Category Archives: AM Perspectives

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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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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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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Counting our Success Stories

By Mary Cox I sat down at the table for dinner in the home of my host family, and asked my Abuela Tica about how she came to know “Mery and Drew” (our founders). She answered that she met them … Continue reading

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Adventures in Nicaragua

By Sassy Weinstein When I say adventures in Nicaragua, I mean adventures in the fullest and most literal way possible. It all began at the border between Costa Rica and Nicaragua: one of the most bizarre situations my three friends … Continue reading

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“First Time Abroad” Apprehensions

by Kristen Bridgford I still remember sitting in that little empty lounge at my university when I did my Skype interview with Becca and Lindsay. I remember I was transported to a different world with them where the palm trees … Continue reading

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