Giant Panda Center

Volunteer to assist in a rewarding program caring for giant pandas in China. Help make a real impact in saving this endangered species by working under top trainers.

The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) has worked for over 20 years  to preserve the panda population, with some of the best current panda birth and survival rates in the world. Volunteers are needed to assist in safeguarding the future of these most captivating animals. They will take part in a structured  program which includes training on the care of pandas and will be assigned as an assistant to a trainer. As part of the program, volunteers will also have the opportunity to participate in Chinese lessons, dumplings cooking lesson, Chinese chess and Mahjong! 

Some of the panda care activities volunteers will partake in:
  • Prepare food for the pandas such as apples, panda bread, and carrots
  • Chop and carry bamboo
  • Clean panda enclosures
  • Occasionally partake in observation and research (only with veterinary background)

Giant Panda Center Sightseeing in Chengdu Dumpling Cooking Class Giant panda Accommodation Acommodation Feeding pandas Food Panda Enclosure Area Waterfall hike

Suitable for


Typical day

The program for volunteers coming for 1 week is Sunday to Saturday. You will meet in Chengdu on Sunday, and spend a couple of days exploring the city. You will then be driven to the Panda Reserve on Tuesday. On Saturday you will be driven back to either Chegdu or to the airport. Volunteers coming for more than a week, also spend the first 2 days in Chengdu, and then stay at the reserve until their last day on the program.

Program Requirements

Minimum Age
In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date.
Language Skills
You need to speak English (basic level)
Nationality Restrictions
No restrictions. Helping hands from all over the world are welcome.
Other Skills
Basic English and/or Chinese
Good physical fitness
Motivation to work with animals
Time Commitment
Your helping hand will be required on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

Any questions? Just ask. We at GoEco are happy to help you.

Free-time activities

Past volunteers have enjoyed the following activities that this amazing area has to offer (not included in program cost, but the volunteer coordinators would be happy to help arrange these for you):
Visit Zhougong hot springs
Mount Qingcheng is one of the most famous Taoist mountains in China
Explore the city of Ya'an for shopping and general sight seeing
Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of the Leshan Giant Buddah in Chengdu
Walk around the ancient town of Shagli



What's included?
Accommodation, Food (three meals a day), local staff support and 24 hr emergency support, comprehensive travel insurance, airport pickup upon arrival
What's NOT included?
Visa, flights, travel insurance or vaccinations are NOT included in the program fees.

No worries, Volunteer World supports you in raising funds, checking your visa regulations and travel insurance. We also assist you in finding the cheapest flights for your journey.
Airport Pickup

Pickup at the Chengdu airport is available upon arrival


For the first two nights in Chengdu volunteers will stay at a hostel in a shared room. During volunteer placement, volunteers will stay at a hostel located within the Panda Reserve, next to the Panda Conservation Base and surrounded by mountains. Each volunteer will share a room with another volunteer. All rooms have electric blankets for the Winter months and an attached bathroom with 24 hour hot water (Asian style toilets). Laundry service and free Wi-Fi are available.

Youth Hostel
Food & Beverages

Three meals a day are provided by the hostel restaurant. The food is made up of typical Chinese cuisine, consisting of rice, vegetables, noodles, and some meat. Please note that food is not provided on arrival day.

Internet Access
Good access at the project site
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
2 weeks
3 weeks
4 weeks (max. stay)

You can volunteer at the project site in Bi Feng Cun/China between 1 week and 4 weeks. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will tell you your final price during your application process.
Average Fees
Deposit (15%)
The deposit is simply to reserve your volunteer placement. Payments are handled by PayPal, our trusted global payment provider. If you don't have a PayPal account, you can also pay using a credit card.
Final Payment (85%)
Your final payment will be agreed with GoEco during the application process. Common solutions are either via bank transfer or a cash payment at the project site.

Get ready to volunteer in China

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Visa Regulations
Depending on your nationality, you have to arrange your visa for China. Please check the visa regulations for China.
Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in China.

What's next?

The nearest airport is Shuangliu (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.
Vaccine Checker
If you are intending to volunteer in China you should seek medical advice before starting your social journey. Check your required vaccinations for China.
Yucheng, Bi Feng Cun, China

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