Giant Panda Volunteer Tour
Theme Culture immersion
Type Families group
Group size Min 10, Max 30
WORK CONTENT AND DESCRIPTION
During your placement your daily activities will include:
* about giant pandas and how to perform panda behavior research
*Watching documentary films about giant pandas
*Cleaning and weighing fresh bamboo
*Feeding the pandas (usually through the cage bars, for safety reasons)
*Cleaning panda enclosures
*Collecting and weighing the pandas’ feces (one of the most effective ways of monitoring the pandas' health)
Daily activities,culture classes, tours and entrances to attractions
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Full-time Tour Director
Travel insurance in China
Please note: The prices listed are per person, in US dollars, and do not include international airfare, and are based on a minimum of double occupancy, 5% discount for the third guest and the fourth guest sharing a room. There must be at least one adult per room.
The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) is located in Sichuan. For over 20 years the organization has worked for the preservation of the panda population 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.
The most popular place to volunteer is near Chengdu, China. The Chengdu base of Sichuan is more closely located to the giant panda's natural habitats, thus increasing the possibility of successful conservation.
Most programs require participants to be 12 years or older. Many programs also require a letter from your doctor that states that you are fit and healthy because some of the volunteer work can be physically demanding. To receive a visa for entering China as a volunteer, you may also need to prove your sound financial stability and overall good health.
There are many other activities you might be asked to do and these generally depend on the time of year you choose to go and how long you volunteer for. The longer you stay, the more you get to do and the more you get to learn. These types of activities are also reserved for those who specialize in a type of volunteering often based on your background, such as veterinary or science research. Your unique skills set can really make a difference! This list includes some of the extra activities that you might help with:
*Helping to collect behavioral data through observations and research.
*Giving the pandas physical examinations (longer programs only).
*Aiding the mature pandas give birth (if you’re really lucky!).
*Supporting administration with data entry, office tasks and website editing.
*Helping to bathe the pandas.
*Providing basic medical care to the panda