Giant Panda Program


Volunteers in this program will have the rare opportunity to work at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda located in the Bifengxia Panda Research Center; the center is dedicated to preserving animals, specifically the giant panda. To help prevent the panda from going extinct, panda behavior and bamboo ecology is studied. The center then shares their research with other research centers in China and around the world to improve the lives and increase the population of pandas. 
Volunteers will be working with giant pandas as well as other animals including China's golden monkey and the red panda. 


Requirements


Applicant must have an advanced English speaking level
Applicant must be mature and have an interest in the conservation of animals
Applicant must provide up-date immunization and/or physical exam records**
Children under 18 years old must be accompanied by parents or legal guardians
No children under 10 years old are allowed (policy of the Panda Center)
Chinese Language ability is NOT a requirement 

Program Summary
Volunteers will work 6-7 hours per day depending on the time of year. Volunteers will be responsible for preparing food and feeding the pandas, working with experienced veterinarians in Bifengxia's Panda Hospital, and helping with various research studies, data collection and panda behavior observation. Twice a day volunteers will be asked to clean the panda's living area and the young panda's play area (removing waste and bamboo leaves). In addition to these activities volunteers have the chance to play with panda cubs and hike the beautiful mountains surrounding the Bifengxia Panda Center. For safety reasons each volunteer will also be shadowed by a local staff member at all times. Due to the nature of the work, volunteers need to be mature, responsible, and have an interest in the conservation of animals.
   


Three (3) Day Volunteer Program 

   
For university or other academic groups, Abroad China will package the program per request. Please contact us for details. 


The 3 day program is focused entirely on working with the pandas at the Bifengxia Panda Conservation Center

Features of the Program Include : 
Airport pick-up and drop-off at Chengdu Airport
Round trip transportation between the Bifengxia Panda Conservation Center and the Chengdu airport
2 nights accommodation next to Bifengxia Panda Conservation Center
Volunteer work placement
Program coordination
Entry to the Bigengxia Panda Conservation Center
Mandatory donation to the Bifengxia Panda Conservation Center
Work attire rentals
Picture opportunities while holding the endangered panda
Certification of volunteer hours and donation contributions


Sample Itinerary:
Day 1: 
Afternoon: arrive at Chengdu Airport 
Go to Bifengxia Panda Center (2.5 hrs by car)

Day 2: 
Volunteer work at the panda center

Day 3: 
Morning: volunteer at the panda center 
Afternoon: return to Chengdu



Program Cost: 

$1,200 per person




To apply, please contact Janet Zhou at: jzhou@abroadchina.net for details