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!

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

Our first HOOP Hero!

Every so often, someone steps up and proves themself to be a real hero. At HOOP, this could be someone who has made sacrifices to personally help the Flora Tristán community, or someone who has gone to great lengths to support HOOP through fundraising or simply spreading the word about what we do here in … Continue reading Our first HOOP Hero!

Top 5 volunteer qualities that will help make a difference to the Flora Tristan community

Being a volunteer can be one of the most rewarding experiences a person can have, but it also of course benefits local beneficiaries. Below are five volunteer qualities that that will help make a difference to the Flora Tristan community: 1. Great Motivation If you are traveling abroad because of your strong desire to help … Continue reading Top 5 volunteer qualities that will help make a difference to the Flora Tristan community

Teaching kids how to think, instead of what to think

Teachers usually go to their classroom very well prepared, knowing that they have to get the students through standardized tests, and prepare them for the standardized systems of either universities or the working world. This often tends to include teaching the children what to think instead of encouraging them to think for themselves though. But in … Continue reading Teaching kids how to think, instead of what to think