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This Week in Costa Rica is a weekly, online radio program and podcast by US expat, Dan Stevens

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Costa Rica's Jungle Jam 2017 in Jaco Beach; An Interview With Founder Eric Freitas

Costa Rica News - This Week in Costa Rica is back after a long time off. I needed to return to the USA to spend time with my father who is ill. But the show must go on from wherever we are in the world.

For the return episode of "This Week in Costa Rica" we have the pleasure of talking about the Jungle Jam festival which has become a yearly anticipated event in the beach town of Jaco.

Ee are happy to welcome Eric Freitas who is the owner and founder of the Jungle Jam music festival in Jaco.  He will give us an in depth look at the story about Jungle Jam and what we are going to expect from this year Jungle Jam festival.

For ticket and more information about this years festival you can visit the Jungle Jam website at

Global Medical Insurance

This week Corey covers getting medical insurance for residents and travelers via Robert Clarke Medical Insurance. As a user of the services himself, Corey speaks directly to his personal experiences using the service and interviews Robert Clarke himself. Robert addresses questions from listeners to the radio program on:

  • the benefit of having private insurance in addition to the CAJA

  • which hospitals in the USA honor the coverage

  • if this medical insurance covers tourists traveling to Nicaragua and Panama

  • if there are family and/or group plans available

This week Corey also speaks with Dan Stevens of the Costa Rican Times on the 2 World Cup wins by Costa Rica’s soccer team, La Sele, the parking meter conundrum in Jaco beach, and the new Solis administration seemingly working for good.

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Becoming and Expat with Author Shannon Enete

On today’s program, Corey welcomes author and publisher Shannon Enete into studio.  Shannon is an international resident from San Diego, currently residing in Costa Rica. Her first career of 10 years was spent serving San Diego & Kansas City as a paramedic. Shannon had visited 27 countries by the age of 30, before a back injury shifted her path. She quickly chose Costa Rica as her first international destination. In addition to writing, Shannon owns Enete Enterprises, LLC a video and print publication company that specializes in travel guidebooks and the creation of marketing videos for tourism, hospitality, and real estate sectors. To learn more about Costa Rica, and how to become an expat in a variety of countries visit

David Karr of Visit Jaco Costa Rica kicks off the program with Corey to talk about Semana Santa in Costa Rica, happenings around the Central Pacific, and a little inside track into what you need to know about Jaco Beach and the surrounding area as a visitor and a resident.

Dan Stevens of The Costa Rican Times calls in from Escazú to speak on the job cuts at Intel and Bank of America, the new border crossing fee for travelers exiting Costa Rica to Nicaragua, and the outcome of the court ruling on shark finning in Costa Rica.

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Bitcoin in Costa Rica

This week, Corey brings a short program with Dan Stevens from the Costa Rican Times.  Topics covered include new accountability proposals put forth in the judicial system, a travel company in Costa Rica accepting Bitcoin, and some insider tips on living in the Central Pacific towns of Jacó and Hermosa.

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A Show about Nothing

This week Corey takes a step back from the hard news and interviews to spend time with a couple regular panelists.  First up, Corey talks about some tough email coming in from listeners and addresses questions of immigration status and online workers’ legal standing in Costa Rica.  This is all leading up to a big show coming mid-November where This Week in Costa Rica is going to face the issue head on and try to come up with some definitive answers.

Dan Stevens from The Costa Rican times joins Corey to talk about the upcoming coffee picking contest and ox cart displays in the Central Valley.  Following that, Dan tells a few tales of dating woes as an American in Costa Rica.  This opens a wide, and frank dialogue about the subject of dating Ticas.

Picking up where Dan and Corey left off, Andrew Woodbury of Global TESOL College jumps into studio to put in his two cents on dating Latin women in Costa Rica.

Last off, Corey and Andrew unapologetically plug the TESOL school, touting its successful launch, 100% job placement rate, and stellar accommodation.   With everything handled from airport shuttle, to homestays, to the program itself, this accredited TESOL certification school is quickly positioning itself to be a premiere choice for those looking to teaching English in Costa Rica or abroad.

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