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

Trekking the Colca Canyon

One of the (many!) great things about volunteering in Arequipa is that there are some great outdoor adventures to be had right on your doorstep. Take Colca Canyon for example. It’s twice as deep as the Grand Canyon (…yes TWICE!), which is probably why it’s considered one of the deepest canyons in the world. So me … Continue reading Trekking the Colca Canyon

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

Fundraising Fun

With all the fun we’ve been having recently, it’s easy to forget that it was all in the name of fundraising. Our weekly pub quiz hosted at Wild Rover hostel seems to be getting busier every week, and to confirm our place as the trivia maestros of Arequipa, we started a new monthly quiz night … Continue reading Fundraising Fun

Migration: An Inside Story

Back in 1994, aged just 11, a girl named Rosa decided to leave her home and family in the countryside and move – alone – to Arequipa. Rosa’s story gives an insight into a much bigger picture; that every year, thousands of people make the difficult decision to move to the city in search of … Continue reading Migration: An Inside Story