Finding happiness in the Colca Canyon

Haga click aquí para la versión en Español Hi everyone! I’m Claire Naughton, about five weeks into my four-month commitment to HOOP, and a recent graduate of Kenyon College. I hail from a quiet suburb about 45 minutes outside of Chicago and chose to hop on a plane to South America immediately post-grad rather than … Continue reading Finding happiness in the Colca Canyon

Our Social Work Team kick off with new plans and ideas

Haga click aquí para la versión en Español At HOOP we started the year with lots of plans, ideas and energy. A vital part of what we plan to do in Arequipa will come out of our social area and that’s the reason why we talked to our Social Worker Coordinator, Tamara Martínez, to find … Continue reading Our Social Work Team kick off with new plans and ideas

Spanish words that have no English translation

When I was preparing to move to Arequipa with embarrassingly little Spanish last year, I remember reading in a guidebook that most businesses would have someone who spoke English. I can confirm that this is a massive lie; if you’re going to live here, you’d better get stuck into Spanish or consign yourself to a … Continue reading Spanish words that have no English translation

My return to HOOP: How have things changed?

We have been lucky to have Misha Zala from the UK volunteering with us not once, but twice! A lot has happened at HOOP since she first volunteered in April 2015. So we asked for her perspective on how things have changed since her first time round. Jumping off the combi in Flora Tristan through a cloud … Continue reading My return to HOOP: How have things changed?

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!