Costa Rica


Costa Rica is a country in Central America, bordered by Panama to the south and Nicaragua to the north. It has a population of around 4.5 million, of whom nearly a quarter live in the metropolitan area of the capital and largest city, San José.

The tropical climate and trade winds produce warm temperatures for most of the year. The country is mountainous, but the coastline is flat and rich in sea life and coconut trees. Rainforests, waterfalls, and other beautiful landscapes are widespread throughout the country until you reach the coast.


As a result of the immigration of Spaniards in the 16th century, Spanish culture has greatly influenced everyday life and culture through today, with the Spanish language and the Catholic religion as primary influences. Costa Rican cuisine is a blend of Native American, Spanish, African and many other cuisine origins.

Costa Rica is known for its progressive environmental policies, being the only country to meet all five United Nations Development Program criteria established to measure environmental sustainability.

Costa Ricans are predominantly mestizos, whites and castizos (both white and mestizo), but their country is considered a multiethnic society, which means that it is home to people of many different ethnic backgrounds. As a result, modern-day Costa Ricans do not consider their nationality as an ethnicity but as a citizenship with various ethnicities.

When it comes to education, it’s variable. Costa Rica is considered an “emerging country” in the realm of education. Public school is free and for children between the ages of 6 and 13 (e.g., 1st through 6th grade). However, textbooks and teacher training are hard to find, particularly in the small, remote villages.


IMF mission teams of 10-30 travelers travel to Los Chiles, Costa Rica quarterly (4 teams per year) for a 6-night journey where we balance serving at the Children’s Church, a small school in Los Chiles on the border of Nicaragua, with education about Costa Rica’s culture, people, struggles, and beauty.

Our teams stay at a hotel near the airport on the first night and Hotel Wilson during the rest of the week. Our 2018 all-inclusive price (airfare from any US or Canadian city) for a 6-night experience will be made available soon.



Mission Calendar 2018
Country Date Type of Team and Partner Church/Organization Availability
Costa Rica January 8 – 13 OPEN OPEN
Costa Rica April 1 – 7 OPEN OPEN
Costa Rica July 16 – 21 OPEN OPEN
Costa Rica October 1 – 6 OPEN OPEN

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