Please submit your resume and cover letter to Abriendo Mentes Executive Director, Rachael Sine, at


The Community Development intern is an important team member at Abriendo Mentes. The Community Development intern's primary responsibilities include special project management, Monitoring and Evaluation, Community relations, assistance with special events and fundraisers, and general administrative and programmatic support to the Executive Director and Site Directors. This position reports directly to the Executive Director and assists the Site Directors with the management of AM operations as needed.


Special Project Management

-Help to manage programming for local women, especially related to health and fitness, including our zumba program and monthly women's meetings

-Other special projects depending on the skill set of intern


Monitoring and Evaluation

-Assist Site Directors with the collection of data from other team leaders each month and update and maintain excel spreadsheet with organizational metrics

-Perform program analysis and evaluation as directed by the Executive Director.


Program Coordination

-Assist with the planning and coordination of AM programs, community events, etc.

-Attend all AM committee meetings; maintain close communications with other AM interns and volunteer

-Continue to develop existing programs and create the structure for new programs as directed by the Site Directors or Executive Director

-Assist with other projects related to development and/or communications as well as other programming needs as necessary


Volunteer Coordination 

-Assist the Site Directors with any needs related to the recruitment, training or supervision of volunteers or interns


Special Events and Fundraisers

-Assist the Executive Director with the planning, marketing, and execution of fundraisers and special events


General Program assistance

The ideal candidate will be a very flexible individual who is able to serve the organization in a variety of capacities and is comfortable volunteering in all programs of AM, including but not limited to: English classes, computer classes, special events, field trips, fundraisers, ad hoc administrative projects, etc.


-Bachelor’s Degree required.  Preferred degrees include: International Studies, Communications, Human Resources, Non-Profit Management, Social Work, or related fields.


-Experience living and working in a cross-cultural setting, preferably in Latin America or in a rural area.


-Experience working with a non-profit preferred.


-3-6 month commitment; preference will be given to candidates who are available to make a commitment for 6 months+.


-Advanced English skills preferred.


-Advanced Spanish required.



-Personable and approachable




-Strong work ethic


-Positive attitude


-Strong motivator


-Excellent communications (both oral and written)


-Good judge of character


-Ability to maintain confidentiality


-Detail oriented


-Highly organized


-Ability to multi-task



-Living and working in a rural, isolated town


-Working with another culture and language


-Interacting with a wide range of people both in person and through social media: AM staff and volunteers, community members, donors, etc.



Executive Director and Site Directors


Playa Potrero or Brasilito, Guanacaste, Costa Rica.


We are recruiting interns to join us in 2021 & 2022. Start date is flexible. Candidates must be able to commit to at least 3 months. Preference will be given to those who can commit to 6 months or longer. Please note your available start date when submitting resume and cover letter.


Please submit your resume and cover letter to Abriendo Mentes Executive Director, Rachael Sine, at

*Please note, this is a volunteer position. Abriendo Mentes is not able to provide a stipend at this time.