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Education, Poverty, Religion, Clean Water, Economy, Government, Health, Children/Youth, Environment, Family, Human Rights
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Costa Rica, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda
Poverty, Education
Yobel exists to alleviate poverty and prevent slavery in the developing world through sustainable business training and opportunity. Yobel International empowers communities both domestically and abroad to eliminate extreme poverty, unjust labor and human trafficking through business training and consumer education. Awareness events and service-based “exposure trips” are used to inform ...See More and challenge our local community to view their global neighbor differently and take an active role in ending poverty and unjust labor around the world. Show Less

Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa
Experience Mission is a non-profit organization demonstrating God's love throughout the world by empowering communities, developing leaders through Immersion programs and internships, and mobilizing volunteers on short-term mission trips.

Costa Rica, El Salvador, United States of America
CAVU is a US public charity empowering people to take meaningful action on critical conservation and social justice issues in their own communities.
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Human Rights
Clean Water
Costa Rica is spotted with mountain chains, volcanoes, and diverse terrain, including two coastlines and rainforests.1With 500,000 different species, Costa Rica is home to 6% of the world’s biodiversity, with 26% of the country’s territory being protected in nature preserves.2 These protected forests have successfully reversed the effects of years of deforestation for farming.3 Although known as a global leader in environmental policies, Costa Rica has difficulty implementing programs to reduce its carbon footprint and reduce the amount of dirty wastewater draining into forests.4

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Costa Rica News

I'm thinking about moving to Costa Rica,” are words I see every day in emails, Facebook messages, and from people who have read my articles about life a... See more.. 
Authorities in Costa Rica have arrested a former high-level police official for allegedly guarding a large cocaine shipment, suggesting that Costa Rican criminals have adopted a strategy seen elsewhere in the region: using state protection to ... See more..
Reno Gazette Journal 
The Nevada basketball team's 2017-18 season will begin in Costa Rica. The Wolf Pack is headed to Central America for a summer international exhibition tour. The team will play five games in an nine-day span from Aug. 18-26. “We are so excited to take ... See more..
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New York Post 
The president of Costa Rica swallowed a wasp in the middle of a local TV interview — but calmly gulped down the unexpected snack while correctly predicting that the video would go viral. “You don't see that every day — they're going to send it to CNN! See more..
The Costa Rica Star 
According to the report by OVSICORI, the eruption registered is phreatomagmatic, which means it results from the interaction between magma and water. This type of eruptions usually contains juvenile magmatic clasts. The activity was short, only lasting ... See more..
The Costa Rican Times 
Costa Rica New – These are the people that you lock away, throw away the key and torture. A 63-year-old man abused his 8-year-old niece and recorded it, producing child pornography. The OIJ carried out raids of his home and workplace, seizing all sorts ... See more..
International days, such as World Oceans Day earlier this month, are vitally important for raising awareness of topics such as marine biodiversity. But in Costa Rica this year, not only was awareness raised but a key action was taken –the government ... See more..
KRNV My News 4 
The University of Nevada men's basketball team is going on a bit of a play-cation. The Wolf Pack will be traveling to Costa Rica on August 18th through the 26th ... See more..
Q Costa Rica News 
Costa Rica is aiming to reach a free trade agreement and an investment pact with Japan as part of the country's strategy to diversify its economy based on business-friendly but environmentally conscious development platforms, Foreign Trade Minister ... See more..
Recent activity at Poás Volcano in Costa Rica is considered "out of the ordinary" by Professor J. Maarten de Moor at the Observatorio Vulcanologico y. See more..
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Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama

Total 51,100 sq km
Land 51,060 sq km
Water 40 sq km

***NOTE*** includes Isla del Coco

tropical and subtropical; dry season (December to April); rainy season (May to November); cooler in highlands
Natural Resources

hydropower ;
Natural Hazards

occasional earthquakes, hurricanes along Atlantic coast; frequent flooding of lowlands at onset of rainy season and landslides; active volcanoes

volcanism: Arenal (elev. 1,670 m), which erupted in 2010, is the most active volcano in Costa Rica; a 1968 eruption destroyed the town of Tabacon; Irazu (elev. 3,432 m), situated just east of San Jose, has the potential to spew ash over the capital city as it did between 1963 and 1965; other historically active volcanoes include Miravalles, Poas, Rincon de la Vieja, and Turrialba Arenal (elev. 1,670 m), which erupted in 2010, is the most active volcano in Costa Rica; a 1968 eruption destroyed the town of Tabacon; Irazu (elev. 3,432 m), situated just east of San Jose, has the potential to spew ash over the capital city as it did between 1963 and 1965; other historically active volcanoes include Miravalles, Poas, Rincon de la Vieja, and Turrialba
Current Environmental Issues

deforestation and land use change, largely a result of the clearing of land for cattle ranching and agriculture; soil erosion; coastal marine pollution; fisheries protection; solid waste management; air pollution


Costa Rican
4,695,942 (July 2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups


Prior to the global economic crisis, Costa Rica enjoyed stable economic growth. The economy contracted 1.3% in 2009 but resumed growth at about 4.5% per year in 2010-12. While the traditional agricultural exports of bananas, coffee, sugar, and beef are still the backbone of commodity export trade, a variety of industrial and specialized agricultural products have broadened export trade in recent years. High value-added goods and services, including microchips, have further bolstered exports. Tourism continues to bring in foreign exchange, as Costa Rica's impressive biodiversity makes it a key destination for ecotourism. Foreign investors remain attracted by the country's political ...See More stability and relatively high education levels, as well as the incentives offered in the free-trade zones; and Costa Rica has attracted one of the highest levels of foreign direct investment per capita in Latin America. However, many business impediments remain, such as high levels of bureaucracy, legal uncertainty due to overlapping and at times conflicting responsibilities between agencies, difficulty of enforcing contracts, and weak investor protection. Poverty has remained around 20-25% for nearly 20 years, and the strong social safety net that had been put into place by the government has eroded due to increased financial constraints on government expenditures. Unlike the rest of Central America, Costa Rica is not highly dependent on remittances as they only represent about 2% of GDP. Immigration from Nicaragua has increasingly become a concern for the government. The estimated 300,000-500,000 Nicaraguans in Costa Rica legally and illegally are an important source of mostly unskilled labor but also place heavy demands on the social welfare system. The US-Central American-Dominican Republic Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) entered into force on 1 January 2009 after significant delays within the Costa Rican legislature. CAFTA-DR has increased foreign direct investment in key sectors of the economy, including the insurance and telecommunications sectors recently opened to private investors. President CHINCHILLA was not able to gain legislative approval for fiscal reform, her top priority, though she continued to pursue fiscal reform in 2012. President CHINCHILLA and the PLN were successful in passing a tax on corporations to fund an increase for security services. Show Less ;
GDP Purchasing Power Parity

$59.79 billion (2012 est.); $56.94 billion (2011 est.); $54.65 billion (2010 est.)
Gross National Saving

15.7% of GDP (2012 est.); 16.3% of GDP (2011 est.); 17.1% of GDP (2010 est.)
Agriculture Products

bananas, pineapples, coffee, melons, ornamental plants, sugar, corn, rice, beans, potatoes; beef, poultry, dairy; timber

microprocessors, food processing, medical equipment, textiles and clothing, construction materials, fertilizer, plastic products