Costa Rica

YCI Country Information

YCI was first piloted in San José in 2008 by the Marriott Costa Rica San José and the Real InterContinental Costa Rica. World Vision Costa Rica acted as the local non-profit partner. After a few years' hiatus due to the effects of the global economic downturn in Costa Rica, YCI was able to re-launch in 2013 with both piloting properties as well as the Courtyard San Jose Escazú.

Now seven properties take part in the programme, along with other key partners: the National Institute of Learning (INA), the National Board of Children (PANI), Council of the Young Person (Consejo de la Persona Joven).

Aldeas Infantiles SOS Costa Rica acts as YCI's non-profit partner in the country. They are dedicated to providing foster care to children, and supporting disadvantaged young people, enabling them to build brighter futures.

What does the future spell for youth opportunities in hospitality? Reflections on the 2017 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit

Head of the Youth Career Initiative, Scott Robinson reflects on the 2017 Global Youth Economic Opportunities Summit, and what emerging trends mean for the young people we …

Winners of the YCI Photo Competition announced!

After receiving shots of YCI in action, group photos and the occasional selfie, we are delighted to share the winners of …

YCI Photo Competition 2017 – Request for submissions

“A picture paints a thousand words” The YCI Photo Competition is your opportunity to tell the story of

STR sets the benchmark on youth employment opportunities

STR, the hotel sector’s leading source of data for benchmarking and analytics, is supporting the Youth Career Initiative

YCI Costa Rica graduate: Gregory

YCI Global Partnerships and Operations Manager Scott Robinson: I recently had the great pleasure of attending the Youth

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YCI Locations in Costa Rica

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YCI Costa Rica Gallery

  • 2014 YCI Costa Rica graduates

  • YCI Photo Competition Spring 2014 - Practical training category runner-up: the Courtyard by Marriott Escazu Hotel, San Jose

  • 2008 Marriott Group Staff & Participants

  • Opening Ceremony Marriott 2013