapu priests, locals and children from the elementary school welcomed them with dances, music and speeches .It […]

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A Story of Hope

A Story of Hope Please read the story written by Paulce Parrera, our local student counselor, who is doing the home visits to find out more about the living conditions of our selected students and the motivation of the whole family to support them in their studies.

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Our Newest Board Member, Redempta (Dempta) TeteBato

Dempta, was born and raised in Sumba baratdaya. She has been working with NGOs for over 20 years in a wide range of fields. She has experience with child protection policy and education monitoring services to measure the impact of training and logical framework analysis. Because she values the importance of education, Dempta went back […]

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Update from Management Team

Hello, Please find a quick update on what the team is doing while the school is being built. Lauren, Thomas, and Malcolm are currently studying Bahasa Indonesia at Alam Bahasa in Yogyakarta, Indonesia in preparation for their move to Sumba in May. Yogyakarta, located in Java, is a fantastic city to further become acquainted with […]

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Introducing Thomas Lerch

We are very pleased to welcome Thomas Lerch to the Sumba Hospitality Foundation management team.  He has joined our team as Deputy Director of the foundation and will be assisting in the development of all curriculum for the Sumba Hotel School.  He is from Berlin, Germany and has been living in Dubai with his wife, […]

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Radio Interview with MAX FM Waingapu Radio Station

The team participated in an interactive radio interview with the MAX FM Radio Station in Waingapu, Sumba Timur to promote awareness of the project. Our interview provoked a massive response from the community, with listeners calling in, texting and following on Facebook. This radio station has an audience within a 60 km range, where most […]

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The Sumba House

Below is a link to a fantastic article about the Sumba House at Bambu Indah, an extraordinary eco hotel in Bali founded by John and Cynthia Hardy.  They have created a guest house using the unique design of a traditional Sumbanese home.  We are very excited that Ibuku, founded by John’s daughter, Elora, has designed […]

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Great Men at Work!

There are currently 40 Balinese bamboo workers building our school on Sumba. Although it is tough being posted away from home and living in tents, they continue working diligently on the project, and the fruits of their labor are displayed in this album. In order to recreate some of the comforts of home, they have […]

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