Computer Lab at the School of San Juan de Peñas Blancas
After several hard working trips to Costa Rica in the last 18 months and dealing with hot, humid, rainy and muddy conditions that characterizes tropical climates, two teams of TAMU Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, this last visit guided by Grady Meloy, managed to almost complete successfully the construction of the Computer Lab. Minor details are still to be finished in coming days, but the Lab is almost functional. The local community, the students and professors are extremely thankful with the EWB teams who worked hard to get this project done.
Training on waste management and recycling
In coordination with the TAMU- Former Student Association in Costa Rica, the Center will be offering a short training course on recycling materials for the local community. The main objective of this program is to introduce the local community the concept of waste management as an approach to ameliorate the impact of human activities on the environment. A long term goal of this program is to create a recycling Center in the local community where most wastes and recycling materials can be processed and reused locally.
Engineers without Borders in Costa Rica
The project focus is to build a computer center with bathrooms and a wastewater system in the school located in the small village of San Juan de San Isidro, Costa Rica. Situated in a unique location near Texas A&M's Soltis Research Center and one of the most active volcanoes in the world, Volcano Arenal, San Juan is a growing 170 person village deep in the rain forest with 14 feet of rainfall a year. There are plenty of possible projects for EWB-TAMU to complete in the next 5 years.
This project began in December 2008 with two students from the Texas A&M chapter of Engineers without Borders scouting the area and it will continue through 2010 with a larger group of engineers students from Texas A&M. Read more
The MSC FISH
This program is an international service experience for incoming freshmen. This program began in 2009 when a freshman leadership group volunteered time during the spring break to build a playground and continue the English as a Second Language program started by the students from the College of Education. In 2009 Students collected more than 500 pounds of donated books to add to the English library of the local school. The group also prepared songs, games, and activities that would not only teach English to the children, but also allowed Aggies to better their Spanish skills. Read more
Training Locals for Environmental Protection
In coordination with the Environmental Education Program of the “Area de Conservación Arenal – Huetar Norte” of National Conservation System, and the Watershed Unit of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, the Soltis Center is promoting and facilitating a training program for the creation of a local Natural Resources Vigilance Committee (Comité de Vigilancia de Recursos Naturales, COVIRENA). Through these committees the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications of Costa Rica seeks to engage the local community leaders in the conservation and protection of the natural resources of each area.