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Solutions Journalism

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...

How Costa Rica spays and neuters to reduce animal mistreatment

Every day we cross paths with one of them on the street. Sometimes, we ignore them completely; on other occasions, we might give them...

Dogs, cats, and municipalities

How would the lives of people—and cats and dogs—change in Costa Rican communities if municipalities made pet welfare one of their responsibilities? And could...

The dog-assisted intervention that challenges stigmas

When Ingrid Calderón takes Tara for a walk to the mall, it is normal for them to be stopped by a security officer to...

The Law Against Animal Mistreatment, part 2: lessons learned

The final installment in a two-part series on the impact of the Law Against Animal Mistreatmen, which included reforms to Costa Rica’s Animal Welfare...

The Animal Welfare Act, part 1: what’s been achieved in five years?

On the morning of Sunday, June 11th, 2017, hundreds of people, dogs, cats and even a rooster got together to celebrate. That day, after...

How can a city become age-friendly?

“And she is doña Loly, the soul of this place,” says Verónica Hernández Zúñiga, as we walk through the gates of the Cocorí Senior...
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When visiting Costa Rica, choose your personal care products wisely

When I opened up the floor for the members of Entrepreneurs 506 to tell us what visitors to rural Costa Rica should remember to...
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