Tag Archives: ESL

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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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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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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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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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 Office Steps

by Gina Dettmar Xavier is one of my favorite adult English students, always hungry to learn, always wanting a more difficult verb to conjugate or more complex sentence to unpack. “This class was very hard,” he says and his eyes … Continue reading

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An Interview with AM Adult Student Chris

AM volunteer Ashley Corey recently interviewed one of her adult English students, Chris. Keep reading to learn about his background and interests! What is your name and where are you from? Christopher, the Central Valley of Costa Rica What do … Continue reading

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Interview with AM Adult Student Didier

Meet one of our adult English students! John, an AM volunteer helping in Brasilito, recently interviewed Didier, a student in Brasilito. Learn more about his background, hobbies, goals, and—the most important question—Superman or Batman? What is your name and where … Continue reading

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Back to Basics

Written by: Anna Hergt First session break has commenced, giving us a chance to reflect on the past couple months and how much we have accomplished in our first session. Between the everyday classes, the field trips, and the special … Continue reading

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Adam’s Song: Potrero Life

Many of ya’ll reading this blog may be potential donors or volunteers that are interested in Abriendo Mentes, or potential visitors that are thinking about traveling to Costa Rica to experience life in paradise.  But beyond beaches and sun, what … Continue reading

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