Environmental Education

The local communities are willing to participate more actively in the education or research activities facilitated at the Center, which represents a great opportunity for outreach programs, cross-cultural activities, and even research. Local farmers are eager about potential agricultural research that could eventually be carried on at their farms, or training programs for new or improved farming techniques, just to mention a few examples. 

Some Exemplary Activities:

Computer Lab at the School of San Juan de Peñas Blancas

Two teams of Texas A&M University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders successfully completed the construction of the Computer Lab at the local school. More than 75 school kids and high school students are currently using the lab. The local community, the students, and professors are extremely thankful with the EWB teams who worked hard to get this project completed.

Training on waste management and recycling

In coordination with the Texas A&M University's Former Student Association in Costa Rica, the Center offered a short training course on recycling materials for the local community. The main objective of this program was to introduce the local community to 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 waste and recycling materials can be processed and reused locally.

Engineers without Borders in Costa Rica: water for the local community

A different team of TAMU Chapter of Engineers Without Borders successfully completed the installation of a pipeline project for the community's water distribution system and the upgrade of the water storage capacity by installing new tanks.


The MSC FISH 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 (ESL) program, started by students from the College of Education. This program has participated in multiple activities with the local elementary and high schools of the community throughout the years afterward.

Training Locals for Environmental Protection

In coordination with the Environmental Education Program of the “Area de Conservacion Arenal – Huetar Norte” of the National Conservation System and the Watershed Unit of the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad, the Soltis Center promotes and facilitates the training program for the local Natural Resources Vigilance Committee (Comite de Vigilancia de Recursos Naturales, COVIRENA). Through these committees, the Ministry of Environment, Energy and Telecommunications of Costa Rica seeks to engage local community leaders in the conservation and protection of the natural resources of each area.