The Excellence of the Youth Ambassadors

Marked by their leadership, academic excellence, and desire to excel, nine distinguished students from San Carlos went to the United States as representatives of Costa Rica through the U.S. Department of State’s Youth Ambassador Program. Each student attends a public high school in San Carlos and participates in the Access English Program, which is an ...
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United States Supports Ambitious Project to Improve Employment Opportunities for Young Costa Ricans

Paniamor Foundation and YouthBuild International have begun an ambitious project to improve employment opportunities for young Costa Ricans by expanding opportunities for work-based training for youth, such as apprenticeships, with a focus on including vulnerable and marginalized youth. This project is funded by a $3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor. The project ...
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Renewed Multi-Purpose Track

Dulce Nombre de Cartago, 16 de mayo de 2018 The U.S. Embassy and the Municipality of Cartago joined efforts to improve the Dulce Nombre multi-purpose track and provide a safe place where community members can practice sports, and enjoy healthy lifestyles. By means of the Bureau of International Antinarcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), the ...
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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, ...
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An Agreement between the United States and Costa Rica Will Allow the Evaluation of Its Underground Waters

The Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE) and the U.S. Geological Service signed an agreement to evaluate Costa Rican aquifers that will provide Costa Rica with clearer information related to its underground water sources. The agreement entitled “Mapping of the Ground Water Hydric Resource in Costa Rica” will be developed in 14 months and will ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Costa Rica’s National Day

Friday, September 15, 2017 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY TILLERSON On behalf of the Government of the United States, we congratulate the people of Costa Rica on the196th anniversary of your independence on September 15th. The strength and depth of our countries´ relationship is evident not only in our joint efforts to promote regional prosperity and security, ...
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Working with the People of Limon

The U.S. Embassy most recently visited Limon where it donated $12,000 worth of tech equipment, participated in the “Dia del Negro” Parade, and met with emerging and established entrepreneurs. Chargé d’Affaires Robin Matthewman reiterated U.S. Embassy support to young students of Limon with a special donation of technological and robotics equipment, a donation that will ...
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We Will Never Forget!

San Jose, September 11th, 2017 DCM Robin Matthewman presided over a U.S. Embassy ceremony honoring the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with a minute of silence. Both U.S. and Costa Rican citizens participated in the emotional service. Each remembered like it was yesterday what happened 16 years ago, a day that transformed each of their lives. We will never forget!
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Ten Costa Rican Entrepreneurs Will Participate in the Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Ten very talented Costa Rican entrepreneurs will participate in the State Department-sponsored Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative (YLAI). Among the group, there is a beer maker, a bathing suit producer, and a coffee shop owners, all true reflections of Costa Rica’s entrepreneurial spirit. The YLAI program will take 10 Costa Rican entrepreneurs for five ...
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The U.S. Government Wants to Implement Program to Reduce Inspections

Costa Rica is among the countries that could be part of a new program the U.S. government wants to implement to reduce inspection times for Costa Rican exports at the different U.S. ports of entry. The Offshore Cuttings Pilot Certification is in its initial phases at four Central American country – Costa Rica, Guatemala, El ...
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APEX wins the hearts of Costa Ricans with their music

During a busy July 2-8 visit, pop fusion trio APEX toured Costa Rica through the Department of State’s Arts Envoy Program and reached over 1,000 Costa Ricans through performances and workshops, as well as tens of thousands via the Embassy’s Facebook Live broadcasts and over 50,000 listeners at the leading English radio station, Radio Dos.  The opera-trained duo of ...
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Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation 2017 was awarded to Costa Rica to preserve the World Heritage Pre-Columbian Site Finca 6

The United States Embassy will donate approximately $ 39,000 (or 22,000,000 colones) to preserve the archaeological site, Finca 6, a World Heritage site consisting of the stone spheres of the Diquís delta in the south of the country, connecting the country to its pre-columbian past. Specifically, the funds will be used by the local conservation ...
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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 ...
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English Access Microscholarship Program Sixth Generation

54 students from public high schools were granted with a two-year English Access Microscholarship training that allowed them to study English, leadership, community services, environment and multicultural understanding. This group from the Liceo de Poas de Alajuela and the Colegio Tecnico Profesional de Educacion Comercial y de Servicios (Cotepecos) is the sixth generation graduating with ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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English Teachers Commit to Improve English Teaching in Costa Rica

More than 300 teachers participated in the National Conference of English Teachers that this year focused on skills to inspire young English students from the 21st century, topic that was selected to support the new English program for Costa Rican public schools. Several workshops were conducted during the conference; including the ones that Joan Kan ...
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Strategic and Economic Support to Rahab Foundation

La Cruz, Guanacaste- February 2, 2017 The International Narcotics and Law Enforcement office gave strategic and economic support to Rahab Foundation and thanks to this support the foundation opened an agency in La Cruz, Guanacaste, where they will take care of cases of trafficking in persons at rural border communities. The total support was for USD ...
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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 ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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During Red Ribbon Week 1300 Students from Guanacaste Say NO to Drugs

Carrillo, Guanacaste – November 17, 2016 Every year, Costa Rica celebrates Red Ribbon Week when DEA’s Special Agent Enrique Kiki Camarena, is honored. Mexican drug traffickers murdered Kiki in the 80s, while he was fighting against drug trafficking in the region. This year, 1300 students from 19 schools and high schools from Carrillo, Guanacaste, participated ...
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Kiki’s Playground

Carrillo, Guanacaste – November 17, 2016 The first playground for children called after DEA’s Special Agent, Enrique Kiki Camarena, was inaugurated during the commemoration of Red Ribbon Week in Carrillo, Guanacaste. Thanks to a donation by the U.S. government and the Municipality of Carillo, the Segovia neighborhood now houses a playground with a basketball and ...
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Costa Rica Will Protect Refugees

July 26, 2016 The Government of Costa Rica has announced that they have agreed to enter into a protection transfer arrangement (PTA) with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to help address this regional migration challenge. Through coordination with UNHCR and IOM, the United States government will ...
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Embassy Joins Efforts with the National Theater for a Historic Dance Showcasing the Traditions of Indigenous Cultures in Costa Rica and the USA

February 4, 2016 The National Theater was the setting for the Gala presentation of the Makah Traditional Dance Group, (from Washington State in the United States) and Non Cuanxa Boruca (from Boruca in the southern zone of Costa Rica), who jointly performed “Reunion After an Ocean of Time.” The Gala was held on the evening ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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