Costa Rica

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Human Rights, Education, Poverty, Religion, Clean Water, Economy, Government, Health, Children/Youth, Environment, Family

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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Costa Rica News

The Guardian 
In the first in this new series, environmental journalist Gaia Vince explores Costa Rica, home to more than 500,000 species of animal and currently the most sustainable country in the world. It should be completely carbon neutral by 2021, thanks to its ... See more..
Q Costa Rica News 
QTV – Kenneth Tencio has a neon yellow bike and balls of steel. There are a few different people doing flip drop ins these days but there is certainly no one doing them on the level of Kenneth. The video starts off with a gigantic flip drop in and he ... See more..
The Costa Rica Star 
Living in a foreign country can present many challenges, language being one of them. Costa Rica is home to a large number of expats, many who only speak ... See more..
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Q Costa Rica News 
Q LIFE – Flying back from a six-week vacation in Costa Rica, when an episode of “Naked and Afraid” popped up on the in-flight entertainment screens, Shannon Kulpa immediately thought, “I have to be in this show! This is so me! This is so me!” Sure ... See more..
Q Costa Rica News 
Q COSTA RICA – Zona de Los Santos, Costa Rica (EFE via COMTEX) — High in the mountains of central Costa Rica is Zona de los Santos, an agricultural area with unique qualities and whose inhabitants have perfected over the years the art of growing and ... See more..
The Costa Rica Star 
In just two years the number of airlines connecting Costa Rica to Europe went from one (Iberia) to now six. Iberia, Air France, Condor, British Airways, Edelweiss ... See more..
Q Costa Rica News 
According to a recent study by Inegi, 2.48 million Mexican children and teenagers work, mostly without proper pay. (Taringa!) (Q24N) An estimated 2.48 million Mexican children and teenagers work, of which 2.22 million perform work that is illegal ... See more..
The Costa Rica Star 
Footsteps To Inspire is a world expedition dedicated to rape survivors and aims to bring awareness and healing to victims. Claire is running over 3,000 kms on beaches throughout the world, and one of those is Jacó, on Costa Rica's central Pacific coast ... See more..
The Costa Rica Star 
Mexico joins Colombia and Uruguay, other Latin American countries that have legalized the use for medical purposes, while in other countries such as Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, Chile and Venezuela this is still a topic of debate. See more..
Once A Metro 
If this game has a winner, that winner will close out the group stage of the 2017 CONCACAF Men's U-17 Championship at the top of Group B, and head to a ... 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