Costa Rica is well-known for its global environmental leadership, relative economic stability, and tranquil lifestyle, making it an attractive tourist destination in comparison to its Central American neighbors. But the country – and particularly its young people – continue to face persistent social and economic inequalities. Access to economic opportunities, social services, and other public goods remain elusive to those in the most marginalized communities.
Approximately 20% of Costa Rica’s 4.7 million inhabitants live in poverty. Those most affected by economic disparities are the country’s indigenous, afro-descendent, migrant, and refugee populations living in both urban and rural parts of Costa Rica. In spite of high primary education enrollment rates, the country’s laws do not require more than three years of secondary education, this is reflected in a drop in enrollment rates at this level of schooling. With approximately 30% of its population under the age of 20, access to quality education is crucial to ensuring Costa Rica’s economic and social progress.
Our work in Costa Rica
Glasswing Costa Rica has been in operation since 2014. In this time, over 600 volunteers have been mobilized and more than 10,000 individuals have benefited from education, health, and community development programs. Currently, 18 public schools across the country benefit from after-school programs and other education initiatives thanks in part to partnerships with the public sector and the Ministry of Education.