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Au Pair Culture Quests

Costa Rica

Central America
Capital: San José
Languages: Spanish
Predominant Religion(s): Christianity
(Roman Catholic)

The following information is generalized and compiled from questions posed to the agents and interviewers in Costa Rica. Although au pairs from this country may or may not have had these experiences/beliefs, Au Pair in America wishes to share this general information with our families.

Common Characteristics:

  • Costa Ricans are seen as very happy, and that's why Costa Rica is considered the happiest country in the world!
  • Costa Ricans are very friendly, helpful and warm.
  • "Pura Vida" is the best phrase that describes Costa Ricans – it means be positive and enjoy life to the fullest!

Fun Facts:

  • Costa Rica is a quite small country. The population is only 4.5 million, and you can travel from one side to the other in 14 hours.
  • Costa Rica has no army as it was abolished in 1949 – they love peace!
  • Costa Rica hosts more than 5% of the world's biodiversity, even though its land mass only takes up .03% of the planet's surface.

Useful Phrases:

  • How are you?            Como estas?
  • Fine, thanks.:              Bien, gracias.
  • My name is…:            Mi nombre es...
  • Nice to meet you.:       Gusto en conocerlo.
  • Thank you.:            Gracias.

“The Au Pair in America program is a really good opportunity to grow as a person, be independent and learn about a new language and culture.”   – Silvia - au pair from Costa Rica
“It's a great opportunity that might change your life forever. Not a easy choice, because you have to leave your family and friends for a year, but in the end it is worth it.”   – Vivianna - au pair from Costa Rica
“Take the risk, leave all fears behind and get ready for an adventure that will change your life on so many different levels.”   – Adriana - au pair from Costa Rica