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I built a recycling center at my hotel. Others should do it, too

When I moved to rural Costa Rica 2007, all the neighbors burned their rubbish. There was no municipal waste collection scheme. People would dump...

How to dispose of medications in Costa Rica—and why it’s so important to do it right

We all know that we can and should take care when disposing of recyclable materials such as cardboard, paper, glass, and certain plastics—or hazardous...

The ecoins program: six years of learning and new challenges

The ecoins program emerged in 2018 with the goal of offering a solution to a real need: the comprehensive management of solid waste. On...

How journalists get hired—and why we should talk about it

This might seem like an odd time to discuss media organizations’ hiring policies, since in our field today, any hiring at all feels like...

My teacher: crazy about theater

One day, I sat with my dear teacher. His name is Fernando Thiel, but we all call him Profe Loco, or “Crazy Teacher.” He...

‘I felt that I had no right to be alive’

Sofia* is 27 years old. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was transmitted to her when she was born, in Nicaragua. However, she says that her...

‘Without HIV, I would have been just another addict’

Miguel is 46 years old, and he is very aware of that fact. He’s asked, what gives you confidence that you will be able...

‘They say I came here for death with dignity’

Alonso* is 35 years old and the father of two teenage children. He is from San Sebastián, in southern San José. He is sitting...

Teachers speak out: what our Education 506 community taught us about reading in Costa Rica

Today we come to the end of our “Let’s Read!” edition. For two months, we’ve focused on the importance of improving the reading skills...

Getting kids to read again

In a world where everything is now digitized and children often spend seemingly endless hours in front of a screen, it appears that the...
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