On-Site Office & Staff

Christian Vargas

Director of Latin America Opertations

Christian Vargas joined the ISA staff in Costa Rica in 1999. Prior to joining ISA, Christian earned a Computer Science degree from the Technological Institute of Costa Rica and a Business Administration degree from Veritas University. While in college, Christian used his free time to build homes for the underprivileged community in Costa Rica. Having visited each Central American country and several States in the United States, Christian gained an understanding of various cultures. Now, Christian enjoys supporting students as they adapt to life in Costa Rica, and he encourages them to explore Costa Rica's culture and natural beauty.

María Belén Jiménez

Academic Director, Costa Rica Programs in San José, Costa Rica

María Belén graduated from the National University of Costa Rica with a major in International Relations. She has worked in various human rights organizations, such as Defense for Children International - Costa Rica and the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights.

Belén had the opportunity to intern Office of Cooperation at the Costa Rica Institute of Technology where she became passionate about student and cultural exchange programs. Because of her experiences she truly enjoys meeting and interacting with people from around the world. She likes sharing the history, traditions and food of Costa Rica and all beautiful places her home country has to offer.

Veritas Office in San Jose


The Veritas office is located near the Universidad Veritas campus, just west of downtown San José and within walking distance of cafés, shopping centers, and quaint Costa Rican neighborhoods. The three-story building provides an open and welcoming atmosphere to students. The office has a meeting room, computer lab with Wi-Fi access, resident director office, kitchen, and travel resource library. Weekly meetings and cultural activities are hosted at this location. Office hours are Monday - Friday 8am-5pm.

San Jose Office Amenities:
- 1 Conference meeting room and 3 classrooms
- On-site computers & wireless internet access
- Kitchen facilities
- Library of academic resources
- TV and DVD player
- Student lounge area