The United States Donates a Third Cutter

Caldera, Puntarenas – April 26th, 2018 As part of the security cooperation with Costa Rica, the United States donated a third Libertador 110 foot cutter. Thanks to this third vessel, Costa Rica is now better prepared to safeguard its territory from narcotrafficking, trafficking in persons, illegal fishing and other illicit activities. It also will be ...
Read More»

They arrived!

Puerto Caldera, Costa Rica After months of training, the crew of the two 110 feet Libertador ships donated by the United States arrived in Caldera in command of the vessels. The 44 officers of the Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service were trained how to operate and maintain the vessels. U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day stated that “even ...
Read More»

Four Helicopters for Air Surveillance

The United States and Costa Rica formalized the donation of four UH-1ST helicopters to the Costa Rican Air Surveillance Agency (SVA) of the Ministry of Public Security. With these helicopters, Costa Rican increases its capability to provide aerial support during maritime operations, as well as to provide direct support to the National Coast Guard Service ...
Read More»

Remarks by Ambassador Sharon Day – Island Class Cutter Commissioning Ceremony

Caldera, Puntarenas – Thursday, April 26, 2018 Remarks by Ambassador Sharon Day Island Class Cutter Commissioning Ceremony Thursday, April 26 | 11:00 AM Buenos días a todos: President Solis, Colonel Arias, Colonel Madrigal, Admiral Michel, Deputy Assistant Secretary Glenn, distinguished guests and — most importantly – The commanding officers and crew of the Libertador Class Cutters. ...
Read More»

The United States Will Collaborate with MEP for Four More Years

English teaching and learning The U.S. Embassy signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ministry of Public Education (MEP), committing to work together for four more years in order to strengthen the teaching of English in public schools. The memorandum of understanding includes support for English language development for students, professors and MEP staff with ...
Read More»

More Youth Ambassadors Travel to the United States

Deily Alpízar, Melanie Morales, Isaac Oviedo and mentor Brian Paz will travel to the United States in the upcoming weeks to represent Costa Rica in the Youth Ambassadors Program, a unique experience of youth diplomacy that will give to Latin American students and mentors the opportunity to learn about U.S. culture, society and education. The three students from ...
Read More»

Regional Conference Gathers Experts in Forensic Science

First Central America Regional Forensic Conference Why does the quality of forensic science matter for the criminal justice? What is the value of having an accredited forensics lab? Why is a DNA database useful? These questions among others were addressed at the first Central America Regional Forensic Conference that took place in Costa Rica with ...
Read More»

An Inspiring Camp

TeachHer Seventeen students from the TeachHer Initiative participated in a special science camp encouraging the study of science, technology, engineering, arts/design and mathematics (STEAM careers). This science camp took students to Ad Astra Rocket Lab and the Science Corner – the U.S. Embassy space at EARTH University in Liberia- where they learned about the development, ...
Read More»

Six Costa Ricans Will Study One Year in the United States

2018 AFS-CRUSA Scholarships Emerson González, Geovanny García, Daniela Lai, Ximena Quesada, Amanda Valdez and Diana Mejías will travel in August to study one academic year at a high school in the United States. The six students from the Science High School System were awarded with the AFS-CRUSA scholarship that CRUSA Foundation and AFS Costa Rica, ...
Read More»

The American Corner Celebrates Its 11th Anniversary

11 years ago, the American Corner opened its doors to the public. Located in the Limon Public Library, residents have access to free information about the United States through books, compact discs, complimentary access to Internet and cultural events. More than 110,000 people have taken advantage of the didactic resources available in the American Corner, ...
Read More»

Costa Rican Coast Guard Officers in Training in Baltimore

The 44 person Costa Rican Coast Guard crew that has assumed command of two 110 feet cutters donated by the United States are receiving special training from their U.S. counterparts at the U.S. Coast Guard shipyard in Baltimore. The training that begin in January and will end in April will prepare the crew to command, ...
Read More»

Armored Vehicles Reinforce Costa Rica’s Security

San Jose, January 25th, 2018 The United States donated three armored vehicles to the Government of Costa Rica to strengthen security throughout the country. One vehicle is destined for Fuerza Publica, another for the Special Intervention Unit (UEI), and the third for the Judicial Police (OIJ). The three four-wheel drive vehicles were equipped in the ...
Read More»

Costa Rican Coast Guards in Baltimore

Baltimore The members of the two crews that will be in charge of the two 1110 feet cutters that the United States donated and already transferred to the Costa Rican National Coast Guard Service already arrived to Baltimore. The 44 Coast Guard officers are in the Baltimore U.S. Coast Guard shipyard for a three-month training ...
Read More»

They Did it!

Perez Zeledon, January 20th, 2018 For two years, 80 students from 12 Perez Zeledon high schools devoted many hours to learning English through the Access English Microscholarship, a U.S. Embassy-sponsored program implemented by the Universidad Nacional. After much hard work, these bright students can now speak and understand English at an intermediate-advanced level. With this ...
Read More»

Costa Rica Will Have Its First Female Helicopter Pilot

Yuriana Arnesto will be Costa Rica’s first female helicopter pilot. She is currently participating in the basic course for pilots at the Colombian Armed Forces School of Helicopters, thanks to U.S. Embassy sponsorship and the support of a U.S. Southern Command special program. The course lasts eight months. By March, 2018, Yuriana will return to ...
Read More»

Students from San Carlos will represent Costa Rica in the Youth Ambassadors program!

Youth Ambassadors Program A total of nine high school students and one English teacher will represent Costa Rica this year in the Youth Ambassadors program. The first group of six students will travel in January during three weeks to the United States, and will visit Washington D.C.; Marquette, Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. A second ...
Read More»

To Study Two Years in the United States!

Community College Scholarship Program José Rodolfo Gámez, Génnesis González, Brandon Navarro, Brandon González, Natalie Ulate, Duvan José Ramírez and Jefferson Phillips, graduates from technical high schools, will study Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) careers at community colleges in Orlando, Florida; Reno, Nevada; Appleton, Wisconsin; and Seattle, Washington for two years. The Community College Scholarship ...
Read More»

We celebrate education!

EARTH University – Graduation 2017 Guacimo, Costa Rica – December 8th, 2017 U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day participated in the graduation of 106 students from EARTH University, a university that has been key in producing future leaders in solving some of the most urgent social and environmental challenges of the world. Since the foundation of the university in 1986, EARTH ...
Read More»

More Costa Rican Students Speak English

ACCESS 2017 San Jose, December 7th, 2017 U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day celebrated the graduation of 121 students from the English Access Microscholarship and CARSI English programs that the U.S. government sponsors and the Binational Center imparts in Costa Rica. After two years of efforts and dedication, these students graduated with an intermediate advanced English proficiency which allows them to ...
Read More»

Fostering Costa Rican Entrepreneurs

10 Costa Rican young entrepreneurs participated in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative for five weeks in the United States to foster innovation, trade and investment in the region. U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day met with this group of entrepreneurs to know more about their experiences in the United States and about their companies in ...
Read More»

After One Year, TeachHer Yields Results

TeachHer San Jose, November 30th, 2017 The TeachHer program was created to encourage adolescent girls to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Design, and Math (STEAM) careers one year ago in Costa Rica. U.S. Ambassador Sharon Da y celebrated 12 months of trainings, workshops and community service projects with approximately 250 students; Costa Rican First Lady Mercedes Penas; Ministry ...
Read More»

Girasoles (Sunflower) Project Encourages Young Women to Reach Their Professional Goals

Michelle Moya Rodriguez has a gift that she is now formally developing thanks to Girasoles, a project that the U.S. Embassy supports in Santa Cruz, Guanacaste and in Garabito, Puntarenas. “At Girasoles, for the first time, I received a drawing course. Ever since I was a little girl, I have always liked to draw. Only ...
Read More»

Red Ribbon Week Unites Tamarindo against Drugs

More than 1200 students from elementary and secondary schools commit to say NO to drugs. During the 11th Red Ribbon Week in Costa Rica, children and young students from Tamarindo, Guanacaste, learned about the harmful effects of drugs, tobacco and alcohol; how to analyze risks and consequences of their decisions and how to resist group ...
Read More»

Costa Rican Forensics Labs Are Accredited with U.S. Support

Costa Rican Forensics Labs are now internationally accredited thanks to support from the U.S. Embassy’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL). Now the labs fulfill the ISO 17020 and 17025 specifications for forensics topics in toxicology, chemical analysis and biochemistry, which represent 60 percent of the tasks that the forensics labs in ...
Read More»

Ambassador Sharon Day meets with U.S. Fulbright grantees in Costa Rica

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. During the celebration of the 71st anniversary of the program, organized by the Costa Rican Fulbright Alumni Association, Ambassador Day had the ...
Read More»

Ambassador Day in Costa Rica

Sharon Day presents her credentials to President Solís The new U.S. Ambassador to Costa Rica Sharon Day presented her credentials to President Solis today and now begins her official duties as the highest ranking representative of the U.S. Government in Costa Rica. In her meeting with President Solis, Ambassador Day reiterated the United States’ commitment ...
Read More»

Ambassador Haney Visits to the Southern Zone

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 ...
Read More»

Vice President Pence Praises Costa Rica’s Role as Key Partner

Washington D.C. – March 17, 2017 U.S. Vice President Michael Pence met with Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis at the White House on March 17, 2017. The Vice President praised Costa Rica’s role as key partner of the United States in promoting regional economic prosperity, security, and good governance throughout the hemisphere. The two ...
Read More»

New English Program Presents Monitoring and Follow Up Strategy

San José, February 17th, 2017 The Ministry of Public Education (MEP) presented the monitoring and follow up strategy they will use for the new English programs implemented this year for the first time for first and seventh grades countrywide. The new English programs are developed by linguistics, listening and understanding competences, reason why it is ...
Read More»

Celebrating Ten Years of the American Corner in Limon!

Limón – February 15th, 2017 Ten years ago, the Embassy opened a very special site at the Limon Public Library, the American Corner, a place where users can learn more about the United States through new technologies, books,  magazines, free access to Internet, movies, workshops, exhibits and programs with different specialists. Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney ...
Read More»

Technology Is Used for Transparency and Accountability

  50 Central Americans, Mexicans and Panamanians participated in the three-day PeaceTech Exchange Costa Rica (#PTXCR) to learn how to take advantage of technology as a tool to solve problems in their communities, improve government transparency and accountability. U.S. Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney asserted that “the U.S. government sponsors this PeaceTech Exchange because we believe ...
Read More»

Perez Zeledon Students Represent Costa Rica as Part of the Program #YouthAmbassadors in the United States

San José- January 24th, 2017 Five brilliant students from different Perez Zeledon high schools were selected to be part of the Youth Ambassadors Program from Central America and the Caribbean. They will be three weeks in the United States where they will visit several cities. This is a cultural exchange program where the students participate ...
Read More»

U.S. Collaboration strengthens the Costa Rican Ministry of Public Security

Alajuela- January 19th, 2017 #GoodNews The U.S. government gave one million dollars to the Ministry of Public Security for the refurbishment, maintenance and spare parts for a King Air F90 plane. The aircraft was seized to drug traffickers and now and thanks to the refurbishment process, the plane collaborates in the fight against drug trafficking, ...
Read More»

And the Fulbright of the Year Is…

The Costa Rica Fulbright Association awarded Minister of Public Education Dr. Sonia Marta Mora Escalante as the Fulbright of the Year. Her selection was based on her effort and devotion to improve access and quality of education in Costa Rica. Fulbright and other professional exchange program alumni joined Costa Rican President Luis Guillermo Solis –also ...
Read More»

The U.S. Government Supports Costa Rica’s Security Strategy

August 22, 2016 President Obama and Vice President Biden meet with President Solís at the White House The United States and Costa Rica are longstanding close operational and strategic partners in an impressive range of security cooperation activities. We view our support as part of a holistic partnership with the country and its security forces. ...
Read More»

STEAM virtual student exchange

San José – April 18, 2016 Ambassador Haney Remarks -as prepared- Good morning distinguished Ambassador Macaya, Sandra Cauffman, Senior scientist and project manager with NASA Teachers and students from Costa Rica and the U.S Buenos días distinguido Embajador Macaya. It is a great honor and privilege to be here with you this morning and share ...
Read More»

Lincoln’s Legacy: From Gettysburg to Heredia

The Lincoln School, Heredia – February 26, 2016 Ambassador Haney Remarks -as prepared- Good morning! I am pleased to join you all today to celebrate the life and legacy of the 16th president of the United States, this school’s namesake, President Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln would have been 207 years old on February 12th this year, ...
Read More»

Ambassador Haney Awards AFS Scholarship at the Opening Ceremony of Colegios Científicos

February 10, 2016 Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney awarded an AFS Scholarship to Jesús Vallejos, a student from the Science High School in Limón, during the class of 2016 Opening Ceremony for the National System of Science and Technology High Schools. This brilliant student will travel to the United States for a year educational exchange program. ...
Read More»

Gospel Concert in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King

Ambassador Haney Remarks San José, January 28, 2016 -as prepared- Allison Wanamaker, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano Members of the Board of Directors, Centro Cultural Costarricense Norteamericano Distinguished guests and music lovers Good evening and thank you so much for joining me for concert of Gospel Music in celebration of ...
Read More»

Congratulations Class of 2015!

Guacimo, December 4th, 2015 Congratulations to all the graduates of the class of 2015! Distinguished members of the embassy had the honor in sharing the special day’s festivities with several schools and universities throughout the country. On December 4th, Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney congratulated the 103 graduates of EARTH University who completed their four-years of ...
Read More»

Choose to be G.R.E.A.T.

San José, November 19, 2015 More than 300 enthusiastic fourth and fifth grader at the Los Guido School pledged to put all their efforts against delinquency, youth violence, and bullying. They sealed this pledge in front of the U.S. Ambassador Fitzgerald Haney and the Minister of Public Security, Gustavo Mata, as these special students graduated ...
Read More»

Ambassador Haney and Costa Rican Minister of Justice Inaugurate the First Regional K-9 Unit

Puntarenas- October 8, 2015 “This day represents the culmination of a great deal of work and dedication. The U.S. Government is working throughout the country to help the Costa Rican people and government combat drug trafficking and the negative effects it brings to many communities, including prisoners. The Penitentiary Police K-9 program is an excellent ...
Read More»

Ambassador Haney joins in celebrations of Afro-Costa Rican Culture Day

Limón – August 31, 2015   U.S. Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney and other embassy representatives participated this year in Afro-Costa Rican Culture Day celebrations in Limón. The Ambassador joined President Luis Guillermo Solís Rivera and First Lady,Mercedes Peñas in the parade celebrations in the main streets of the city of Limón. The Embassy float included ...
Read More»

The United States supports local development projects in Limón

Limón – August 31, 2015 At the Black Star Line in Limón, Ambassador Haney joined the UNIA Association, President Solis and other community leaders from Limón. U.S. Ambassador S. Fitzgerald Haney announced during his first visit to Limón that the U.S. government will work with local NGOs on two new educational and work projects centered ...
Read More»

Ambassador Haney inaugurates Marker Space in American Corner Limón

Limón – August 31, 2015 Maker Space is a new area in American Corner ​​Limón where youth and young adults can boost their imagination, explore their creativity and create projects using modern equipment and technology. During the inauguration of Maker Space, U.S. Ambassador S. Fitzergald Haney declared that in this space “science and technology are ...
Read More»

Independence Day Remarks

Independence Day Remarks San José – July 2, 2015 Thank you all for being here today to celebrate our Independence Day, every United States Embassy’s favorite holiday. After many months of waiting, I am so grateful to finally be in Costa Rica, sharing with you all in this lovely Chief of Mission Residence with my ...
Read More»
Show More ∨