How multilingualism improves your brain

Knowing a second language is more than just a handy skill for travelling abroad. It makes you smarter in general. Natacha Partouns knows all about it because she is completely bilingual and studying to be a professional translator. So, what better person is there to tell us how being multilingual improves your brain? Ever since I can … Continue reading How multilingualism improves your brain

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!

Volunteering: What does it mean?

As today is International Volunteer Day 2015, we decided to ask a couple of our volunteers what volunteering means to them. Join us in celebrating the incredibly important work volunteers do on local, national and international levels. Michelle Cartier-Archambault: “Everyone has their own reasons to volunteer, but when money is not involved and you’re willing to give … Continue reading Volunteering: What does it mean?

Past HOOPsters: Where are they now?

We like to think your time at HOOP can have a big impact on who you are and where you’re going. For some people at least, volunteering is a time when you are working out what to do with your life – or getting experience in something you already know you want to do forever. … Continue reading Past HOOPsters: Where are they now?

A day in the life of… Academic Coordinator

As well as having tonnes of great volunteers teaching English, HOOP has a small team of interns helping behind the scenes. One of them is Rhona Mackay (21) from the UK. Rhona made the awesome decision of doing a year abroad as part of her degree (in Hispanic studies and History), and joined HOOP as … Continue reading A day in the life of… Academic Coordinator