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Some Accommodation Airfare
Jan 18, 2024
Mar 08, 2024
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About Program

Wanderlust Exchange’s Internship Program brings interested and eager students to Shanghai for a summer of learning and immersion in the Chinese culture. As a Wanderlust Exchange intern, you will have the opportunity to intern in one of the following professional fields for 1-3 months:
Human Resources
Non-Profit Organizations (NPO)

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Ethical Impact

This volunteer program gives you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of deserving children. Additionally, you will also have the opportunity to explore one of the most modern and exciting cities in China - Shanghai. As a volunteer, you will be stationed at an orphanage that is located in a children’s hospital. Children residing in this orphanage often arrive from other orphanages in more rural areas of China to receive better medical treatment. With your commitment, love, and care you have the chance to make a difference in their recovery.

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6 months as an au pair in Shanghai

In September 2023, I had the opportunity to go to Shanghai to become an au pair for 6 months in a family of 3 children. It was an amazing experience and thanks to the Wanderlust Exchange program, I was able to explore many aspects during my stay. It was both a cultural exchange and a human exchange from my daily life with the family but also the discovery activities organized by the agency and the school.

Previously, I hadn't had any real experience with children, but that wasn't a problem because I was quickly integrated. My daily life with the children was also facilitated with the help of the agency and the family who accompanied me in the organization of a schedule.

What I also enjoyed in my stay was the learning of Mandarin, I entered the school with no level in Mandarin but I learned to love this language and I managed to quickly level up with the help of a teacher who was very invested in learning the language.
The school is not only a place of learning but also of meeting, which makes our daily life at school more comfortable with the meeting of other au pairs and also with all the school teams who often organize discovery activities.

The agency also often organizes activities between au pairs to meet new people and learn more about different aspects of Chinese culture. Thanks to these activities, I met au pairs who later became my friends in Shanghai, which allowed me to enjoy my days in Shanghai even more.

If I could conclude my stay in China as an au pair, I would say that it was a very enriching and unforgettable experience. I've been lucky enough to meet many amazing people and discover a culture rich in tradition.

I would like to thank Wanderlust exchange once again for guiding me through the program and thank you to my family for trusting me.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
After my 6 months in Shanghai, I understand that the most important point for your stay to go well is communication. This is very important, because you are in a country that is not yours and certainly it can be scary at first and you can have a lot of questions and apprehensions, which is quite normal, but the agency is there to guide you and help you with the slightest problem.

And if you encounter any difficulties, don't hesitate to talk about it with the family and the agency, don't keep your problems and doubts to yourself. You will never be alone, there will always be someone to help you, whether it is the agency, your family or the other au pairs you meet at school or during activities. So don't forget the communication during your stay and everything will go well, you would just have to enjoy :)
  • A total immersion in Chinese culture
  • Learning Mandarin quickly
  • Meet new people
  • Children can be complicated, but it gets better with time
  • Have a culture shock, which is normal, don't worry
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Response from Wanderlust Exchange

Dear Linoa

Thank you so much for taking the time to share your wonderful experience as an au pair in Shanghai!

On behalf of the Wanderlust Exchange team, we extend our heartfelt thanks to you for being such an outstanding participant in the program. We wish you continued success and fulfillment in all your future endeavors, and we hope our paths may cross again someday.

Warm regards,

Wanderlust Exchange

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