Get to know the HOOP team
Get to know the HOOP team
Alonso, is a graduate psychologist from Arequipa, is our Director and therefore works to keep HOOP on the trajectory towards growth. He started working here first as a Psychology Coordinator working closely with the community, mainly with mothers and children, providing psychological care and counseling on parenting issues. Alonso has previously worked with HIV patients and teenagers. He attended Universidad Católica San Pablo and has also participated in the psychology research group of the University of LaSalle. He also loves music and shares his passion in the music classes of our school.
Our Education and Volunteer Coordinator, Yves, comes to us from France. Yves graduated from Philipps-Universität Marburg with a degree in international management. He worked as a consultant before moving to Spain, where he taught French. Yves began with HOOP as lead English teacher before becoming the academic assistant, and, finally, reached his current appointment. Yves is happy to do meaningful work in Peru, and is always willing to help potential and current volunteers.
Mauricio is our Communications and Development Coordinator. Since he graduated in communications in 2016 he has participated in several marketing projects for small and medium businesses, has worked for the newspaper La República Sur where he edited and published six newspaper supplements, and worked in the communications office of the Catholic University of Santa María in 2018. Since commencing with HOOP, he has focused on expanding and improving our local network of supporters and making connections with potential new opportunities of growth within Arequipa.
Lucía, graduated from San Pablo University, is passionate by her profession and everything involving art. She participated in an art therapy focus group, which allows her to take a more creative approach to her work. As our Psychology Coordinator, she is working with the memebers of our community; guiding, supporting and advising them on a daily basis.
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 has become our youngest Program Coordinator, regulating the logistics of our school including the registration process, medical campaigns and the scholarship program. He has volunteered with NGOs developing projects focused on leadership, teamwork, and emotional intelligence. He also organized the Youth to Business Forum Arequipa and initiated a UN-supported social project in Brazil. Andrés juggles work with HOOP with studying law at Universidad Católica San Pablo.