Part of the experience of visiting a new country and volunteering, is to travel. We suggest you decide before hand with your country coordinator what excursions you might be interested in doing so that you can plan appropriately.
Most volunteer placements allow you to travel on the weekend, however if you want to make sure you don't miss a particular excursion that may take more time than 2 days, plan to stay longer in order to have this once in a lifetime experience.
Here are some getaway ideas!
Playa Samara is one of the best places to learn to surf in Costa Rica. It is known for its 7 km. long white sand beach and protected bay. The coral reef creates shallow water with very gentle surf and provides great swimming and snorkeling. If you want to learn to surf this is the perfect location. This small laid back beach town provides an authentic taste of coastal life, embracing the essence of Pure Vida.
A few hours from San José takes you into a rain forest leading into a cloud forest, where glimpses of three-toed sloths and green lizards are not uncommon. Of Costa Rica's 120 volcanic formations, 7,000-year-old Arenal is the most active, erupting daily. Looking over Guanacaste’s lush green hillsides, bright red and orange lava erupts at night providing visitors with jaw dropping visuals. Enjoy the natural thermal hot springs at the Tabacon resort, or if you are more adventurous head to the cayons and rappel down a rock face through striking rain forest and waterfalls.
This is the wild west of Costa Rica, referred to as the Republic of Green, it doesn't get much more remote or undeveloped than Osa. Located in the country's eco-savvy southwest, it includes Corcovado National Park, the largest single expanse of lowland tropical forest in Central America. The park was established in 1975 to help protect the land from miners, loggers, and hunters. Flourishing today are scarlet macaws, tapirs, and jaguars.