Our visit to Sumba Island had a great impact on our lives. Even though Sumba Island’s scenery left us speechless, we were stunned to see how the locals lived. When we visited the traditional Sumbanese Village, the poor living conditions they were experiencing brought tears to our eyes.
These villagers have the warmest hearts. They are all incredibly friendly and wonderful. They even extended an invitation for us to visit their homes so we could view how the bamboo houses are set up and what were inside. The bamboo floors of the hut are where the residents sleep without pillows or mattresses. Their kitchen lacked ventilation and was located in the center of the house. Being invited in was such an honor and privilege, and the whole thing left us feeling quite humble.


The Training of The Youths of Sumba Hospitality Foundation

The Training of The Youths of Sumba Hospitality Foundation Through our avidOutReach Program, we had the opportunity to provide the Sumba Hospitality Foundation’s students and staff with empowerment through the delivery of a one-week leadership and personal development program.

The program’s modules, which included Leading in Customer-Centric Culture, Coaching, Effective Communication in Hospitality, The CorporateAthlete, and Managing Generation Gap, were designed to engage and motivate the participants.

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The School of Sumba Hospitality Foundation

Being able to stay in the bamboo pavilions during our avidOutreach Program was a truly incredible experience for us. Visitors and volunteers are welcome to stay at The Sumba Hospitality School, the on-campus hotel school run by The Sumba Hospitality Foundation (SHF). In addition to staying in a hotel, you can get to know the students better and support them as they work to develop the island’s tourism industry, which will ultimately benefit the community.

SHF has made educating the underprivileged youths of Sumba a top priority since 2016. They offer vocational training to high school graduates from disadvantaged social and economic backgrounds between the age of 17 to 23 years old. The school is not only focused on practical hospitality training; they also prioritize on the English education, sustainability, permaculture farming, and personal growth.

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