Sarah P’s comments: The key to finding a good volunteer opp is to make sure you do your research. The Canadian Alliance for Development Initiatives and Projects (CADIP) is a non-profit Canadian organization dedicated to promoting peace, cooperation, tolerance, and understanding in multi-cultural, multi-ethnic and international surroundings. They offer affordable (their words) short term volunteer projects. CADIP opportunities are listed regularly on Idealist so I decided to do a check-in e-mail which is one of the tools I use to check volunteer opportunities. If they reply, I take this as a positive. Is this case, they did and I have included their e-mail below.
Here are some reviews of their programs in general, I wasn’t able to find a review of the program in Togo: http://www.abroadreviews.com/search/node/CADIP
Thank you for your message and your interest in our activities. The international volunteer programs are an affordable and exciting opportunity for involvement in wide variety of projects. You can access the short-term volunteer programs with updated list of the free places and detailed descriptions of the projects by following this link: http://www.cadip.org/workcamps. The long-term volunteer projects can be seen at: http://www.cadip.org/projects.
I can recommend the projects: Teaching and promoting the library in Yeviepe, Togo (www.cadip.org/volunteer-in-togo) and Managing a library and promoting reading among school children in Kpalime, Togo (www.cadip.org/volunteering-in-togo).
The placement of volunteers is done on a first-come first-served basis and projects usually fill up pretty quickly. That’s why we advise all the interested volunteers to get enrolled as soon as they’ve found in the program the project they would like to join. The enrollment procedure is quick and easy and can be completed online (www.cadip.org/enrol).
Each applicant chooses the projects he/she wants to apply for and puts them in order of preference in the Volunteer enrollment form. Only the first project choice is a compulsory field, however one or two alternative choices will increase your chances to be placed. We proceed the placement in this same order. Our organization is well-known for its easy and fast procedure. Your placement will be confirmed no later than 7 days after you submit all required documents and payment information. With the application we require the payment information because we charge the participation fee and the annual membership right after successful placement and before confirming it to the person. Please, note that we don’t have an application fee or any other kind of non-refundable deposits, which means that if we cannot accept you for any reason, you will not be charged anything.
In terms of fees, we have the best pricing in North America. Other experience-based travel opportunities, including tourist packages and other volunteer organizers, bill in the thousands of dollars and often demand a non-refundable deposit equal to our fee. At CADIP, we believe in the importance of making volunteering abroad affordable and keep the cost of the experience-based travel we offer low.
For more links to volunteering in general, participation requirements, enrollment procedure, former volunteer comments, and other information, visit our main web at www.cadip.org.
Any questions or concerns? Feel free to write us or call the office at 646-657-2900.
Thank you for considering volunteering with CADIP.
CADIP – Volunteering in Canada and Abroad
phone: 646-657-2900 web: http://www.cadip.org