UPDATE: I NO LONGER RECOMMEND CADIP. They need to stop treating every prospective volunteer like a brainless load of cash. And Roy needs to learn to sign his emails with both his first AND last names, if he wants to be taken seriously. Or better yet, he needs to be fired and a whole new management needs to be brought in.
If you're looking for an organized volunteering alternative, consider Service Civil International. Same setup as CADIP, but much nicer to deal with.
OK, I hope that now we can put the issue of whether CADIP is a scam out of its misery.
I promised you guys that if I got a reply from CADIP, I would post it on my blog. And here it is:
Thank you for your message and your interest in our activities. Please accept my apologies for the unusual delay in responding to your e-mail. We have received an extremely high volume of e-mails in the past several weeks and have been unable to answer all of the requests within our habitual time frame. Now is the busiest time of the year and, in this very moment, there are literally hundreds of volunteers taking part in so many different programs of CADIP or its partners around the globe.
CADIP is a non-profit organization, registered under the Society Act of British Columbia, Registration Number S-48793. It has no religious or political affiliation. Through various charity, volunteer and youth initiatives, CADIP promotes peace, cooperation, tolerance and understanding in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and international surroundings. The organization also promotes patterns and examples of civil activities focused on serving others, on building social ties and strengthening communities, and on supporting civil society development.
CADIP is a reputable organization with a successful history and thousands of volunteers that are happy with our work. CADIP volunteers have been contributing for years to many charitable projects, development initiatives, cultural events, etc. around the world.
We strive to be the most reliable organization of this kind in North America and we constantly make efforts to give meaning the word affordable when it comes to international volunteering.
Actually, CADIP was created as an organization that would change the pricing of the international volunteer service for the people who want to volunteer abroad without breaking the bank. One of our unwritten goals is to provide affordable international volunteer experiences and to be an alternative to many organizations and private agencies that ruin the idea of volunteering by charging huge fees for similar activities.
We strive to provide a variety of volunteering opportunities in Canada and abroad for a really affordable financial contribution. And we truly believe that CADIP is working for the best of the voluntary service movement.
It’s just unbelievably inappropriate to blame Cadip of being a scam. We are respected not only by our members but also by our partners in Canada and abroad. It may be a good idea for you to check out the web site of the United Nations in its section for international volunteering, or go to the web of the Government of British Columbia in the section 'volunteering' or the respective section on the web sites of the biggest Canadian universities. We think that scams would never be listed there.
There is truly nothing that can lead someone to think CADIP is a scam.
Scams exist to make profit, and we are one of the organizations with the smallest fees ever. As a comparison, you can easily find organizations on the Internet that charge 10 times more and which start with a strictly non-refundable deposit that equals all our fees put together. By the way, we noticed that some of them have a twisted understanding for competition in the nowadays world. Trying to justify their high fees, some of them spread false information, sometimes they post fabricated opinions of former volunteers in blogs under fake names. We believe you understand what we are talking about. Just browsing on the net, you’ll find proof of all and any of our words.
If someone contacts you with a concrete case, we can comment, but only if we have the details, not in general. Of course, nobody is perfect, there is always room to improve the work of any organization, and we are always open for that.
We believe that we are a reliable and experienced organization and we are doing our best to provide not only affordable but safe and enriching international volunteer experience. We are proud with our achievements but we consider ourselves just as a part of the colourful and meaningful world of the world volunteerism. By the way, Canadian volunteerism is considered internationally to be one of the most developed and CADIP strives to be just one more reason for that.
At the end, let me thank you for your efforts to spread the word about CADIP’s activities.
We wish you success and personal happiness.
So if I get one more email from anyone who claims to have been mistreated by CADIP, I will forward it to Canada, because I am not a Better Business Bureau. Are we clear?
Now, go and bother someone else.