HOOP is a non-profit organisation enhancing the education of disadvantaged children and their families in Flora Tristan and the surrounding communities
Helping Overcome Obstacles Peru (HOOP) was founded in Flora Tristán in 2012. After witnessing first-hand the poverty, social problems, and lack of opportunities in the community, the HOOP co-founders decided they would do whatever they could to help. Knowing the transformative power of education, they set up HOOP as a registered charity with the aim of lifting families out of poverty through projects delivered at our school in Flora Tristán.
HOOP has continued to grow ever since, and is now an important part of life for many families in the community. The relationship and trust we have is exceptional and allows us to create a lasting impact on the lives of the families we work with.
We believe education is for everyone, so we provide strategic educational programs to give people of all ages the opportunity to advance their education, health, self-confidence and better their quality of life.
There are different projects running at HOOP.
Children have to be registered to school by law in order to be able to join the afternoon program at HOOP.
During the week there is an English program, homwork help, art classes, sports game, play and more.
On Saturday mornings there is a Science program.
In order to better the relationships with the parents of the children, HOOP has been implementing a Social Work Program lead by a psychologist and social worker.
The volunteer work involves:
Planning and delivering five English classes per week, each lasting one hour
Supervising homework help or in the playground for 45 minutes after English class
Record lesson plans and monitor student progress and update student records
Participating in weekly volunteer meetings
Building relationships with the parents
Updating teaching materials and notify the Volunteer Coordinator of any additional resources required
Taking part in the organization and delivery of occasional HOOP fundraising initiatives
Fluent in English
Basic to intermediate Spanish skills preferred, or a willingness to learn
Experience working with children
Experience living or working abroad preferred
A Successful candidates will be:
Organized and reliable, with good time management
Creative and resourceful to be able to work in a development environment and make best use of HOOP’s limited resources
Flexible and responsive to the frequently changing needs of the organization and community
Approachable and personable to build effective relationships with the HOOP team, students and local people
Volunteers cover the cost of their hostel stay, food, and transportation
One time $250 payment which covers:
- Personal service during application process and before arrival
- Three induction/training sessions on arrival over three days before starting your placement
- We run workshops for volunteers every month on key topics relevant to our project
- Access to our office where you can plan lessons in our resource area, use the volunteer computer, or hang out on our roof terrace!
- Our volunteer coordinator is available 24 hours a day as your local emergency contact
- Support finding accommodation in Arequipa
- Your very own HOOP t-shirt!
- A reference on successful completion of your placement
- Confirmation of your place as a HOOP volunteer
Please fill out the application form through the following link:
Once an application form is received, a Skype call will be scheduled wit the Volunteer Coordinator.
After the call, a place is offered and preliminary volunteer information is sent before the arrival of the volunteer.
Upon arrival, there is a 3 day induction process.
A reference and Criminal Background Check also need to be sent prior to arrival.
We also accept volunteers for administrative positions.
Message us regarding internships in communications, project management, and development, and prepare a CV and cover letter as well.