Animal Welfare: Panda Conservation

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Coordinator | Jennifer

High­lights

An exciting opportunity to travel, see the world and experience a foreign culture first-hand. Plus lots of adventure activities to do in your free time.
You'll learn a lot from top experts. You'll gain new skills, more confidence and invaluable personal and professional development.
You're making a difference! The enormous satisfaction of knowing that your work is contributing to saving endangered Pandas. This is an extremely rewarding project
You'll make friends for life, plus you'll expand your global network of contacts. And you'll have a huge boost for your CV or Résumé !
You're in China! Top of many people's Bucket List! An amazing culture packed with exciting experiences waiting for you!
Work in the largest Panda base in China, where the focus is on protecting them and building a safe environment in which to begin their reintroduction into the wild This volunteer program is especially suitable for:
Age 14+
Singles
Couples
Families
Groups
50+
The project is based at a branch of the China Conservation & Research Centre for Giant Pandas and is one of the largest of its kind. It started working in 2003 and suddenly grew in 2008 when Pandas were relocated here from Wolong Panda base, which was devastated in an earthquake that year. Since the move, the panda population here has more than doubled - which is an amazing achievement. A big share of pandas you might see outside China have normally originated from this reserve. The base is now looking to releasing the panda into the wild, fulfilling its long term ambition.

This Panda care project offers you the opportunity to have a practical, hands-on experience in animal conservation, assisting both
the programme and its staff with their efforts, while learning about pandas.

Your duties may vary depending on what is required of you at the time, so flexibility is essential. You will be involved in working about 4-6 hours a day side by side with panda caretakers by:

  • Preparing food for the pandas such as apples, panda bread, carrots – and of course their favourite – bamboo!
  • Providing them with food that you have put together for them
  • Cleaning their enclosures
  • Ensuring they are secure in their environment (they're very precious!).
  • Occasionally, you might also be asked to conduct some research of the panda’s habits and medical health so that we may extend our knowledge and experience in caring for this highly endangered species.

The keepers usually feed the Panda twice in the afternoon. However, this would depend on the individual condition of each Giant Panda and also other circumstances. We cannot guarantee the feeding times and also cannot ensure that every participant would be able to feed a Panda. Feeding tasks are assigned exclusively by the keepers.

You’ll be able to see the panda nursery (approx. July to September), animal rescue, educational facilities, and much more.

Additional cultural activities: It's important to remember that Pandas are wild animals and naturally lazy and and will need some time to relax on their own! That’s why we offer plenty of Chinese lessons & cultural activities during their resting times, which you can take part in at your leisure. Some activities that you may take part in are:

  • Chinese language lessons (Daily 16:00-18:00 upon request)
  • Mahjong (Chinese chess)
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Papercraft
  • Dumpling making
  • And more!

If you're interested in animal conservation, this represents a real opportunity to learn about the Giant Panda, something that is unique to China.



Typical day

A typical program is as follows, but this will vary from week to week and season to season.

Sunday:
You will be collected from Chengdu airport and transferred to Chengdu City where you will stay for two nights.

Monday:

  • Breakfast
  • Visit Chengdu’s Panda Breeding Center
  • Lunch
  • A walking tour through the Chengdu City, visit the Tianfu Square, People’s park and the famous ancient pedestrian street of Kuan-zhai Alley
  • Welcome Dinner at a local hotpot restaurant.

Tuesday:

  • Breakfast
  • Transfer to the Panda reserve (approx. 3 hours by public bus)
  • Lunch at the Panda Reserve Hostel
  • Orientation: Meet the team of the Panda Reserve and introduce yourself. You'll watch a safety training video and be given working manuals, assignments and information about your tasks.
  • Registration follows, uniforms and participant card issued. You'll form working groups and each group then elects a ‘Group Leader’.
  • Dinner, followed by a Chinese lesson (optional)

Wednesday – Panda Reserve:

  • 08:00: Breakfast
  • 08:40: Meet at the Gate of the Panda base at 8:40. A staff member will lead your group to your respective places of work. You should finish your tasks under the Panda keepers’ guidance, such as cleaning the Panda house and feeding the Panda. Tasks are decided on by the Panda keepers. During the break, you should fill in the form “My Panda and I”.
  • 12:00: After completing the morning tasks, meet at the participant service center. and to the canteen for Lunch. After Lunch you can rest or watch a documentary about the Giant Panda.
  • 14:00: Split into groups and make Panda cake in turns. Panda cake is a form of food for Pandas prepared from fresh ingredients.
  • 15:00: Free time, you can proceed to complete the assignments if any or assist the staff if required.
  • 16:00:  Finish your tasks for the day and have free time
  • 17:00: Free time or join in to making dumplings. Learn the secret behind tasty Chinese dumplings.
  • 18:00: Dinner
  • 19:00: Free time. Optionally you can watch some “Panda Videos” or take a rest.

Thursday – Panda Reserve:

  • 08:00: Breakfast
  • 09:00: If there are 10 or more volunteers: Support the Panda reserve staff in simple research activities. These vary depending on need. If there are less than 10 participants: Prepare food for the Pandas and feed them.
  • 12:00: A short break, then meet at the participant service center. At 12:20 staff will lead you to the canteen for lunch. Post Lunch, return to the service center and choose to take rest or continue to watch a documentary about the Giant Panda.
  • 13:30: Return to where you worked the day before and feed the Panda under the keepers’ guidance. During the break you'll complete the “My Panda and I” form and any other related assignments.
  • 16:00: Complete your tasks for the day
  • 17:00 – 18:00: Free time or join our Chinese Calligraphy lessons. Learn the technique of drawing beautiful Chinese characters on paper.
  • 18:00: Dinner
  • 19:00: Free time or you can spend your evening learning how to play Mahjong and have fun challenging your opponents. There is no doubt that once you get hooked on Mahjong it’s difficult to let go of it!

Friday – Panda Reserve:

  • 09:00: If there are 10 or more volunteers: The Giant Pandas eats between 10 and 20 kilos of bamboo per day. Support the staff to plant more of it to ensure there’s enough food. If there are less than 10 volunteers: Prepare food for the Pandas and feed them.
  • 12:00: A short break, then meet at the participant service center and on to the canteen for lunch. Post lunch, you can rest or continue to watch a documentary about the Giant Panda.
  • 13:30: Return to where you worked the day before and feed the Panda under the keepers’ guidance.
  • 15:00: Your time at the Panda base is over. Return your work uniform, participant card and gloves and also submit the "My panda and I" form.
  • Summary meeting: Share your work experience with the others. Thereafter, the staff will issue certificates to everybody. Later, you can leave a message on the “Love wall”. All the participants and staff take a photo in front of the service center. Later the photo will be sent to you by email.
  • 17:00: Free time. Optionally we arrange a visit to a local temple (Bifeng Temple). If you need to return to Chengdu early, e.g. for catching your flight on Saturday morning, now is the time. Our coordinator can help arrange your bus and a hostel in Chengdu.
  • 18:00: Dinner
  • 19:00: You can choose to end your last day of stay at the Panda Base with a taste of Chinese cinema, watch a Chinese movie together at the activity room. Or you can choose to pack your things and get enough rest before your return journey.

Saturday – Chengdu:
Around 8:30 you will be transferred to Chengdu city or airport. You'll arrive at the airport around noon.

Free-time activities

Additional cultural activities: It's important to remember that Pandas are wild animals and naturally lazy and and will need some time to relax on their own! That’s why we offer plenty of Chinese lessons & cultural activities during their resting times, which you can take part in at your leisure. Some activities that you may take part in are:

  • Chinese language lessons (Daily 16:00-18:00 upon request)
  • Mahjong (Chinese chess)
  • Chinese calligraphy
  • Papercraft
  • Dumpling making
  • And more!

In your free time, you can explore options like:
  • The many walking routes in the reserve. (Guided tours are available around nearby waterfalls)
  • Fishing.
  • Visit the hot springs that are approx. 1 hour away from the Panda base.
  • Explore the city of Ya’an for shopping and general sight seeing
  • Visit the local zoo (10 minutes from the reserve).
  • Visit sites like the Sichuan opera, Jinli night fair or the Tibetan quarter in Chengdu city.
  • Hike to the Emei mountain or mount Oingchent to see the giant Buddha

Your project Coordinator will be able to suggest more options depending on your budget and interests

Sightseeing
Shopping/
Souvenirs
Hiking

Require­ments

In order to join the program you need to be at least 14 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Criminal Background Check
required
Required Documents
CV
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 08:30 - 16:00

What's Included

Services by Travellers Worldwide
The fees include:
Arranging your Programme
Full pre-departure support and assistance
Payment Protection insurance
Accommodation
Food
Meeting you at the nearest Airport
Return transfer to the nearest bus station
Transfer to your accommodation
Daily transport to and from your project
Local in-country team support and backup
24-hr emergency support
Certificate of Completion
The fees don't include flights, visa and insurance
Airport Pickup at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

What happens when you arrive?

You'll fly into Chengdu airport on a Sunday where you will be collected by one of our coordinators. You'll then travel to Chengdu City, which is approx. 30-40 minutes away. Here you'll spend your first day, giving you time to relax and rest.

On Monday after breakfast, you’ll visit the Panda Breeding Centre. After lunch you’ll be given a tour of Chengdu where you will visit the Tianfu Square, and the famous ancient pedestrian street of Kuan-zhai Alley. You’ll have a welcome dinner this evening at a local hot pot restaurant.

The following morning you will be transferred to the Panda base which is approx. 3 hours away, where you will have lunch at the panda base with a briefing and introduction to your work content in the afternoon. Registration will also take place, where you'll receive your uniform and volunteer card before you will receive a guided tour before dinner.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Chengdu:
When you arrive, your accommodation for the first two nights will be at Chengdu. You'll stay here in a colourful hostel which has a tour desk, a garden, a shared lounge, a bar and a restaurant. There is also a desk, electric kettle, hairdryer and the bathroom comes with free toiletries and slippers. You'll share a room with between 4 and 6 other people. There is a shared bathroom with hot shower.

At the Panda Base:
You'll then be transferred to the Panda Base. The Centre in the Ya’an Panda base has been chosen to give you a special environment for your visit to China. It is located 1,100 metres above sea-level with an average temperature of 15 degrees. It is perfect for the pandas – and for you!

The Centre is in a pleasant, cosy, recently renovated hostel. Accommodation is in twin rooms with TV, 24-hour hot water and toilets. If you prefer, upgrade options are available. The accommodation also has a common room, popular for social gatherings, movies, and purchasing cold drinks as well as learning Chinese, Chinese Calligraphy, Paper craft, playing Chinese chess, Mahjong ... and other activities!

Wi-Fi / Internet: Wifi is available and it's free.

Dorm Room
Food & Beverages
At both locations you'll be provided with three meals a day - breakfast, lunch and dinner. These will be Chinese dishes typical of the local area, comprising mainly rice, noodles and vegetables with some meat.
Internet Access
Good access at the project site
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.
Flight Tickets
The nearest airport is Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) in Chengdu. We assist you to find cheap flights to China.
Travel Insurance
Going abroad is an adventure and it is always best to be prepared. Sudden illness or injury, cancellation or theft - a travel insurance for China provides security and is a plus to have.
Vaccines
If you are intending to volunteer in China you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for China.

Dates & Fees

NO CREDIT CARD FEES

Details on arrival

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARRIVE?
Please note that this will vary from week to week and season to season.

You'll fly into Chengdu airport on a Sunday where you will be collected by one of our coordinators. You'll then travel to Chengdu City, which is approx. 30-40 minutes away. Here you'll spend your first day, giving you time to relax and rest.

On Monday after breakfast, you’ll visit the Panda Breeding Centre. After lunch you’ll be given a tour of Chengdu where you will visit the Tianfu Square, and the famous ancient pedestrian street of Kuan-zhai Alley. You’ll have a welcome dinner this evening at a local hot pot restaurant.

The following morning you will be transferred to the Panda base which is approx. 3 hours away, where you will have lunch at the panda base with a briefing and introduction to your work content in the afternoon. Registration will also take place, where you will receive your uniform and volunteer card before you will receive a guided tour before dinner.

START DATES: Spaces go quickly, so please enquire early!

2019 Project Dates:

  • December 9th: FULLY BOOKED!
  • December 23rd: Limited Space!

2020 Project Dates:

  • January 13th
  • February 3rd
  • February 17th
  • March 2nd
  • March 16th
  • April 6th
  • April 20th
  • May 4th
  • May 18th
  • June 1st
  • June 8th
  • June 15th
  • June 22nd
  • June 29th
  • July 6th
  • July 13th
  • July 20th
  • July 27th
  • August 3rd
  • August 10th
  • August 17th
  • August 24th
  • September 7th
  • September 21st
  • October 5th
  • October 19th
  • November 2nd
  • November 16th
  • December 7th
  • December 21st

Availability
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Duration
1 - 1 weeks

Program fees

Costs: Prices in GBP (USD)
1 week (min. stay)
£955 ($1,270)
1 week (max. stay)
£955 ($1,270)
Average fees
£955 ($1,270) /week

Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. Travellers Worldwide will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Animal Welfare: Panda Conservation

Work in the largest Panda base in China, where the focus is on protecting them and building a safe environment in which to begin their reintroduction into the wild

$955/week

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