TA&O Bulletin Costa Rica edition


Las ramas del tamarindo

se revolvieron con las del coco

mi mamá no quiere que yo me case

ni yo tampoco.

uyuyuy carajo …

Interesting facts about Costa Rica

Costa Rica Ethnicity

In total, Costa Rica has 4.3 million inhabitants.

94% are a mixture of Spanish and indigenous populations.

Along the Caribbean coast (Limon Province) much of the population is of African descent; this ethnic group makes up around 3% of the total population, most habitant of this province are black African descent who are called Afro-Costa Ricans and are English-speaking descendants of 19th century black Jamaican immigrant workers.

Together, whites and mestizos make up a 94% of the population, 3% are black people, 1% Amerindians, 1% Asians, and 1% other ethnicities.


Costa Rica women’s national football team

The Costa Rica women’s national football team started to play an international match in 1990, when the success of men’s team helped to believe on women’s team.

Their first tournament was the 1991 CONCAFAF Women’s Championship, when Costa Rica finished on the third place and after that, the team was out of the group. However, the team started gaining success in 1998 CONCAFAF Women’s Championship and in the 1999 Pan American Games, when Costa Rica won bronze.

In 2014 CONCAFAF Women’s Championship, Costa Rica won silver, after losing 0-6 to the USA in the final. Despite of this, the participation of Costa Rica in the 2014 Championship gave the opportunity to play in the FIFA Women’s World Cup held in Canada 2015; making the team more popular.

Costa Rican Holidays

A national holiday in Costa Rica, Juan Santamaría Day, is held every April 11 to commemorate his death.

The filibuster William Walker overthrew the government of Nicaragua in 1856 and attempted to conquer the other nations in Central America, including Costa Rica, in order to form a private slave-holding empire.

Costa Rican president Juan Rafael Mora Porras called upon the general population to take up arms and march north to Nicaragua to fight against the foreign invader. This started the Filibuster War. Juan Santamaría, a poor laborer and the illegitimate son of a single mother joined the army.

On April 11, Santamaría volunteered on the condition that, in the event of his death, someone would look after his mother. Then he advanced and was mortally wounded by enemy fire. Before expiring he succeeded, however, in setting fire to the hostel, thus contributing decisively to the Costa Rican victory.

Luis Diego Montero

Name: Luis Diego Montero Salas

Account: Celanese- Role: Recruiting Specialist

Working with IBM since: May 26, 2014

He was selected as one of our top performers because he made 23 hires out of 34 in a month for one of our most challenging accounts. Thank you so much for your effort and dedication! Keep the good work!

About Him

He studied to be an English Teacher and he has a technician as a Paramedic.

He loves his job as a recruiter and, if he has the chance, also loves coaching to everyone who needs it.

Outside of IBM he’s a Red Cross volunteer since 2009, he’s also learning Portuguese and going to the cinema is one of his passions.

Gina Rodriguez, his Recruitment Delivery Center Leader, said: "I couldn’t be prouder! This is the result of hard work, commitment and passion for what you do!"

Share Expertise Sessions by Karina Lopez

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The main purpose is to contribute to the development of different skills and enhance our current skills for professional growth and contribute to the success of our clients

The Marino Ballena National Park
Costa Rican Landscaping

The Marino Ballena National Park is comprised of golden sandy beaches, the bay has the form of a whale’s tale and that’s why it was named Marino Ballena. Ballena means Whale in Spanish.

It is located in the south pacific coast at the footsteps of the communities of Uvita – Bahia Ballena, in the province of Puntarenas, Osa, Costa Rica.

The objective of the park is to conserve the rich marine ecosystems that are found inside the park boundaries. The Marino Ballena National Park forms part of the 1% of Costa Rica’s protected marine territory; a country which has 11 times more marine territory than land, and contains at least 85 species that are endemic to its waters.

Costa Rica fun to do

Why You Should Go Ziplining in Costa Rica (Even If You’re Scared of Heights)


Melissa Ramirez - "Sports" & "Costa Rican Holidays"

Frecia Quiros - "Interesting Facts about Costa Rica" & "Costa Rican Landscaping"

Ericka Juliana Segura - "Meet the team"

Yesenia Gomez Passarelli - "Design", "Our projects", "bomba" & "Costa Rica Fun To do"

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