Volunteers are needed to protect the future of Giant Pandas in Bifengxia Panda Base, Chengdu.
2008 Chinese earthquake in Wenchuan county heavily devastated the HOME of Giant Panda. Countless rocks, crashing down from nearby mountains, loomed over the panda living areas and destroyed hundreds of patchs of bamboos. Great efforts have been made to rescue this endangered species, and at present only approximately 1,600 pandas are existing in Chengdu Province. While saving this lovely creature truly needs more perseverance. Bifengxia Panda Base, a new base relocated from world-famous Wolong Panda Base, now calls for volunteers from home and abroad to take a part in safeguarding the lives of its pandas.
What will I do in the base if I joined ?
Spending several days with panda in Bifengxia Base provides you, your family and your children with unique experience, and that will be so special and memorable in your life. You will work together with the staff in the base in same uniform during their working hours. Commonly volunteers activities include preparing the food for the pandas (such as apples, panda bread, carrots, bamboo), cleaning their enclosures and accompany them when needed. Volunteers can gain comprehensive knowledges about the giant panda and unique breeding experience. Occasionally volunteers are asked to help in providing medical care for the pandas and do some related research.
|Location :||Bifengxia Panda Base, Ya'an, Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China|
|Program Duration :||minimum 1 week. Also you can add more week if need, kindly make remarks in the enquiry.|
|Arrival and departure :||Chengdu airport on the Sunday before the start date|
|Requirements on volunteer :||Need to be minimum 18 years old or be accompanied by an adult. Also be in good physical health with a positive attitude towards volunteering.|
|Itineraries :||Kindly see Itineraries section for details.|
Complete your order right away! Don't miss the wonderful opportunity to have close touch with the lovely pandas. Limited 20 volunteers per group. Go now!
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Airport pick up on due arrival day
One day tour in Chengdu
Transfer to the Bifengxia Panda Base
All food & accommodation in the base
All programs listed in itineraries
24-hour local support
Transfer back to Chengdu on Saturday morning when the tour ends
Food and Accommodation at Bifengxia Panda Base
How to get there ?
The program starts from Sunday, and on that day our English-speaking guide will meet you at Chengdu Airport at scheduled time, and transfer to Chengdu city (1 hour). You will be settled in Traffic Inn Chengdu, then enjoy free time of the rest day. On Monday you will have a full day of sightseeing in Chengdu. On Tuesday, you will be escorted to Bifengxia Panda Base (3 hours).
* If you arrive in Chengdu earlier than our scheduled time, kindly note that you will take all costs (incl. hotel, sightseeing and dining) at your expense before Sunday.
Any restriction on my physical condition ?
Volunteers should be in good condition both physically and mentally, and the work in the base is not strenuous. If any problem, you could call for 24-hour local support.
Any shops in the base ?
Several small grocery stores are in and around the Panda base. While if you want to go for supermarket or big stores, you need to go to the nearest city, Ya'an, which is approx 20 minutes by taxi from the base.
Any communication facilities in the base ?
Free PC's / internet access and free wi-fi facilities are available at the on-site Information Centre during the hours of 8am to 12 noon and 1pm to 4pm. There are also many internet cafes in Ya'an city (approx 2 Yuan/hour).
What can I do with my free time ?
After you have completed your normal daily duties of cleaning, feeding etc., there is a fair bit of free time. After all, pandas, being wild animals also like their own space! To occupy yourself, please note the following facilities / activities are available on-site:
- Mahjong games
- Free Chinese language lessons available when required
- Paper Craft
- Chinese Calligraphy
- Learn to sing one Chinese song
- Free walking in the Panda Reserve
- Volunteer Center - this is a general area where most volunteers will take time to relax or chat.
- Tour in Ya'an - shopping & trying hot-pot (the famous local cuisine)
- Chinese dumpling making
- Culture lesson
There is also a bar/common room in the hotel and there is a TV area.
More Funny Tours with Giant Panda
Bifengxia Panda Base
Bifengxia Panda Base is situated in 8 kilometers from Ya'an City, 150 kilometers
from Chengdu. It is the first scenic spot integrating natural scenic spot
and eco-zoo in China, including leisure, vacation, sightseeing, and entertainment,
and it is an amazing place where you can immerse yourself totally. Since opening,
it has homed many famous giant pandas. Here embraces the U.S.-born Hua Mei
and Mei Sheng, who were relocated from Wolong Panda Reserve. On
February 5, 2010, Bifengxia became home to Tai Shan, who was born at the
Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington D.C. Later that year,
Su Lin and Zhen Zhen from the San Diego Zoo were also
moved here. Both facilities are managed by the China Conservation and Research Center
for the Giant Panda.
About Wolong Panda Reserve: China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda was located in Wolong Nature Reserve and was established by Chinese government cooperated with WWF in 1980. Unfortunately it was severely damaged by the May 12, 2008 Sichuan earthquake, and lots of pandas there had to move to the new Bifengxia Panda Base.
Comments From Participants
This week has been amazing!! I love the pandas - they are so cute. I can't believe how fast the week has gone though, everybody's so friendly and the pandas can be so funny. It's a once in a lifetime experience I will never forget. Fiona, Scotland
I had three amazing weeks at the panda base... an incredible experience. You were able to get to know the different personalities of the pandas you were working with and had access to the whole panda reserve. Lisa, Norway.
During the four weeks I fell in love - with a panda! Lena, Norway
I enjoyed my time at the panda base... having fun with the other volunteers. Although four weeks might seem a long time, it passes quickly. This trip was definitely worth it! Ashira, Belgium