History and results


Reto Juvenil Internacional is a non-profit NGO that promotes community development through global leaders. We opened our doors in 1991, by forming a strategic alliance with Canada, Guyana and Australia. From that moment on, RJI Costa Rica began its unwavering effort to aid the communities of the country in most need. Since 2005, after 14 years of significant experience, Reto Juvenil decided to expand beyond our initial alliances and build new international partnerships. This allowed us to extend our reach to the rest of the neighbouring countries and cover the entire Central American region.

During our trajectory, Reto Juvenil has focused in three key areas: environmental conservation, education and community development. Greatest emphasis has been given to projects focused on children, women and indigenous peoples, the populations in greatest social risk in our area. Today, after more than 20 years of hard work, Reto Juvenil is proud to have supported the communities of Central America with over 540 development projects.

In Reto Juvenil, we deeply believe in the importance of investing in youth leadership and of empowering youth with a greater social conscience. For this reason, during unforgettable experiences of intercultural exchange, we promote international volunteers to join our cause by dedicating their time, expertise and physical strength to aid communities at risk. We have no doubts that our today´s volunteers will be the leaders in the construction of a better and more just world for tomorrow. With this vision, RJI has trained and worked along with over 7 500 volunteers from different nationalities and social backgrounds.

During the more than 20 years of hard work, Reto Juvenil has accomplished central outcomes for the development of our communities. Many of them, like friendships, memories and inter-cultural experiences, are impossible to quantify. Others, like the ones we share below, fill us with proud and joy for they demonstrate the results of our commitment to the region.

53 school and high school classrooms.
18 scholar dining rooms.
29 health centers.
12 centers for medical emergencies.
883 ophthalmologic surgeries.
26 community centers.
13 centers for women´s groups.
36 rural aqueducts.
38 conferences for youth groups.
30 conferences for women´s groups.
30 organic agriculture projects.
26 ecotourism projects.
109 environmental conservation projects