Here is contact information for several Costa Rican organizations that will be able to help you with several issues such as violence, sexuality, personal growth, among others.
ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS
IAFA, Instituto de Alcoholismo y Fármaco-Dependencia (Alcoholism and Drug Dependency Institute)
This organization gives support to people with addictions to several different substances such as alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana. They give workshops and group or individual psychological counselling. On their website they offer other services such as libraries, and an information phone line: 800-423-2800.
Central Offices: 400 mts south from the Banco Popular, Barrio La Granja, San Pedro de Montes de Oca.
PAIA, Programa de Atención Integral al Adolescente (Program for Integral Attention to Adolescents)
They offer an electronic magazine with information about youth themes, sexuality, jobs, sexual and reproductive health, addictions, etc.
PO Box: 1434-1011 San José, Costa Rica.
They also have an office in San José.
They have a free helpline: Count on me: 800 22 44 911. Phones: 223-8948, 256-2620, fax: (506) 223-5992
AMES, Asociación de Mujeres en Salud (Womens Health Association)
This is a non-profit organization that offers low cost professional health services to women. For example: lab tests, gynocology services, and sexual and reproductive health workshops. They also offer dance, yoga, Reyki and apiterapia classes.
Address: Third entry to Los Yoses, 200 mts South, 50 west and 25 South. Papaya house..
Web site: www.casaames.com
Fundación Madre Selva (Mother Selva Foundation)
This foundation gives information, education and sexual and reproductive communication from an integral approach, such as human rights, violence prevention. Give workshops, fairs, health services and counselling.
Promote exercise, knowledge and health rein vindication, sexual and reproductive rights.
Web Site: www.madreselva-madreselva.blogspot.com
CEFEMINA - Centro Feminista de Información y Acción
· Emergency Phone Line: counselling over violence situations that needs immediate intervention.
· Support groups with women who have suffered from violence. They support each other to seek options, make decisions and start important changes in their situation and self-esteem.
· Legal Counseling.
Address: San José, Costa Rica, San Pedro, from Taco Bell, 200 west and 100 north, casa esquinera.
Phone - Fax: 224-3986, 224-5094.
Web site: www.cefemina.org
CIPAC Information and Support Line (Research and Promotion Center for Central America in Human Rights)
A free line that gives information and support in crisis situations.
Phone : 800-247-2227
CIPAC promotes the right to diversity.
Support group for adolescents.
Address: From old Higuerón 200 south, 75 east.
Web site: www.cipacdh.org
Rescatando Vidas Foundation
This foundations purpose is to prevent suicide in children and teenagers through individual attention and group activities. Gives psychological counselling.
Página web: www.fundacionrescatandovidas.org
OFICINAS DE LA MUJER (Office for Women)
Most municipalities have a psychologist and a lawyer who give services to women from the community what report violence against them.
INA, Instituto Naciónal de Aprendizaje (Nacional Institute for Learning)
Offers several professional courses for adults and young people throughout the country.
Web site: http://www.ina.ac.cr
This is an NGO that dedicates itself to develop youth that cares for the environment. They give workshops, clubs, outdoor and recreational activities that foster love for the environment and exercise. They also give training to other organizations. In order to participate you need to be affiliated with an educational organization.
PO Box: 5581150, La Uruca, San José
Phone: San José 290-8818, Sarapiquí: 766-6147. Fax: 232- 8020
Web site: http://www.fundecor.org/educación/clubes
Taller Nacional de Danza
Offers dance lessons at a low cost for women and men of all ages. Each group gives a graduation presentation in the Melico Salazar Theater at the end of the year.
Address: Barrio Escalante, 75 mts south, west of Rotonda del Farolito next to the Calderón Guardia museum.
Phone: 222 9398, 223 3319