Behind the masks and colours of the Candelaria

Two weeks ago, a group of HOOPsters embarked on a weekend trip to Puno to join the festivities of the Fiesta de la Virgen de la Candelaria. It was an eclectic and lively few days, and we arrived back in Arequipa tired but with lots of colourful memories. Here’s HOOP programs intern Justine to tell us more about Candelaria and … Continue reading Behind the masks and colours of the Candelaria

The story of urban migration in Peru

Most of the HOOP families live in Flora Tristán, a type of community also often defined as an informal settlement, asentamiento humano or pueblo joven. The stories of our families, among many more, are often the stories of migrating to urban areas in the prospect of a better life. In this blog Richie Dean, currently studying a … Continue reading The story of urban migration in Peru

Meet the World Record Challengers

You might have heard us buzzing about hula hoops, mountains and world records for the past couple of days, and it’s all for a good reason. We are aiming to raise $10,000, by climbing Chachani (6057m) and hula hooping at the top. Please support us by donating here! Campaign leader (and comms intern), Elise spoke to four of the … Continue reading Meet the World Record Challengers

International Literacy Day

As this week marked the date of International Literacy Day, our School Coordinator Rhona Mackay from England (in the picture above) takes a look at the many (and sometimes surprising) benefits of literacy – and what HOOP does to help – in this week’s blog. Worldwide there are 775 million people aged 15+ without basic literacy … Continue reading International Literacy Day

A Pizza Epiphany

We’ve come a long way since an intrepid group of travellers came to Arequipa and set up HOOP in 2012. Now a fully-fledged NGO, with a network of hundreds of people around the world, HOOP co-founder Teresa reflects on HOOP’s amazing growth in this week’s blog. Since HOOP started back in 2012 – with a … Continue reading A Pizza Epiphany

How I got HOOPed into charity work in Peru

In this week’s blog, one of our fantastic Aussie volunteers, Lauren, tells us how she unexpectedly found herself volunteering at HOOP. When I first came to South America, I hadn’t planned on working with kids. I’m a backpacker at heart, so I wanted to see the world, try new experiences, and eat everything I can … Continue reading How I got HOOPed into charity work in Peru