The deed is done...well committing to it is done! I just submitted my reservation form and deposit on the trip to China! I am really, really excited for this trip, which was not even on the radar at the start of this year. China is someplace I've always wanted to travel to and experience, and the panda volunteer program is a huge plus. I am SO EXCITED!!!
Now the planning begins in earnest:
Get new passport
Set up VPN or proxy for internet access (Chinese government heavily censors internet traffic)
Read, read, read