At the above GWC project, Volunteers will work in the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP), Wolong. The panda population at the center is more than 70 currently. Participants in this project will perform various tasks such as taking care of pandas, feeding them, protecting them from other species, playing with them, giving them bath, prepare food for them like panda bread, carrots, and carrying lots of bamboo for them and many other works that normally locals and staff does. You will assist local staff in taking care of these pandas when injured. You can assist in research work by observing any behavioral pattern found during the time. This center is doing a lot for the welfare of these pandas. We also place our volunteers to Panda conservation Base, which is also Wolong’s center branch. GWC volunteers will have a great time with these pandas. This project will also help you to understand the panda’s psyche, their nature and other behavioral patterns and habits about the pandas. Your time and hard work spent at the center will remain etched in your memory for years, because helping cutest pandas itself is an exercise that will make you happier and help spread happiness. The program is ideal for those who are passionate about the conservation of rare animals like panda. Volunteers may also take a break from charity and visit some nearby attractions towards the end of this project to have some relaxing fun moments. Join hands with GWC and generously contribute in the upkeep of the environment of the region which is the lifeline of these poor people.
Typically you are expected to work for about 4 to 6 hours a day; however if you wish to put in more working hours in the interest of needy you are welcome. A typical working day begins after breakfast at 8:30 am till 11 am and after lunch at 1:30 pm to 3:30pm. It is highly recommended that you work with other project closely to adjust better and maximize the impact.
Day 1: Arrival at Guilin Liangjiang (Guilin City) International Airport, from where you will be taken to your respective accommodation. At GWC office, you will be introduced to our staff. Your 1st day will be a rest day, so that you can easily recover and refresh yourself after a long journey.
Day 2: You will be welcomed at Guilin City, GWC Office, where you will be given a short introduction about of GWC. You will also be introduced about the local people, local conditions, local language & culture, host family, safety & climate and socio – political issues.
Day 3: You will leave for the project site where you will get to meet with the local villagers and will be introduced to the project and the working environment.
Day 4 – 9: Work at Project Location (Please refer Project Overview & Project Work for details).
Day 10: This is the time to relax and refresh by taking a tour to village site, interact with locales, staff and your fellow volunteers. You will visit and explore various sightseeing spots and will get to have lots of fun. After dinner in the evening, you can have more fun when you join cultural program performed by local community people which is always a visual treat.
Day 11-12: Project work (Panda Conservation) continuous.
Day 13: Explore the beautiful places of China along with fellow participants who all are of almost of your own age. This will enhance the bonding among the participants.
Day 14: Completion of project, final experience synthesis and Farewell program will be conducted at the end. This is a wonderful platform to the participants to recall and share important experiences and lessons learnt. During this, a short program of certificate distribution will also take place. Once the program is over, the group of volunteers (youth participants) will leave for departure for their respective destinations.
GWS partner organizations at China will arrange and manage your accommodation, food and supervision while you work in a project. During the work camp, your accommodation and food would be made accessible in a house designed according to the Asian traditions which you would fall in love with. You’ll be served 3 (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner) Chinese meals a day including local delicacies like rice, bread, sauce, spagheti, macaroni, beans and vegetable with occasional supplement of chicken or mutton. The meal might be cooked by a group of volunteers with the support of local staff. Although a beautiful, warm and friendly place, you should not expect luxurious treatment or accommodations because we ideally want you to feel and experience the real local Chinese culture and lifestyle closely.