' I LOVE this experience in chitwan for though short period! '

Xue Ying Fiona Wang

China Panda Volunteer

Do you wish to volunteer in China and explore its unique culture? Are your passionate about working with the Giant Pandas and learning about them? If your answer is yes, our China Panda Volunteer is a perfect fit for you.

China is one of the richest countries in the world in terms of its natural wonders, culture history, and architecture. It is home to the Great Wall, one of the greatest man-made wonders of the world. China is also one of the biggest economies in the world today. However, the country’s rapid progress has greatly threatened Giant Pandas, a specie native only to China. Panda population has been depleting greatly due to rapid habitat loss and human invasion leading them to be classified as endangered.

Today, the giant panda is the symbol for World Wildlife Conservation and represents protection of all endangered animals. Their population of pandas has risen with the help of very hard-working and dedicated people. However, we need volunteers like yourself to lend a helping hand in our efforts towards protecting Giant Pandas. In the China Panda Volunteer Program, you will not only make a positive impact in the field of wildlife conservation but will also be get an opportunity to immerse yourself in local Chinese culture and lifestyle.

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China Panda Volunteer Program

Our China Panda Volunteer Program is a delightful mix of volunteering with the Pandas and Tour activities. Presently, we offer 3 volunteer programs.

  • 1 week China Panda Volunteer Program
  • 2 weeks China Panda Volunteer Program
  • 3 weeks China Panda Volunteer Program

During your volunteering, you will not only make a difference in the lives of the Pandas but also visit some of renowned landmarks in China and immerse yourself in the culture and history. Volunteers will surely have a fun, memorable and a life-changing experience. Be ready to take on many fun and fulfilling tasks every day!
The sample China Panda Volunteer Program itinerary is as follows:

Week 1:

Day1: On the first day, you will picked up from the Chengdu Shuangliu Airport by our local representative, and then you will check in to our partner hotel in Chengdu city. You will also be briefed about Health and Safety during your stay in China. Rest well for the China Panda volunteer activities the next day.

Day 2: Volunteers will be given a tour of Chengdu city and explore the Jinsha Site Museum. You will then be taken to the Giant Panda Breeding Center where you will start your duties. You will also take part in Giant Panda Science Education Activities to learn about rescue and scientific research of giant pandas.

Day 3: Today, you will visit the Dujiangyan Panda Base in Qingcheng County for a Get-to-know Panda tour. In this tour, you will gain valuable information about Pandas. You will also visit the famous Puzhao Temple, and check in to a hostel in Dujiangyan for an overnight stay.

Day 4 - Day 6: These two days, China Panda volunteers will be working at the Dujiangyan Panda Base (with certificate) alongside the local staff. Your responsibilities will involve the following:

  • Honorary Panda Keeper under guidance
  • Planting and moving bamboos for Pandas
  • Cleaning enclosures
  • Feeding Pandas
  • Observing the behavior of Giant Pandas
  • Analysis of panda feces
  • Making intelligent toys for Giant Pandas

Day 7:  Today is the last day for 1-week China Panda volunteers and you will bid farewell to the project. Volunteers participating for 2 or 3 weeks will be taken to the next program destination. Rest well for the activities next day.

Week 2:

Day 8: You will climb Mount Qingcheng under the guidance of an English-speaking guide and learn about Taoism.

Day 9: You will explore the Anren Ancient Town and Dujiangyan Irrigation Site. During this tour, you will also learn about the history and culture of China.

Day 10: You will be transferred to Wolong and checked in a hostel for overnight. You will also explore the Earthquake Museum for a fun-filled experience.

Day 11- Day 13: For these two days, you will be involved in scientific exploration in the Panda habitat of Wolong nature reserve. Your activities will include:

  • Experiencing rural life
  • Hiking for environment and panda protection
  • Camping in the habitat for one night
  • Research work

You will be transferred back to Chengdu city and check in at partner hotel.

Day 14: Today is the last day for 2 weeks China Panda volunteers and you will bid farewell to the project. Volunteers participating for 3 weeks will be taken to the next program destination. Rest well for the activities next day.

Week 3:

Day 15: You will visit Wolong Nature Reserve Museum and Wolong Guan Village. You will learn about panda habitat while experiencing rural Chinese country life.

Day 16-17: These two days, you will be working at Wolong Panda Base (with certificate) with Giant pandas and Red Pandas. You will work with the Pandas under the guidance of experiences panda keepers and have your lunch with the with the panda keepers. Your responsibilities include the following:

  • Cleaning enclosures
  • Making nutritious food for pandas
  • Feeding pandas
  • Panda behavior observation
  • Documentary watching

Day 18: You will be transferred to Guanghan County. You will visit the Sanxingdui Museum to learn about Bronze Age and Ancient Shu culture. After the tour, you will be transferred back to Chengdu city and check in at partner hotel.

Day 19: You will visit to Zhuge Liang Memorial Hall and experience traditional Chinese Movable Type.

Day 20: Today, you will embark on a city tour of Chengdu and visit famous landmarks such as Broad and Narrow Velley, Jinli and Wenshu Yuan Monastery.

Day 21: Today is the last day for you and you will bid farewell to the project.

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China Panda Volunteers: Skill/Qualification

There are no specific skills or qualifications required to join our China Panda Volunteer Program. However, volunteers must love animals and be passionate about helping them. Volunteers must also fulfill the following criteria:

  • Language: You must have Basic English or Chinese language skills
  • Health: Volunteers must be physically fit. Volunteers are required to provide a Health Check-up certificate taken within 3 months prior to arrival.
  • Age: Volunteers must be between 12-60 years old. Volunteers under the age of 18 years must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

China Panda Volunteers: Volunteer's Schedule & Responsibility

  • You will be working 6-8 hours per day.
  • Volunteer duties may vary from day to day depending on the needs of the project.
  • You need to strictly follow instructions of the guide while caring for wildlife; no hands-on contact with pandas without permission.
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Prices and Dates

The China Panda Volunteer Program begins the first and third Mondays of each month. The program is available all year round.

Program Fees

Since 1998, RCDP Volunteer has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

We believe in 100% transparency. Rest assured; we never use middlemen. Your one-time registration fee of $299 covers our administrative costs. The weekly fee is paid in the host country directly and covers project contribution, accommodation, food and tour activities

China Panda Volunteer Program fees:

  • $1100 - 1 week
  • $1900 - 2 weeks
  • $2700 - 3 weeks

Program Fees Cover

  • Shared Accommodation (Hostel/Hotel)- extra charge for upgrading
  • Food: 3 meals per day & bottled water
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Local transportation during the project (Coach/bus)
  • Activities listed in the program with tickets
  • English speaking Guide services
  • Translator accompanying throughout the whole tour
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Certificate

Program  Fee Exclude

  • Flights
  • Visa
  • Insurance & Vaccinations
  • Laundry
  • Internet
  • Personal expenses such as gifts or snacks
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Accommodation and Meals

You will be staying in hostels and hotels during their volunteering period in China. Rooms provided to volunteers will be comfortable, clean and secure. Volunteers may have to share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Volunteers also have the option of upgrading to private accommodation if needed at extra cost.

You will be provided with 3 basic meals a day that includes Chinese cuisines and sandwiches.

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Safety and In-country Support

RCDP is fully committed to make sure that the volunteers are happy, safe and comfortable during their entire stay. For this, we have carefully created the China Panda volunteer program itinerary and we are also there to support you 24/7 right from the date of your application. We provide you with a thorough pre-departure support and upon your arrival in the country, our expert country coordinators will be there to guide you throughout the program. We work with the goal of providing the most wonderful experience during volunteer work in China.

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Frequently Asked Questions- FAQ

Arrival & Departure

You need to arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport between 08:00-24:00 China Time on the first or third Mondays of each month. Our local staff will pick you up from the airport. After your volunteering, you can take the help of our local staff to book a taxi to the airport.

Visa

China Panda Volunteers will need to apply for a tourist visa to volunteer in China. Please consult with your local Chinese Embassy for the visa and costs.

Vaccinations

Before volunteering in China, make sure to remain up to date on your routine vaccines - MMR, DPT, Chicken pox, Polio and yearly Flu shots. Recommended vaccines for travel to China includes Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis, Polio, Yellow Fever, Malaria and Rabies.

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