Quit Corperate for Global Social Justice


E21- Your Mountain is Waiting

Thomas, from England, and I met at my first “hangover ceviche” which was always the Sunday morning after a late night of dancing and drinking around Arequipa. He mentioned to the table that a wonderful coworker was teaching him Spanish, and it was refreshing to hear another English speaker find it important to learn the countries language, while so many refuse to put in the effort.  Shouting over clinking plates, in between bites of octopus in chimichurri and lime-soaked fish, I asked what he was doing in Arequipa and he mentioned that he was working for a non-for profit called HOOP that focused on afterschool programs for underprivileged children in the outskirts of the city. I loved his straight-forward sensibility about social justice as if it should be a logical default for everyone to practice. Together, we discuss why he chose to leave his corporate job to work for an NGO Abroad, how living in Peru had changed him, and how he had translated his privilege in the world and chooses to use it for the benefit of others.

In this episode, we discuss

  • Why he left his corporate job to travel and decided to work in social justice

  • Why he decided to travel the world and what that provided him with

  • Why he decided to unite work and travel

  • Why he decided to work in Peru

  • His thoughts on the “white savior” complex

  • His thoughts on working in an NGO vs a corporation

  • The costs and benefits of NGOs in developing countries

  • What is HOOP and their social justice focus

  • What it is like to work and teach children

  • What it is like to work with people from other cultures

  • How living in Peru has changed him

Here is more information about HOOP if you would like to work or volunteer with them! It attracts the gems of the world :D