Saturday, June 4, 2011

Pre-Departure Notes:

Well, I fly out of Minneapolis tonight, but in the meantime I'd like to post a little background info about the country where I will be living for the next two months:

I will be living with a host family in San Jose, the capital city (pop. 1.4 million).

The entire country of Costa Rica has a population of  4.6 million and is about the size of West Virginia.  There are rain forests, mountains, volcanoes and lots of coast line. 

The have a democratic republic government and enjoy a relatively stable economy.  Nevertheless, about 16% of the population lives below the poverty line. I plan to be volunteering and serving among the poor while I am there.

Random fun fact: Costa Rica hasn't had a military since it was dissolved in 1949. 

And finally, the official language of Costa Rica is Spanish which is what I will be studying while I am there! 

I will post pics and updates throughout the summer.  Thanks for reading!


  1. Yay, so glad you posted so I could "comment"! We are super excited for you and what's going to be an amazing summer (even though we will miss seeing you)! Glad to hear that you made it there safely. Love you!