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How can Costa Ricans read more if they don’t have books?

“The cruel reality was that there were no books and there were no libraries. It was like a bucket of cold water," says Alda...

The green veins of our concrete cities

It's Saturday morning. Children, teens, homemakers, senior citizens and other residents have gathered, all ready to work for a common goal: to reclaim this...

The economy of care and its professionalization

Paola Mejías Molina was in the last months of her nursing degree at Santa Lucía University when she decided to start a business: highly...

A crisis where cause and solution are the same: caregiving in Costa Rica

We all know it. Without caregivers, nothing else in a country works. Our societies don’t improve; our economies don’t prosper; inequalities and injustices increase....

The hardworking teens leading Costa Rica’s bilingual push

“What is the topic of the day? Let's see”, says teacher Marcela Aguilar Alpizar to the students of section 11-2-A of the Liceo San...

Starting small: Costa Rica creates language immersion for public preschools

“Teacher! Here are 22,” says the cook at the Guachipelín School in San José when she hands Alexandra Wong Carbonell a bowl of 22...

How Costa Rica transformed the way it assesses its English students

In 2018, the Costa Rican government set a goal: to graduate completely bilingual high school students. When? No later than 2040. How? Achieving this goal is...

Supporting youth mental health: the JovenSalud tool

“We thought it was a fantasy at the beginning, but now we’ve had results,” says Juan José Hernández, counselor at the San Rafael de...

Mental health in Costa Rica: Insight

“Are you aware that you are depressed and ill?” the doctor asked me. “Excuse me?” He looked up from the page where he was noting answers...

Her Majesty, the Heart of Palm: a story of ups and downs in Sarapiquí

María Luz Jiménez earned the title of “La Reina del Palmito,” or Queen of Heart of Palm, in Horquetas de Sarapiquí, because she prepares...
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What to consider when creating a journalism hiring policy

At El Colectivo 506, Costa Rica’s national solutions journalism organization, has decided to create and share our new hiring policy openly in hopes of...
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