Para mi esta experiencia me ha enriquecido personalmente en el sentido de la asertividad, comprender que tanto para la familia como para ti, las costumbres pueden llegar a ser totalmente opuestas; por otro lado a nivel profesional estoy aprendiendo una lengua que se hace cada dia mas visible su necesidad en el mundo de los negocios, en un pais donde la economia va en aumento y la globalizacion se hace mas presente en el mercado laboral.
En conclusion para mi, ser Au pair no ha sido solo viajar a China por conocer algo diferente, sino que ha sido tambien la oportunidad de extender los limites de mi pensamiento para ver el mundo con otros ojos.
You work as a language tutor for children in a host family, speak English or your native language and do activities like playing music, drawing, painting, outdoor sports, cycling, walking in the park, etc, you do not have to do housework because most of our families do not need you as domestic help at all. This is definitely not nanny work.
You can take Chinese language courses as a free option. They are paid for by the host family. Your lessons will be taught by a private tutor or in a university or educational institute)
General benefits for you: as an AU Pair in China
- Explore China, which has 5000 years of history!
- Gain maturity and confidence in yourself by living abroad.
- Enjoy Chinese food! And learn Chinese Kong Fu?
- Make friends and develope a network of people that will help and inspire you.
- Gain international experience and more job opportunities!
- Learn Chinese.
- Share the culture of your home country, as a cultural ambassador!
What more will you receive from Au Pair in China Program?
Almost everything that you need is included in our package. We make it very easy for you:
You will have a carefully selected good family. Your own room and meals are provided. The house rent in large cities is normally from 700 US Dollars per month, and now you get it for free! You should consider this as a big added value within the program. We/our partner will choose a perfect family for each participant using a matching process. The host family will have at least one person who can communicate with you in English. They are normally a middle class Chinese families, and they will provide you a comfortable living environment. At the same time, a good match for each candidate to ensure you are going to get along well, so that both parties can enjoy life.
If you like, you can take a Chinese language class that will be paid for by the host family. The classes are a minimum 4 lessons per week (for more details of your language lesson please contact us). You will always take the right class based on your level of Chinese. You can learn Chinese starting with the basics, and you don’t even have to pay for the textbooks! We are different from STS or EF, their courses cost could between 4,000 and 15,000 US Dollars. Our course are smaller, but we don’t charge you anything. Here’s a tip: the knowledge you received from classes is limited, the most important thing is that you stay in China, and practice the language with your host family. Chinese language certification will be issued. This is a great stepping stone for your career or further study.
You will receive a minimum of 1000 to 1500 CNY in cash per month. Approx. 6 CNY (Yuan) = 1 US dollar. This may be compared to working, but you should know about the salaries in China, and remember that your accommodations and food are both covered. Our program is different from professional language education in Chinese schools. The teachers in these programs have salaries. They are university graduates with 2 years of working experience. They are native English speakers with high TOEFL scores.
The average monthly disposable salary (after tax) in Beijing is between 3000 and 6000 CNY, and people have to pay for their living expenses and rent. So your monthly cash allowance will be more than sufficient to buy personal things for yourself! Here are some price examples to show you the buying power of the Yuan in China:
- Bus or Subway: 2 – 5 CNY
- Mineral water: 1.5 CNY
- Beer: 3-5 CNY
- Snacks: 1 – 10 CNY
- Big Mac Menu: 17 CNY
- A bowl of noodle or dumplings: 7 CNY
- Cloth from a market: from 10-100 CNY
- Shoes: 10-120 CNY
- Tomato (1kg) 3-7 CNY
- Taxi starts from: 12 CNY (2.5 km)
- 1 month of gym in business district: 360 CNY
- A pair of glasses: 80-125 CNY
You will receive a bonus from the host family, with the condition that you complete the program. All people can easily get their bonus. This is part of your benefit. The bonus amount differs depending on the length of your program. The idea is to cover your flight expenses. As a result, your flight ticket can be free, or at least partly paid for! It is recommended to stay for more than 6 months, so that both you and the host family can Benefit more, that’s truth.
- 2 months: 1500 (CNY)
- 3 months: 2500 (CNY)
- 6 months: 5000 (CNY)
- 12 months: 8000 (CNY)
The host family will evaluate your performance from time to time during the program, and some families can pay by quarter or in advance. In some cities, the completion bonus may be lesser than listed cause the family will buy your return ticket, but we will all make your benefits signed on the contracts for sure.
You will work 30 hours per week. You will get public holidays off and 3 days extra vacation days every 3-months. These vacation days must be discussed with host family at least 1 week in advance. Different families have different wishes. You will sign a clear contract about working hours when you start. When the host family travels, of course, they will like to bring you with them because you will be a good friend or brother or sister to their children, and you can teach them a lot during the journey. The relationship will just be better.
Chinese local personal accident insurance will be bought for you within 2 weeks after arrival to China, and this is paid for by our Program. You are also welcome to buy additional international insurance from your home country.
There are many more benefits:
Pick up from airport: Remember to send us your flight details, so you will receive a warm welcome at the airport from your host family or our staff. You will also receive a welcome package from us that includes things like maps, address card, telephone sim card, public transportation tickets. We will guide you through all social documents.
First training in China: In your first week in China, we will make your life easier by providing an orientation course and training. You will meet lots of other young people from all over the world.
Monthly group event: Once a month, we organize a gathering for all AU Pairs in the same city. It could be a short trip to city nearby, the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Grand Museum, or some other kind of gathering event.
24H Support: We provide 24 hour emergency contact services, legal local police registration support, visa extension and assistance, and intensive introduction before arrival. We offer full backup and support. If you need to re-match with another host family in China during your stay, we can easily cover 5 nights free accommodation for you during this gap. We always make your stay comfortable.
WE ARE JUST GETTIING STARTED!
Now available in all countries!
Just apply online.
We provide the au pair’s service for free. Are we crazy?
No. This is a win-win situation between you and the host family.
Nowadays in China, many well educated, middle class families are planning to improve their children’s education, instead of emigrating, they are willing to pay for a language tutor or Au Pair from a developed country to be a brother or sister to their children and to coach them in a second language and sports or music.
We have over 450 participants, Let’s see what some have to say?
Para mi esta experiencia me ha enriquecido personalmente en el sentido de la asertividad, comprender que tanto para la familia como para ti, las costumbres pueden llegar a ser totalmente opuestas; por otro lado a nivel profesional estoy aprendiendo una lengua que se hace cada dia mas visible su necesidad en el mundo de los negocios, en un pais donde la economia va en aumento y la globalizacion se hace mas presente en el mercado laboral.Teresa L., Bogota, Columbia.
hola! mi nombre es Ana Maria Vidal y vengo de Colombia. Vine a la ciudad de Shenzhen, China como Au Pair a traves de Tofriend hace ya 4 meses de toda una aventura. Ser Au Pair ha sido hasta ahora una experiencia enriquecedora tanto a nivel personal como profesional. Si bien no es facil salir de la comodidad de tu pais a otro donde la cultura es totalmente diferente, es aun mas un reto acomplarse a las costumbres de la familia con la que compartiras. Sin embargo, no es un reto imposible que no se pueda lograr; con determinacion y entuasiasmo he llegado a disfrutar de mis clases de mandarin en la universidad donde conoci he hice amigos de casi todas partes del mundo, una experiencia maravillosa que me ha permitido conocer diferentes formas de pensamientos y culturas. La familia con la que comparto tiene dos hijos juguetones y amorosos que poco a poco he llegado a sentirlos como verdaderos hermanos, por otro lado la ciudad donde vivo no deja de sorprenderme cada dia mas. Una ciudad cosmopolita donde hay lugar para todo, desde ir de compras, parques de diversion y hermosa arquitectura tradicional china.Ana A., Cali Columbia
I finished my program as an AU pair in a Shanghai family this summer and now I am a teacher in a school in Taiyuan. In my 3 months stay in Shanghai tofriend always helped me as they promised. I met otehr au pairs in my mandarin school, some of them are always complaining, so I believe I am lucky!
I choose to work in China because I found this country is really interesting and comfortable for leaving. I believe I will keep living in China for a time.Chantel C., South Afica
Thanks for “AU Pair in China” program, I finished my program in Shanghai as a year long, I really lived and fulfilled my “Chinese dream”.
I love my host family quite much, they are so considering for me. I finished my 2 semesters in the Technology and Engineering University of Shanghai, now I am in HSK 3 level on my Chinese study. I think this trip will benefit my entire life. Now I am working in a Chinese company in my city. I wish I could have chance to visit my host family again.Natalie L., Mexico City, Mexico.
AUPAIR in China has made my experience AUPairing in China a fun and adventure.
They made my transition easy and also placed with a great family who I have grown very close to. The tofriend stuff had been so dedicated whatever the matching process or taking care of me when I am in China.
I have and will continue to recommend “AUPAIR in China” to other individuals interested in AUPairing in China.Tasha, B., California, USA
Me and other au pairs had finished our 6 months program in China. I just could not believe I had been China already for half a year! Yeah, I can tell my family I speaks Chinese now! The life I led in China was amazing and unforgettable! I love China!
We love our AUPAIRinChina, and are fully dedicated to keeping their trust. When you join us, you won’t ever have to worry about their professional support!Naomi M., Koln, Germanny
The host family will expect you to take on the responsibility to educate children and add value. All of you will rely on each other to make this a truly happy inter-cultural experience. What can you expect as an AU Pair? Make no mistake, being an AU Pair is not easy! You need to be prepared to take on certain daily educating tasks, involving an average of 5 to 6 hours of work each day, 5 to 6 days a week. You will also need to take responsibility for the family’s children when required, a job which can be challenging at the beginning as the children learn to adapt to someone new.
You will work up to 30 hours per week, with responsibilities ranging from playing with children, taking them to and from school and preparing snacks for them. The main purpose of the position is to develop the language skills of those you are coaching through tutoring and conversation. You will be a role model for the children in your care, and they will look up to you for guidance and support.
After you officially register, we will email you an AU Pair handbook, which will carefully introduce what you can and cannot do. Do not worry, the requirements are not difficult to follow.
Families are looking to hire an Au Pair to give their children a foreign language environment as well as broaden their cultural education. The #1 requirement of an AU Pair is having great love for children. The best part of the program is the relationships our AU Pair’s build with their host children. You may be the one who gets a hug first thing in the morning, sees a child reaching a major milestone, such as taking their first steps, or be the one who gets the biggest laugh of the day. These moments are special and help to make your year both memorable and rewarding. The bridge of communication you build with your child is also very rewarding. As time goes by, you will see how he or she progresses in his or her foreign language. You will also have a little helper to help you with your Chinese.
Because the whole program is paid for by the host family, you should bring some value to this family. You will need to show the host family that you are committed to their well-being so that they feel safe and happy in your care. Make sure that you spend quality time with the children everyday by allocating a time when you can give them your full attention. During this time, do a fun activity with them that they really enjoy, like baking a cake, drawing, painting, create something, playing outdoors, cycling, going to the park, etc. Because you do something fun together every day, they will quickly begin to enjoy your company, and you will naturally develop a close and lasting friendship with them. Never make personal phone calls or email your friends when you are alone with the children: this sends the message to the children that you are not interested in them, and they are likely to behave badly as a result!
In the host family, you are one of the family members. You should share some light housework, but requirements are different between families. You are NOT obliged to do all housework, but at least responsible for your own room being clean and tidy, as well as making sure that all shared facilities, especially the kitchen and bathroom are clean after being used. If possible, you should do some more basic stuff like make beds for children and tutoring for the kids. Sometimes, the family has a nanny or maid for all the housework.
Prepare something typical from your country, for example something that you can show and tell about your country, the school system, history, sports, Christmas, etc. Also prepare some educational toys, for example chess, game materials, and story books as coaching materials.
Buy your own flight ticket first, and you will receive your bonus to cover it or part of it. Normally, the price is between 400 and 800 euros, depending on when you book the flight. If you are short of money right now, you can apply to get the flight ticket from us. This means we pay for it first and then deduct the cost from your monthly allowance or bonus.
You need to get a health certificate from your home country. Sometime, this certificate could cost some money, you should pay for it yourself.
We will help you step by step for the Chinese Entry Visa application process, but you are responsible for all cost related to this. The application fee at the Chinese entry-visa is around 100-200 euros.
Still have questions? Or perhaps you would just like to have a chat with us? (Sure :D) Please contact us for more information.
If no more questions, please go ahead and fill out the application form, enjoy the trip to China with no cost! Help us share this out to your network: www.aupairinchina.org