Panda Conservation Project
Panda Conservation Project in China is currently unavailable for volunteers. We will notify you once the project resumes. Global Crossroad is sorry for your inconvenience.
Unfortunately, pandas are the second most threatened species in the world and it is estimated that there are only about 1000 pandas living in the wild. The major threat to the survival of the species is currently destruction of the panda's natural habitat. Panda's habitats shrunk by 50% over just 11 years (1973 to 1984) in the six isolated areas where pandas live. Human-based activities, logging, animal grazing and agriculture are the major sources of habitat destruction. Global Crossroad is partnering with the Ya'an Panda Conservation Center in China, an environmental-friendly organization that focuses on attracting more people around the world to pay more attention to the giant pandas and cherish the environmental resources. Its slogan "Caring Giant Panda, Caring Ourselves" is becoming more popular in China. Initial efforts at panda conservation in China were restricted to field research during the 1940s. In 1963, National Nature Reserve was created as a forest reserve by the Chinese government.
The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) has been cooperatively working with the Chinese government on panda protection efforts since 1980. There are many new panda conservation management plans in place as an attempt to increase the pandas' chance for survival including: reducing human activities impacting panda habitats, rehabilitation of panda habitats, adding additional panda reserves, and strengthening conservation education and public awareness.
Role of Volunteer
As a volunteer in the panda conservation project in China, there will be a wide range on hands on activities you can participate in at the conservation center. Following careful direction and supervision of professional staff members, volunteers will work to:
- Feed the pandas multiple times a day
- Clean panda cages
- Bathe the pandas
- Medically examine pandas and help with basic treatment
- Help staff with ultrasound checks and artificial insemination
- Observe animals and document behaviors
- Repair and maintain the center with projects such as landscaping, construction etc.
- Help local staff with tourism and marketing
- Support administrations with organizational tasks
- Teaching English to the Chinese staff
Skills and Qualifications Needed
There are no special skills or specific qualifications needed to join Panda Conservation volunteer project except for medical requirements. Volunteers need to have a love of animals, an interest in wildlife conservation and remember that flexibility and patience work best as a volunteer.
The conservation center requires that all participants in the program provide their immunization records or a physical exam record that is no more than three (3) months old.
Dates and Prices
Dates: Volunteer in China
All volunteer programs in China start every Monday of each month. However, if there is travel constrains, you can start any project on any day.
Price: Volunteer in China
Global Crossroad is committed to offering the most affordable and highest quality China volunteer trips. We strive to keep our costs low. The humanitarian side of the business is our passion.
Global Crossroad's volunteer program in China application and registration fee cost US $299.
In addition to the application fee, you are required to pay a weekly program fee. You will pay your weekly fee directly to the country coordinator, who in turn will allocate it to your host family, project and other in-country support we offer to our volunteers. This way, the fees that you pay will benefit those who rightfully deserve them, and not for company profit.
|Duration||Volunteer/English Teaching Program China||Panda Conservation (CHENGDU)|
|6 Weeks||$850||Maximum project duration|
|7 Weeks||$950||4 weeks for Panda Project.|
Program fees cover:
- Accommodation (volunteers house or host family)
- Food (local food 3 times a day)
- Airport pick up (arrival)
- In-country support
- Personalized project
- Pre-departure information
- Certificate of completion
- Fundraising ideas and letters
- Discount for returning volunteers
Program fees exclude:
- Personal expenses on drinks and foods
- Daily transportation
- Airport return transfer
The volunteering programs in China fees will cover expenses that will begin on the first day of the program (usually the first or third Monday of the month) to the last day of the program. If you arrive before the first day of the program or you decide you stay beyond your program’s last day, you will be responsible for the additional expenses.
Most Frequently Asked Questions: – Panda Conservation in China
- What does the daily routine for the Panda Conservation look like?
- 8:30-10:00 am: panda living (indoor and outdoor) cleaning. Panda feeding. (can take about an hour and a half.)
- 10:00-11:30 am: Second meal feeding time.
- 11:30 am-2:30 pm: Break.
- 2:00 pm: First evening panda feeding
- 3:30 pm: Panda Dinner
- How about accommodation possibilities and the daily commute?
- What's the placement where I'll be volunteering for called?
- What's the number of panda bears that reside in the placement?
- Are the volunteers going to work alone or will they be assisted by professionals?
- Are the volunteers required to speak Chinese for this project?
- Is there any hands-on experience to be obtained by volunteering in this project?
Volunteers in Conservation Project shouldn't expect to have a set out daily routine while being in China. There are many different activities that are to be fulfilled by the volunteers. Here is an example of a daily schedule, but we kindly ask you to consider that it can change depending on the ongoing on-site situation.
The project volunteers in China will be staying in a hostel that is in walking distance from site location.
All program details are forwarded to you upon completion of the registration process.
About 100 pandas live in a conservation centre.
The volunteer country coordinator and the professional conservation centre staff will help you throughout your volunteering time.
Speaking Chinese is not required from volunteers, although it is of course beneficial.
Yes, there is plenty of hands-on experience to be gained.
NOTE: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) is generic information and should not be used as a definitive travel guide. Travel information and situations abroad change constantly. Participants should consult Global Crossroad or their personal travel advisors to verify this information.