Beijing Aupairia

Aupairia

About

Aupairia is based in Beijing, China which specializes in cultural and educational programs. The aim of our Au Pair China Program is to promote international cultural exchanges between China and other nations and traditions, so that youths from all over the world can learn from each other and learn about different cultures. We are very pleased to welcome our international au pairs to share language and culture with native Chinese host families and kids, improve their Mandarin skills and help kids learn their language through immersing into the language environment at a very young age.

Almost all our staff have an international experience. Since 2015, our team has been dedicated to ensuring that our program support and services meet the highest standards. The result is a wonderful cultural exchange experience for our au pairs and host families.

Come and experience a memorable and meaningful adventure in China for three months or longer that you will treasure forever!

Website
aupairia.com
Founded
2015
Headquarters

Room 2210, JinAo International, Madian East Road No.19, Haidian District, Beijing, China. 
Chaoyang District
Chaoyang Qu
Beijing Shi, 100102
China

Reviews

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Jo
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was a great experience. I have been planning to go to Beijing for a very long time in order to improve my Chinese speaking skills. 3 months was definitely sufficient for me, I was able to learn more about Chinese culture as well as the language. I grew a close connection to my host family, so much that I will definitely be back to visit them!

My host family was so lovely and their expectation of me were very clear. It helps to have some previous knowledge of the Chinese language otherwise communication can be difficult.
Aupairia was a great company to help me settle in to China, with setting up bank cards, sim cards, Wechat etc. The culture classes they held were good fun to catch up with the other aupairs whilst learning about Chinese culture.
I was prepared to explore Beijing during the day with the expectation of teaching the kids English in the evenings, which aspiring Aupairs should be prepared for. Otherwise this program is not for you.
This program allowed me to meet so many new people, learn so much about the Chinese culture and language and explore Beijing as a local.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Probably sea cucumber. Or chicken feet. I was surprised with different foods in China everyday.
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Rosaria
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience in China was very enriching. It was my first time in China and in Asia as in general. Before coming to China I had a very different idea about the country and the culture, my main fear was to not be able to adapt, but now, at the end I feel like it was an irrational fear because I did not only adapt easily to the culture but I also felt very welcome in this amazing country. I feel like I'm leaving the country as a different person who improved many skills and got to develop new ones. If you're into learning improving your chinese this is a perfect opportunity since you won't easily find english speakers in China, everyday is a challenge, but don't get worried because the language barrier won't affect your fun or the experience, you'll always find a way to communicate even without your phone and translation apps!

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moments as a foreign in China are always when you're in touristic places and people ask you to take photos with them, you feel like a celebrity!Once a man even asked to draw me and I had to stand for like an hour for him to finish the sketch !haha
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Andrea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have joined the programme because I wanted to learn more about China in person. Despite learning about China in university, I wanted to be here and learn from the people what makes China so special. Needless to say, my expectations have been exceeded by far. The people from Aupairia offered great support every step of the way and supported me with any issue I had. All the families they match you with are hospitable and well selected, so there's nothing to fear.

Before you join the programme, it may be useful to learn about China a bit, just to make sure you don't experience cultural shock. Also, be ready because Beijing is massive and nothing can prepare you fro the sheer scale of the city. Aside from this, get ready for an awesome adventure!!!

What would you improve about this program?
I think more frequent mandarin classes should be offered.
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VICTORIA
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would like to share about China and my experience with Auparia, you really have to come and experience everything it is such an amazing COUNTRY!! My host family was very very nice with me, they have 2 kids, OMG! the most cute children in China and also they are the most intelligent kids I've ever knew, I used to teach them Spanish and help them with English. The food is delicious, the people are really nice and there are a lot of amazing places to visit. And about learning Chinese it is really interesting, but you have to review everyday, I used to go the University twice a week but I think that is not enough, I really would like to change that part of the program, anyway I think if you are planning to come to China, Auparia is the best option, dont be afraid It will change your life forever.

What was your funniest moment?
When I lost my subway card and Ive got no more battery on my phone, so I was trying to ask in chinese how to get home, it was pretty hard.
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Marcos
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This experience was great, marvelous, very good indeed, I would not change this for the whole world!
I tried many strange foods like dog meat, donkey meat, pigeon meat, many fruits I did not even heard of, a soup made out of vinegar, octopus and pepper, etc...
I played ultimate frisbee for the first time in the university and also played table tennis with small kids, like 10 years old or maybe even younger and managed to lose.
I tried pottery as well which was way more difficult than I anticipated.
China, this great country, was undoubtedly a country full of surprises and full of fun activities, experiences and fun. I definitely recommend.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I ate dog meat which is pretty unfamiliar to me since we usually only see dogs as pets in Portugal.

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Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Cecilia Liu

Job Title
VP (Education)

Tell us about yourself, Cecilia.

I am an experienced Chinese teacher and have taught at the Confucius Institute at Nairobi University in Kenya. I received my Master's Degree in Educational Technology at Tianjin Normal University and am a psychological consultant as well.

I now focus on helping people to learn a second language and helping the parents improve their own family education with Aupairia programs at Aupairia.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Sometimes, you fall in love with a country not only because of the beautiful land and the lovely people there, but also because of how deep you're able to dive into the local life and culture.

My favorite memory is not from travel, but from when I was a volunteer teacher in Kenya. During the time I taught, my students and colleagues brought me a lot of unique places during our free time -- from famous sights in the area to the undiscovered alleys and avenues of Nairobi -- we talked to the people who live and work there and we shared our thoughts on life with one another.

My students and neighbors taught me to cook local dishes. During the school holidays, we traveled around and met young people from all over the world who were working in Kenya. We shared our experiences and stories with one another.

I have so many fond memories from this time and these experiences gave me a much better understanding of the country and its people -- the magic is in experiencing the local life and culture of another country.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

Many au pairs have visited China through our program during the last year and we keep in touch with many of them after they return to their home countries.

As a Chinese teacher, nothing can be more impressive than my students saying that they think Chinese is an interesting language and that they love learning it. One of our au pairs enrolled in a two-year study abroad program, during which she will spend one year studying in China.

I'm thrilled that she's willing to return to China to learn more, and we're looking forward to seeing her again this coming year.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

Our programs, for au pairs and host families, are more education focused. Because of that, the most encouraging moment is when a host family's child or an au pair makes progress in their second language study. They often share exciting experiences of amazing discoveries in their second language and of experiencing another culture. These stories make us feel our efforts truly do help people, and that the difficulties that we experience are worthwhile.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

Listen to your customers, be willing to help them to achieve their goals, and support them with a cooperative team. I think these are the most important elements in being a successful company, especially in the education sector.

Nowadays, more and more people are searching for the opportunity to make themselves a better person -- our position is to create an opportunity for young foreigners and the Chinese families we match them with to achieve this and improve their inter-cultural ability.

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