What can you do with the Panda Volunteer Program?
Our panda volunteer programs offers 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 with cleaning pandas’ homes like custodians, preparing lunch for the pandas and feed the pandas. After the lunch break, the volunteers will clean pandas’ mess and prepare for their afternoon desert 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 half hours away from Chengdu. It is a closer panda base that provides the volunteer opportunity. Founded in 2014, there are about 20 pandas raised here. The Wolong Panda Base is two and half hours away from Chengdu. More than 30 pandas are living in this center. Usually, we go for Dujiangyan which is closer. 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 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 half hours. It is the China’s latest bullet train line that connect the two major cities together. To learn more about this connection trip, please visit the Xian tour pages.
1. You are at least 12 years old;
2. You are healthy with no disease.
Best way to get to Chengdu for the panda volunteer program
Travel to Xian to see the Terracotta Warriors. Then you take the bullet train for just 4 hours to Chengdu where is panda's hometown. This is also the cheapest way to get to Chengdu and save your valuable travel time in China.
Your guide and driver will pick you up from your hotel in Chengdu and head for Dujiangyan Panda Park, which is located 68 kilometers (about 42 miles) west of Chengdu.
Arrive at Dujiangyan Panda Park. Your guide will help you sign up, get your panda keeper’s card, uniform and gloves. The staff will give a short instruction and detailed schedule for the day, and your guide will be there for you all the time, helping taking photos or videos of your memorable moments.
On duty, work as a real panda keeper!
Your panda keeper service may include but not limited to:
*Clean the panda’s enclosure and playground, such as sweeping up leftover bamboo leaves, washing the floor of their rooms and sometimes shoveling their poops.
*Prepare food for the pandas, such as washing or carrying bamboos, or making some special panda cakes with your own hands and creativity!
*Feed a panda! You got bamboo shoots, apples, carrots, or your handmade cakes—all panda’s favorite, use your own hand to feed them but try to keep a safe distance.
Have lunch and take a break. Try some local speciality at a local guesthouse outside the Panda Park. Take a short rest and walk around in the park after lunch. You will see a 40-minute-long panda documentary, learn about how the shy pandas find a partner, give birth, grow up, get trained and sent back to the wild.
Back to be a panda keeper again. The actives are the kind of the same as that in the morning. As your panda keeper job finishes, you will receive a certificate. Time to say goodbye to your new panda friends, they’ll appreciate your hard work. After that, your guide and driver will take you back to Chengdu.
Arrive at your hotel in Chengdu. Or, we will drop you off at the airport or train station.
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