China - Giant Panda Center

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Work among the luscious forests of China while observing and learning about giant pandas. The survival of giant pandas has been threatened in the past, making them a protected and preserved species among the Chinese people. The Center has been around for over 20 years helping the panda population grow. Some of your responsibilities may include preparing food, chopping and carrying bamboo, and observation and research of the pandas at the center. The reserve is broken into six sections: panda raising and breeding area, scientific study area, food preparation and animal hospital, staff quarters, bamboo base, and tourist accommodations. Volunteers will shadow a trainer and assist the trainer in caring for the pandas.


1. Immerse yourself in the Chinese culture and learn about their traditions and rituals.
2. Observe, learn, and interact with the giant pandas living at the center.
3. Participate in a one-week program to learn the proper care and maintenance of the pandas.
4. Before or after the program travel to local hot springs, hike Mount Qingcheng, or explore the city of Ya’an for shopping and sightseeing.


Age: 17+
Language: Basic English and/or Chinese
Physical Fitness: Good

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What`s Included

Accommodation: Shared hostel room
Food: 3 meals a day
Support: Local staff and 24hr emergency support
Airport Transfers: Included on arrival - by bus
Insurance : Comprehensive travel health insurance with volunteer abroad coverage
Pre-Departure Kit: Full project details will be sent following registration
Orientation: All necessary training and introductions provided upon arrival

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Program Locations

Ya’an City, China

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Program Details

  • China: Ya’an City
Throughout the year
Program Duration:
1-2 weeks, 2-4 weeks
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