Full-Day Volunteer Experience at Dujiangyan Panda Base
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Full-Day Volunteer Experience at Dujiangyan Panda Base
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Full-Day Volunteer Experience at Dujiangyan Panda Base

1 day
Full Day
About this activity
Your private driver will collect you from your downtown Chengdu hotel around 7-7:30am: it's about an hour's drive to the Dujiangyan Panda Base outside the city.

A giant panda breeding and research center, the Dujiangyan program helps preserve this endangered species with the longterm goal of reintroducing them to the wild. Volunteer schedules and activities can change daily to fit with the needs of the base, but a typical experience generally begins around 8:30am.

After registration, change into your supplied work outfit – overalls and gloves – learn some basic safety procedures and your tasks for the day, and perhaps meet some other volunteers.

Work begins around 9am, and it's a great introduction to the daily routine of caring for the pandas. Your first task will be to clean the residual bamboo and panda feces and wash the pandas' enclosures: it's a great opportunity to see how pandas live in the center.

Your trainer will show you around the giant panda villa area before it's feeding time. You'll get the chance to help feed the pandas with fruit and nutritious snacks.

All volunteers join the regular staff at the research center for a Chinese lunch between 12pm and 1pm. It's a great opportunity to find out more about their daily lives.

After lunch, watch an educational science video. You'll learn how humans have sought to protect giant pandas and live in harmony with them since early times.

You'll feed the pandas a second time around 2pm. Once they've eaten, your instructor will explain the formula of the 'steamed bun' snacks and why nutrition matters for pandas. You'll learn how to prepare the snacks in the facility's food preparation area.

Around 3:30pm or 4pm, it's time to head back. Return your work outfit, bid your instructor goodbye, and say farewell to the giant pandas too. Your driver will drop you back at your hotel around 5pm, traffic depending.
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  • Private transfer to and from hotel
  • Volunteer training instructor
  • Lunch with the staff at the panda center
Not included
  • Other food and drink
  • Gratuities
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Dress code is smart casual
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate


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