Costa Rica

Director's Welcome

Dear prospective Volunteers, Returned PCVs, Friends and Family,

Welcome to the Peace Corps Costa Rica webpage! We hope that you find here the information and inspiration to support us and join us as we carry out Peace Corps’ mission of world peace and friendship.

Peace Corps Volunteers in Costa Rica work in the areas of Youth Development, Community and Economic Development, and Teaching English as a Foreign Language while at the same time they enjoy all that this beautiful country and its people have to offer.

Our Volunteers are, in their majority, generalist Volunteers who participate in at least eleven weeks of intensive training prior to beginning their service. They reflect our country’s great diversity and represent the best and brightest that the United States has to offer. We also recruit experienced Peace Corps Response Volunteers who serve in targeted professional placements for up to one year.

Peace Corps Costa Rica’s strategy strives toward measurable and sustainable development impact with realistic project goals, objectives and indicators that align with the development goals of Costa Rica. Volunteers work hand-in-hand with local counterparts in selected regions of the country. The success of their work is contingent upon their integration into the communities they serve. They live with local families who become their cultural guides and gateway to the community. Volunteers share in local culture, celebrations and even hardships, fully immersed in a two year experience that impacts the community they serve as well as their own future as informed and engaged global citizens.

Peace Corps Costa Rica staff is composed of highly skilled, innovative and empowered professionals who are dedicated to the development of their country and provide the best possible support to Volunteers. As development workers, programmers, planners, cultural guides, health care providers, coaches, champions of safety and security, trainers, administrators, drivers and a myriad of related roles, they create and sustain an organizational environment where leadership is understood as a means to help others grow.

Peace Corps Costa Rica is a learning organization that embraces change and is inclusive in nature, welcoming diversity and testing new ideas to meet the needs and demands of changing times.

We hope that you will be inspired by our mission and our work, and that some of you will join us either here in Costa Rica or at other Peace Corps posts. We look forward to working with you as you start that journey.

Stuart Jablon
Country Director