All posts tagged: Sumba

Sumba Hospirality Foundation permaculture gardens

The permaculture gardens of the Sumba Hospitality campus

Orin has been working on the gardens at the Sumba Hospitality Foundation as long as the IBUKU team were planning the beautiful buildings. They have really become something special. The Sumba Hotel School is setting a new tone for development on an island that is rapidly becoming another tourism destination in Indonesia. Built entirely of bamboo, this school offers high quality hospitality training to underprivileged young men and women on the island. The campus is off the grid and powered by solar power. Water is recycled and reused to water the gardens. The landscape is designed following permaculture ethics and principles. It includes a extensive food forests, an annual market garden, rotating animal system,  a collection of edible street trees, medicinal plants, and other perennials used for food and animal fodder. Students learn not only how to work in hospitality industry,  but are also taught how to care for the land and how to grow food and raise animals sustainably. It is a beautiful illustration of how to help traditional peoples enter the modern world …

Sumba Hospitality Foundation Graduation (5 of 5)

The first Sumba Hospitality Foundation graduates!

“I was honored to witness the graduation of Sumba Hospitality Foundation‘s first class. An incredibly moving experience to watch 39 graduates and their families celebrate this milestone after seeing how hard Inge has fought to make this happen. We now have four graduates interning at Bambu Indah for six months. Come and meet them.” This weekend was a very special weekend for us at The Sumba Hospitality Foundation; we celebrated the end of a fantastic year with the graduation of our first class of students. It was a spectacular event and creativity flowed throughout the campus, from the beautiful decorations made by our students to the joyful dance and choir performances, not forgetting the heartfelt speeches. It was a highly emotional day for everybody as we watched the 39 young men and women receive their certificates and stand proudly in front of their friends and family. The celebration clearly showed the progress and confidence of our students, however we know their journey isn’t over yet. They are about to take their first steps into the world of work …

Sumba beach

Travel notes from Sumba

Just returned from Sumba, on a trip to see the progress of The Sumba Hospitality Foundation‘s campus currently being constructed by Ibuku. Sumba is the most magic island. Beautiful people, beautiful beach and a beautiful place to stay- Nihiwatu. The property of Chris Burch and James McBride. They have two things you can’t miss- Rice Island, which is literally a hill in the middle of the biggest rice field you’ve ever seen, complete with lunch on a hill. Walk there in an hour and forty five minutes. It’s a journey, really beautiful. The next thing you do is called Spa Safari– another walk through the most beautiful, untouched Sumba, through a traditional village, until you get to the ricefields flowing down to the sea. Spa Safari is your own small safari house, with a small table set up for lunch for two beside two massage tables and a delicious bed for many things. It’s beyond romantic. A place you shouldn’t miss. -JH With Chris Burch. Shots from The Sumba Hospitality Foundation‘s campus, a work in …

Sumba Hotel School by Ibuku

A school in Sumba

Sumba, an  island in eastern Indonesia,  is a totally remarkable place. A thin veneer of Christianity overlaying a wild and crazy animist culture. Beauty beyond compare. Ibuku is having the pleasure of building a school in Sumba, a school for training kids to work in the tourist industry, which is inevitably coming. That school is going to be all bamboo and truly beautiful. Exciting times in Sumba. -JH The school was founded by the Sumba Hospitality Foundation. The Foundation was established to provide hospitality and agricultural development education and to raise awareness and responsibility of young and underprivileged students, with a focus on education, protecting the environment, promoting sustainable tourism and exploring new possibilities to help the people of Sumba and surrounding islands. The Foundation has the following to say about their hotel school, currently being built out of bamboo with the help of the builders of Ibuku: It is our belief that Tourism can be a positive force in a poverty stricken region particularly when its community is involved in the process. It is …

Sumba House at Bambu Indah by Brian Hodges

The Sumba House at Bambu Indah

A few years ago, on one of  John’s regular trips to Sumba, he fell in love with the traditional Sumba houses. He and his daughter, Elora, decided to replicate one using bamboo in Bali in the grounds of Bambu Indah. The final result is spectacular, unlike anything in Bali, and has become a favorite room for the Bambu Indah guests. Elora Hardy on the design process: While visiting Sumba once, Dad [John Hardy] and I had the chance to go inside a traditional home. Sitting on mats inside the homes, we felt such a sense of calm and peace. The proportions and layout of the space felt right, like something that could only evolve over the centuries. It was cool and shaded inside, protected from the hot dry Sumba sun, and a bit of breeze flowed through the gaps between the bamboo. The porch was also a wonderful place to be; we sat there with the grandmothers weaving, and small kids tumbled around. Each home followed similar proportions and layout, with the cooking hearth at the …