Category Archives: Community Life & Events

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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Pilgrimage to Cartagena

By Richard Julian and Jose Gonzalez During the last week of July, myself and some fellow Abriendo Mentes volunteers started hearing about a festival that was taking place in the nearby town of Cartagena.  We learned it is a catholic … Continue reading

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Celebrating Guanacaste Day

By Angel Mercer ¡Bomba! I’m probably pronouncing it incorrectly, and spelling it incorrectly, but it’s more important that children have happyness rather than the capacity to spell it correctly, no? Thank you, Chris Gardner! Anyway, every 25th of July, Ticos celebrate the … Continue reading

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Potrero Through the Eyes of a Local Dog

“Shsssch…afuera”… I wish they’d stop saying that to me! I just want to come inside and hang out with my humans. It’s not like I’m begging for scraps or anything… okay, well maybe, but just a little bit. A dog has … Continue reading

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Health and Community in Potrero: Feria de Salud

by Lindsay Losasso One evening last week, more than 50 local residents joined Abriendo Mentes for a health fair that was held in the Salon Comúnal of Potrero. The fair, which was free and open to the public, featured various … Continue reading

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How to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Costa Rica

By Christie Vogt For most of us at Abriendo Mentes, the fourth Thursday of November tends to be a crisp day when you might be running to the store with a scarf around your neck—not strolling in flip flops past … Continue reading

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AM Joins Community to Raise Money for Cancer Research

By Jamie Nabers Last Saturday, eleven Abriendo Mentes volunteers and of course Harry Potter (Caroline’s dog) participated in the Caminata por el Tratamiento del Cáncer (Hike for the Cure of Cancer). Las Catalinas opened up their beautiful hiking trails to … Continue reading

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The Bastoneras are Back

By Patti Brown The Potrero Bastoneras (baton twirlers) rocked it out on October 12th at our end of session pizza party at Las Brisas!  They had been working very hard to perform with the school’s marching band in the Independence … Continue reading

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Veintidós…..Cincuenta y cinco….Bingo!

By: Vinny Losasso On September 15th, Costa Rica celebrated its 191st Independence Day since the country declared its independence from Spain on September 15, 1821. To celebrate the occasion, the public school of Potrero planned a march with faroles (paper … Continue reading

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