Medo, an excellent grassroots non-governmental organsiation (NGO) run by Adán Bejerano, can organize volunteer stays on one of their projects. Medo’s mission is to promote sustainable development in Soloy and the district of Besiko by recruiting international volunteers to work with community groups on various development projects.Volunteering in Soloy benefits the community and provides volunteers with the opportunity to experience Ngabe culture and daily life in Soloy. 

The Ngöbe indigenous who call Soloy home lack safe water, latrines, and adequate housing. Many cannot read or write. But they know well the value of their ancient culture and of the natural beauty that surrounds them. With visionary grassroots leadership and a real need for volunteers, a local organization, Medo, is helping the community make the transition.

 To volunteer with Medo is to live a life far different from any you’ve known. It is not only a step into another culture but also a step back in time. Proud of their vivid culture, the Ngöbe people live today much as they did a century ago, farming small plots of land to feed their families, piously worshipping their native god, and celebrating their colorful traditions. Without electricity or running water, this volunteer opportunity cannot be called comfortable. However, for anyone looking for a meaningful cultural experience (and up to the challenge), living amongst the Ngöbe is the opportunity of a lifetime.

Volunteer projects include: 

  • Teaching English and environment on an indigenous reserve
  • Developing a small town’s potential for ecotourism
  • Building latrines and installing drinking water systems for School and families  
  • Helping to rebuild the Memorial Botanical Garden
  • Women’s empowerment
  • Small Business Development
  • Creating their own projects


Volunteering – Free!, Accommodations – US$105 per week (meals included)

Minimum requirement: 

Two-week time commitment, Intermediate Spanish, Medical insurance 

More information:

To find out more about volunteer opportunities and how to organize a stay contact Medo’s founder Adán Bejerano (Founder), medovolunteers@gmail.com, +507 6468 5249. Website: http://medo.awardspace.com.






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