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Locations
Costa Rica, India, Mexico, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda
Causes
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

Locations
Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa
Causes
Poverty
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.

Locations
Costa Rica, El Salvador, United States of America
Causes
Environment
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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Children/Youth
At Eevah, we create beautiful jewelry with the desire to impact lives around the world. At the heart of our company is the passion to help children in under-resourced areas of the world.
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Costa Rica News

Bleacher Report 
Costa Rica have made a fine start to the final stage of CONCACAF qualifying for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, winning both of their opening two matches to sit atop the Hexagonal standings. They will be looking to keep their perfect record intact when they ... See more..
Reuters 
A Somali citizen is detained by Costa Rica police after he entered the country from neighboring Panama, in San Jose, Costa Rica, March 23, 2017, in this handout photo provided by the Ministry of Public Security. Costa Rica Ministry of Security/Handout ... See more..
Reuters 
Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 00:50. Costa Rican authorities have detained a Somali citizen suspected of ''international terrorism'' after officials say he entered the Central American country from neighboring Panama. Nathan Frandino reports. △ Hide ... See more..
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HamletHub 
Volunteering abroad can be a confusing and overwhelming undertaking. It's difficult to sift through thousands of organizations and charities and find one that's right for you. This is when for-profit companies capitalize on well-intentioned travelers ... See more..
Goal.com 
The defender should be able to start and see out Friday's World Cup qualification match against Costa Rica, saying after Wednesday's training that he feels "perfect." With Mexico already facing a number of players out because of injury, including ... See more..
Q Costa Rica News 
Q COSTA RICA – In the 'hard to believe but true' department, in a report by Elguardian.cr, the driver of white SUV involved in a collision with a train on Tuesday, in the area of Rio Segundo, in Alajuela said, “the train didn't stop”. The driver ... See more..
La Crosse Tribune 
SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — In the 19th century, the customs house here brimmed with the imported wares that first helped this tiny Spanish-speaking nation become part of the wider world economy. During a balmy weekend last month, the old brick and iron ... See more..
Lowell Sun 
NASHUA, N.H. -- Rivier University students, staff and faculty traveled to Louisiana and Costa Rica to perform community-service projects during spring break. The Louisiana event is a service project coordinated by Rivier's Campus Ministry Office ... See more..
Q Costa Rica News 
Q COSTA RICA – Kayla Jean Reid went missing in February, a possible victim of a “cult” in Costa Rica, says the mother of the 21-year-old from Corner Brook, Newfoundland. In an article published by CBC.ca on Friday, March 17, 2017, the family says Kayla ... See more..
Goal.com 
While Costa Rica plans to roll out the same tactical plan it would've had Guardado been able to take part in Friday's World Cup qualification match, coach Oscar Ramirez already has taken his players through a run-down of what Mexico might look like ... See more..
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Geography

Central America, bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the North Pacific Ocean, between Nicaragua and Panama
Area

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

***NOTE*** includes Isla del Coco
Climate

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 ;

Demographics

Nationality
Costa Rican
Population
4,695,942 (July 2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups
Languages
Religions

Finances

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
Industries

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