Volunteer in China – About the Panda Volunteer Program in China
Giant pandas, China’s national animal(national treasure), are a symbol of peace and friendship. They are one of favourite animals in the wolrd. So far,there are around 1864 wild pandas all over the world. Most of them inhabit in Sichuan Province, hence the name, panda country. At present, there are four natural habitats of giant pandas in this area. The most famous is Wolong-Bifengxia Base , where China Wolong Conservation & Research Center for Giant Pandas is located. In recent years,panda research staff have done lots of work for protection of pandas , and they’ve made great success in breeding . Currently, over 200 pandas were born in Wolong. Due to the quake, the most part of Wolong Base was damaged. Now pandas are relocated in Bifengxia Base and Dujiangyan Base. West China Adventures, with excellent friendship and good relations between these panda bases, has made a volunteer program to help pandas. Volunteers will have opportunities to clean panda’s enclosures, do feeding , even cutting bamboo, under instructions of panda keepers and experts.
Volunteers are welcome to assist in an exciting and rewarding program with giant pandas in China. Make a real impact in saving this endangered species.If you are interested in animal conservation, this represents a fantastic opportunity to learn about something unique to China : the Giant Panda.There is also the The China Experience, an action packed cultural, adventure and volunteer combination program which will give you an amazing experience in China!
The Bifengxia Panda Center is still open to the public to see the Pandas and the Dujiangyan Panda Center is open for Volunteering.If you are interested in volunteering, you will need to arrange your own travel to and from China and to and from the Dujiangyan Panda Center. The travel agencies listed below offer assistance in arranging both travel and lodging. Once you have travel arranged, you may contact the Dujiangyan Panda Center with the dates you plan on volunteering at the reserve. The volunteer program can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please do NOT ask Pandas International to book your volunteer experience as we are not located in China and cannot help.In order to volunteer, you should be in generally good health and the Panda Center requires you to have a medical form filled out prior to arriving. The Dujiangyan Panda Center or Pandas International can e-mail you the medical form. Children under the age of 10 are generally not allowed to volunteer.
There are many tasks that are routinely performed by volunteers at the Panda Center. After a short training/orientation, volunteer service might include, but not be limited to:
Cleaning panda areas and enclosures
Cleaning general areas of the Panda Centers
Preparing food for the pandas such as carrots, apples, panda bread and their nutritional biscuits
Carrying lots of bamboo
Sometimes you might be able to help collect behavioral data.
Guidelines for Volunteers
The following should be kept in mind as you enjoy the unique experience of spending some “up close and personal time” with the pandas and their caretakers:
As your volunteer time will include a lot of manual labor in close proximity to the Pandas, be sure to wear appropriate footwear for both comfort and protection. We recommend closed-toed hard leather shoes.
No matter how “adorable” they look, the animals are not pets or toys and should not be treated as such. They have sharp teeth, strong jaws and powerful claws so even a playful interaction can cause harm.
Volunteers need to be prepared for relatively hard work as they assist the caretakers in their daily chores.
Since pandas spend about 14 hours a day eating and don’t efficiently digest their food, expect a lot of “shoveling” as part of your volunteering.
You’ll also be called on to help carry bamboo to the pandas, and to sweep up the old bamboo.
Expect to spend some time chopping up various foods for the pandas. If you are helping to feed them, remember pandas have strong jaws so be sure to remove your hand from what you’re feeding them before they take a bite!
If you participate in photographing in the Kindergarten, be especially aware of behaviors that could be a risk to your safety and the Giant Pandas. Following safety protocol is key to having a wonderful and safe experience.
Remember that new, young Chinese caretakers will have a cultural prohibition against telling a foreign tourist to stop something they shouldn’t be doing.
Keeping these things in mind will help assure a problem free, unforgettable experience."Playing with Pandas" is prohibited. While you might have seen photos on the internet of tourists playing with pandas this practice is no longer allowed due to diseases, illnesses and infections that the pandas could acquire from humans.Be aware that you need to get a tourist visa from China from the Chinese embassy and a medical examination is required by the panda reserve. We will give you the form that needs to be filled out by your doctor.
About the Panda Program in China
Location: Dujiangyan panda base,or Ya'an Panda base, China
Duration: The minimum duration is 1 day,Maximum time, 1 week.
Start Dates 2016 : March,April,May,June,August,September,October,November,December
How to be Volunteer in Wolong or Bifengxia for Giant Panda and other reserves:
If you want to become a volunteer,You should serve the following things:
a. The healthy certificate from a normal hospital.
b. The self-introduction, if you have the volunteer experience, please write them down.
c. The copy of ID card, if not adult, serves the copy of the guardians ID card.
d. The copy of your last diploma.
e. All of your contact details, address, zip code, E-mail, telephone, Fax. The more, the better.
The information can be sent to Wolong (Bifengxia / Dujiangyan) Research and Conservation Centre. After all of them be checked, they will contact with you. And then date a certain day, come to Wolong (Bifengxia), then all the work will be arranged!
Also, this program can be arranged in other reserves and researching house as similar as well.
Where is the Program?
Dujiangyan panda base,or Ya'an panda base.The Ya'an Panda base about 150 kilometers from Chengdu City, the capital of Sichuan Province. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan Province. It is a well-known city with a long-standing history and civilization. Chengdu, as early as 5,000 years ago, was a major trading hub southwestern China. Chengdu has many places of interest and is famous for its traditional arts and crafts, ethnic folklore, and beautiful landscapes.
How to Book?
Please click here for the booking details. Booking this program starts by filling out the online booking form. Participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible as places are limited. Late applications however are welcome up to 2 weeks before your start date. We will get back to you within 24 hours during weekdays to let you know if you have been accepted to our program.
How To Book Your Program?
Try to apply as far ahead as possible as places are limited. Late applications are welcome up to 2 weeks before your start date. We will let you know if your application was successful within 2 working days. When you are accepted to our program we will ask you to pay your deposit to confirm your placement. The deposit is later deducted from your total program fees. We will guarantee you a placement. If not, we will refund your program deposit.
1. APPLY TO THE PROGRAM
Fill out the booking form: email@example.com. We will process your application and let you know if your application was successful within two working days.
2. PAY YOUR DEPOSIT
If your application was successful then we will ask you to pay your deposit to reserve you place in the program. You can pay the deposit in these currencies: $100/￡100/€100. The deposit is part of the total fees and will be deducted from your total program fees. This will guarantee your placement in the program. For our terms click here.
Pay with a credit card
Pay with Paypal
3. PAY YOUR REMAINING FEES
You pay the remaining fees, minus the deposit which you already paid, four weeks before your start date.
To arrange a volunteering opportunity please e-mail the Panda Travel Agencie-Dujiangyan Panda reserve at firstname.lastname@example.org.You will also have plenty of time to watch and photograph the Pandas each day you volunteer.
Health certificate for Panda volunteer
About the panda volunteer certificate