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Financial Aid: ASI-CSULB Scholarship, Cal Grant B, Pell Grant, PLUS Loan, Private Loans, SEOG Grant, Stafford Loan
Program Description:
WE_panda Volunteer in China:

Panda Conservation Project

One of the symbols of China is the giant panda, and for good reasons. Mountainous regions of Sichuan and Tibet are the only natural habitats for this amazing animal. While evidence of the giant panda can be found two thousand years ago during the Han Empire, the panda is a new "discovery" for the West. The first news of the giant panda reached Europe in the late 19th century. In the last hundred years, pandas have fallen victim to poaching and have been threatened by population explosion which continues to shrink their fragile habitat. In addition, pandas struggle to survive due to their typically slow reproductive and high infant mortality rates. Currently, it is estimated that only 1,600 giant pandas exist today, most of them in the mountains of China.

The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP) in the Wolong Nature Reserve located in Sichuan is one of the leading conservation centers committed to saving the giant panda. The Center is perhaps the foremost panda breeding, research and preservation facility in the world. Most pandas outside China were born and raised at CCRCGP, including pandas found at the National Zoo in Washington D.C. and San Diego Zoo. Not only does the center engage in breeding programs for the giant panda, but it focuses on preservation education, habitat restoration and scientific research aimed at maintaining the small panda population both in the wild and in captivity. The nature reserve is involved in conservation efforts for China's golden monkey and red panda as well.

Volunteers will assist at the Center, preparing food for the pandas, participating in feeding and observing the panda population, and assisting vets at the panda hospital located at the center. Individuals may also work to collect data and assist with research studies. During their stay, volunteers will have a chance to take hikes in the beautiful Wolong Mountains. The reserve is located in China's Min and Qionglai Mountains on the border of the Tibetan Plateau - three hours by car from the city of Chengdu.

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Contact Us:
3015 E Franklin Ave. Minneapolis, MN 55406 USA
US phone:  612.729.3400 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting        612.729.3400  end_of_the_skype_highlighting or toll-free 866.802.9678 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting        866.802.9678  end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Fax:    612.333.2626   

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/30/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/09/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Summer 2020 03/20/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.