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Free time and weekend (San Jose)

Are you concerned if you will have enough of time to travel and experience Costa Rican culture while volunteering in the programs? Are you interested in some of the unique places that you can explore and tour while working with impoverished communities in Costa Rica? You do not need to worry volunteer programs in Costa Rica are devised to allow you to tour and immerse in the culture while you volunteer.

Free Time –San Jose

While volunteering in Costa Rica programs you will be working about 4- 5 hours every day. You will get plenty of free time in the morning and in the evenings to explore nearby  natural and cultural attractions in San Jose.

GCR’s volunteer projects are located in the capital city, San Jose. It is the city of laid-back charm of cultural significance with historic neighborhoods, colonial mansions, contemporary art galleries, and rhythmic nightlife. During your free time you will be able to spend a lot of time here for life-long cherished memories and rewarding experiences in Costa Rica.

Weekend Exploration

In Costa Rica, you will work for 5 days in a week from Monday through to Friday.. You will have 2 days off in a week, which you can spend by going around places of natural and cultural wonders in Costa Rica, and bask under its traditional glory.

Costa Rica has different varieties of tourist attractions for everyone to observe and experience. It is a nature’s paradise of hidden oasis. This Peaceful soul of Central America holds misty volcanic peaks, bat filled caves, rainforests, canopy zip lines, butterflies, colorful tropical sea life and a great place to hike. All these enticing travel attractions presents a great enticing opportunity for you to explore and travel during the weekends while participating in Costa Rica volunteering programs.

Here are some of the notable places that you should look up for while in Costa Rica:

La Paz Waterfall Gardens

This is a fairytale storybook look alike garden complex that offers a good cultural experience in the Central Valley. La Paz Waterfall Gardens features well-maintained trails with five scenic waterfalls, a butterfly conservatory, hummingbirds and hand-feed toucans. These attractions are some of the best. This is  a great memorable experience.

Museo de Jade

This museum houses the world’s largest collection of American jade with an ample exhibition space of five floors offering seven exhibits. It houses nearly 7000 finely crafted, well-conserved pieces, from translucent jade carvings depicting fertility goddesses, shamans, frogs and snakes to incredible ceramics. You want to be here and experience its artistic craftsmanship and take back rewarding memories of volunteer in Costa Rica programs.

Playa Cocles

What would a trip to Costa Rica be without a good time at the beach? Playa Cocles is one of the most popular beaches in Costa Rica for wave surfing.  It has steep sandy beaches and a deep reef that can be seen and admired. The experience that you get is distinct breathtaking. It will leave memorable experiences during your time volunteering in Costa Rica programs.

Hacienda Barú National Wildlife Refuge

Hacienda Baru is for you if you are an animal lover. This is one of the most beautiful nature reserves marked with self-guided trails. Get ready to see in all their glory the gorgeous pristine Costa Rican beaches, riverbanks, mangrove estuaries, wetlands, primary and secondary forests, tree plantations pastures, zip lines and also join bird watching and walking tours. All these vivid nature bound experiences will leave you wanting to return to volunteer opportunities in Costa Rica and see more of Costa Rican nature and forests..

Other interesting places to visit during your weekend are:

Take a day trip and explore Heliconia Island to observe 80 varieties of heliconias, tropical flowers, plants and trees
Explore the Venado Caves or an adventurous excursion to catch a glimpse of Latin America's comprehensive collection of Western arts.
Spend quality time at Playa Cocolito to see a waterfall tumbling down a cliff onto the rocks and into the ocean.
Visit the Playa Santa Teresa to have a look at its stunning beach filled with fast and furious beach breaks.

Volunteer Programs in Costa Rica

If you’re interested in other volunteering opportunities in Costa Rica then GCR offers a wide range of projects in the country for a variety of passions and interests. Whether you want to
volunteer vacation,
conservation and environment, and much more. 
there is a GCR program for you.