Au Pair China

Project Overview

Immerse yourself in China with the Gap volunteer Au Pair Programme. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to truly experience Chinese culture. You will get the chance to explore this vast and exotic country and develop your Chinese language skills through activities, excursions and making new friends.

In this programme, you will spend your time learning, teaching and experiencing the culture while being paid a stipend. Room and board will be provided by your host family. They will take care of you, while you help them practice conversational English and undertake basic childcare and housework tasks.

The Au Pair Programme is a homestay opportunity that offers 18-29-year-old people from around the world a unique, close-up look at Chinese life and culture. You will live with a Chinese family where you’ll develop friendships that will last a lifetime.

Before undertaking this project, it’s important to check that you fit the participant requirements. In addition to the following, you will need to be young, open-minded, positive and mature. 

  • Aged between 18-29 years old
  • Passionate and love working with children
  • In good health and lead an active lifestyle
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • At least a high school graduate (or will graduate before the start of his/her EB program)
  • A native English speaker or highly proficient in English
  • Committed to participate in a three to 12-month programme
  • Open to other cultures and eager to learn about Chinese culture and the language

Main Benefits Included in the Program:

  • Room and board (3 meals per day) provided by the host family, free internet access in the host family’s house
  • Orientation training which includes a welcome meal, welcome package, networking events with fellow participants and local staff, language and culture classes, a half-day tour of Beijing or Guangzhou, and more
  • 1000 RMB/month stipend for personal expenses;
  • 500 RMB flight allowance will be awarded for each full month (30 days) of the programme completed
  • Programme completion bonus (three months=1,000 RMB, 6 months = 2,500 RMB, 12 months = 4,000 RMB) 

Extra Benefits

  • Visa application support
  • Personal accident insurance for the length of the programme
  • A detailed pre-arrival package
  • Airport pick-up
  • A welcome orientation
  • Free SIM card
  • Free Beijing, Shanghai local transportation card
  • A furnished private room and board, with free internet
  • At least eight hours of Chinese language lessons per week with professional teachers
  • Monthly cultural immersion activity organized by the agency
  • 24/7 emergency phone number
What's included
  • 24/7 support in case of emergencies
  • Accommodation
  • Airport Pick up
  • English speaking coordinator
  • Meals
  • Orientation
What's not included
  • Airport drop off
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccination
  • Visa

Project Itinerary

Monday to Friday

The standard lengths of the China Au Pair Programme are three, six and 12 months. However other programme lengths are occasionally available and assessed on a case-by-case basis.

As a participant in this programme you will be committing to 30-35 hours/week, an average of five-six hours/day – including the spent teaching English to your host family. You will receive either two days or one and a half days off per week. Depending on the family’s lifestyle, these days may not fall on weekends, however, you will receive one weekend (both Saturday and Sunday) off once per month, and earn three additional days holiday for every three months of the programme completed.

In addition to your homestay arrangement, you will be provided with six hours a week of Chinese classes, arranged around the work schedule with your host family (this will vary depending on the family’s own schedule).

You will be helping your hosts, especially the child or children with foreign language practice and homework, basic childcare and light housework. Various monthly activities include trips to monuments or interesting places, hikes, and celebrations.

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