How I died and then hula-hooped on a volcano

It was day one of the record attempt, and our four-wheel-drive car approached the final hill between us and the start of the Chachani hike. When we were within sight of our drop zone, on a steep section of the dusty track, our vehicle had had enough. After three hours of being tossed like a … Continue reading How I died and then hula-hooped on a volcano

Intern interviews intern: an insight into HOOP’s comms team

Recently we’ve had a brand new pair of hands on deck in the HOOP communications team. In fact, the new addition to the team is… me (Maggie from New Zealand – hi!). Being the new comms intern, I decided to pick the brain of the older and wiser intern to get some further insight to … Continue reading Intern interviews intern: an insight into HOOP’s comms team

Ain’t no mountain HOOP enough (World Record update)

For the past few weeks it’s been all about hula hooping, extinct volcanoes and world records here at HOOP. The reason is simple – we want to raise $10,000. We’re doing this by climbing Chachani, a 6057m high extinct volcano and hula hooping at the top to (hopefully) break the world record in high altitude … Continue reading Ain’t no mountain HOOP enough (World Record update)

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

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

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