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Yazmin Iglesias - Assistant Director


Yazmin was born in Texas and grew up just outside of New York City in Stamford, Connecticut. She studied Hospitality Management at Johnson & Wales University in both Providence, Rhode Island and Miami, Florida. She also received a second degree in business at the University of Connecticut.

After studying abroad in Nepal, Yazmin decided she wanted to spend her life traveling and immersing in the different cultures of the world. In 2005, she relocated to Honolulu, Hawaii to head up operations at a local not-for-profit organization. In 2008, she began a year long journey around the world, crossing the USA, living in Morocco, Egypt, India & Thailand. Yazmin has spent a lot of time in Uruguay where her parents migrated from and the majority of her family still lives.

She is fluent in both Spanish and English, and is a certified translator. She has come to Costa Rica to work with the community and rural tourism. Yazmin joined the SCLC team in May 2011.




Arnoldo Salas - Maintenance


Arnoldo is a local Costa Rican who also has worked for Selva Verde for 5 years and has worked at the Learning Center since February 2013.













Georgia Bowen (Gitana) - Graduate Intern

Georgia Bowen spent her childhood moving back and forth between Detroit, Michigan; Atlanta, Georgia; and Bradenton Florida. However, she considers her first home to be the Appalachian Mountains of Boone, North Carolina where she has been living since 2006.

The proud single mother of Sebastian (age 13), Deja (age 11) and Charlize (age 8), you will find these beautiful children tagging along beside Georgia on all of her adventures. This dynamic family studied and volunteered in Uruguay in 2011, and now are living 6 months of Pura Vida while Georgia volunteers as a Development Director for the SCLC from December 2014 to June 2015.

Georgia graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University (ASU)  with a Bachelor's in International and Comparative Politics with a focus in Latin American Human Rights and a minor in Spanish. She is currently pursuing her Master's Degree from ASU in Public Administration, Nonprofit Management.

A left-leaning social activist, Georgia is involved in many issues locally, nationally, and internationally. If you ask Georgia about her life goals, she will reply, "My main objective is to save the world, but I will settle for helping a small corner of it." When Georgia is not working passionately to save the world, (or knee deep in homework and laundry) you can find her dancing Zumba, practicing yoga, camping, hiking, or jumping from cliff-sides into ice cold water.




Dan Zauderer  (El Gallo Mas Gallo!)- EFL Instructor

Dan is the lead teacher for SCLC's adult English program. He holds a CELTA certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Peek into Dan's classroom and you may catch him dancing the "cha-cha slide" with his students or enveloped in an exciting game of charades.  He aims to inspire fun, laughter, and friendship in the classroom as a means to combat the frustrations inherent in learning a new language.  While at SCLC, Dan hopes to lay the groundwork for a simple, easy-to-follow curriculum that allows both future students and teachers to stress a little less, smile a lot more, and celebrate the joy that language learning entails.  He can't wait to go whitewater rafting with his students at the end of the semester. When he's not teaching, you may find Dan swimming in the Sarapiquí River, biking to La Virgen, or singing at Los Portones Karaoke Bar!


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