From fear to fulfilment : the story of my internship

As a self-confessed nervous character, I wasn’t sure if going to a new continent was the right move for me after finishing my masters. I could barely locate Peru on the map, I had never heard of Arequipa, and I was only dimly aware of South America. I couldn’t tell you what impulse had driven … Continue reading From fear to fulfilment : the story of my internship

Building a Life in a new Country

I’ve become enough of a regular at the tienda nearest my home to have developed a nickname: “the sandia girl.” In fact, not only do I have a nickname, but the ladies at the tienda now go for the juiciest watermelon they have available when I enter the store. Now, what does this have to … Continue reading Building a Life in a new Country

Las 10 cosas que tienes que hacer para el día de Arequipa

Click here to read the English version 1. Debes salir en la víspera del Día de Arequipa a alguno de los muchos conciertos que se organizan especialmente por esta fecha. Puedes ir a un concierto en Cerro Juli, a uno de los grandes estadios de la ciudad o a uno en las principales plazas de los … Continue reading Las 10 cosas que tienes que hacer para el día de Arequipa

A continent outside the comfort zone

Haga click aquí para la versión en Español My thought process during conversation proceeds Sia-style: one, two, three, one, two, three, blink. One, two, three, one, two, three, blink. Smile. Nod. Emanate Mark Zuckerberg by emitting a stalwart squawk laugh to show approval of some witticism. Great. Good job. Solid social interaction there. Obviously, I’m … Continue reading A continent outside the comfort zone

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

Connecting the world through education and compassion!

Haga click aquí para la versión en Español Two members of Peach, a French NGO, recently visited us to get to know our work and teach the children the importance of reading and knowing other cultures. Their NGO aims to create a link between classes from different countries around the world, to share with people who … Continue reading Connecting the world through education and compassion!