saying goodbye to one of our long-term volunteers. After seven months with HOOP, Catherine
is heading back to the UK. But before we let her go, we thought we’d ask her
some questions for our blog:
you do before you came to HOOP?
Development at the University of Portsmouth, and volunteering can be taken as a
year abroad to get experience. So in September I’ll go back to university for a
year and graduate!
you decide to volunteer at HOOP?
for half a year sounded really exciting.
you been doing at HOOP?
in Monkey class. Then In January I started working in the office as an intern,
which has included editing videos, managing our social media and newsletters
and building relationships with universities so more people like me can come
and do the same thing!
classroom and part in the communications team has given me the best of both
worlds. If I had to pick, I think it’d be being a teacher as everyday was
you say your experience with HOOP has helped with your university course and
what have you learned along the way?
all the different sides to the charity. I studied charities at university so
being able to see the organisation in real life has helped a lot.
you enjoyed the most about your time at HOOP?
the worst bit and did you face any difficulties while volunteering?
Chachani, a nearby volcano, and breaking my collar bone! I had to have surgery…which
isn’t nice when you’re so far from home, but I had support from HOOP and the
other volunteers. But don’t worry I don’t think this has ever happened to
anyone else at HOOP!
ever miss home at all and what do you miss the most about the UK?
such a good experience in Peru…The thing I miss most about the UK except my
family and friends has to be the food!
you recommend volunteering with a small NGO abroad?
of Europe, I think it was a great experience. I feel like I have managed to
experience all aspects of how a charity is run which is an important aspect of
my university course. Also everyone I met during my seven months here has been
friendly and welcoming, making for a great experience and if I could, I’d stay
a few more months!