In most cases, you can travel after your project depending of the program you chose; given your visa requirements do not prevent you from staying. Please communicate your plans to RJI in advance.
This highly depends on the program you choose and the location of your host community. Some groups have scheduled trips during their projects; others organize a trip while in-country. All trips must be evaluated and accepted by RJI offices and must respond to all of our policies, but we can find a way to make it work! Please remember that trips are not included as part of the participation fee.
RJI staff manages all programming and provide support and guidance to volunteers in the field. Other responsibilities for staff include budgeting, acquiring local sponsorship & partnerships, ensuring effective communication with key stakeholders, and maintaining safety standards. Depending of the program you select and if the group is bigger than 10 participants, RJI will provide a Group Leader that will stay at all times with the group to coordinate the project.
Most of Central America has two seasons, dry and rainy. The dry seasons typically runs from late November to late April and represents the high tourist season. You can expect most days to start out sunny with just a few hours of rainfall in the afternoon and evening. Temperatures vary primarily with elevations, not with seasons.
We will go through your specific work schedule during orientation. It will depend on the work practices of the community and, many times, the weather! We expect volunteers to work around 8 hours a day from Monday to Friday, but you will have downtimes during the week because of several variables.