Costa Rica


Since 1963, Peace Corps volunteers have served at the invitation of the Costa Rican government to help fulfill the country’s development goals.

With nearly one fifth of Costa Rica’s population living below the poverty line, Peace Corps Volunteers see the real Costa Rica - its persistent pockets of poverty, the real needs that affect vulnerable communities, and the stunning beauty of this diverse country.

Peace Corps Volunteers work in Costa Rica in one of three program areas: Community Economic Development, Education, and Youth Development. Whether in rural communities or urban centers, our volunteers live at the humblest level alongside their local counterparts, helping to design creative approaches to development challenges.

Our shared belief in the mission of Peace Corps - to promote world peace and friendship through community-based development and cross-cultural understanding – inspires volunteers, staff and local colleagues alike to dedicate their lives to collaboration, contribution, and hard work. The rewards can be life-changing. After Peace Corps service, volunteers return to the United States with new skills, deep knowledge and respect for different cultures, as well as long-lasting friendships.

For those of you ready to learn more about Peace Corps Costa Rica, we invite you to explore the pages of this website. Come learn about the Costa Rica where we work, the Costa Rica beyond the picturesque emerald green jungles and turquoise oceans of tourism ads. Let us share with you what it means to serve and make a difference in the lives of others, in this land of breathtaking beauty, yet great need, as we fulfill the three goals of Peace Corps:

  1. To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women.
  2. To help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served.
  3. To help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.