The Great Panda Adventure – China
Working for the future of China’s giant pandas.
Volunteer at one of the most progressive panda centers in the world and help ensure a future for this endangered species, while receiving 24 hours of community service credit.
You will fly into the Sichuan Province of China, known for its soaring peaks and tranquil rivers, to begin your volunteer work with one of the most beloved endangered mammals in the world. At the Ya’an Conservation Center you will help the caretakers with their daily routines, which will include learning about the pandas’ diet, preparing their food, feeding them (they eat a lot!), cleaning their living quarters, and working on maintenance projects. You’ll also help out with panda research whenever this is possible. You will spend a day and half in Beijing visiting historical landmarks.
You’ll leave this program with an invaluable experience, comprehensive knowledge, and deep compassion for these gentle creatures.
Must be 15-18 years of age at the time of the event.
Interest in working with endangered animals that number fewer than 1,600 in the world.
Able to walk/hike daily to and from the Panda Reserve in warm and/or humid weather, as well as a willingness to immerse yourself in a different culture and experience the food of China.
You are guaranteed to create a memory that will last a lifetime.
June 28 - July 7, 2016
All participants must have a valid passport and will need to apply for a tourist Visa.
You will receive a list of recommended items to pack after you are enrolled.
Program Fee: $3750.
A $200 deposit will be due immediately upon acceptance to this event. (It's part of the event fee, not in addition to it.)
Program Fee includes flights within China but does not include airfare to San Francisco or international airfare to China. You’ll need to purchase round-trip airfare from your home city to San Francisco and from San Francisco to Beijing, China. We will send you specific flight numbers and times upon acceptance.
Girls may be eligible for a $500 scholarship made possible by the Elliott Wildlife Values Project. Contact ATS for more information about this and other ATS scholarship opportunities, or download the form from the travel resources page of this website.
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