On-Site Office & Staff

ISA Veritas U.S. Team

Kim Sarna: Program Manager, Costa Rica

Kim is an Arizona native who earned her degree in Hispanic Studies from Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon. She studied abroad in Valparaíso, Chile and loved it so much that she returned upon completing her degree to work as an English language teacher. Kim's passion for international education ignited during her time in Chile, as she gained self-confidence and greater awareness of other customs and cultures. She is proud to work as the Associate Director of Enrollment Management and serve as the Geographic Oversight Manager for Spain and Latin America. Kim works with a team of outstanding staff abroad to support and encourage students to experience their own achievements abroad. In her free time, Kim enjoys walking her dogs Holly and Gordo.

Email: ksarna@studiesabroad.com


ISA Veritas San José Team

Christian Vargas, Director of Latin America Operations

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, Resident Director, Costa Rica Programs

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.


Laura, ISA Veritas Mentor