ICYE Costa Rica / ACI
Asociacion Cultural de Intercambio de Costa Rica (ACI-CR) – ICYE Costa Rica was founded in 1967. The office is located in Barrio Dent, San Pedro, San Jose. Most staff and co-workers are former ICYE exchangees.
ACI Costa Rica is a non profit, non governmental organization, which promotes and facilitates International Volunteer and Cultural Exchange Programs with young people from all around the world, guiding them in their collaboration in social and environmental projects, offering new perspectives and opening them a window to the world. By these means, they aim to contribute to solidarity and friendship between the people of this planet, to sustainable human development, and to the personal growth of their participants as global citizens; independent, multilingual, with intercultural competence, and open-minded.
Costa Rica, officially the Republic of Costa Rica, is a country in Central America, bordering with Nicaragua to the north, Panama to the east and south, the Pacific Ocean to the west and south and the Caribbean Sea to the east. It has a population of 4 million.
Colonized by the Spaniards since 1563, in 1821, together with other Central American colonies, declared its independence from Spain. Historically, Costa Rica has generally enjoyed greater peace and more consistent political stability compared with many of its fellow Latin American nations. Costa Rica constitutionally abolished its army permanently in 1949..
With an incredible environmental diversity, approximately 26% is of its national territory has the status of national park or natural reserve and is protected by law. In 2007 the Costa Rican government announced plans for Costa Rica to become the first carbon neutral country by 2021. Although it still maintains a large agricultural sector, Costa Rica has expanded its economy to include strong technology and tourism industries. The standard of living is relatively high. Land ownership is widespread. Although to a lesser extent than in other Latin American countries, wealth distribution is still far from being equal, and social problems, particularly in urban areas, persist.
Perhaps the three most well-known traits of Costa Rica – or “Tiquicia” as it is affectionately called by its roughly 4 million inhabitants – are: 1) There is no army in Costa Rica 2) however, it does have lots (and lots and lots) of nature! 3) Costa Rica is really small (about 51.000 km2, that’s only a little bigger than Switzerland or half the size of Kentucky).
In Costa Rica you can volunteer in the areas of Youth Work, Education, Disability Support, Human Rights, Environmental Conservation.
Read our volunteer case studies to find out more.