Volunteer in China
The volunteer abroad opportunities that most people choose to get involved with in China include teaching English, exploring the countryside and participating in panda and wildlife protection and conservation. The most popular cities to volunteer in include Shanghai, Beijing, Xi’an, and Chengdu.
Volunteering with children, you will be doing very meaningful work. Due to the Chinese law restricting citizens to only one child, many children are abandoned or adopted and put in homes. It is an unfortunate situation that demands a lot of oversight and extra care for these children, and volunteering to help out truly goes a long way.
China is definitely the best place to go if you are interested in volunteering in panda conservation. In the past, panda’s were on their way to being extinct. Due to concentrated efforts in reviving the species, the panda population, as of late, has been on the rise. The only way to keep this up, is to maintain these efforts of conservation, and continue to educate on the topic. The city of Chengdu is the best place to go to work with pandas. Known as the “country of heaven” or “land of abundance”, Chengdu houses a panda breeding and research center, well known to many. Choose to volunteer with the pandas and have the chance to explore the southwestern region and all of its treasures.
If you choose to volunteer in China, travel the land and experience the history and culture of the country. There is a lot to be learned in simply talking with people or enjoying a meal in multiple regions. China is an interesting place with never ending opportunities to learn, so volunteer in china and you will surely have the experience of a lifetime.
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The work at the panda base wasn’t very hard, but it was extremely rewarding. I feel so grateful to have had this once in a lifetime experience, getting up close and personal with the pandas, learning their different personalities, and helping with their conservation. We were also part of an amazing group of volunteers, united by a love of pandas. We all got on really well and generally just had a great time together, both on and off the panda base. I will miss those crazies all most as much as I will miss my adorable new panda friends!
After becoming acquainted with our panda keeper and pandas, we started our first job. It was necessary to clean the cage, removing the bamboo leaves and other garbage. After that, we started to clean their enclosures... In addition, we fed the pandas twice a day with carrot and special bread (named ”panda cake”), and sometimes apples.
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