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China Panda Volunteer

Do you dream of travelling and making a positive change doing volunteer work in China? Are you looking for an opportunity to get closer to giant pandas for a unique panda conservation program? Then this China panda volunteer project allows you to have a special meaningful vacation while learning more about Pandas and their history.

China is a gorgeous country with many famous tourist destinations in the world. The country’s amazing diversity and stunning landscapes range from sandy white beaches, mountains and green lush jungles.

The Great Wall of China as a major attraction and with over 1,000 local festivals including the Sichuan Feast, you will have so many options of things to do and see when you volunteer in China.

Unfortunately, wild panda populations have declined over the years with only 2,300 left in the world. This has mostly been caused by continuous degradation of panda's mountainous forests by people harvesting bamboo, gathering firewood and collecting medicinal herbs.  Since 2013, a department under State Forestry Bureau, CCRCG was appointed to work in protection and preservation of the giant Panda population.  The current birth rate is at the best high thanks to rigorous effort by CCRCG who are constantly looking for volunteers like you to maintain with this upward trend.

When you join our panda sanctuary volunteer program in China you will participate in the conservation of giant pandas and understand the hard work of panda protection. Similarly, you will help protect panda’s natural habitat by teaching local communities methods of environmental protection. Your skills and effort will not only save pandas from extinction, but also allow you to learn new skills and explore unique Chinese culture.

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China Panda Volunteer Program

Presently, we offer 3 amazing Panda volunteering programs in China. Please find our options for Program below.

  • 1 week China Panda Volunteer Program
  • 2 weeks China Panda Volunteer Program
  • 3 weeks China Panda Volunteer Program

The program combines volunteering activities with the Pandas and Cultural Tour activities in China. You will experience the sights and sounds of the country and visit the fabled landmarks under the guidance of a tourist guide to learn about Chinese culture and history. Become a volunteer working with panda conservation in China for an incredible and life-changing opportunity. Fulfill your passion and make a difference by changing the lives of others. Contact us about this exciting opportunity today!

The sample itinerary is as follows:

Week 1

Day 01: On your first day you will be picked from the Chengdu Shuangliu Airport and transferred to IFRE’s partner hotel in Chengdu City. You will spend the rest of day with orientation about the country, safety, health, project rules, and regulations for the panda conservation China project.

Day 02: Today’s activities will include Chengdu city Tour and exploration of Jinsha Site Museum.  After this, China Panda volunteers will visit the Giant Panda Breeding Center and take part in Giant Panda Science Education Activities.

Day 03: You will explore the Puzhao Temple and take part in a Get-to-know Panda tour at the Dujiangyan Panda Base in Qingcheng County where you will be volunteering for the next 2 days. You will check in a hostel in Dujiangyan for overnight stay.

Day 04-Day 06: For these two days, China Panda volunteers will work at the Dujiangyan Panda Base (with certificate). In the panda conservation project, volunteers will have wide range of daily activities to do.  Giant Panda Volunteer Experiences include learning about the Pandas, honorary keepers, moving and planting bamboos, cleaning enclosures, feeding pandas, panda nutrition course, panda behavior observation, analysis of panda feces, and making intelligent toys for Pandas.

Day 07: Departure from the project for 1 week volunteers / Volunteers for 2 or 3 weeks will be delivered to the next program destination.

Week 2

Day 08: You will climb Mount Qingcheng, one of the four most famous mountains of Taoism in China and learn about Taoism.

Day 09: With your guide, you will visit the Ancient Town Anren and Dujiangyan Irrigation Site, and learn more about Chinese history.

Day 10:You will travel to Wolong and check in to a hostel. You will also visit the famous Earthquake Museum that will make up for a memorable experience.

Day 11- Day 13:For these two days, China Panda volunteers will work at the Wolong nature reserve. You will conduct research work on the Pandas and learn various facts about them while also experiencing life around the panda habitat. You will hike at the nature reserve and camp in the habitat for one night. At the end of the activities, you will be transferred back to Chengdu city and checked in at our partner hotel.

Day 14: Departure from the project for 2 week volunteers / Volunteers for 3 weeks will be delivered to the next program destination.

Week 3

Day 15: You will visit the Wolong nature reserve and explore Panda habitat as well as experience the local rural life in the Wolong Guan Village.

Day 16-17: For these two days, China Panda volunteers will work at Wolong Panda Base (with certificate) under the guidance of the local staffs. You will learn about the difference between Giant Pandas and Red Pandas. Volunteer duties include cleaning enclosures, feeding pandas, panda behavior observation and making nutritious food for pandas, documentary watching, and eating lunch with the Panda keepers.

Day 18: You will be taken on a tour of Sanxingdui Museum to learn about Bronze Age and Ancient Shu culture in Guanghan County. Then you will be transferred back to Chengdu city and checked in at our partner hotel.
Day 19: You will explore Zhuge Liang Memorial Hall and experience traditional Chinese Movable Type. You will gain much information on Chinese history and traditions.

Day 20: You will visit famous attractions in Chengdu city including Broad and Narrow Velley, Jinli and Wenshu Yuan Monastery.

Day 21: Today is the last day for Volunteers in China and you will depart from the project.

Skills and Qualifications:

No specific skills or qualifications are required to join panda conservation in China. However, volunteers must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Volunteers should have a basic knowledge of English or Chinese language. 
  • The age limit is between 12-60 years, with minors under 18 years required to be accompanied by a guardian.
  • To participate in China panda volunteer program volunteers must submit a physical health examination report taken within 3 months before your arrival.

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Volunteer Schedule

  • Work Schedule for Panda Volunteer China will be 6-8 hours per day
  • Volunteers need to strictly adhere to the instructions of the guide, and should have no hands-on contact with pandas without permission.

Program Dates

China Panda Volunteer Programs begin every first and third Mondays all year-round.

Our Fees

Since 2006, IFRE has been the most trusted and respected volunteer abroad organization in the world, and also the most affordable. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality volunteer programs at the lowest fees, which make it possible for everyone, especially students, to volunteer internationally and make a positive impact in the lives of others.

Below is a brief summary of the program fee and services that IFRE Volunteers offers.

The cost of the IFRE Panda Volunteer program in China is composed of two separate fees: an application fee of $299 USD (covers administration, advertising, staff/office expenses, etc.) and a nominal weekly program fee (covers room/board, field support, etc).

China Panda Volunteer Program fee:

Duration China Panda Volunteer
  1 Week   $1,100
  2 Weeks   $1,900
  3 Weeks   $2,700

Comprehensive Travel Insurance $3.49/day »

How your fee is allocated?

Program Fees Cover:

  • Accommodations (Hostel/Hotel shared)- extra charge for upgrading
  • 3 meals per day & bottled water
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Coach or bus for local transportation
  • Tickets and guide services to activities listed in the program
  • Translator accompanying throughout the whole tour
  • Program Orientation
  • In-country support
  • Certificate

Program Fees Exclude:

  • Flights
  • Entry Visa
  • Health check-up and insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Laundry and Internet
  • Individual expenses such as souvenirs or snacks

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Accommodation and Meal

Accommodations for volunteers will be provided in a hostel or hotel. We ensure that volunteer rooms are clean, comfortable, safe and convenient so that volunteers can have a good rest after their volunteering work. Volunteers may have to share a room with others of the same gender. Volunteers can upgrade to private accommodation if needed at an extra cost.

Three meals per day will be provided for the volunteers, and include local Chinese cuisines and sandwiches. 

Safety and in Country Support

For IFRE, safety and well-being of our volunteers is our primary concern. We have carefully planned every aspect your volunteering trip. We provide you with pre-departure information, and after you reach your volunteering destination, our country coordinators are there to pick you up from the airport, introduce you to the project site and help you throughout your journey. We are fully committed to ensure that all our volunteers are enjoy their experience in a safe and comfortable environment.

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China Panda Volunteer :FAQs

Traveling to a foreign country and volunteering to help orphans in need is a noble and worthy cause you should feel great about undertaking. There are a lot of little details that go into planning such a big trip, and you probably have a lot of questions about how everything works. Here is some basic information that volunteers often ask us about:

Arrival and Departure

Volunteers participating in the China Panda Volunteer Program will be required to arrive at Chengdu Shuangliu Airport between 08:00-24:00 China time, on the first or third Monday of the month. Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport code is CTU. An IFRE representative will be at the airport to greet you and transport you upon arrival.

During your departure, you can ask for the help of our country coordinator to book a taxi to the airport.


China Panda Volunteers need to secure tourist visa from your local Chinese Embassy. Your country coordinator will help with it you face any issues.


For travelers to China, CDC recommends vaccinations against: Rabies, Hepatitis B, Japanese Encephalitis and Meningococcal Meningitis, Yellow Fever, and Malaria. Also, you should remain updated on your routine vaccines.

You can check out this website to learn more about these vaccinations.


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