Message for U.S. Citizens: Consular Outreach in San Ramon (Alajuela), Wednesday, May 31

The Consular Section at U.S.  Embassy San Jose is pleased to announce a Consular Outreach event in San Ramon at the end of May.  Embassy staff will be available to accept adult passport renewals, perform notarial services, and take your inquiries on federal benefits and voting.  Got questions?  ACS Chief Ben Peracchio and representatives of ... 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»

Notice of Funding Opportunity Strengthen Government through Civil Society Engagement

Announcement Type:  New Grant Public Opportunity Title: Strengthen Government through Civil Society Engagement   Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number:                        19.750 Funding Amount:                                    Approximately Five Awards totaling up to $1,500,000 USD Issuance Date:            March 20, 2017 Deadline for Receipt of Questions:            April 19, 2017 at 5:00 PM San Jose local time ... 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»

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 ... 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»

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»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... 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»

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 ... Read More»

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 ... 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»

Costa Rica Will Protect Refugees

San Jose – 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 ... Read More»

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 ... 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»

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 ... 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»

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»
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