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Cultural Center Expands To Liberia, Guachipelín

The Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center will be opening two new locations in January, bringing its total number of centers to 12 throughout the country.

The new locations in Liberia, capital of the northwestern Guanacaste province, and in the western San José suburb of Guachipelín de Escazú are the result of increasing demand for the center’s English-language services, according to a statement from the cultural center.

“The cultural center is coming to Liberia in response to the requests we’ve been receiving,” said Roberto Biasetti, the center’s director of marketing. “Right now we have many students from those areas who come to the city and who now will no longer have to travel so many kilometers to study.”

The center’s mission is to bring English instruction to the whole country, he added.

Since its founding in 1945, the center has expanded throughout the country, with locations around the Central Valley, in the Caribbean-slope town of Guápiles, in Esparza and Quepos in Puntarenas province, in the Southern Zone’s Pérez Zeledón and in north-central Costa Rica’s Ciudad Quesada.

The Liberia location will be the organization’s first center in Guanacaste.

The new center in Guachipelín will be located in SaintMaryHigh School, while the Liberia center will be in the Escuela de Aplicación Alba Ocampo, in conjunction with the Universidad Metropolitana Castro Carazo. Opening in pre-existing buildings keeps the cost of launching the new locations very affordable, the statement said.

The centers will hold English classes for adults, teenagers age 12 to 15 and children age 8 to 11. To accommodate cultural activities and exhibitions, they will also contain cultural spaces, such as galleries and theaters, in addition to a library and language software.

First registration for classes in the new centers will take place Jan. 8 to Jan. 10. For information about the Liberia center, call 2666-1907 or e-mail; for the Guachipelín center, call 2215-2133 or e-mail


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