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Hello, I began volunteering abroad for several reasons such as to practice a new language, to learn new cultures and meet local people, to live and work with volunteers coming from all over the world, to visit historical sites, to give back to society, to do something without looking for a reward or praise, etc. So far, I have participated in 7 Cadip workcamps in Mexico, Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, and Vietnam. Volunteering abroad has been one of my best life experiences. It is always a great pleasure to meet people from different cultures. People rarely remember a gift for years, but I believe that Cadip workcamps create memories that truly can last a lifetime.

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Posted: August 23, 2019
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10
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10
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First of all it was an incredible experience and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to do something meaningful and enjoyable. I volunteered in Thailand. The greatest aspect of the project was living among the local people and taking part in their customs and traditions. They are very intriguing and very kind. Despite the language barrier they very quickly became our friends, and it was very sad leaving them behind. Our camp leader was very catering to all of our needs (sightseeing and what not). This was my second volunteering with CADIP and I look forward to working with them again!

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Posted: August 20, 2019
Overall:
10
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10
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10
By: Tonny
Age:
24

Learn from my mistakes !

In 2019 I registered my 16- year- old daughter for a teen volunteer experience in Iceland and was informed the day after I paid the registration fee that she needed to arrange accommodation for the day before and day after the trip. (FIRST WARNING)
When I inquired, they said that airport pick up was NOT available. (SECOND WARNING: No airport pick-up for participants who could be as young as 14 years old?)
I was told that Iceland is a very safe country and not to worry about safety.
I decided to give CADIP the benefit of doubt and I tried to book a hostel in Iceland for my daughter. I phoned various hostels and I was informed that minors are not to check into any hostel or hotel unless they are 18 years old.
(THIRD WARNING: Shouldn’t CADIP have known this?)
I informed CADIP of this regulation and they checked with the “host” who said that accommodation could be provided for a fee and that airport pick up was now available. (FOURTH WARNING: Shouldn’t CADIP have known this and have given me the correct information the first time that I asked? )
To ensure safety, I asked where was the pre/post trip accommodation, what kind of accommodation was provided finally, what host organization actually runs the volunteer trips in Iceland. CADIP they refused to give me further information. (FIFTH WARNING: CADIP withholds important information from participants?)

I finally read some more reviews on various websites and wondered if my daughter would have to experience shoddy accommodations and unprofessional staff conduct that was noted in some reviews.
After reading all the reviews, I decided to cancel the trip. Unfortunately, the 15- day period had expired so I lost all my deposit. ☹ At least I did not buy airfare or pre and post trip accommodation.

My advice to you:
1. DO NOT LET 15 days elapse before you cancel or your entire deposit is forfeited. Your membership fee is not returned even if you cancel within 15 days.
2. Read ALL the reviews from different websites (not just the CADIP website).

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Posted: May 3, 2019
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Posted: July 19, 2018
Overall:
10
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10
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10
By: T.J.M.
Age:
27

On May 3rd I began a journey from Halifax N.S. to Iceland through CADIP. I didn’t realize how life changing the experience would be. I always knew I wanted to visit the land of ice and fire and fortunately my experience through the volunteer organization helped me to realize my goal earlier than expected. At 18 I was new at travelling on my own. I had already visited many different countries throughout my lifetime but had always been part of a family or organized group with people I knew. CADIP helped me to feel at ease and answered any questions I had early on during the planning phase. They assured me I would be well looked after once I arrived at the planned destination and that I would enjoy my time. They were not mistaken. I left my home, alone and initially overwhelmed by the task at hand. I would transfer airports, arrive in Iceland knowing no-one, get money, make my way to Reykjavik, find my guest-house, spend a day and a night alone, completely alone, and then make my way to the meeting point where I would begin my two week volunteering experience alongside others I had never met. I didn’t know what to expect and it terrified me. I am an introvert by nature and I knew that this journey would be an important first step towards learning more about my strengths and abilities. I had to rely on myself and step outside my comfort zone. On the morning of the 5th of May I ordered a taxi and made my way to the meeting point. CADIP and the affiliated volunteer office in Iceland had organized several excursions for us to join and the first of three amazing tours was combined with making our way to the Hveragerdi where I would spend the next two weeks. It was a great introduction to a place that had already captivated me from landing. The landscape was exhilarating and more dramatic than I ever imagined. I arrived in Hveragerdi after a day that put me completely at ease in my new surroundings hoping that the workcamp would be a peaceful place where I could learn and explore and breathe after an exhausting first year of university. It was more. I was given my own basic room in a dorm or what I like to call cabin of sorts. I love my sleeping bag so I felt right at home and comfortable once I was settled in. Ours was a small group; Canadian, French, German, Latvian, Korean and Italian. I was the youngest and initially I was a little worried about how I would fit in. I shouldn’t have been. It was the best experience. I met the most wonderful, dynamic, interesting people who have inspired me to continue travelling, alone, discovering all the wonders that the world has to offer including unique friendships with strangers. The countryside was beautiful with every angle and view postcard perfect. I love the outdoors and Iceland is definitely the ultimate outdoor enthusiasts paradise. We hiked, we rested in the hot springs, we travelled to new places every weekend, we enjoyed the sights and tastes that our small town had to offer and oh yes, we worked and learned a great deal. Our primary role was to help in the greenhouses and on the NLFI grounds. I thoroughly enjoyed all the interesting and helpful information that was bestowed on us everyday. I have brought my new found knowledge home and use it for our family vegetable garden. I will never forget what I learned or the kindness and patience of the environment in which it was taught. I have to admit the very best part of the adventure, aside from the people, sights, excursions, pools, hot springs, bakery, glaciers, colours, sheep, horses, work, earth-quake and Icelandic air to name only a few, was the food. I am a foody. A vegetarian foody and I love to eat. I enjoyed, no I celebrated, every meal. I have never eaten as healthy or as well (sorry mom). I loved the food so much I would cut short any outings just so I could be back and sitting at the table for meal time. Thank you to the wonderful chefs who put together the meals that sustained me and brought me such joy. Initially I thought that my days in Iceland would drag, that I would be constantly wishing away the time until I was back with the familiar in Halifax. On May 3rd I left my family and home with tears and on May 19th I left new friends and Iceland with tears. I will never forget my journey or the life changing lessons I learned while overcoming my apprehension. Can I make it on my own? Yes I definitely can. Thank you CADIP for offering me the opportunity to realize this.

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Posted: July 19, 2017
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10
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10
Value:
10
By: NS
Age:
18

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