Need Help Moving to Costa Rica?

November 12, 2004

MOVING abroad expert Erin VanRheenen released the first edition of her432-page guide, “Living Abroad in CostaRica,” by Avalon Travel Publishing, lastSeptember.The guide does not focus solely onretirement, but provides information onhow anyone can make the move to CostaRica for study, work, travel or living purposes,from Van Rheenen’s perspective.It includes an introduction to CostaRica, its history, religion, government, culture,ethnicity, social classes and people asseen by Van Rheenen.She dedicates a section to making themove, with information on visas andimmigration, what to bring on the plane,shipping by boat or if you’re driving ormoving with pets.The lists of private Costa Rican elementaryand high schools and Spanish languageschools might prove particularlyuseful to those moving with children orinterested in learning the language.WITH a chapter on planning yourfact-finding trip, the guide even contains aselection of sample itineraries with recommendationson restaurants, hotels andplaces to visit.The guide also includes sections oncommunications, finance, housing options,health care and transportation.The relocation guide to Costa Rica isthe first of its kind to be written by awoman. Van Rheenen counts with endlessexperience in the art of relocation. Herfamily first moved from Oregon to Nigeriawhen she was five and she has lived inEcuador, Guatemala and Mexico.Van Rheenen moved to Costa Rica in2002.“Living Abroad in Costa Rica” costs$17.95 and may be purchased atwww.amazon.com. For more info, visitwww.livingabroadincostarica.com.

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