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Working as a Panda Volunteer

——An Unique Chance Being the Guardian Angel of Panda
What is the best way to serve a giant panda? The answer is short and simple---to be a Panda volunteer! Panda volunteer program is an effective way of learning about Panda. It provides a great opportunity to observe this amazing creature in such a close distance. Working side by side with a panda keeper in the area not open to general public, you can learn different aspects of pandas through the works you participate such as cleaning their enclosures, preparing panda food and collecting panda phoo, and obtain in-depth knowledge about panda lives. After all your hard work, you will get a lifetime experience—— Feed giant panda by yourself. In the end of your work, the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (Hereinafter CCRCGP in short) will give you a certificate for your hard works and some souvenir as a way of expressing their appreciation for and recognition of your hard work. We have arranged volunteers for hundreds of panda lovers. Please contact us for more information by sending an email to info@absolutepanda.com or clicking the inquiry above, filling the form and submitting.

Dujiangyan Panda Base in a bird-eye-view

Though you need to pay a good sum of money for this unique work, please note that your volunteer service and participation fee will enable CCRCGP to do much more in their constant efforts to support this vital species, as well as the companion animals of giant panda in the giantic plan of CCRCGP arising the awareness of protecting giant panda habitats as well as the globle environment in which we are closely related.


     Lectures about giant panda by our local expert guide
     Volunteer work in Panda base
     Feeding giant panda by yourself

This program has limited 20 quotas per day. So a reservation in advance is required. We have been running this China panda volunteer tour since the starting of this program. We have very good relationship with the panda bases of CCRCGP thanks to many years of cooperation with them! We feel very proud of being able to build a bridge between you and panda. We will do all all can to ensure your full enjoyment of the time in the panda base of CCRCGP. 
Requirements for the volunteer work :

   A health certificate (prepare by yourself)
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   Volunteer Uniform  (provided by CCRCGP)
   Reservation ( booked by AbsolutePanda )

  Volunteer Program in the Panda Base

  Volunteer Program in the Panda Base

Volunteer Program in the Panda Base

Other Panda Volunteer Programs you might have interests

Beside Panda volunteer, there are lots of other things we can easily craft into your itinerary based on your personal preferences so that you can make better use of your time and enrich your travel experiences. Following are some programs you might have interests.
• Dujiangyan Irrigation System, the 2500 year old irrigation is the only accient irrigation system of its kind still at work. Now it is world cultural heritage site by UNESCO since 2000. 
• Mt. Qingcheng, also a world heritage site since 2000, is one of the most important Taoist Mountains. The Mt. Qingcheng and nearby Mount Heming are regarded as the birth place and flourishing site for Taoism in China. 
• Jiezi Ancient Town, an ancient town with a history of 2000 years. You can get glimpse of life styles, achitectures and food of Sichuan people.
It is not possible for us to list all the possible programs you can do here, please send us an email or click the inquiry above and fill out the form and submit to us, we will help you to customize a enjoyable excursion for you.

The Way You can Travel with Us!
We care about your enjoyment of the trip with us and will always do all we can to ensure your full enjoyment of the trip. We know people are different in way of travel and taste. To ensure you get the best travel experiences, we have a team of guides with different focus to help you enjoy your trip better. Following are guide candidates of special expertise for the day excursions.

Cory: A famous plant expert in China, he can help you appreciate the beauty of plant world including beautiful flowers.

Shay: A bird guide of AbsolutePanda, he can show you the wonderful avian world during your trip.

Bella: A birder and passionate nature lover. She will make your trip very enjoyable through her passion and knowlege about birds and flowers.

Philip: Senior guide of AbsolutePanda with 20 years of working experiences in the travel field. He is photographer, birder and Buddhist.  He can add a lot to your trip with his knowledge, experience and passion.

These are the special guides of AbsolutePanda. We also have a team of guides who has a good knowledge about local culture. Please feel free to contact us, we will make your trip very enjoyable!


What makes AbsolutePanda excellent?
We are the only travel company who focus on wildlife in China
Since 2003, our professional tour leaders and wildlife experts have helped thousands of groups to gain in-depth understanding about Panda, their companion animals, stunning scenery in panda habitat along with the history of local culture.
Exclusive Quality & Value Guarantee
We define our quality by unique itineraries, stunning destinations, creative interactions, small group and professional guides. If you can find any other travel company who is able to offer tours of same quality with better price, where you can even appear as a panda volunteer, we are willing to reimburse you with the difference.
Explore China in comfort and your own style
Beyond luxury accommodations, meals and vehicles, we would like to show you the real China by an absolutely authentic experience with incredible wildlife and lovely locals.
We care and share
We believe the best way to help the wildlife is love and appreciation. By bringing nature lovers to enjoy beauty of nature in China, we hope that local people can realize the beauty of wildlife and learn how to love and appreciate those beautiful creatures living near their village.

Video of Panda Feeding 

Here is a video of our volunteer feeding a giant panda with her favorite dessert. See how happy the panda and our volunteer are with enjoying this precious moment. 

Other Panda Interaction Programs you may enjoy

China Panda Photo Tour
In Dujiangyan Panda Base,  a photo program is available  to take photo with panda. Panda base will select healthy and young giant panda for the program.  The staff will take photos for you with panda sitting by your side. Read more>>
China Panda base & cooking class Day tour
This day-trip is designed for those who love Panda and interested in Chinese cooking during your short stop by Chengdu. Visiting the adorable Chinese national treasure—giant panda and tasting Sichuan local food are the must-do in Chengdu.  Read more>>
China Panda Base & Sanxingdui Museum Day-tour
For travelers whom only have 24 hrs in Chengdu, this Panda tour is the must-do list here. Chengdu is  the capital of Panda in China, you should not leave the city before you visit them. While China is one of the cradle of civilization. Read More>>


Schedule of the activities during the day (The time is for your reference only) 

 *The time would be flexible.

We can customize this trip so as to better meet your timing, budget and interests or arrange a private extension to explore China as you wish. Please contact us for more information.


Everyday all year around.


We have two different kinds of prices for volunteering. One is a private car plus volunteers. Another is volunteer with private car, guide and exploring neighboring sites (Entrance Tickets are not included). Please note that we only provide volunteer or panda interaction reservation services for people who choose either of the following services.
1.Private Transport, Volunteer or Panda Interaction
a. Private Car: Maximum Passenger 4,
Volunteer:USD112USD/pax, Panda Interaction: USD290/pax; Private Private Car Rent: from USD112/car on

b. Private Van (7-seat Buick): Maximum Passerger 6

Volunteer:USD112USD/pax, Panda Interaction: USD290/pax; Private Private Van Rent: USD145/van.

2.Private Transport, Private Guide,  Volunteer or Panda Interaction

Group Size: 2-8 travelers

Price: 228USD/pax

Date: Avaible everyday. (Need booking in advance)

The price includes the following items:
• A private car or van throughout the whole day; 
Bottled water and snacks; 
• Volunteer program fee charged by Panda base;
Lunch at staff canteen in panda base. 
The price doesn't include the following: 
• Extra charges due to change of itinerary from client side or factors beyond the control of AbsolutePanda such as natural disaster and governmental policy change; 
•Discretionary tips to the guide and driver; 
•Charges for interacting with panda cub such as photo with a panda cub  (You need to make a donation on site to the panda base to get this opportunity. We could help you to reserve this program in advance).
• Airfare to and out of Chengdu.  

1. What is the donation? Is it charged by the Panda breeding center? 
A volunteer program fee will be charged by Panda base. This fee will be used as a donation to the giant pandas.  

2. What exactly can volunteers help in the volunteering program?
Here are some details of the program:
First, there will be a welcome and introduction of this program by a staff member from the base.  Then the volunteer work begins! The duty of the volunteer will be washing the bamboo, cleaning the panda enclosures, making food and feeding the pandas.    In the end, you will get an official certificate for the donation of your time effort and money to giant panda by the panda base.

3. Is there any other panda base that has this volunteer program?
Unfortunately, right now, only Dujiangyan Panda base has this volunteer program. The volunteer program in Bifengxia was suspended. 

4. How long does this volunteer program last? 
It usually lasts 2-3 hours. There are other fantastic attractions in Dujiangyan, such as Dujiangyan Irrigation System and Mount Qingcheng. A one-day trip is perfect!

5. Is there a chance to get a close encounter with giant panda? 
Indeed! Volunteers could get into panda enclosures and even feed pandas by themselves! However, giant pandas are wild animals. For your own safety, volunteers are not allowed to touch panda or get too close to them. The whole program will be supervised by the staff from Panda Base. Participants are obligated to obey the rules of the program, or the Panda base has the right to cancel the program anytime.

6. What other interaction programs can we join?
Other than volunteering program, there is one you could take photos with giant pandas. Upon a handsome donation, you will be allowed to take photos with a giant panda  sitting by your side for 30 seconds. This program in Dujiangyan must also be booked in advance. Read more about this program>>

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“Exceptional Service From Absolute Panda, one of the most caring touring guide!”
The service Absolute Panda provided (Phillip and Lily) was phenomenal, from the first time emailing them for their service to the end of our tour when Phillip dropped us off at the hotel. Traveling with Phillip had us worried free the whole time; he had everything covered for us. Phillip speaks perfect English, has great manners and knows a lot about Pandas, Birds and Chinese Culture/History. We wanted a perfect Panda experience and he gave us one at the Bifengxia Center in Ya’an. Phillip has done so many Panda tours, all the staff at the location knows him…which is good because he was able to provide us the best experience possible. We did the volunteer program, played with pandas and hugged a panda; Phil was alongside with us the whole time for translation and explaining the procedures. After our tour at the Bifengxia, he took us to an ancient town in Shangli for an amazing lunch with the locals. We shopped, took pictures and learned more about the Chinese culture. We couldn’t ask for more from Phillip, he definitely exceeded our expectation. The tour was priced well, the service is great and Phillip will always go out of his way to make the perfect experience for you. If you go to Chengdu, look into booking with Absolute Panda, you will not be disappointed.
      --- guest from US

“Wonderful panda experience with kids!”
We recently visited Chengdu to experience the pandas. I was traveling alone with my two daughters, ages 6 and 11. Lily was very easy to work with in planning the trip, and Philip was a fantastic guide. He even requested our favorite snacks ahead of time and had them available in the car. Philip's English is excellent, he has traveled in the US and can relate to Americans, is great with kids and full of interesting knowledge about the area and pandas. Philip also really knows his way around the Chendu Panda base and was able to get us in early and up close to the babies and young pandas - this was awesome! He also arranged for a delicious meal in Chengdu at a local (and non-crowded) restaurant. Always full of interesting conversation and stories. The next day, we participated in a panda volunteer program at the new Dujiangyan Panda Base - truly, an experience of a lifetime! We traveled in a new SUV which was very nice and clean, but not as comfortable for riding in the back seat as the larger vans we have used in other cities. Our driver, while safe, seemed a little less experienced than we are used to. Other than that, it was a perfect panda experience! Thank you!
  ---Robyne R from Japan

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