Author Archives: Abriendo Mentes Potrero

AM Youth Programming has Physical Benefits that Extend Beyond the Classroom

By Molly Burns Whether it be memories of Saturday morning soccer games, making friends in PE class, or pre-ballet recital jitters, for most of us childhood memories are inextricably linked to sports and team activities in one way or another. … Continue reading

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Bringing the family to Potrero

Ted Haile has been Abriendo Mentes’ Technology Coordinator since September 2013. He moved to Potrero from Los Angeles with his wife Kristina, and three sons, Jonathan (11), Noah (8) and Orion (5). He is a software engineer by trade, and … Continue reading

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Brasilito perspectives

Written by Richard Julian In this new series of blog posts I am going to delve a little deeper into what it is like to volunteer here in Costa Rica with Abriendo Mentes. I hope to use my position as … Continue reading

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A Day Trip to Cartago

By Becca Hurliman A couple weekends ago I took the opportunity to travel up to San Jose and Cartago for the day.  For the first time in a long time, I put on my blue jeans and packed a sweater … Continue reading

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Carrera de Cintas: Guanacaste Tradition celebrated in Potrero

Written by Abigail Sampson One of my favorite things about Costa Rica are the festivals and ‘Dia de something’s…’ of which there are many, celebrated in even the smallest communities. A couple of weeks ago, hundreds of cowboys rode into … Continue reading

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Potrero Fishing Adventures

By Lindsay Losasso On a recent weekend, while I had some friends visiting in Potrero, we thought it would be fun to try something new and charter a fishing trip. I made arrangements for a half day tour with the … Continue reading

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What’s New with Trivia?

By Sheila Serafino Do you know the name for a male rhinoceros? Or what large animal Indian howdahs utilize to carry their human passengers? Me neither. But thankfully trivia is a team game, and the other members of Shorty’s+1 brought … Continue reading

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Stories from Monteverde

This July break, many staff and volunteers made the same plan without realizing it: to check Monteverde off of their “must-do in Costa Rica” lists. Some traveled together and others made their plans independently, but they all have stories (and … Continue reading

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Faces from the Community/Caras de la Comunidad: Luz

Originally posted by Mujeres Activas de Potrero on August 13, 2013 Luz Maria Rivera is a familiar face in Potrero. Almost any day you’ll see her behind the counter at Super Ceymi, gladly helping customers with their grocery list, but also with recipes, … Continue reading

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Speaking Spanish: A Training Plan

By Mary Cox I never thought I’d be a runner, but with a training plan and encouragement of friends and family, I found myself at the finish line of more than one half marathon.  Through that experience I came to … Continue reading

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