Morning around 07:30 am to be met at your hotel lobby and transferred to Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center, it takes about half an hour. You will spend one and a half hour to two hours staying with these lovely panda bears and also the panda base staff who have dedicated their lives to Giant Pandas. You will receive a training on how to care for pandas and the guidelines for working with your panda keeper.
At the end of the program, each participant is issued a certificate which proves your volunteering at the base. Your guide will show you around the base, where you can take more time to see Red Panda, Gaint Panda as well as those adorable baby pandas. Apart from that, you can walk around the base as you like, for it is fairly large with lush trees and a swan lake. The whole trip will end at around noon time.
Following a short training/orientation, volunteer service might include but not be limited to:
- Cleaning panda areas and enclosures
- Cleaning general areas of the Panda Centers
- Preparing food for the pandas such as carrots, apples, panda bread and their nutritional biscuits
- Carrying lots of bamboo
- Sometimes you might be able to help collect behavioral data
You will also have plenty of time to watch and photograph the pandas.
In additional, you can also pay extra to take photos with Giant Pandas or hold Panda bears, this is another way for a donation for the reserve.
Please Note: A volunteer program lasts half a day up to one month (this means repeating day 1's work). Activities can be flexible and the programs can be redesigned according to different group sizes, time available, participants needs and interests and other factors.