Mexico is the farthest Aimee Saldivar has traveled outside the U.S. But the UNT sophomore will soon have a new stamp in her passport and a wealth of new experiences. She is immersing in the Costa Rican culture and environment during the Emerald Eagle Study Abroad program.

Trip of a lifetime               

During the two-week trip, Saldivar and 14 other Emerald Eagle Scholars will plumb the depths of the Costa Rican rain forest, tour coffee and banana plantations, learn about organic farming and explore an active volcano.

“I’m very excited there are programs like Emerald Eagle Scholars that fund trips like these for students," says Saldivar, who is majoring in radio/television/film, anthropology and Spanish."For me, this is a whole new experience."

Community service and sustainability

The trip is part of a senior-level biology course focusing on environmentally sustainable development. The scholars will explore global warming and the Kyoto agreement while taking part in community service projects. The scholars will be based at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE), a sustainable biological field station that is a partner to UNT.

This is the 2nd year scholars have participated in the study abroad program. Last year, 15 scholars traveled to Thailand to learn about sustainable development, environmental ethics and emergency and disaster management.

About the Emerald Eagle Scholars program

The EES program is student success program that provides a path to academic success to students with limited financial resources but strong academic backgrounds. The program provides tuition and fees, mentoring and opportunities for university engagement, and students are expected to maintain solid grades and to stay on track to graduate in four years.


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