Tag Archives: Education

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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What Did School Really Teach Me?

By Christine Nagle The challenge of reflecting upon what I was taught in university and adapting it to meet the needs of my students is both daunting and exciting as I enter my first month in the “real world.” Armed … Continue reading

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Kicking Off Month Two of the Summer Matching Marathon

The second month of AM’s 2013 Summer Matching Marathon has just begun. The Summer Matching Marathon (SMM) is our biggest annual fundraising campaign, where every dollar donated to Abriendo Mentes between June 1st and August 31st will be matched by a … Continue reading

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Preparing Students for a Tech-Centered Future

by Justin Stafinski    If you’re like me and 56% of Americans* living in the United States today, you own a smartphone and have likely checked your email (and possibly Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, and CNN too) before even rolling out … 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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Scientists for a Day: Field Trip to Reserva Conchal

by Becca Hurliman All 19 students arrived on time in front of the kid’s club, and all 19 students were quite eager to be scientists for the day. They were decked out in hats, long pants, and closed-toed shoes, just as … 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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On the Brink

by Gina Dettmer Six year-old Sofia’s school day is over by ten thirty, the same time that most kids in the States are just settling into their first lesson.  “Did you enjoy your classes?” I ask her as I sit … Continue reading

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