Although something of a backwater in the early post colonial period, more recently Costa Rica has been the most stable and prosperous of the Central American republics with a tradition of multi-party democracy, exporting particularly coffee, bananas and textiles.
Costa Rica boasts richly agricultural land and many volcanoes in its mountain ranges with a largely tropical climate. Two thirds of the population live in the central valley that hosts the capital San José.
Traditionally well ordered but challenged by an immigration level totalling some 40% of the population due to instabilities and civil wars in recent decades in neighbouring Nicaragua and Colombia where integration is a live issue.
The Roman Catholic church has been substantially influenced by the Charismatic renewal movement. The substantial growth of the evangelical church in the 1970s and 1980s became a concerning loss of members through the back door to the point where unattached ex-members of evangelical church amounted to some six percent of the population by 2000. Costa Rica is the base for a number of Christian organisations working throughout the region.
Student movement links have developed into work among children and others with disabilities. Bible Seminary teaching, English teaching and Christian book publishing are also prominent.
Openings exist in evangelical theological education institutions, including for a missiology lecturer and theology lecturers, as well as English teachers and in administrative support.