How a Science Fair Builds Community

Want to make an already-hectic last week of school even more crazy? Have a school-wide science fair! Like much of what we do at MFS, the fair was a community builder in many ways: Students worked together in small groups, drawing on each others’ strengths All...

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Peace on Earth

December 1 is much more than the beginning of Christmas month (though we will be going to the annual Light Up parade, “Monteverde Brilla”, tonight) – it’s the day we celebrate perhaps THE pivotal moment in Costa Rican history.  68 years ago...

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Sundays in Monteverde

In a small, tight community like Monteverde, we make our own fun – just take this Sunday for example: 10:00 – Friends come early for half an hour of singing 10:30 – Meeting for worship, with two children’s groups splitting off.  The teen group...

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Feeling Thankful during Hurricane Otto

As Hurricane Otto prepares to hit our coast within the next few hours, I sit in my mountain-top home feeling thankful for so many things.  We live in a country that has the infrastructure and commitment to take care of each other during and after this storm, which we...

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How to find an internship in Costa Rica

If you’re looking for an internship in Costa Rica (or anywhere), the students at the University for Peace could teach you a thing or two. I was at their internship fair because the intern we hosted from them last year – Erika Graczyk, pictured above...

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Are We Worth Donating To?

“Among all the causes I support, is Monteverde Friends School truly the most in need?” Quakers ask the darndest questions, such as this one from my talk yesterday at Kalamazoo Friends Meeting in Michigan. In the spirit of honest, Quaker “plain...

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Hazel Guindon – Class of 2007

Interviewing Hazel Guindon was never meant to be a normal experience – especially when she’s 10 feet up a ladder. While completing a wall-to-wall nature mural for a local non-profit (CIEE), Hazel chats non-stop (her only speed!) about how her education at...

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