KIS JeJu China Service Learning Adventure 2018

KIS JeJu China Service Learning Adventure 2018

Trip Highlights

  • A full day of learning and engagement at the Dujiangyan Panda Center
  • The Leshan Buddha - the largest and tallest stone Buddha statue in the world
  • Discover the markets and streetscapes of Chengdu
  • The Tng Dynasties Wenshu Temple, one of China's oldest and best preserved Buddhist temples

Trip Summary

The service learning theme for Grade 6 KIS students is 'Environment', and so to reflect this we travel to the Sichuan province of China to learn about the efforts being made protect the Giant Panda and it's habitat. A recognised symbol of China, the Giant Panda is also an endangered animal. With fewer than 1000 left in the wild a visit to Pandas International's Panda Center in Chengdu is a unique opportunity to see these animals in an environment that mimics their natural habitat. The center is leading the world in research into the breeding and release of Pandas in the wild. Each Grade 6 student to visit the Panda Center will leave a lasting impact by way of their physical commitment to the service work and the donation made. Half a day is also spent exploring Chengdu, the capital of southwestern China's Sichuan province, also known for it's relaxed vibe and plenty of green space, ranking Chengdu as one of the most livable cities in China and a full day is spent visiting the Leshan Buddha, the largest and tallest stone Buddha statue in the world.


Our service learning adventures can be undertaken by anyone with a reasonable level of health and fitness. For the service learning part of your trip you will not require a certain level of strength or physical ability, just an enthusiastic and positive attitude.

Sample Itinerary

Upon your late afternoon arrival into Chengdu you will be met at the airport by a World Youth Adventures representative and transferred by private buses to your centrally located hotel. We take dinner in a nearby restaurant. Drive time: 1 hour Accommodation: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza

Meals:  D

06:30 - Breakfast in hotel. 07:30 - Leave hotel for Dujiangyan by private bus. It takes 1.5 hours to get to Dujiangyan Panda Center. 9:00-9:20 - Register at Panda Center Office, sign the security agreement, get work suit, gloves and volunteer pass card. 9:20-10:20 - Volunteer work includes wash the panda house, take away old bamboo and carry in the fresh bamboo, etc. 10:20-11:00 - Visit the other panda enclosures, see more Giant Pandas and Red Pandas. 11:00-11:30 - Feed the Pandas 11:30-13:00 - Take lunch at the centre canteen 13:00-14:00 - Watch panda documentary to learn more about the plight of the Giant Panda, their habitat and research. 14:00-15:00 - Clean the panda garden and house, feed more Pandas 15:00-15:30 - Make panda bread 15:30-16:00 - Receive volunteer certificate and souvenirs in the office Drive time = 3 hours Accommodation: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza

Meals:  B,L,D

07:00-08:30 Breakfast at hotel 08:30-09:00 Depart by private bus, to Chengdu City Panda Sanctuary 09:00-11:00 - Chengdu City Panda Sanctuary to view Pandas in close proximity. 11:00-12:30 - Lunch 12:30-16:30 - Sightseeing in Chengdu - Tang Dynasties Wenshu Temple, the Kuan and Zhai Alleys and People’s Park Drive time = 1 hour Accommodation: Holiday

Meals:  B,L,D

Following an early breakfast we drive two hours to reach the Leshan Buddha. The Leshan Giant Buddha is a 71-metre tall stone statue, built between 713 and 803, depicting Maitreya in sitting posture. It is carved out of a cliff face that lies at the confluence of the Min and Dadu Rivers in the southern part of the Sichuan province. The stone sculpture faces Mount Emei,with the rivers flowing below its feet. It is the largest and tallest stone Buddha statue in the world and it is by far the tallest pre-modern statue in the world. After lunch we make our way back to Chengdu. Arrive back to Chengdu around 4pm, to relax before the farewell dinner. Drive time: 4 hours Accommodation: Holiday Inn Chengdu Oriental Plaza

Meals:  B,L,D

Following a very early breakfast at the hotel we take our group private transfer to the airport for the early morning flight from Chengdu. Trip concludes. Drive time: 40 minutes

Meals:  B

What's Included

  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners
  • 4 nights accommodation on a twin share basis
  • English speaking guide/s (number depends on group size)
  • Private vehicles (buses) air-conditioned and with seat belts
  • Entrance fees to Panda Centres
  • Group airport transfers airport/hotel
  • All sightseeing and entry fees as listed in the itinerary
  • A group donation of US$2000 has been included in the trip price to be donated to Pandas International's Panda Center in Chengdu to assist in the conservation of Panda Bears.

What's Not Included

  • Meals not listed in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature such as laundry and postage
  • Flights from Korea to China return including taxes
  • Visa costs
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Tips (not compulsory)


Duration:5 Days
Starting Point:Chengdu Airport. From 30 Students
Activities:Adventure Touring
Grade:Adventure touring  Click for more information
Trip Code:SOG5006

Day 01

Date: 19/03/2018

Location: Arrive Chengdu.

Activity: Arrive into Chengdu, have dinner, check into Hotel and sleep.

Weather: 11-23 degrees Celsius. Some rain.

Local guides comments: To come later this evening.

Destination Leader / Teacher comments: To come later this evening.

Day 02

Date: 20/03/2018

Location: Dujiangyan Panda Sanctuary.

Activity: The students split into 3 groups today to clean the panda house, prepare bamboo for the pandas, feed the pandas and make panda cakes.

Weather:  Cloudy but warm, highest tempreture is about 18 degrees Celsius

Local guides comments:  The students were willing to take their job and work hard.

Destination Leader / Teacher comments: Students got to experience caring for pandas today. They picked up panda poo, broke bamboo for the  panda's diet, and made healthy panda bread. Another highlight was having everyone wear overalls as a uniform. The students will spend time this evening reflecting and journalling about their experiences.

Day 03

Date: 21/03/2018

Location: Chengdu

Activity: We visited the Panda Breeding Center in the morning, and Wenshu Temple and the People's Park in the afternoon, followed by some shopping at Wide Alley Narrow.

Weather: Cloudy and some shower rain, highest temperature is about 18 degrees Celsius.

Local guides comments: The students did well today, and really enjoyed the sightseeing.

Destination Leader / Teacher comments: Today we visited the Chengdu Panda Nursery. We were able to view several pandas including the Red Panda. We then visited an ancient monastery and the Peoples Park. We, then went the the wide street narrow street market to buy souvenirs. The students had a great day seeing the sights of Chengdu.

Day 04

Date: 22/03/2018

Location: Leshan

Activity: We drove to Leshan city, to see the 71 meters high big Buddha.

Weather: Sunny and warm.

Local guides comments: The students enjoyed seeing the big Buddha. We had a hotpot dinner, and the students love it.

Destination Leader / Teacher comments: We took the long bus ride to Leshan to see the biggest Buddha in the world. We took at 30 minute boat ride to view the Buddha. The students enjoyed the boat and the Buddha was right out of their Social Studies textbook. After lunch we headed back to the hotel. For dinner, we went out for HOT POT. Dinner was a huge success!