From the Isle of Wight to Arequipa: George’s Story

Haga click aquí para la versión en Español George Fairhurst a volunteer teacher from the Isle of Wight, England is currently half way through a placement year as part of his undergraduate degree. He spent 4 months with HOOP last year teaching both Manatee and Leopard classes. Sit back and enjoy as he tells you … Continue reading From the Isle of Wight to Arequipa: George’s Story

Los 19 signos de las personas que han crecido en Arequipa!

Click here for English Arequipa es un lugar muy especial. De hecho, si has crecido aquí, tal vez consideras que tu nacionalidad es la de Arequipeño, en lugar de peruano. Hemos hecho una lista de 19 señales con las que estarás familiarizado si has crecido aquí en la Ciudad Blanca. Háganos saber si tiene alguna … Continue reading Los 19 signos de las personas que han crecido en Arequipa!

Our ‘Festival De Sabores’!

Alongside language, sharing food is one of the most important ways to understand a culture. To coincide with the International Day of Families, we recently held our first ‘Festival De Sabores’ food festival. The event was a success in bringing HOOP students, families and our volunteers from different backgrounds together in a fun setting – helping us … Continue reading Our ‘Festival De Sabores’!

How to quit your job and go volunteering

‘Love it, change it or leave it’. It seems like an easy principle to follow, but often our dreams get thrown by the wayside in favour of living comfortably. Markus Hachmöller – a current HOOP volunteer and former engineer reflects on his decision to quit his job, leave his hometown and go volunteering on the other … Continue reading How to quit your job and go volunteering

Discovering imagination through creative writing

In this week’s post, Justine Carnec (our awesome Program Assistant intern from France) tells us about the joy of sharing the gift of writing in her creative writing course. Justine has been working with local volunteer, Francesco, to unlock children’s imaginations through storytelling as part of our Saturday club. If you have a passion for creative writing, please … Continue reading Discovering imagination through creative writing

How multilingualism improves your brain

Knowing a second language is more than just a handy skill for travelling abroad. It makes you smarter in general. Natacha Partouns knows all about it because she is completely bilingual and studying to be a professional translator. So, what better person is there to tell us how being multilingual improves your brain? Ever since I can … Continue reading How multilingualism improves your brain