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

One man´s trash is another community´s garden

Haga click aquí para la versión en Español My name is Marion. I am 33 years old, and I arrived in Arequipa, Peru, in March 2016 to teach English. When I first heard about HOOP I immediately wanted to be a part of the team, as I loved the work they were doing with the … Continue reading One man´s trash is another community´s garden

Introducing our seventh English class!

If you have ever volunteered at HOOP, you will know we have six English classes, right? Wrong! As of this school year, we have opened a brand-new class: Manatee. Our seventh class, named after the charming Amazonian aquatic herbivore, opens up an important educational niche for some of our older children with beginner-level English. While … Continue reading Introducing our seventh English class!

That time Silvia was awarded for her work with women

The day before International Women’s Day, HOOP’s social worker Silvia Mattiuzzi received a phone call. Nothing special, but when she hung up, she said: “They’re gonna give me an award tomorrow at the municipality ceremony for International Women’s Day!” The next morning, I arrived at the event with HOOP’s Communications Director, Tom to join hundreds of women … Continue reading That time Silvia was awarded for her work with women

Looking at the past, present and future of women in Peru

Girls are often asked, “What would you like to be when you grow up?” Unfortunately, there is a huge gap between childhood hopes and the reality of growing up in a world where opportunities are not equal. So, on International Women’s Day 2016, we held a special workshop on women who have helped shape the world. … Continue reading Looking at the past, present and future of women in Peru

How I died and then hula-hooped on a volcano

It was day one of the record attempt, and our four-wheel-drive car approached the final hill between us and the start of the Chachani hike. When we were within sight of our drop zone, on a steep section of the dusty track, our vehicle had had enough. After three hours of being tossed like a … Continue reading How I died and then hula-hooped on a volcano