What responsible tourism can look like in Sumba

Sumba’s unexplored beaches and quaint villages are set for a tourism boom, and your relaxing getaway in this island resort will help enthusiastic locals like Jeffry meet the demand – funds go towards training programmes to hone their hospitality skills.

MEET JEFFRY

Curious, cheery and always ready with a smile, Jeffry is more than happy to show you around the place he calls home - the beautiful island of Sumba! Located near Bali, Indonesia, Sumba’s stunning coastline and lush greenery makes it an appealing attraction for travellers looking to get away from the crowds. He’s the proud graduate of a training programme by Sumba Hospitality Foundation, which provides Jeffry and the local farming community the opportunity to gain the skills needed to reap the economic benefits of tourism.

To see economic growth for the future, you have to teach local people, so that they will have the opportunity to work on their island.

Redempta TetaBato,
Director, Sumba Hospitality Foundation

FUN IN THE SUN

Who doesn't love relaxing on the beach? Or how about visiting a Sumbanese village to learn about their culture and traditions? For something a little more adventurous, you can also explore the Blue Waterfall, named for its unbelievably blue waters. These are just a few of the possible itineraries – there’s much more to explore, depending on your tastes and how much time you have.

DOWN TIME ON THE ISLAND

During your stay, you can also spend some time getting to know the students to learn more about Sumba, or share any valuable experiences that may deepen the students' knowledge or thirst for learning. If you feel like it, you can even participate in their community English classes, or sit in a culinary class!

Rise to a beautiful morning in a bamboo villa on Sumba island!
The beautifully-constructed pavilion lets you enjoy nature from the comfort of your peaceful room.
The resort is actually part of the Sumba Hospitality Foundation’s campus, where enthusiastic locals are being trained to welcome the growing number of tourists visiting the island.
SHF selects just 40 students every year for a year-long programme in which the students are trained by professionals from the tourism industry.
Taking a break from studies, the Sumbanese youth engage in an energetic game of football. Guests are welcome to participate too!
The on-campus hotel school includes five bamboo guest pavilions, which are tended to by students.
Photo Credit: Grace Baey
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THE DIFFERENCE YOU MAKE

EMPOWER SUMBANESE YOUTH, ENCOURAGE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

The Sumba Hospitality Foundation selects only 40 students every year to attend their training programme. These are underprivileged high school graduates who would otherwise not have the opportunity to pursue higher education. By staying in any of the five beautiful bamboo guest pavilions in the on-campus hotel school, you help fund the school programme and give students like Jeffry on-the-job training.

The school is run entirely on solar power, and a large part of the campus is dedicated to a permaculture farm. Students learn sustainable farming techniques as part of their curriculum, and share this knowledge with their families back home, and the hope is to set a precedence for sustainable development on the island.

GETTING THERE

There are two flights daily from Denpasar, Bali to Tambolaka in Sumba Barat Daya. Guests can arrange for an airport pick-up for a small fee of IDR 100,000. Car rental (inclusive of a driver) is also available for guests who wish to explore further parts of the island.

TRAVELLER'S NOTES

Do bring cash as credit cards aren’t commonly accepted
You will also need sunscreen lotion, mosquito repellent and beachwear
SHF welcomes year-round, but is closed during the school term break. This is usually in end-May, and from end-December to the first week of January.

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