This week in the Peace Corps: Bricks to Bread – A success story

The Tico Times Brian Davis / Peace Corps Volunteer October 9, 2018 In July 2017, Peace Corps Volunteer (PCV) Brian was introduced to Nancy Fitzimons Alvarado, a 1989 Peace Corps Volunteer and the co-founder of the non-profit organization, Bricks to Bread. Brian partnered up with Bricks to Bread with the hopes of bringing a great ...
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Costa Rica Aims to Be a Regional Leader in Judicial Practices

The U.S. Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is supporting the Judicial Branch of Costa Rica with a special two-year project to strengthen the anti-corruption efforts; create a new internal ethics code, and tools improve anti-corruption training and investigations. As part of this project, representatives from the Costa Rican Judicial Branch of ...
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This week in the Peace Corps: Six Costa Rican students win scholarships to study in United States

The Tico Times Katherine Stanley August 9, 2018 Their outstanding academic performance, English fluency, leadership, and interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) have paid off: six Costa Rican students have won a scholarship for technical studies in the United States. María Nazareth Mata Castillo, Valeria Saborío Barquero, Diego Hernández Montero, Maxwell Jornae Pita ...
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This week in the Peace Corps: Celebrating a scout anniversary

The Tico Times July 30, 2018 Many Peace Corps Volunteers across the country have the opportunity to work with the Guías y Scouts, including the troop pictured above, which was formed one year ago. Volunteer Xavier helped celebrate with them by participating in various scout activities including learning how to build a tent, build a ...
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Costa Rican Talent Travels to the United States

Global Undergraduate Exchange Program Thanks to the Global Undergraduate Exchange Program (Global UGrad), five students from Costa Rican public universities will study one academic semester at a higher education institution in the United States. They will participate in pre-academic English language training, academic coursework, service learning opportunities, professional development workshops, and cultural enrichment activities; and ...
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Air Advisors conduct first-ever BPC mission in Costa Rica

By Capt. LaDarian Outsey, 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron / Published June 19, 2018 JUAN SANTAMARIA INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, Costa Rica (AFNS) — The 571st Mobility Support Advisory Squadron recently conducted their first-ever mission to the Central American country of Costa Rica. The nine member team, executed a three-week building partnership capacity mission with the air vigilance ...
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Welcome Remarks July 4 Celebration

Ambassador Sharon Day Welcome Remarks July 4 Celebration Tuesday, July 3, 6:00 PM President of the Legislative Assembly, Carolina Hidalgo President of the Supreme Court, Carlos Chinchilla Vice President and Minister of Foreign Affairs Epsy Campbell Members of the Diplomatic Corps Representatives of the Government of Costa Rica Ladies and Gentleman Buenas Noches…Bienvenidos todos This ...
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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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Commemoration of World Environment Day

New trees decorate the gardens of the U.S. Ambassador Sharon Day’s Residency. In commemoration of World Environment Day, Ambassador Day and representatives from the Costa Rican government and environmental organizations planted a tree, and discussed Costa Rica’s current environmental situation and the efforts of each country do to protect Costa Rican and the world’s biodiversity. ...
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New Peace Corps Volunteers to Begin Their Service in Costa Rica

A group of 17 new Peace Corps volunteers will begin their service in Costa Rica where they will work with communities in Limón, Puntarenas, Alajuela, and San Jose to develop economic opportunities. The group of volunteers, with their varied academic background, will work for two years in the Community Economic Development program, which aims to ...
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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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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, ...
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All-terrain Vehicle reinforces Surveillance of Costa Rican Borders

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) donated an all-terrain vehicle to the Costa Rican Border Police for the transportation of materials and supplies. The vehicle, valued in $122,500, supports the surveillance work the Border Police performs while surveying hundreds of kilometers in the borders with Nicaragua and Panama with their 400 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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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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