Mhhh... China. I have been for very long time dreaming of discovering its land. Shanghai is the city that I decided to choose.
A warm host family that I had the chance to be with, a charming 4 years old gentlemen, delicious food everywhere, a bit of language barrier, some culture shock experience and have a very colourfull fried dumplings that you enjoy at every new bite (Shanghainese specialty is fried dumpling).
With the very complete welcoming and sightseeing days (two days) a good communication was yet well established, the help and advice needed to make plannings adapted and multiple exemples for how to make activities with the kids is provided from Wanderlust at the first week, and all along the stay with the family if needed.
I really feel that the Au Pairs' interest is taken seriously and that I could count on Wanderlust if any difficulties are encoutered.
Neverthless, to fully enjoy my experience, I had to be open-minded and often go out of my comfort zone, either at the house with my host family and outside during my free time. I also had to be very organised all the time as the families can be spontaneous and you are asked to be flexible.
I consider myself a foodie and was blessed with my host family as the grandparents were cooking almost every evening home made Chinese dishes.
The agency was very fast in answering my e-mail (24h). I unfortunatly had never been in China before and had no experience as Au Pair, but totally recommend Wanderlust and for those who are still hesitating... Take your chances, there is everything and anything that you could imagine here (beside skydiving at this very moment I am writing this post).
Activities for the Au Pairs are plannend and tailored to have as many Au Pairs as possible in a monthly basis. It goes from town visits to tai chi or kung fu classes.
Public trasportation has Nothing to envy to others big cities (Mexico City, Moscow, London) and with a simple card you can travel with public trasportation and officials taxis for a very resonable pricing (this card cost at this very moment 20 yuan deposit plus the amount you want to charge, I recommend 100 yuan)
Other recommandations. If you are too used to have Google (gmail as well) to help you anythime or you are addicted to Facebook, or Instagram etc... (you can find on internet all the websites blocked in China) you have the fallowing choices:
VPN: Either free (not sure that you will have the data flow you are use to having) or to pay for a VPN, this will not guarentee you to have access 24/7 (as for the free VPN), the acces can be very slow (very very very slow, forget about streaming) and the "great fire wall" of China can block your VPN as it is constantly beeing update. (Please acknowledge that I am not expert and I am giving my experience to be use at free will, you are very wellcome to do your own research befor arriving in China)
Get use to chinese app: (I give you here a list of apps you can get before arriving in China)
Baidu which is the chinese Google, or if your chinese level is not good inof you can also use Bing.cn as search engin.
Wechat, this app does almost everything, it is the chinese WhatsApp, Facebook, can send your exact location or activate the GPS to apears in someone else device in realtime (very useful when you are meeting someone because here it is very crowded and huge), you can also connect your bank account and make any payment in almost every place, even sometimes for some street food (but take you wallet with you anyways) and much more, but I let you the joy of discovering all its secrets.
Pleco, which is a very helpful app to learn chinese for english speakers.
Baidu map, the Chinese Google map
Baidu music store, you guessed it!