LoPair Au Pair China Program
LoPair Au Pair China Program Programs
What better way to hone your Mandarin, acquire hands-on work experience, and experience a new culture than this unique opportunity. Join LoPair Au Pair China, the 2017 IAPA...
Nǐ hǎo! Grab this chance to experience Chinese culture and family life with the help of LoPair Au Pair China, the only award-winning au pair agency in the country! For...
Hoping to experience life in China? Work with LoPair Au Pair China, the winner of the 2017 IAPA Au Pair of the Year! We offer an opportunity that helps you enjoy an action-packed...
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LoPair Au Pair China Program Reviews
Au Pair experience in Shanghai
Submitted by Chris - University of York | October 16, 2017
I'm very very happy here. The kids are perfect! They've been giving me hugs, we go for walks, they tell me they like me, they want me to read to them, they want to learn and speak English. The family is lovely. So there's a change in behaviour and attitude which is exactly what I needed. 50% is the Aupair 50% is the kids. And the kids are perfect! I've got all the resources and the kids have the attitude and enthusiasm.
My life in China
Submitted by ShenzhenPolity - University of Edinburgh | October 02, 2017
I can't believe it's over! My life in China certainly had its fair shares of ups and downs. It was hot (which was not always a good thing, but now I'm back in cold Britain, I'm starting to miss the feel of the sun on my skin) and it was humid (think big hair always needing to be tied up, and lots of lots rain - but at least it was warm!). The food was amazing. I had an amazing diet there, even losing weight, and now I'm back to cooking meals for myself, I can't quite master the techniques and taste of the lovely ayi's cooking. The aubergines, the pumpkins, the tofu and bean sprouts, the beef and chicken (but not chicken feet!), the eggs and congee were all delicious and scrumptious. The only thing I hated and am glad to be away from is durian (seriously don't try durian pizza) - it is very smelly and you can never seem to get away from it when you're in supermarkets. The tea also deserves a special mention. I had a lot of it, in a lot of different varieties such as oolong, green, black, chrysanthemum and rice. The culture itself in China is rich and beautiful. My time there taught me a lot family structures and hard work, and made me more appreciative of my extended family. I enjoyed many aspects of the life there, and I really enjoyed the marketing shopping (and the bargaining) as well as the travelling (-especially at the end of my trip, where I celebrated my birthday in Hong Kong and had an amazing time with some of my friends... Seriously check out Hong Kong by yourself if you can, it is really cool). I quite liked learning Mandarin but it is hard and I can't say I know much of it. Regardless, my teachers were nice and I'm grateful the opportunity to take classes there as even learning some basic phrases really helped me get around and connect with people. The teaching was intense and challenging. You really have to be versatile and creative. I stayed with two families (6 weeks each)- for the first one I taught my five year old lots of songs and we sang and played a lot. He had a fantastic memory and a good set of lungs which worked well for when we burst into a dance and song. For the second family, my personal conditions and environment was much better but in a way it was more challenging as the family had a higher set of expectations (that being said, despite all the hard work, I preferred my second half of the programme than the first half). I was looking after two boys then, and I taught them a range of subjects from geography and geology (e.g. glaciation) to history (like world war two or the roman empire) to woodwork, religion, engineering types, politics, and even musical terms in Italian (yes, you read that right! I'm not terribly proficient in Italian but my older brother needed to learn them so I figured out a way to teach him them). I like spending time with the brothers - we did a lot of chasing, and playing (from sword fights to jungle gyms), I rediscovered my love for Harry Potter and Doctor Who (with David Tennant!) with them, and we learnt a lot from each other, outside all the studies - my older brother taught me some calligraphy and I taught him how to cook steak. My trip here wasn't always pleasant but the kids, despite some of their tantrums, were pretty cool. I did not have a good local coordinator in the first half of my trip here, which made some things very difficult for me as she ebbed away at my self esteem and my sense of self. She was a powerfully negative force on me, but the company replaced her and went to great lengths to support me in this time. I overall, had a lot of ups and downs but I had some great friends, and wonderful memories there. Lo pair was supportive and were very caring and helpful, and the Chinese culture was amazing.
Submitted by Ali - University of Edinburgh | September 27, 2017
Very good organisation and effort from LoPair organisation, welcome camp was very helpful for learning the basics and getting acquainted with other aupairs. Very tough experience but just as equally rewarding.
A summer full of new experiences.
Submitted by A-Jowita - University of Glasgow | September 21, 2017
Overall I have enjoyed my summer as an Au Pair in China. There were of course a few difficulties especially regarding my health but it did not spoil anything for me. My host family was great to live with despite some of our differences and I could not have met kinder people here. It's a truly worthwhile opportunity and I would urge anyone who loves children and wants to learn a new culture to go for it. I could not be more glad that I took this opportunity when it came to me.
My Six-month Stay
Submitted by Anvs - Sydney Australia | September 14, 2017
I undertook a 6 month program with a family in Shenzhen. I took care of a two year old boy and spent most of my time with the host grandmother and ayi. The orientation that Lopair provides is excellent it makes you feel safe and prepared, you meet countless people from all over the world, some in which I still keep in touch with. From my experience my host family took the phrase 'become part of our family' literally, of course this approach came with a few bumps it really allowed me to become fully immersed in the Chinese culture. I recommend this program because even if the experience isn't all positive and perfect you will definitely come out the other side having learnt something. Personally for me, this was a huge step out of my comfort zone but I don't regret it because of all the people I met, the language that was once so foreign to me is now understandable and the fact that I now have a second family in China that is happy to welcome me back again with open arms. So even if you are unsure of your decision, I would advise you to still try it, even in unfortunate cases Lopair is still supportive of whatever decision you make and will help you get to where you want to be