The Center provides a unique, cross-cultural learning experience for students and faculty. Some outreach activities have already been carried out, where staff, students and faculty have actively participated. Clear examples are the construction and establishment of the Computer Lab at the local community in 2011, where Texas A&M Chapter of Engineers Without Borders and Center staff worked closely with community leaders and the Ministry of Science and Technology of Costa Rica to help the lab become fully operational. More recent activities include the co-organization of the World Environmental Day and Science Fair with local primary and secondary schools, the active participation of the Center on facilitating and supporting the maintenance of the main access road, and the construction of new classrooms for the secondary school in the community of San Juan.

These are some exemplary Volunteer & Community Service Activities that students and faculty have been involved in locally:

  • Engineers Without Borders
  • Aggies for Global Education
  • MSC FISH and FLI
  • English as a Second Language (ESL) programs
  • Training individuals with disabilities
  • Environmental education
  • Eco-tourism and community development

For more information on community service or outreach activities, please contact Dr. Eugenio Gonzalez at egonzalez.soltis.center[at]tamu.edu.


“During my study abroad at the Soltis Center, we learned about the levels of the forest and the interconnectedness of human interaction
with the environment on climate changes, animal health, and human health. I have become more aware of nature within my own city back
home: I look at how the trees grow, notice the birds chirping, and do not fear bugs quite so much.”
Ten Year Survey Participant