Living Abroad in COSTA RICA

with traveler and author Erin Van Rheenen
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Living Abroad in Costa Rica

Why are so many people dreaming of moving to – or just visiting – Costa Rica? Sure, it’s gorgeous, with more than its fair share of biological diversity. But the country's a lot more than beaches, rainforests, toucans and monkeys. It's also one of the most economically and politically stable nations in the region. Costa Rica abolished its army in 1948 and outlawed capital punishment half a century earlier. It has near-universal health care and has set aside more than 25% of its land in parks and reserves.

Erin Van Rheenen, author of Living Abroad in Costa Rica, introduces you to the “Switzerland of Central America,” discussing her own experiences, giving travel advice and touching on expat topics such as immigration, buying property, and medical care. There will be a Q & A session at the end of the talk, so bring your questions!

Erin feels lucky to have lived outside of the US for extended periods of time in Nigeria, Ireland, Ecuador, Mexico, Guatemala, and Costa Rica, where she moved in 2001. Basing herself in the Central Valley, she traveled extensively, exploring by car, bus, boat, and small plane. Currently she spends time in both California and Costa Rica.


She has published stories and articles in periodicals from Fiction to Afar to the Los Angeles Times. She’s been interviewed on CNN and local TV about Costa Rica and moving abroad, and has been a guest on many radio shows, discussing everything from the contested river between Costa Rica and Nicaragua to how moving abroad makes you more creative. Her writing has won several awards, and she has been honored with inclusion in the Best Women’s Travel Writing.


Erin’s website is

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