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Giant Panda Center

Chengdu, China

Agency | GoEco

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

About the project


Volunteers are welcome to assist in an exciting and rewarding program with giant pandas in China. The survival of this species has been threatened in the past, so all conservation efforts are of paramount importance.

The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) is located in Bifengxia, the branch of Woolong. For over 20 years the organization has worked for the preservation of the panda population and has now resolved three key problems of breeding which restricted reproduction of the panda for a long time. The current panda birth and survival rates are some of the best in the world. The panda population of the program has risen from an initial 6 animals to over 70 pandas. In 2003 the first stage of a state-of-the-art panda base was completed: a veritable panda paradise. It is divided into 6 sections: panda raising and breeding area, scientific study area, food preparing and animal hospital area, staff living area, bamboo base area, and tourist accommodation area.

About the location

China is not only the most densely populated country in the world but also the oldest continuous civilization. At the forefront of technological development, China is a fusion of old and new world sentiment. With spectacular tourist attractions such as The Forbidden City, The Great Wall, Bund riverfront, and the exquisite Mandarin's Garden, China offers a vast landscape to explore. China also offers amazing cuisine, already having influenced many of its western counterparts, and a captivating cultural history. Experience the rich cultural traditions of China while exploring its breathtaking natural beauty. 

Volunteers are needed to assist in safeguarding the future of these most captivating animals. The program includes training on the care of pandas and volunteers will be assigned as an assistant to a trainer.

Volunteer tasks

Some of the activities may include:

  • Preparing 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)
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.

Important note: Since March 2014 there has been, and continues to be, no close contact with the pandas. This is due to their sensitivity and sometimes aggressive nature. The reserve also has panda cub enclosures which are closed to visitors yet accessible to volunteers through viewing windows. 

Typical day


Free-time activities

Chengdu is the capital of the Sichuan Province. It is a well-known city with a rich history and civilization. The province has many places of interest and is famous for its traditional arts and crafts, ethnic folklore and beautiful landscapes. The Shuangliu International Airport and the Chengdu Railway Station allow easy access for visitors to explore the region.

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

Culture Week

For an additional fee, you have the option to join a one week orientation program prior to your volunteering week. You will get to know China firsthand through a variety of immersion activities which may include meeting locals, learning useful phrases, visiting important cultural heritage sites, and participating in workshops such as cooking classes and calligraphy lessons. To register, please inform your operations manager after applying to the project!

Chinese Language Classes

If you are interested in gaining a deeper understanding of Chinese culture, consider enrolling in complementary language lessons! The classes meet once a day for an hour after your volunteering hours. To add this option to your project, simply update your operations manager after applying to the project and we will arrange this for you at no additional cost to you.

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Program Requirements

In order to join the program you need to be at least 17 years old on the program start date. Of course, there is an exception for children that are accompanied by their parents.
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

Suitable for

Singles
Couples
Families

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

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Services by GoEco

Accommodation, Food (three meals a day), local staff support and 24 hr emergency support, comprehensive travel insurance, airport pickup upon arrival

Airport Pickup at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport

Pickup at the Chengdu airport is available upon arrival

Accommodation

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
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.
Costs (Prices in USD)
1 week (min. stay)
$1,150.00
1 week (max. stay)
$1,150.00
Average fees
$1,150.00/week

You can volunteer at the project site in Chengdu/China between 1 week and 1 week. Please note that the above shown program fees are estimated and subject to exchange rate fluctuations. GoEco will let you know about the final price during your application process.
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Generally, volunteering abroad involves certain costs. In case you need financial support, we will assist you to fundraise your volunteer program in China.
Deposit (15%)
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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.
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