U.S. Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney traveled to the southern zone of the country from April 3-6 where he visited many sights, including the Corcovado National Park, the Colegio Tecnico Profesional de Puerto Jimenez and its English students sponsored by the U.S. government, and the Finca 6 Archeological Museum, a world patrimony site that Ambassador Haney has wanted to visit since becoming Ambassador.
Ambassador Haney saw Costa Rica’s commitment to environmental protection during his visit to Corcovado National Park, where he learned more about the importance and fragility of the ecosystem in one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. He then joined the Peace Corps, Courts for Kids, and community volunteers in constructing a multi-purpose sports court in La Palma. In Puerto Jiménez, he visited the Colegio Técnico Profesional de Puerto Jimenez, speaking with students in the English Access Microscholarship program sponsored by the U.S. Embassy. This program provides students with the opportunity to improve their English vocabulary and build experience that can help them find employment in the local economy.
The United States works closely with Costa Rican partners on enhancing security in the region. In Golfito, Ambassador Haney visited Costa Rican Coast Guard officers and inspected their new station, donated by the U.S. government, which will soon begin operations.
Lastly, Ambassador Haney visited Finca 6, home to the Precolumbian archeological spheres, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where he had a private tour by the leading Archeologist Francisco Corrales, an alum of the Humphrey Program, and Jaison Bartels, Finca 6 Director and alum of the International Visitor Leadership Program. Prior to the tour, the Ambassador met with 10 youth who are participating in the U.S. grant “Soy Cambio-UNESCO” through Fundación Monge, in collaboration with UNESCO. The grant targets 50 high school students in the cantons of Osa and Buenos Aires to develop English, leadership, and entrepreneurship skills, increase the employability profile of graduating students, and prevent drug use. In addition, the joint project integrates skills on how to care for their patrimonial land as part of UNESCO’s mandate to involve the community whenever a site is made official.