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China Panda Conservation and Trekking

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China Panda Conservation and Trekking

Immerse yourself in the rich culture of China, help conserve the country's flagship species and trek through unique and beautiful habitats.

Prices from US$945

China is a country of breath-taking size and diversity, home to a variety of cultural, topographical and climatic extremes. Boasting one of the world's richest biodiversity, China hosts a variety of unique, indigenous species such and the Golden Monkey, Crested Ibis and Giant Panda. As the world's oldest continuous civilisation, travelling around China can lead you down a path of rich antiquity.

By joining this programme volunteers will be a part of extraordinary work to help save China's iconic panda species. Pandas find their home in the geographical and economic heart of China which is also home to millions of people. Habitat destruction, poaching and forest fragmentation have contributed dramatically to isolating panda populations. With less than 1600 pandas left in the wild this project is vital to ensure the species' survival for future generations to enjoy. With your contribution to this project, you will be helping to preseve this national treasure of China.

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PROJECT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Care for the endangered Giant Panda
  • Immerse yourself in the cultural traditions of this ancient civilisation
  • Gain firsthand experience of wildlife care and rehabilitation

PROJECT REQUIREMENTS

  • Good level of spoken English
  • Minimum age of 16

FAST FACTS

Location China
Activities Visiting markets, relics and historic sites
Trekking through the local terrestrial landscape
Caring for pandas and other native chinese species
Bamboo planting
Undertake panda research
Transport Visit the local countryside
Transport provided throughout the trip
Accommodation Shared volunteer house
 

WHAT'S INCLUDED

Before you go Pre-departure support
Travel advice & documentation
Equipment advice
Discounted medical kit
Free Frontier T-shirt (UK only)
In-country
Accommodation
Local orientation and training
Ground transfers
In-transit accomodation
In-country emergency support
24-hour international HQ backup
 

QUALIFICATIONS

A variety of qualifications are available on many of our projects. For example, BTEC certificates and diplomas on our Group conservation projects and TEFL certificates and BTECs on most of our teaching projects. You may also be able to gain a CoPE to support your university application. For more information on these qualifications, please see the qualifications section of our website or ask your volunteer advisor.

WHAT DOES THE PROJECT DO?

Today, the Giant Panda's future remains uncertain. This peaceful, bamboo-eating member of the bear family faces a number of threats. One of the main challenges is that forested areas in China's mountainous areas have become fragmented, leading to Giant Panda populations becoming ever-smaller and more isolated from each other. Additionally, poaching remains en ever-present threat.

Conservation efforts are being made to protect the panda by creating national parks and preventing further deforestation. These protected areas provide pandas with the environment required for them to thrive. There are currently over 50 national parks in China that are home to wild pandas, but with a large proportion of the population living outside these areas, they have been left vulnerable to further deforestation and other anthropogenic threats. Panda breeding centres are an essential part of the work to help restore and maintain a healthy population, conducting vital research in to all aspect of panda behaviour whilst also breeding, caring for and releasing pandas in to the wild when possbile.

WHAT WILL I BE DOING?

Volunteers will be spending five days a week working with the pandas at the centre, while for half a day per week you will have the chance to provide care for other native animals such as the black bear, takin, golden monkey and crested ibis. Working 8am to 5pm each day. On your first day you will receive an orientation session and any necesary training you need whilst working on the project.

Your daily activities will include the following, however, be prepared to be flexible as these may change depending on the needs of the centre at the time of your placement.

  • Panda feeding
  • Panda enclosure cleaning
  • Animal enrichment work
  • Engagement in panda research work
  • Bamboo cleaning and planting
  • Engagement in panda talks
  • Caring for other native species

Volunteers will not only have the opportunity to benefit from working with animals, but will have the unique chance to work with the local community, teaching English at a local school to students and panda base staff.

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I ARRIVE?

Upon arrival to Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (XIY), you will be met by a member of staff from our local partner organisation in China and taken to your accommodation to settle in. Volunteers should aim to arrive on a Saturday or Sunday so you have time to familiarise yourself with your surroundings, ready for a full orientatin on Monday.

WHERE WILL I BE STAYING?

You will be staying in a 2 bedroom apartment for 4 people (Private apartments are available for an extra cost). The rooms shared may be mixed sex. 24 hour WiFi is provided within the apartment. There is a Western bathroom that is shared between the rooms with a shower and hot water available. The apartment is fitted with an electrical cooker and washing machine.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?

During your stay you will be provided with three meals a day (including weekends). Breakfast will be a traditional Western style breakfast, however, lunch and dinner will be a traditional Chinese dish, allowing you to try some of the unique food that China has to offer and fully immerse yourself within the culture. Any special dietary requirements will also be catered for throughout the project. If you are not a fan of Chinese cuisine there are shops 10 minutes walk from the centre where you are welcome to purchase food to prepare yourself. Food can be stored in refrigerators at the accommodation.

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COSTS

1 week US$945

Additional week US$845

DURATION

This programme runs from March to November yearly, starting every Monday.

AIRPORT INFORMATION

Nearest airport(s): Xi an Xianyang Apt (XIY)

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance

For detailed information on flights, visas and insurance, click here.


LEGAL STATEMENT

Please read our legal statement regarding the running of NGO projects.

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