Sara Llansa


As of this summer I will be a rising senior, concentrating in Education (History/Policy track) and International Relations (Politics, Culture, and Identity track).

I am very interested in international education development as well as the education of ELLs (English Language Learners) in the United States. Because I come from a Latin American background (my mother is Puerto Rican and my dad is Cuban), I am especially drawn to the region of Latin America, as well as South America.

My classes at Brown have shaped my research interests tremendously. I am interested in the issue of educational utility, especially in rural settings. While studying abroad in Chile I conducted an ethnography in a rural school located on an island in Southern Chile. Central questions that I want to pursue are: What is the value of education in different contexts? How can a person be educated, and yet maintain cultural ties to his/her community? In a developing country where the economy may not be able to absorb all college graduates, how does this affect individual's decisions pertaining to education?

Over the next few months I will hopefully be able to engage in some of these questions while abroad in Playa Potrero, Costa Rica.

Stories by this author

  • June 21st, 2011
    I haven't updated this blog nearly enough lately.  I've been doing many diverse projects with Abriendo Mentes.  I've definitely had to learn how to go with the flow and be a bit spontaneous.  My work here has served me well for the...
  • June 17th, 2011
    Several weeks ago a few of us volunteers began planning for the possibility of having a women’s group in Potrero.  We had several meetings together in order to figure out the questions that we would ask the women, as well as how we envisioned...
  • June 2nd, 2011
    These past few days have been filled with activities.  Last Saturday the Potrero Public School had organized a field trip to Río Celeste, which is a beautiful park about 3 and a half hours away from Potrero, and they invited the Abriendo...
  • One of the houses built for the tourists located where we did the beach clean-up
    May 27th, 2011
    My host mother, Yourleny, calls one of her family members una vagabunda, which literally translates as a wanderer or a vagrant, because she likes to to go to different places in Potrero and dance.  She says this in a jokingly way, though, and...
  • In one of the English afternoon classes with Dilan (my Costa Rican brother)
    May 21st, 2011
    Well it's 8:30 p.m. here and the village is already quiet.  My host family is already in their PJs, and because I'm getting used to life here so am I.  I've spent this first week trying to figure out what my role will be with Abriendo...
  • May 18th, 2011
    I'm writing from the living room of my Costa Rican family's house.  Yesterday, when I arrived in Liberia, one of the main cities in the Guanacaste region, I was amazed by how different it seemed from Southern Costa Rica.  The first time I...