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The Eighth Panda Base Recruitment and Training of Science Popularization Volunteers Successfully Concluded Proofreader:    Time: 2018-10-19

Beginning in September 2018, after a month of online selection, offline recruitment, professional training, and comprehensive assessment, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has successfully completed the eighth recruitment and training of science popularization volunteers. A total of 50 volunteers joined the Base’s extended family in the second half of this year, which injected new blood, reenergized the atmosphere, and expanded the volunteer team for the cause of science popularization in the base. This year, our science popularization volunteer project has been strongly supported by the Sichuan Environmental Publicity and Education Service Center, which also reflects growing concern from all sectors of the community for environmental protection, publicity and education.
Volunteers were simultaneously recruited both online and offline. In online recruitment, applicants who filled in the application form and submitted it to the public account Panda Academy were initially screened and interviewed by telephone individually. In offline recruitment, Panda Base instructors entered the beautiful Jiang’an Campus of Sichuan University to recruit on campus. That day, more than 100 students in Sichuan University attended the event. They were enthused by the way the staff members described the Panda Base’s working culture and lined up to take part in in on-site interviews that allowed them to discuss and exchange in-depth with the instructors.
A total of 54 volunteers were selected to participate in volunteer training from October 13 to October 14 in the Panda Base this time. The two-day training was arranged in an intense but orderly manner, and the courses included explanations of the Panda Base and science popularization work, brief introduction of the volunteer program, fun facts about the giant panda and red panda, animal behavior and animal emotion, biodiversity, interpretation skills and teaching, and more, which enables the trainees, in a systematic and comprehensive way, to understand more about environmental protection, animal conservation, and other related information. In addition, volunteer representatives from previous sessions were invited to share practical experiences and interpretation skills with the new trainees. On the second day of training, the volunteers, guided by the instructors, visited the base in groups and familiarized themselves with each science popularization venue and interpretation point; the volunteers also gave mock interpretations at each point, and the instructors commented and gave guidance accordingly.
The training this time was in the form of comprehensive examinations that integrated written and oral tests. The oral test included an on-site interpretation test and situational interpretation test, the former of which was to check the new trainees’ ability to interpret on a fundamental level as well as whether and how well they understood relevant information needed for interpretation; the latter simulated unexpected situations for testing the trainees’ service quality and their capacity to deal with emergencies.
Statistics showed that trainees of the eighth session had excellent comprehensive performances, and their average score was higher than that of previous sessions. A total of 50 trainees passed the examination and officially became new volunteers; they would work regularly as part of an internship over the next few months, and formally be a member of the big family of science popularization volunteers in Chengdu Panda Base.
The science popularization volunteer program of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, administered for nearly four years, is committed to conservation education and other related work, with the giant panda as the carrier. The volunteers have been active on the front line of science popularization education for a long time, mainly engaged in popularizing science interpretation, supporting various activities in venues and parks, and have become an indispensable part in the cause of conservation education in the Chengdu Panda Base. So far, the panda base has launched eight sessions of volunteer training and have recruited over 400 trainees, among which 140 are registered volunteers.
In addition, this session’s volunteer training coincides with the International Day of Environmental Education, which aims to appeal to more people to be conscious of environmental issues and support environmental protection through education. Here, we warmly welcome the new members of the eighth session to join the extended family of volunteers at the Panda Base. Let’s work together to protect the environment! The panda base will become even better because of each of you here, and I hope that all of you could gain a sense of accomplishment from volunteer work and become better yourselves!

 

 


Recruitment Site at Jiang’an Campus of Sichuan University





Group Photo of Volunteers from the Eighth Session, Panda Base


Volunteers in Training





Volunteers Watching Promo of Sichuan Environmental Publicity and Education Service Center


Volunteer Representatives from Previous Sessions Sharing Experiences


Trainee Mock Interpreting in the Panda Base (old museum)


Trainee Mock Interpreting in the Panda Base (Panda Scientific Discovery Center)


Trainee Mock Interpreting in the Panda Base (Red Panda No. 2 Activity Grounds)


Trainee Mock Interpreting in the Panda Base (Adult Giant Panda Villa)


Written Test


 Field Interpretation Test
 

 

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