Costa Rica

Director's Welcome

Pura Vida!

This frequent greeting in Costa Rica reflects the value placed on living a full but peaceful life. Often used as a tourist enticement as well, the advice is easy to accomplish. This beautiful country includes rich ecological diversity -- 800 miles of coastline, 7 active volcanoes -- and a broad range of cultural traditions. However, the country also has real needs for sustainable development with 25% of the population living below the poverty line.

Since 1963, Peace Corps Volunteers have been honored to work in partnership with the Costa Rican government, promoting world peace and friendship and building human capacity to meet the country's most pressing development needs. Our Volunteers today work alongside Costa Rican counterparts in three program sectors: Community Economic Development, Youth Development, and English Language Instruction. While Costa Rica is a relatively developed country, Peace Corps programs are strategically located in rural communities where there are specific needs related to these sectors.

With enthusiasm, dedication, creativity, respect, resilience, perseverance, and professionalism, we aspire to make a real difference in the lives of the Costa Rican children, youth, and families who face daily hardships and are seeking a new future. I hope the stories and photos from our current volunteers will offer insights into what it means to be a Peace Corps Volunteer in this warm and welcoming country.

We invite you to explore our website and develop a deeper understanding of Costa Rica and how Peace Corps' important programming is making a difference, ensuring that life at its fullest is more accessible for the entirety of the population.

Pura Vida!


Anne Braghetta
Anne Braghetta

Anne Braghetta
Country Director
Peace Corps/Costa Rica