Tag Archives: Abriendo Mentes

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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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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Lacrosse the Nations: The Power to Make Positive Change

by Caroline Kirkendoll What was your favorite class in elementary school (not counting recess)? Before boyfriends and girlfriends, college essays and SAT scores, varsity letters and locker room gossip, when everyone walked to and from places in lines and traded … Continue reading

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A Piece of the Puzzle

by Lizzie Smith There are few things I hate more than the act of saying good-bye. And even worse than saying good-bye is saying good-bye to kids. It never gets any easier. Before taking the position of Director of Youth … Continue reading

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Chicago <3’s Abriendo Mentes: AM’s First Fundraiser in the US!

It’s hard for me to look back and think it has been almost a year since I was in Costa Rica working with Abriendo Mentes. Now, living in Chicago and being reacquainted with the conveniences that come with living in … Continue reading

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The Road to Playa Penca

by Jenna van Schoor I remember the first time I walked the road to Playa Penca. Becca, the Program Coordinator, was giving me my orientation tour on my second day in Costa Rica, and was showing me the town. So … Continue reading

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AM Field Trip: Gelato at the Heladeria

by Becca Hurliman We started off the first of our field trips this session with a visit to the Heladeria Italiana in the nearby Villagio Flor del Pacifico. A small group of kindergarten and first grade students congregated last Saturday … Continue reading

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Beginning the Journey

by Javiera Gutierrez I am from Santiago, Chile and I am an English teacher. It is hard to describe the reality of this community given the fact that I come from a big city. 6,026,797 people live in Santiago and Potrero … Continue reading

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