Wanderlust Au Pair China Program

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Wanderlust Au Pair China Program integrates educational travel, Mandarin learning, childcare and English tutoring together for overseas youngsters to experience China with an authentic touch by staying with Chinese host families.

By offering 30 hours of live-in childcare and English teaching per week, you have an opportunity to explore Chinese culture through weekly Mandarin classes, culture immersion activities held by Wanderlust and your day-to-day colorful life with your host family.

We are culture enthusiasts, we love different languages, we love the tenderness in your eyes when you see children's smile. Fundamentally, we love what we do: helping you go through an off-beat experience that could potentially change your life.

Find your second home in China!

Program fee: 0 $

Highlights
  • Experience authentic Chinese culture through living with a host family!
  • Flight stipend up to 1800 USD
  • Mandarin course paid by your host family
  • Monthly culture activities
  • Scholarship up to 1300 USD for TEFL certified participants!

Surprise Host Family – Are you ready for your once in a lifetime experience in China?!

This summer, Wanderlust Exchange is launching a new type of Au Pair experience for recent graduates who are adventurous and looking for an off the beaten path experience! The “Surprise Host Family Program” will select three audacious Au Pair applicants who would like to spend 8-12 weeks in China working as an Au Pair in an undisclosed city until just before they depart!

Your round trip flights will be covered!

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Hello Joanna, Thank you for your question and interest in Wanderlust Au Pair China Program. I would like to answer your questions in three aspects: how au pairs can get ready for their trip to China; what support they will have from Wanderlust; what's to be expected of your daily life with the host family. In regards to how au pairs can get themselves prepared for the trip to China, here are some...

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Shayne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

6 months in Shanghai

In 2016 I graduated from university and decided to leave my comfort zone and do something abnormal that I had never done before. I signed up with wanderlust and used au pairing in China as a base camp for my travels. However , the 6 months I was in Shanghai proved to be an incredible experience where I made some great friends, had some amazing experiences and fell in love with this fantastic city to the point where it remains one of my favourite cities in the world. After my time in China , I got a train and then a bus into Vietnam where I started my three months of backpacking. 2017 was a good year. Would recommend to anyone, the programme offers security, for example me and my first family had a falling out (wasn’t my fault) but wanderlust helped me move to another family who I got on amazingly with, they offer monthly activities to allow you to experience the Chinese culture, and they also put you in mandarin school with other au pairs which is such a rare opportunity to have.

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Response from Wanderlust Exchange

Dear Shayne,

It’s so nice to hear from you and thanks for sharing your experience with us here!

We are glad that your six-month stay in China was meaningful and fruitful and so proud of you for your amazing experiences and achievement.

It is also impressive to know that your backpacking journey in Vietnam. It is a great pleasure to have you aupairing with us.
We wish every success in your future adventure!

Wanderlust Exchange

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Simon
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

2 months au pair in Shanghai and Ningbo

I m Simon and I m 19. I went to China for to month and it was an amazing experience ! And it was an excellent way to discover China without being a simple tourist. Thanks to this program I could meet a lot a person, and learn how Chinese people lives. In addition, I had some Mandarin lessons , and now I can speak and understand a little bit that language ! I had some free times so I visited a bit the country during weekend, all was incredible ! I also want to add that the person who works for Wanderlust are always with you and can help you, I mean that I could call them whenever I wanted and they helped me a lot when I had to change my host family. So to be brief, thanks to this program I could make a dream come real and I recommend it to each person ! And maybe I will do it again in a few year. 😊

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Response from Wanderlust Exchange

Dear Simon,

It's nice to hear from you here and thanks for sharing your experience with us.

We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay in China and proud of the progress you have made in Mandarin!

We also glad to know that you found our team supportive throughout your stay and it was a great pleasure to have you as one of our amazing aupairs.

We wish you every success in your future adventure!

Wanderlust Exchange

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Lukas
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience with Wanderlust in Beijing

First and foremost I would like to thank the organization Wanderlust and especially my host family for the wonderful time I had respectively I still have.
After graduation, I decided to spend a year abroad before I will go to University in Germany.
On the internet, I came across the organization Wanderlust by chance and finally decided to join their program for 12 months.
All in all I've been positively surprised.
Wanderlust supported me with the preparation and the Visa very well and was always helpful during my stay abroad.
The host family is incredibly nice, and they really tried to make this year as comfortable as possible for me.
I am glad, that I have decided to go to this family, and I am delighted to have won them as friends.
I have been in Beijing for almost nine months now.
The Chinese lessons that I visit once a week are very helpful, as nearly nobody speaks English in Beijing.
I support a child in learning English, play games with him and accompany him on excursions. During the year abroad I received the opportunity to discover Beijing and to get to know the daily life of the inhabitants.
Because I have never been to China before, there was of course the one or the other culture shock for me. Wanderlust organizes a cultural activity (like a kung fu or calligraphy class) every month and enables thereby to learn even more about the Chinese culture.
During my time in China I also traveled to Macao and Hong Kong, because I had to extend my visa there.
This trip was unfortunately quite poorly organized.
I was told only one and a half weeks before that I have to fly there.
The airfare and also a part of the costs of the accommodation which I had to book were paid by the organization.
Once there, I had the feeling that I am the first from the Wanderlust program who flies to Macao to extend his visa respectively apply for a new one.
The address I should have contacted according to the organization was not the right authority.
I received there a new address which turned out to be wrong too. In the end, I was in three different places before I finally arrived at the right one.
With the visa there were no more problems and I enjoyed my trip there a lot.
By coincidence, however, I noticed there in time that the organization had booked a wrong flight to Shanghai instead of Beijing.
With the help of wanderlust I took then the high-speed train to get back to Beijing.
Apart from this incident, Wanderlust was very good and I am more than satisfied with the organization.
I recommend this program to anyone who wants to get to know a completely new culture and wants to get an insight into the lives of the people in Beijing (or other parts of China)

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't expect that you will speak English with others here.
Alsmost nobody speaks english in China.
Not even doctors are able to understand englisch.
It would be useful to have previous knowledge of the chinese language. When I came here I didn't speak a single word in Chinese:D
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Response from Wanderlust Exchange

Hello Lukas,

It's great to know that you bonded with the host family well and enjoyed your time in Beijing!

We are also glad to know that you enjoyed the culture activities and Mandarin course:)

The family really enjoyed your company with them. They appreciate your efforts helping the host boy with his English, as well as being a role model for him.

With the visa renewal process, we would like to thank you for your candid feedback and will inform au pairs about the process much more time in advance.

Enjoy the rest of your stay in Beijing, Lukas!

Kind regards,
WE Team

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Laura
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My fist trip out of America

I have been an Au Pair for almost 4 years. It is an amazing experience that I recommend. You will have good and bad days but you will always learn about new cultures and especially about yourself. Things that will shock you and don't like? A lot! But the magic is appreciated the differences, see the bad and learn from the good.
It was a great year for me when I traveled to the USA it wasn't a big change because I knew everything about it but moving to China was an open-minded experience. New language, new culture, new people, new house, new work, new school, etc.
I don't know what else to write, just come and test it for yourself and make sure you like the Chinese language, meat, and spicy food because you will have a lot of them. By the way if you are vegetarian you can also enjoy good food, I am one of them.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
People will tell you that you can speak English everywhere in Shanghai. it's not true!!! nobody speaks English not even young people, maybe they can understand more but they can't talk.
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Response from Wanderlust Exchange

Dear Laura,

It's very nice to hear from you here and thanks for sharing your interesting experience in China!

We are glad that overall you enjoyed your stay in China and had put yourself out there in a brand new culture. Also it's good to know you liked Chinese food!

We wish you every success in your future adventure and all the best.

Wanderlust Exchange

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Jade
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Au pair in China

Thanks to Wanderlust Exchange programme I could stay for 3 months in a Chinese family in Beijing.
I took Chinese courses every morning from Monday to Friday which allowed me to learn the basics of Chinese language. I played with the 2 children of the family after school and all the week-end. I could visit a little bit Beijing.
I was already in China when I contacted Wanderlust Organization to be an au pair. They find me a family in the city I wanted very quickly and stayed very available from the beginning to the end of my experience. Every month they organized a cultural activity wich allowed me to try Tai chi and pottery.
A learnt a lot from this experience ! It allowed me to discover Chinese culture, meet a lot of people and imprive my Chinese.

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Response from Wanderlust Exchange

Dear Jade,

So delighted to hear from you and thanks for leaving review here.

We are glad that you enjoyed three-month stay in Beijing and had so many wonderful experiences. We also feel proud of you for what you have achieved in Chinese learning!

We wish you every success in your future adventure and all the best.

Wanderlust Exchange

Liam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Au Pairing in 成都

Au Paring in China with Wanderlust has been an amazing experience. I have been supported by Wanderlust incredibly well, from my visa application, coordinating my travel plans, organising excellent Chinese lessons, and of course putting me in touch with an awesome host family!

Wanderlust have been consistently helpful and flexible, and have communicated expectations and requirement very clearly from the first interview, all the way through to helping me finish up with my stay in China.

My host family has been awesome — both of the parents are super nice, and all 4 grandparents have been generous and kind as well. My young charge 柒柒 is super cute, and very sweet. So huge props to Wanderlust for managing everyone’s expectations so perfectly, and putting together such an amazing experience.

I would highly recommend slotting a stay with wanderlust into your Gap Year, or any other craving to spend a chunk of time abroad!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Chicken feet and duck head! Can’t say I’m a huge fan...
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Response from Wanderlust Exchange

Dear Liam,

So nice to hear from you and thank you for sharing your story here with us!

It is delightful to know you enjoyed your stay with your host family. And we are impressed by your Chinese as well!

It was absolutely a great pleasure to have you aupairing with us and we wish you every success in your future adventure!

Best regards,

Wanderlust Exchange

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Sam
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Six Months in Shanghai

I decided to go abroad as an Au Pair with Wanderlust after I graduated from undergrad last year. I found out about Wanderlust through API, which is an American study abroad company, who I had worked with before when I studied in Cuba for a semester. Being an Au Pair with Wanderlust appealed to me, because it was one of the more affordable programs working abroad, and because I wanted to get the experience of living with a host family.

Wanderlust has been supportive throughout my entire six months here. About two months in, I had to change host families due to some communication difficulties, and Wanderlust were very quickly able to get me moved in with another family. After almost four months with the second family, I can say that I have had a great experience living and working with this family. The two boys, ages 7 and 4, make me smile every single day, and I have a great time whenever I am with them. We often go to amusement parks, the zoo, musicals, and more on the weekends, and we even traveled to the Yellow Mountain and went hiking.

I have made many great friends with the other Au Pairs here in Shanghai, and I know that we will continue to keep in contact after my time here has ended. I have made many great, lasting memories exploring Shanghai, spending time with the other Au Pairs, and spending time with my host family. My sister was even able to visit me in China, and we went to Beijing together for a couple of days. Living in Shanghai has truly been an unforgettable experience, and I am grateful to Wanderlust for having facilitated this incredible experience.

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Response from Wanderlust Exchange

Dear Sam,

It is such a great pleasure to hear from you and thank you for sharing your au pairing experience in China.

We are delighted to know that you found our team supportive throughout your stay and glad to know this experience was overall enjoyable. We feel happy for you that you had a great time with host family as well.

We wish you every success in your future adventure!

Sincerely,

Wanderlust Exchange

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Nabil
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unique and character building experience

I found WAC through "Star Exchange". A great advantage was that the agency was nearby. So I could talk to the agents personally. When I entered the plane I knew that in this "whole new world" will wait great challenges. The language barrier and the cultural difference made it sometimes hard. The agency helped me to solve the problems asap. Remarkable in this program was that you are a part of a Chinese family. So you get an authentic experience of the food, culture and lifestyle. This program was also an amazing opportunity to get to know people who also travelled and experienced a lot and to learn from them. It helped me to become open minded. I learned chinese on a basic level. It was an unique experience which I can definetely recommend!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
Talk to people with similar experiences in advance to prevent problems that are caused by the language barrier and different culture
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Response from Wanderlust Exchange

Dear Nabil,

We are so delighted to hear from you and thanks for sharing your aupair experience with us here.

It's so great to know that you enjoyed your stay in China with your host family as well as the culture of this country.

We are also glad to see that you found this program is meaningful as much as joyful.

It was absolutely our pleasure to provide any support you needed throughout your stay and our time with you was amazing as well.

We wish you all the best in your future adventure!

Wanderlust Exchange