What can you do with the Panda Volunteer Program?
- Get up close and personal with China’s most revered and iconic animal, the Giant Panda!
- Feed pandas, prepare their meals, clean their houses, and learn how to be a panda keeper.
- Receive a certificate of having been a proud panda volunteer for one day in your life.
Our panda volunteer programs offer our guests a full-day experience of taking care of the giant pandas at the Chengdu panda reserve centers located in Dujiangyan.
With a brief training by the professional care specialists, the volunteers will start cleaning pandas’ homes like custodians, preparing lunch for the pandas, and feeding the pandas. After the lunch break, the volunteers will clean the pandas’ mess, ready for their afternoon dessert, and feed the pandas again. In the end, the volunteers will receive the certificates that they can show off their friends of having worked for the lovely pandas for one day in their lives. The entire volunteer work is from 9 am to 4:30 pm. So, this is a full-day adventure with the endangered animal.
Dujiangyan Panda Base is one and a half hours away from Chengdu. About 20 pandas are raised here. There is a limit of 25 volunteers per day for this center. Once the registration with this center is full, we will consider driving further to Wolong.
Qualified Ages of Participants: 12 to 65 years old.
Younger kids under 12 are not permitted to work as volunteers. But they do not have to feel bored. They can tour the center with our tour guides, watch their parents’ work, and watch funny panda videos. They can have a gourmet lunch together with their parents.
To get to Chengdu, you may fly from Beijing, Shanghai, or any other major port of entries in China, or fly directly from the overseas with a direct flight to Chengdu. If you have a tour to Xian to see the Terracotta Warriors, you can take a bullet train to Chengdu for only 4 hours. Many customers of ours take this easy way by extending their trip to Chengdu.
Many participants have a connection tour by visiting Xian, where the Terracotta Warriors museum is located, and taking a bullet train down to Chengdu for three and a half hours. It is China’s latest bullet train line that connects the two major cities. To learn more about this connecting trip, please visit the Xian tour pages.