Au Pair Tutor and Study Program in China

Video and Photos

The Great Wall - Mutianyu section
The Great Wall - Mutianyu section
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City
With my host children, Jerry and Wendy
With my host children, Jerry and Wendy
All my tickets (I saw a lot of stuff)
All my tickets (I saw a lot of stuff)
Experience in China
Experience in China
Life and Cultural  Experience in China
Life and Cultural Experience in China
Our au pairs
Our au pairs
Explore China
Explore China

About

Are you interested in China and its culture? Would you like to be a cultural ambassador? Aupairia provides you with the opportunity to experience life in China and learn Mandarin while living with a Chinese family as an au pair - mainly in Beijing, also in other cities like Shanghai, Shenzhen and Dalian.

We at Aupairia offer you a high-quality support system including orientation courses, round-trip airline tickets and au pair insurance. In addition, you will have weekly Mandarin lessons in a language school and a cultural activity every month.

With Aupairia Au Pair China program, you will:
1. Provide informal language tutoring and childcare to Chinese host kids
2. Study Mandarin in our lessons and live in the local community speaking Chinese in daily life
3. Immerse yourself in Chinese culture through our cultural activities, such as Chinese shadow play
4. Explore the world's oldest civilization and visit traditional sites such as the Great Wall

Highlights
  • We offer round-trip airline tickets
  • You will have Mandarin lessons every week, and a cultural activity every month
  • We provide you with orientation courses and high-quality support system
  • You can make friends with other au pairs and local people

Questions & Answers

Reviews

92%
based on 50 reviews
  • Housing 9.3
  • Support 9
  • Fun 9.1
  • Value 9.4
  • Safety 9.5
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Scott
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My First Time Living Abroad

So having never traveled alone before, never having lived anywhere else except in my home country coming to stay in China as an Au pair for six months was quite a big leap for me. And it took me a while to settle in and feel comfortable as just the general culture shock just totally numbed me. But now that I am coming to the end it's been an absolutely incredible experience and I have gained so much experience and growth from it. I like to think I have changed in my way of thinking, my perspectives on the world and my life, and also I have learned so much about a different culture and a new language which I have managed to learned a lot in. It's a great experience as you get to explore a new city and travel but also get to live with a family who practice the traditions, who celebrate different festivals, who you can learn more about culture and lifestyle from. Overall, it's been just so amazing and I have no regrets getting involved.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I could do this experience again, I would totally go into it with a new mindset. For the first few weeks and months I was finding it hard to just settle in and get comfortable and as soon as I did that the experience was just so much better at that point and I wished I had settled in sooner.
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Christiana
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great opportunity to live abroad

The reason that I came to China was because I had nothing to do back home for 5 months and wanted to do something exciting, and that's exactly what I found. I had the opportunity to live with a local family, attend Chinese lessons, and do various activities with the company to learn more about the history and culture of China. This company has also been very proactive and is there to help every step of the way. Any time you have a question or need help, you can just message a staff member and they will get right back to you. The company also arranged for us to attend classes at the local university with students, which was an amazing opportunity to see how university is different in different countries. This was really a once in a lifetime opportunity and I'm glad I chose this company.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The most surprising thing that I saw was the Great Wall in the snow; it was BEAUTIFUL!
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Nicholas
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent community feel

Perhaps the highlight of my time here in China with Aupairia has been the astounding community feel that has come from being a group of students/young adults being thrown together in a largely unfamiliar country. All au pairs tend to get on very well, with lots of plans being made to visit one another in the years to come. Most of us also have good experiences with the company as well, with some good friendships forged between au pairs and staff (shoutout to Neil xoxo). Some characteristics of this programme, which I know to be at the very least rare among Chinese au pair agencies, which are particularly brilliant are the lessons in Mandarin Chinese at a well-known Chinese university in addition to cultural classes put on by both Aupairia and the university. Recent examples in April 2019 have included a trip to the Badaling section of the Great Wall as well as interestingly intense lessons in Chinese chess. These have all helped us au pairs to create closer community ties to one another as well as the company.

The company were very welcoming, and extremely helpful in helping to settle into China, and also with the preliminary application procedures. Candy was very helpful in the infamous Chinese visa application process - in fact, her help was invaluable. On arrival in China, we are well-cared for, with help setting up SIM cards etc. Then we are introduced in person to our host families.

My only complaint regarding Aupairia would likely be as a result of what I have heard from other au pair friends with Aupairia. Some have complained of unfairness when the company attempts to mediate between au pairs and families when disputes arise. However it must be noted that I myself have not encountered this, despite my host family deciding 5.5 months into a 6 month programme that my performance was unacceptable, and kicking me out. Quite the opposite in fact, Aupairia sorted me out a place to stay for the remaining two weeks at extremely short notice, and I ended up staying with the head of the company's (Tina's) delightful family.

Overall I have enjoyed my time in Beijing with Aupairia a lot, and I would recommend it looking to get some decent Chinese learning in! Just be careful which family you choose, of course, as you can never be too careful.

What would you improve about this program?
Perhaps a larger monthly allowance, especially if, as was the case with me, your family live far out from the city centre. This pushed up my cost of living a lot, as I had to travel to and from university several times a week, and whenever I wished to go out to see friends, I would have to catch the subway a substantial distance, costing quite a lot over the course of a month.
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Samantha
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Great Exerience!

I had a really great experience with Aupairia! I lived with a Chinese family for 6 months and studied Mandarin. I really learned a lot about Beijing and China. I would love to do this program again!

I was worried about coming to China at first, but Candy and the other Aupairia staff made me feel welcomed and supported me through the process. My host family was also very welcoming and helped me feel at home. My host kids were very fun and a handful to deal with at first, but I got used to them shortly. The host mom was very easy going with my schedule and the grandma did everything to make my adjustment easier even though she didn't speak much English.

Studying Mandarin at BFSU was great! I especially enjoyed the cultural classes, where I learned a lot about Chinese ways and mannerisms. I learned a lot and made many friends through university. After class and during our free time we got to go out and explore the city as well as other parts of China. I got to visit major tourist sites as well as lesser known places. I came to know Beijing very well, and learned how to get around and communicate my needs.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be ready to adapt to your family and a new lifestyle. Go with the flow and you will have fun!
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Sophie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Really Great Opportunity!

This was the best way to get a foot in China especially if you have always wanted to visit China. You get your flight paid for, health insurance, Mandarin courses, housing and meals paid for and some pocket money to pay for your necessities. Beijing is a really big city and has a lot of different places you can visit. Its a great place for you to site see and develop a further understanding of China. Being an au pair is a great way for you to learn more about Chinese culture, especially because you will live with a host family. You can learn a lot by living with them, for example, what their beliefs are, their cooking style and activities they do. If you don't know any Mandarin or have a basic foundation of the language, by the time you are done with the program you will know how to speak or understand Mandarin for the most part. That's if you are here for six months.

What would you improve about this program?
I actually like everything about this program. The staff is very friendly and helpful. I also like the fact that you get to meet the other au pairs and get to know about their country.
Nini
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

No regrets!

Going through with this program was one of the best decisions I've made in my life. When this opportunity came to me it was almost like a blessing in disguise and it sounded too good to be true. I met loads of wonderful people and made good friends from all walks of life whom i still keep in contact with. We had free housing as we lived with the host family, we had complimentary chinese language and cultural classes at a university, monthly cultural activities, the company really looks after you from the moment you land in China, they'll pick you up, set and brief you up, prepare you for whats to come and basically tries to make your stay as pleasant and most enjoyable as possible.
Living with a chinese family has it's own benefits, one if them is that it deeply allows us to immerse, understand and experience their culture and traditions first hand, you learn a lot of things in a quick pace because you're in an environment where you're constantly exposed to their day to day life and also having to converse with them increases your mandarin skills.
Of course, it's not all just rainbows, ponies and sweet happy land out here. Let's be honest, just like with everything there will be some ups and downs you'll come across, it's just inevitable. But if any problem rises up, Aupairia will be sure to help.
As my title says: No regrets! What so ever!

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Nathan
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Beijing Au Pair

I had an amazing time learning about the culture, language, food and the role/responsibility as an older brother。 The programme organisers made the transition into a new country and family very smooth! I thought the programme allowed for a good lifestyle- I could balance Chinese language and cultural classes with exploring the city (and rest of the country), as well as hanging out with the kids and introducing my own culture whilst improving their English skills。I found it to be a real privilege to be able to so seamlessly integrate into a new family, and I have to thank AuPairia for making this so much easier. They were very thoughtful and organised from the get go and made China a very accessible country to visit and participate in a cultural exchange.

What would you improve about this program?
More language classes? Not much else to improve. Maybe more scheduled events to do together as Au Pairs (e.g. in the morning when we all have time off). More local tips (favourite places to go, etc.)
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Paul
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A great time in China

i had the opportunity to meet amazing people from all over the world, and be able to explore China with them thanks to this program. it wasnt what i was expecting, it was great, I my host family was amazing, the staff is helpful and they care about how you feel, i had the opportunity to travel to lots of places, places that i never thought i will visit, and all thanks to this program.
China itself its such an interesting country to visit, it wasnt on my mind, to be honest, to come to China as an aupair, but some friends from my country did it and shared to me how amazing and diferent it is to live in a country like China, its safe, there is always something new to discover and see, the public transportation and the pay methots are fast and convinient

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe with more information about what it is to be an aupair in China.
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Wilson
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I absolutely recommend this program!

The company itself is great. The host families, however, are not always what you may expect. Some other aupairs have had issues with the families that have made their stay less than enjoyable. Do not expect to be able to save money during this program as the monthly allowance barely covers the full month. While this does greatly depend upon your spending habbits, if you do activites with other aupairs mutiple times a week it is not likely that you will have money left over at the end of the month. I have found the company to be extremely helpfull in any issue that I have had. Though this program is technically free, I would still like to see an increase in the monthly allowance. Overall, I would absolutely recommend this program to anyone wanting to travel to China and have a chance to learn Mandarin! I also would like to advise that you do not immediately agree to a long term contract. Instead, you should choose the short term stay, due to the fact that you can always extend your stay once here.

What would you improve about this program?
Given the ammount of interactions you will have with the host children I feel as though a higher monthly allowance is necessary.
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Sara
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unique Experience at an Affordable Price

I had a very interesting time working as an au pair。The Mandarin classes are a definite highlight of the program, as I have felt my skills improve greatly since first arriving here。Very good program for someone looking for something to do in their gap year. The cultural activities were very enjoyable and I learned a lot about people from other cultures. You have a lot of free time during the day to explore Beijing and some time to do traveling outside the city as well. In my time here, I visited Shanghai, Dalian, and even had a quick jaunt over to Seoul, which I never would have been able to afford without the help of this program. My family treated me very well and I consider myself rather lucky to have chosen them。I recommend this to anyone looking for an inexpensive way to visit China.

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Jacques
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing time in Beijing

At first when I came across this opportunity I very sceptical as I have heard of many of these programs the end really bad but it turned into one the most amazing trips of my life. With a company full of world class employees that love what they do and host families that cherish you from the moment you walk through their doors how could this not be a great success. The Aupairia staff help you from the moment you first make contact till the day you get back on the the airplane to go home. In a country like China that has such a vast culture and so many history rich places to visit there was never a dull moment form the time you get up in the morning till you go to bed at night. During the program you meet so many new people from all kind of walks in life and in the end you leave with friend you've made for life. If anyone ever asked me if I'd recommend the Aupairia program, I'd say yes in a heart beat. Do it, enrich your life and you'll have memories you'll adore forever.

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ada
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience Beijing's culture

I enjoyed this experience a lot and it has taught me a lot about chinese culture especially since we got to live with a Chinese family. We got to learn Chinese at Beijing Foreign Studies University and have cultural activities with the company. Everyone was very helpful at the office when we had any problems. The other aupairs old and new ones are all so friendly and we would help each other out when we felt a little bit homesick. I changed a lot since being here and have learned to be independent as well as adapt to this culture and the food. One advice that I would give to the future participants is to be prepared as this culture is significantly different to others and I would do some research before arriving. My favorite memory in Beijing was going to inner Mongolia with my host family and being to spend more time bonding with my host kid.

What would you improve about this program?
maybe to know more about the families, speaking to the host kids and seeing the schedule before arriving.
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Annie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Do something that scares you

China is big and can be scary when you don't understand the language and don't know the people. But (as forces as this sounds) Aupairia really takes care of you, sets you up really nice and holds your hand all along the way (if you want them).

While you might think you'd get kidnapped the moment you land or that you'd be slaving away the whole time you're here that you won't get to do anything for yourself at all, I'm glad to tell you you're wrong. There's really so much freedom and flexibility to explore the city, other parts of China and learn one of the toughest languages in the world.

The families are also really cool and treat you as one of their own. Staying with them has also helped improve my Mandarin to a greater degree because you're forced to be better, stronger, faster. Fun!

What would you improve about this program?
The aupairs could be provided with a higher monthly allowance as costs tend to compile as the months progress.
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Sam
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My 3 months as an Au Pair in Beijing

I spent 3 months in Beijing living with 2 different families as an Au pair with Auparia.

Overall it was a very positive experience, both my host families were very welcoming and the living conditions were very good. The host kids were nice and it was enjoyable to work with them. I had a lot of free time to explore Beijing which made my experience even better as it is a really interesting city to explore. The other Au pairs were all very friendly and easy to get along with and I made some really good friends. The Aupairia staff were very helpful towards me and always looking for feedback to help improve.

It is definately an experience I would recommend however your time here will be very dependant on your host family and how well you get along with them. Also, be ready to spent some of your own money if you want to travel around China. Be prepared for some hard times, lots of good times and an unforgetable experience.

What would you improve about this program?
More spending money for the Au pairs.

More consistent treatment from the host families towards the Au pairs.
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Michelle
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer in Beijing

I came to China during my summer vacation and had a great time! There are so many benifits to doing this program, and most importantly, it's affortable. This is a great way to explore the country and live like a local. It can be hard to adapt to a new culture and live away from home, but you will be amazed how much you grow. You will make a life long connection with your host family and the children, and become a big brother or sister! I am so happy with my decision to work with Aupairia.
I love Aupairia!

What would you improve about this program?
There is a monthly allowance, but more money would be helpful.