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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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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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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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One Year Ago Today

by Lindsay Losasso Has it really been a year already??? One year ago today, I made my first trek down the dusty, bumpy roads to Potrero. After a whirlwind month of stateside preparations, my husband and I had condensed our … 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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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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Back to School: An Update on Our Brasilito Program

by Jamie Nabers For me, this session started off with a feeling of curiosity. Curiosity if the kids would remember their English classes, remember their ‘FUN’ Thrilling Thursday activities, their teachers, and their love for learning. And without a shadow … Continue reading

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Potrero Community: An Update on the Story Learning Project

by Becca Hurliman Photos are starting to come into the office: pictures of chunky babies held in arms covered with tattoos, a number of stoic faces and shy smiles along with the occasional grin, the blurred images of an evening … 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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