Be a part of the amazing Giant panda Volunteering Program in China with Volunteering Solutions and spend your days looking after these adorable ones! As we know, the giant panda is the mascot for the World Wildlife Conservation Association and now, it's your turn to do something meaningful for them, while volunteering at the Dujiangyan Giant Panda Conservation Center.
This program is conducted in association with the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda, and it'll be a great opportunity for all volunteers to learn more about these endangered animals. This would be a great choice for those who are looking for a short term volunteering program in China.
Being a volunteer, the main tasks would be: Feeding panda, cleaning enclosures, panda feces analysis, making intelligence toys for giant pandas, learning about rescue and scientific research of giant pandas, making artwork and souvenirs about the giant panda, planting bamboos for pandas, panda behavior observation, etc. So no matter whether you are a high school or college student, or maybe a gap year traveler in China, this program would surely be a great choice for you!
Volunteers will have to work for 6-8 hours per day. Volunteers must be 18 years or older at the time of joining the project. Participants who are under 18 must be accompanied by guardians or the elders, who are capable and healthy enough.
You need to have an open mind and a flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment. The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference. Participants must be fit and healthy at the time of joining the program. Physical examination records within 3 months before your arrival will be needed. All participants must be fluent in English or Chinese.
Day 1: Arrival in China & transfer to hotel
You'll be arriving at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (Code: CTU), where you'll meet our country coordinator, who'll then transfer you to the accommodation. There will be an Orientation Session once all the volunteers arrive, and you'll get to know more about the project, Health & Safety notes, etc.
Day 2: Giant Panda Breeding Center & Chengdu Tour
Today, you'll be going to explore Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center, which is famous for the protection and breeding of endangered wild animals that are unique to China, including giant pandas and red pandas. You'll also get to explore the Jinsha Site Museum and go for a landmark tour in Chengdu. Enjoy a hot pot dinner tonight!
Day 3: Puzhao Temple & Dujiangyan Panda Base
Today, you'll be traveling to Mount Qingcheng and visit Puzhao Temple. Later, you'll go for a tour in the Dujiangyan Panda Center and get to know more about the adorable animals and their lives.
Day 4 - Day 6: Giant Panda Volunteer Experience
Your volunteering program begins today and continues for the next couple of days! You'll be given a brief Orientation about the program and the work to do before you start.
Some of the work that you'll have to do are as follows: You'll have to help in moving bamboos to giant panda enclosures under the guidance of staff while listening to knowledge about the giant panda and the base.
Collecting feces and food wastes of giant panda under the guidance of staff and moving to designated places. You can also go and visit the Giant Panda Park to learn more about giant pandas and their living habits. Join the feeding process where Wowotou (steamed cornbread), carrots and apple, etc are usually fed to the animals by the staff. Watching the panda documentary, learning about panda protection will also be a part of the project.
On the 6th day, you’ll also get to visit the ancient town of Jiezi, learn about Chengdu teahouse culture, learn to play mahjong.
Day 7 - Departure
Your amazing journey comes to an end here! Since you’re in China, you can plan a trip to Beijing and explore the Great Wall
Volunteers arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport, and we'll arrange a bus transfer to a hotel in Chengdu city, for overnight stay. The same bus will take volunteers to Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base, the next day.
Accommodation & Meals - Accommodation will be provided in hostels at Dujiangyan Giant Panda Base. Volunteers will be provided with 3 meals a day. Breakfast will usually comprise of Toast and coffee; Chinese porridge, egg, and steamed bread. For lunch, there will be Chinese food at the canteen at the giant panda base or quick lunch such as sandwiches/hamburgers outside the base.
Dinner will comprise of Sichuan cuisines, dumplings or hotpot, in some Chinese restaurants
Orientation and Briefing - There will be an orientation session on the first day of the program. Volunteers/Interns will be told about China in general, and about their specific project and if there’s any question, our in-country coordinators will be glad to reply.
Please Note: -An application fee of $199 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of £149 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of $259 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment) Please Note: -An application fee of €169 is charged over and above the program fee as an application payment. (A 4% international banking fee is charged at the time of payment)
What are you Paying for?
- Accommodations: shared hostel rooms (extra charge for upgrading)
- Meals: 3 meals per day; Chinese cuisines and sandwiches
- Bottled water
- Airport transfers upon arrival and departure
- Transfer from site to site
- Activities in the program
- Guide services
- Translator accompanying throughout the whole tour
- Certificate Of Completion (Upon Request)
What's NOT included?
- Entry Visa
- Health check and insurances
- Individual expenses such as souvenirs or snacks
FAQ's Application and Program Details
Volunteers need to have an open mind and flexible attitude for working in a new and different environment.
The volunteer should bring energy and enthusiasm to make a difference.
Participant must be in good health.
Flights and Visa
Health and Safety
Hepatitis A and B
Accommodation and Living
Connect with Past Volunteers
To read alumni interviews from past participants, visit the Meet a Volunteer section on our website.