Estefanía Núñez Messa

Estefanía, a graduate lawyer from Arequipa, is our Director and therefore works to keep HOOP on the trajectory towards growth. She started working here first as a Legal Coordinator where she ensured that HOOP complied with all the relevant regulations, and now manages day to day operations and develops and supervises strategic projects. It is also her responsibility to cultivate relationships with public institutions and stakeholders.


Jennifer Lazo

Jennifer is from Arequipa, and has volunteered in the UK. As someone interested in issues of equality, Jennifer is here to help you apply to HOOP and have a great volunteering experience as our Education and Volunteer Coordinator. Feel free to ask any questions on the email below:


Lucas Luna

Our Communications and Development Coordinator is an Argentinean journalist that worked on transparency and social justice projects in his home country where he ran a non-profit news agency and developed nationwide anti-corruption campaigns. Lucas attended university in Buenos Aires, led the council of students, and as an AusAid scholar earned a master´s degree in public policy from the Australian National University.


Alonso Miguel Méndez Gárate

Our Psychology Coordinator, Alonso, has previously worked with HIV patients and adolescents as well as having volunteered in various NGOs. He attended Universidad Católica San Pablo and has also participated in the psychology research group of the University of LaSalle. As an experienced psychologist, he works closely with the community, mainly with mothers and children, providing psychological care and counseling on parenting issues.


Marina Lobato Guzmán

Marina, our Social Work Coordinator from Spain, attended Granada University where she completed her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Social Work. Before joining our team, she worked for a program of the Social Development Ministry of Peru and has been teaching in elementary schools in Arequipa since 2014. As our Social Work coordinator, she will be providing the community with the support and tools they need to overcome issues they face in their daily lives.


Andrés Bermúdez Paz

After volunteering with HOOP, Andres has become our youngest Program Coordinator. Despite his young age, he has volunteered with different NGOs developing social projects focused on leadership, teamwork and emotional intelligence. He also organized the Youth to Business Forum Arequipa and initiated a social project in Brazil, supported by the UN. Currently still completing his law degree at Universidad Católica San Pablo, Andrés also works with HOOP, organizing the logistics of our school including the registration process, medical campaigns and the scholarship program.

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Vanesa Ingrid Espinoza Vigil

Our Accountant Assistant studies accountancy at Universidad Católica Santa María and is in charge of budgeting, preparing financial reports, performing clerical tasks, and ensuring all our records and transactions are in order.


Carla Lucía Ramos Benavides

After graduating from Universidad Católica de Santa Maria, Carla has mainly worked with the mothers of our community counseling as our Resident Psychologist. She comes to us with a lot of great experience, as she has previously worked with children at DEMUNA (Defensoría Municipal del Niño y del Adolescente) and Human Resources Management in Organizational Psychology here in Arequipa.