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2016-07-19  /  Visit to Timor-Leste in July 2016

Written by Max R. Hungerbuehler
On July 9, 2016 I arrived back in Dili full of expectations in respect of what would have changed during the 10 months since my last stay in this fascinating  country. The first impression was “not much”. However during my sojourn of seven days I had to find out that this was not correct. more...

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18.07.2016  /  Tourism – pillar for the future of Timor Leste

Written by Barbara Haller
To say it straight away, international leisure tourism in the 'classical sense' is actually non-existent in Timor Leste today. The nearly 100,000 annual overnight stays consist of business and domestic tourism. The latter guests are mainly international expatriates who are still stationed in the country. They spend their weekends on diving spots and sporadically in mountain areas. However, the number of expatriates has been falling since 2010, and consequently the number and income of inbound travel agencies decreased. more...

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08.07.2016  /  Volunteering in Timor - First Impressions of a Vibrant Country

Written by Benjamin Berger
It has been three weeks since I set foot in the vibrant capital of Timor-Leste, setting out to volunteer for the Timor Foundation. Over these weeks, the initial bustle of roaring microlets, persistent taxi drivers and tireless locals, selling anything from coconuts to live chickens, has given way to the more tranquil side of Dili. more...

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23.05.2016  /  The educational system in Timor-Leste – special impressions of a fascinating country

During my 10-days stay in April 2016, I had the Chance to visit various institutions and could get a concrete idea of Timor-Leste’s educational system. more...

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15.04.2016  /  TIMOR-LESTE AND SOUTHEAST ASIA, THE STATE OF DEMOCRACY AND HUMAN RIGHTS – KEYNOTE SPEECH BY JOSE RAMOS-HORTA

5TH SOUTHEAST ASIAN STUDIES SYMPOSIUM
ST. ANTONY'S COLLEGE
THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
OXFORD, 14TH APRIL 2016
 
Excellencies,
Ladies and gentlemen,
My sincere appreciation to the University of Oxford Southeast Asia Studies Project for inviting me to this year's symposium and I thank very specially Phyllis Ferguson for her hard work and flawless arrangements. more...

Dr. José Ramos-Horta

Dr. José Ramos-Horta, 1996 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, President of the Timor Foundation

Dr. José Ramos-Horta is the former President of East Timor, and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his contribution to the peaceful independence of his country. 
‪Biography‬ Dr. Ramos-Horta (Video)
He is a co-founder of the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council, the first non-state, non-governmental organisation involving (former) Heads of State in diplomatic efforts to diffuse conflict in Asia. He was the UN envoy to Guinea-Bissau acting as the Secretary-General's Special Representative and Head of the UN Integrated Peacebuilding Office in Guinea-Bissau. Ramos-Horta currently serves as the President of the Independent Panel for Peace Operations created by the UN Secretary-General last October, having started his duties in late November 2014. He received honorary degrees from universities in Australia, Brazil, Japan, the Philippines, Portugal, the Republic of Korea, Thailand and the US. more...


Our Projects

Drinking Water Treatment Project

Clean portable water has absolute priority for every living human being and has a direct effect on the quality of life. Hence the Timor Foundation engages in water projects, which allow people in East-Timor to get unrestricted access to clean water. more...


Mineral Water Project

Making mineral water available to all the population allows to improve health sustainably. Regional mineral water supports the economic interests of the country as well as the development of the tourist industry. more...


Tourism Development Projects

A continuous development of tourism is only possible with good education in the tourism-  and hotel industry. The quality of services reflects  on the future growth of the tourism industry in East-Timor. more...


Diagnostic Centre

The Timor Foundation is working to support a Diagnosis Centre by providing the existing medical professionals with training and education abroad. With the above mentioned projects the Timor Foundation supports an improved medical supply. Help which the country desperately needs. more...



Liter of Light

This project is a partner project which the Timor Foundation supports. It is run by the University of St. Gallen. more...


Hospitals

Medical care needs further improvement in Timor-Leste. Therefore the Timor Foundation will support appropriate projects improving access to and quality of services. more...




Our Partners

Canossa Institute Dili

The school of the Canossa Institute offers a high quality school education for all ages. The basis for a continuing training and education in future jobs. more...


Father Locatelli Polytechnic School

The polytechnic school of Father Locatelli offers a sustainable education for all manual areas and technical jobs. Another necessity for continued training in future jobs. more...


SCOPE ASIA Timor

The work of SCOPE ASIA focuses on the development of smart solutions for major infrastructure challenges in Asia. We support European and Asian companies in understanding the real challenges and local requirements in Asia, integrating their expertise, products and services into business ecosystems. more...


Timor Plaza Hotel & Apartment

Timor Hotel is an international standard business hotel equipped with modern amenities including conference facility, located in Dili Central close to major businesses and retail establishment. It also features Panorama Restaurant & Sky Bar which offer exquisite wine and dine experience coupled with beautiful panoramic ocean and mountain views. more...


hotelleriesuisse

hotelleriesuisse is an association of Swiss hotels. One of the leading training schools in the hotel and tourism industry. As internationally renowned partner hotelleriesuisse offers ideal cooperation possibilities for the development of a college for hotel management in East-Timor. more...


Asia Connect Center

The ASIA CONNECT Center-HSG serves as platform for experts from within and outside the University of St.Gallen. It supports the internationalization efforts of Swiss and European companies towards Asia.The University of St. Gallen now supports the Timor Foundation with their knowledge and experience in this area. more...


Prof. Ernesto Morais Foundation

The Prof. Ernesto Morais Foundation is a non-profit organization which works for the education of medical students and their concerns. In terms of the development of a diagnostic centre the FPEM is an important partner for the Timor Foundation. more...


Trunz AG Steinach

The Trunz AG is an innovative Swiss company that has made a name for themselves in the field of environmental technology. As a project partner for water projects Trunz AG is a valuable and important partner in health, water supply, education and training for the Timor Foundation. more...


Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines is one of the most awarded airlines worldwide. In 1972, the year of its foundation, the company’s fleet consisted of 10 aircraft flying to 22 cities in 18 countries most of which located in Asia. Today, Singapore Airlines operates a modern fleet of more than 100 passenger aircraft. more...


St.GallenBodenseeArea

The organisation St.GallenBodenseeArea promotes the region internationally and provides relocation support for the St.Gallen Bodensee Area, which is the third largest economic region in Switzerland with a catchment area covering 2 million people.


PMNglobal Geneva

This Geneva-based Executive & Management Development organisation, with a wider socio-legal and institutional capacity building remit, is actuated by a conviction that its three principal pillars of activities, offer a uniquely multi-pronged, ‘fit for purpose’ and ready–response approach to critical skills building, with a focus on developing and emergent economies, with a global reach. more...