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 312502, 25th floor, Building 1, Tower 3, Fu Tong East Street
Chaoyang District
Chaoyang Qu
Beijing Shi, 100102
China

Reviews

Scott
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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

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

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

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

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.

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Staff Interviews

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

Cecilia Liu

Job Title
VP (Education)
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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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