Tag Archives: Potrero Youth

What do you do here? Part 1

by Becca Hurliman I’m asked this question a lot.  It’s hard to answer.  How do I really explain what I do as an American living in a rural beach town in Central America, in a country whose native language is … Continue reading

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Hemos Crecido Juntas

de Natalie Ortiz Cómo se aleja uno de un proyecto que está floreciendo? Es como plantar una semilla ver crecer el árbol, acariciar la flor pero alejarse al ver nacer el fruto.  El fruto no es mío, es ahora del … Continue reading

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Taking the Plunge

                By Jenna van Schoor Last Sunday I went scuba diving for the first time in five years. We, a group of AM volunteers and staff, left the bay of Playa Potrero at … Continue reading

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Familiar and New

By Jenni Gillespie Like the juxtaposition of cornfields and coconut trees; or a cow pasture and a banana grove. I have had the opportunity to live in several countries around the world and each one has its own special mix … Continue reading

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Estoy Aqui

By Rachael Sine I recently returned to Costa Rica for a week towards the end of the year. I had spent January-July of 2012 in Potrero with Abriendo Mentes, and was thrilled to be able to return for a short … Continue reading

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The Growing Never Really Ends

By Becca Hurliman While Potrero is still the calm little town that it is, it seems as though the Abriendo Mentes team has been working nonstop for the past few months.  The most apparent change is our new office, now … Continue reading

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AM Reflections

By Carrie Scott Every few days, for the past four weeks, I’ve started up my computer, opened a word document, and began typing my blog post for Abriendo Mentes. Inevitably, my finger would end up mashing the“backspace” button until nothing … Continue reading

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Students Show Off Their Work at Conchal Expo

By Vinny Losasso “I’m nervous.” “I don’t want to talk in front of people.” “What if I don’t remember the answers?” These were a few of the comments whispered by our students before taking center stage in the Salon Comunal … Continue reading

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Community Development in Two Nations: A Volunteer Visits Nicaragua

By Jessy Bowman Jessy, an Abriendo Mentes and Lacrosse the Nations (LtN) volunteer, recently made a trip to Nicaragua where she visited two LtN program sites; here are her reflections from the experience. Among the dirt, garbage, and scraps of … 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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