Costa Rica

Stories from Costa Rica

Every Peace Corps Volunteer has a story to tell. Read stories from Volunteers about what it's like to live and work in Costa Rica.

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Summer vacation means three months when many Peace Corps Volunteers are out of the classroom and responsible for finding their own projects within their communities. It can be daunting, but PCVs find ways to make a difference and build connections. Youth Development Volunteer Kerri organized and personalized a JumpStart Camp for her community in northern Costa Rica this year.

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Host family house, Costa Rica, Savannah

Upon arrival in Costa Rica, and as part of our three months of training before being sent to our permanent sites, all aspiring Volunteers are placed with host families. 

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Peace Corps service is a 27-month commitment that allows Volunteers to have the unique opportunity to spend time in their host communities throughout various holidays. While it can be difficult to be away from friends and family, PCV Tilyian brought her holiday traditions to her small, rural town for Christmas this year. 

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Brothers first, Peace Corps Volunteers second, Zane and Alex grew up with a desire to travel and serve. That desire has led them to Costa Rica and Ghana, respectively.

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Junior Achievement Costa Rica Team photo

As a Community Economic Development Volunteer, Nancy never anticipated working at a high school. Interacting with young entrepreneurs has become one of her most impactful projects as a Peace Corps Volunteer. 

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The scary in life is only soft after we’ve laughed in fears’ face, and the awkward only normal after we’ve invited a group of apprehensive parents to a Sex-Ed workshop.

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Making “emotional” monsters!

As I begin to near the end of my Peace Corps service as a Youth Development Volunteer in Costa Rica, I think about what I will miss the most. Quickly, a million things come to mind...

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Pride 2017 San Jose

June marks both LGBTQ+ Pride Month and Immigrant Heritage Month, a time throughout the world that allows people like me to celebrate our authentic selves.

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Ed Hayes_Indigenous Women Recycling Initiative

Community Economic Development has many facets in Costa Rica. Ed Hayes shares his first person account of helping an indigenous women's group with a much-needed recycling project. 

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“One of the best ways to secure a child’s future is to help them to see and believe they have one!” – Colleen Hewitt, TEFL Volunteer, Costa Rica, 2015-17

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