COSTA RICA

SCORE headquarters in Costa Rica is in a suburb of the capital city of San Jose, called Sabanilla. The San Jose region is basically in the middle of the country. From San Jose, SCORE groups will be in a strategic location to minister in various locations throughout the country.

FAST FACTS ABOUT THE COUNTRY
Costa Rica is often called an “oasis of peace” among the neighboring countries of Central America. This coastal country is known more for its natural beauty than its cultural heritage. It is one of the richest and most diverse biological areas in the world with a wide variety of climate zones and extraordinary wildlife. The main exports are bananas, coffee, and textiles. Total population of the country is about 4.7 million people, with over 1.4 million of those in San Jose. There is also a population of around 750,000 refugees from Nicaragua who have settled in Costa Rica. Roman Catholicism is the official religion, and about 85% of the population profess this. Average annual income is $6,500. It is a Spanish speaking country and has a literacy rate of about 96%. Resources for churches and pastors are hard to come by.

PASSPORT INFO
Passports are required to go to Costa Rica! It can take up to 8 weeks to obtain your passport. This means you must apply for your passport very early! You need to apply at your local post office to obtain a passport. The cost is about $120 and it is good for 10 years. Before the trip you will need to make a photocopy of your passport to carry in a separate bag in case you lose your passport. Passports must be valid at least 90 days after the date of travel.

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COSTA RICA