Peace Corps Celebrates 60 Years in Costa Rica with New Volunteers

The Peace Corps celebrates the 60th anniversary of its arrival in Costa Rica with the swearing-in of 26 new volunteers who will work on Youth Development and Community Economic Development projects.

The U.S. volunteers will serve for two years in rural communities in Puntarenas, Guanacaste, Heredia, Cartago, Alajuela, and San José. The group includes people between the ages of 22 and 70, with degrees in Economics, Business, Education, Law, Psychology, Communication, and Sociology, among others.

U.S. Ambassador Cynthia Telles
Cynthia Telles, U.S. Ambassador

U.S. Ambassador Cynthia Telles highlighted Peace Corps contributions to community capacity building and local economic development over six decades.  “This ceremony marks the commitment of Peace Corps volunteers to continue in this exemplary and mutually cooperative work between our countries,” said Ambassador Telles.

The Peace Corps arrived in Costa Rica in January 1963.  Since then, more than 3,900 volunteers have served in projects that currently focus on English language learning, local economic development, and strengthening the well-being and participation of youth and women.