Costa Rica: Values                                                           

Below are some generalizations that apply to many Costa Ricans:

  • Family-oriented

  • Time is flexible (being on-time is not expected)

  • Group harmony (going along with the group is important)

  • Talkative

  • Joie de vivre (generally positive and happy)

  • Spiritual (especially follow Christian faiths)

  • Superstitious

  • Admire the US

  • Relaxed (don’t take life too seriously)

  • Class conscious

  • Express emotion easily and publically

  • Personal space = minimal (lots of touching, hugging, and kissing!)

Do you hold any of the values noted above?

Which values do you think might be the most similar to your new country? And the most different?