PANDA CONSERVATION 2017
Open all year, starting on Mondays, every week, participation fee 805 € for 1 week. Participation in this project is limited to one week.
- Code : G/CHI/PC2017
- Dispo : 5M / 3F (Total Part 10)
- Langue du Projet : ENG / ENG
- Age : 18 - 99
In the last 2 years the work at the Panda base has contributed to the doubling of the panda population which is an amazing achievement. The Panda reserve, which you can tour for free as a participant, has panda raising, reproduction, rare wild animal rescue and education facilities. On a daily basis, typical activities you will be involved in include cleaning the panda’s living areas, preparing food and feeding them. You may also be asked to conduct some research into their habits and health, so that we may extend our knowledge and caring activities for this highly endangered species. If you are interested in animal conservation, this represents a real opportunity to learn about something unique to China – the Giant Panda. The main part of this programme is to work with Pandas at the Ya’an Panda Base. The Pandas were relocated here from Wolong Panda base, Xinjing which was devastated in an earthquake in China in 2008. It was since this move that the panda population (in care) has more than doubled, not least thanks to the efforts of helpers. The Panda Base is now at last in a position to think about fulfilling the ambition of releasing them back into the wild. Experiments to this end are at an early stage. Your work will involve working with the full time Panda carers. You would be preparing food for the pandas such as apples, panda bread, carrots – and of course their favourite – bamboo, serving them the food, cleaning their enclosures and ensuring they are secure in their environment. Occasionally, you are asked to participate in research about the pandas and to help in providing medical care. You will love the cute Pandas! Luckily you will also have time to watch and photograph them. We will need you to: – Be committed to your work: if you cannot follow the schedule, consult your panda carer or coordinator. – Obey your panda carer’s directions strictly at all times for your own safety. – Do not walk into the deep forest alone, as you may get lost. After you have completed your normal daily duties of cleaning and feeding etc., there is a fair bit of free time. After all, pandas, being wild animals also like their own space! In brief there are several activities and facilities you can do in your free time such as: – Mahjong – Chinese Chess – Free pass to access all areas of the Panda Reserve – Common Centre this is a general area where most participants will take time to relax, chat or eat ice cream! -Free Chinese language lessons from 4pm6pm daily. The objective of this program is to continue the amazing work carried out by the Conservation centre with the eventual aim of being in a position to release some pandas into the wild.
The accommodation is a hostel located in Chengdu with rooms of 4-6 people shared on a single gender basis. Each room is equipped with air conditioning and there are shared bathrooms with hot showers. Each room here will provide you with air conditioning. There is also an electric kettle. Featuring a hairdryer outside, the bathroom also comes with free toiletries and slippers. Extras include a desk. You will be provided with three meals a day breakfast, lunch and dinner. These will be Chinese dishes typical of the local area, comprising mainly rice, noodles and vegetables with some meat. Some westerners not used to Asia may find the diet lacks the variety to which they are accustomed – but it is the local diet. Upgrade options to single rooms are available (subject to availability and supplementary charge with these charges varying depending upon time of year. Please check at time of booking).
Sichuan (meaning four circuits of rivers) is a province situated in the Southwest of China. Its capital Chengdu, is an important economic center for Western China. Shops are open from 10a.m to 10p.m in Chengdu city from Monday to Sunday. Like any major city, Chengdu has a lot to offer in terms of things to do and see. Although a guidebook can tell you everything you would need to know, here are a few ideas: – Jinli Street: This is a commercial pedestrian street described as being representative of the city. Here you will find plenty of shops and street food – Wuhou Temple: ?Located near to Jinli street this temple complex provides the perfect antidote to the hussle and bussle found so close. – Mount Qingcheng: ?One of the most famous Taoist mountains in China at the top of which you will find Laojun Pavilion.
Open all year, starting on Mondays, arrival on Sundays and departure on Saturday morning, Open all year, starting on Mondays, every week, participation fee 805 € for 1 week. Participation in this project is limited to one week.Reception at CTU (Chengdu Shuang Liu International Airport) on Sundays. Mountain weather is unpredictable, so waterproof shoes/rain jacket are recommended
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