Tag Archives: Volunteering

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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Volunteer Update: Travelling Costa Rica During Semana Santa

During Semana Santa, people from all over Costa Rica travel to the Pacific coast and other parts of the country to celebrate this week-long holiday. Some of the AM volunteers and staff members also took this opportunity to get out … 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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Fiestas in Potrero

by Lizzie Smith If Costa Rica has a thousand ways to keep you on your toes, then Potrero has a thousand and one. We all heard Fiestas coming to town before we saw them. Many of us had been to … 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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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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City Girl in a Different World

AM volunteer Jaida gives her first impressions on transitioning to life in Potrero, Costa Rica. By Jaida Moore “Thankfulness is the soil from where joy grows.” -Unknown I wake up every morning to the sun shining and a tropical oasis … Continue reading

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Time. Where Has it Gone?

By: Amara Stuehling (Written on July 25, 2012) In exactly two weeks, I will be on a plane back to Philadelphia. I’m amazed at how fast my time volunteering in Costa Rica has gone. I’m not quite sure how I feel … Continue reading

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My first week in a town called Potrero

By: Tara Yanez It’s really crazy to think that just a week ago I hopped on a plane in Houston, Texas and arrived in a whole new world after a short three hour flight! While I did try to be … Continue reading

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