One year ago I was living the dream in Arequipa surrounded by a family of HOOPsters, never ending sunshine, and stunning volcanoes. I would do anything to have a taste of HOOP life again, so back in April I decided to take on the famed UK ‘3 Peaks Challenge’ with a team of seven other … Continue reading Just keep walking !
The day before my flight to South America, I found an old notebook where I’d created a bucket list. I opened it and read: ‘One day I would like to live in South America.’ I can’t remember writing it, but it made me smile, because there I was, beside my already-packed backpack and my boarding … Continue reading From dreaming to doing
As I am welcomed into the home of Señora Maria Teresa to complete the yearly social work survey, sounds and smells assault me. A dog barking in one corner of the courtyard, a chicken wandering, and little Josue running around with a small kitten yelling “Teacher, Teacher, Teacher”. Working with HOOP Peru as the social work … Continue reading Building trust from the heart of the community
As a self-confessed nervous character, I wasn’t sure if going to a new continent was the right move for me after finishing my masters. I could barely locate Peru on the map, I had never heard of Arequipa, and I was only dimly aware of South America. I couldn’t tell you what impulse had driven … Continue reading From fear to fulfilment : the story of my internship
I’ve become enough of a regular at the tienda nearest my home to have developed a nickname: “the sandia girl.” In fact, not only do I have a nickname, but the ladies at the tienda now go for the juiciest watermelon they have available when I enter the store. Now, what does this have to … Continue reading Building a Life in a new Country
When I try to speak Spanish, my mind clouds and what spurts out is a kind of stilted gibberish. Luckily, communication is more than 90 percent body language, and so when I sat with last month’s mom of the month and watched her tear up when talking about her experience with HOOP, I understood her. … Continue reading Small Changes – A World of Difference