ALL students will share the Institute’s P.O. Box address (found on the Contact Us page); so, it is imperative for your name to be on all of your correspondence. Please advise friends and family of this address. We often receive packages with no names and have no way of knowing to whom they were sent.
Everything mailed to Costa Rica, except books but including clothes, is subject to customs duty. Getting packages can be a time-consuming process if customs officials stop them. Most times small packages sent through the regular postal system arrive without a problem. Other times you will have to go to the central post office, wait an hour or more, and pay a customs charge.
In general, it would be OK to have people send small, inexpensive items, but not electronics or other high-priced items. Have your friends or family members check with you ahead of time to see if what they intend to send is available in Costa Rica.
The Institute has a courier service that can be used to send and receive
valuable, lightweight mail, but there is a fee charged each time you send
or receive a letter via this service. This service is not any faster, just
more secure. Regular mail should be sent to the Institute's Costa Rican address
(found on the Contact Us page).