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

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