Edu-Pal China

Edu-Pal China

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Edu-Pal China, abbr. as EPC (Address at Rm. 1110 & 1112, Hongfa Central Building, Chuangye Road, Bao’an Center, Shenzhen, P.R. China, with registration No. 91440300MA5FQHQT0Y), is authorized by State Administration for Industry and Commerce of the People's Republic of China, SAIC, for international cultural exchange.

Founded
2018

Reviews

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Katy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience with Edupal was pretty unique since I came to China in January of 2020; just about a week before the coronavirus pandemic caused many things to shut down.

Despite things being uncertain and scary in the world, I felt very safe and taken care of by my host family and Edupal. I had some health problems and my host family was quick to take me to the doctor and pay for my bills. I had some flight cancellations and EduPal gladly did the work of extending my visa for me.

During our time social distancing, the folks at EduPal were very adaptable and able to quickly find ways to change their program to be online. This kept us safe and also made sure we were still getting the benefits of the program. China as a country is very efficient in public health and safety, so we were all able to be back out safely exploring in no time.

I was able to go on two trips with Edupal as well as two trips with my host family.

Hiking in beautiful mountains, visiting the beach, taking classes in chinese painting, cooking, and kungfu, and singing at KTV are just a few of the great memories I’ve made here.

I am leaving China with many new friends, good connections and job offers if I ever want to come back and work full time, and a decent comprehension of Chinese language.

China really felt like home for 6 months and I will be waiting for the day I can come back to visit everyone!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
When traveling across the world, things might not go as expected. Be ready to be kind and flexible, it will be given back to you x10

Don’t be afraid to ask your host family or Edupal if you need anything, they are there to help!
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Donna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

As one of my best friends is a Chinese descendent, I'm always very curious and passionate about Chinese culture. When I get the chance to participate in this program, I'm very excited!

I arrived in Beijing two weeks before the Chinese New Year. I love the city and my host family. My host siblings are three and six-year-old, very active and smart girls. We warm up very quickly. 10 January, one week before the Chinese New Year, I joined the the whole family and travelled to host father's hometown in Sichuan, a city famous for pandas and hot-pot! I feel so lucky to have such a rich experience until the outbreak of COVID-19.

We didn't feel unsafe as we are very far away from the center of the outbreak. But all the new year events have to be cancelled. I'm always very postive. We take this indoor time to connect and know more about each other. I had very valuable time with my host children, introducing British culture and my culture in Cardiff. It's very interesting for me to learn Chinese culture from the kids. One of the books they shared to me is very interesting to me, a Journey to the West. I managed to find the English version of the book when I came back.

In middle February, I left my lovely Chinese family and came back to UK due to the national wide quarantine in China. Although I didn't finish the four-month as planned, it's still very valuable experience to me. And many thanks to EduPal China team. They have always been very supportive and understanding. Hopefully, I will join you again in the near future.

What was your funniest moment?
The least spicy hot-pot in Sichuan is the most spicy food I've ever had and could ever imagine. LOL
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Julia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Things are very unusual recently. The pandemic has made our plan a lot more complicated than we expected.
I was matched up with a lovely family in January. The 6-year old is so active and smart. I feel very connected with the family and my host child. My arrival date should be in March. But unfortunately, it has to be postponed due to the outbreak of the virus.

I'm still very promising to come to China when the pandemic is over. Edu-Pal China has been offering me amazing online courses and events. As quarantine starts now in my city, the online events have been my best moment every week.

I enjoyed every experience I have with Edu-Pal China. Many thanks to Parry, who is always very considerate and patient for any questions I have. She keeps my updated about coming online events and checks how I like them. Many thanks to Sarah, who is very professional in her job and matched me up with a lovely family. And many thanks to other members with Edu-Pal China. I'm very looking forward to meeting you all in China when the pandemic is over!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would make quick decisions without hesitation.
When I received the visa documents, I should have taken actions immediately and applied for visa. There are many chances that we could almost make it to China but my delay has made it more compliated for the company. I sincerely appreciate everything they've done for me.
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KC
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I started out as an au pair with the intention of living in places such as Italy, Australia, etc. in order to broaden my horizons. When Sarah from Edu-Pal China reached out to me to join the program, I decided why not? I hadn't been to China before, knew nothing of its culture or the language that is spoken there, it would be an adventure! When I told my friends and family I was going to China, they were all extremely hesitant, telling me to be careful, that I wouldn't like the everyday life there, but it was just more reasons I wanted to go, to immerse myself in a place I wasn't comfortable in. This turned out to be one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life.

From the moment I agreed to join Edu-Pals until even today (long after I left the program), I have had endless support from those working at the company, making sure that I settled into my host family well, that I was adjusting to the culture shock (yes, there are a lot of things that the Chinese do differently than western cultures, but I was never forced to do anything I didn't want to do, which made it more enjoyable to see the differences). As someone who has worked as an au pair in other countries, one of my favorite things about this program is its emphasis on the exchanging of cultures. Not only are there events that you and your family participate in learning about other countries as you teach English to your host kids, you also have access to Mandarin classes and events that help you become immersed in China's rich culture. In the nine months I was with the program (I was originally supposed to be there for just six months, but I extended my stay and would have stayed longer if not for a previous commitment), the other Edu-Pals and I participated in a traditional Chinese tea ceremony, learned how to dance in Hanfu, made various dishes and traveled to Chaozhou and Guilin, to name a few! You also have time to go do some exploring on your own, I was able to do some day trips to Guangzhou, Shanghai and Hong Kong with some of my friends!

The best part about this program though is the people I met. I will forever be grateful to my host family for taking me in and showing me their home country, to my host sisters who we've created a special bond, the members of Edu-Pal who still keep in contact with me (answering all my Mandarin questions I have, checking in on me), and the other Edu-Pals who I have only met a few months ago, but feel like I have known them for a lifetime. Edu-Pal China has given me lifelong friendships with crazy stories from China to reminisce about when we visit each other in each of our own little corner of the world, and I know they will give you the same opportunity as well. I highly recommend Edu-Pal China, I myself can't wait to go back and visit!

What was your funniest moment?
There are too many funny moments to count, from the crazy things my host kids did to saying the wrong words in Mandarin, but one of the most memorable events that had everyone in tears was my birthday party. For my birthday we all brought food that was native to each of our home countries, so we had things like black licorice, Jell-O, duck neck and Vegemite. From the Jell-O exploding everywhere to gagging over the black licorice to swallowing a whole spoonful of straight Vegemite, all while trying to sing Happy Birthday in four different languages, we had an absolute blast!
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Kamila
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Coming to live in Shenzhen, China for 6 months was one of the best decisions in my life. It was the first time i visited Asia so i was very excited to experience a completly different life. Being a part of the Edu-Pal program enables you you learn chinese, to try traditional chinese activities like dancing or cooking and most importantly it makes you feel as if you were a real local. During the program i had the chance to meet amazing people and make friendships for a life time. I got to see beautiful places in China which were always only dreams and i could learn about a very different culture. Living with a chinese host family helps you understand all the traditions, practice the language and gives you a feeling of gaining a second home and family. While being here you will always feel welcome and Edu-Pal will make sure that these are the best days of your life.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice is to prepare yourself for a different culture and stay open minded. Being here is an amazing opportunity to try and learn new things. Sometimes things can seem as difficult but after opening to changes you can experience a great life here.

Programs

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I found my first host family for New Zealand from a website called Aupairworld and thought I could give it another try to find a host family in China. I got contacted from one family and we planned a Skype meeting.

During our meeting, I was introduced to the contact person, Sarah. I was surprised to find out that the family had hired Sarah, where she would find an Edu-Pal that would be the best fit for the family. I thought they handled everything very professional and helped me through the journey.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

They were always very caring. From the beginning, when I wasn't sure with my position in the family or the best way for me to get along with each and one of them, the team of Edu-Pal China helped and supported me through those minor difficulties. I really enjoyed the times when the Edu-Pals and Sarah sat down and discuss what had occurred that week. It could vary from time to time, sometimes being that the host child told us something adorable, to how we could improve our English teaching skills.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

EPC actually has everything prepared for you now. They'll give a checklist before you go to China, which includes the things you should bring or keep in mind. They will help you get VPN, WeChat account (set up a WeChat Pay), transportation card and map, SIM card and etc. I think what you should prepare is that be ready to see a different but amazing world!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The whole Wednesday and Thursday morning was my time off. Then the rest of the school week began by starting at 07:30. It could depend on the day, but sometimes I helped my host child to eat his breakfast, or I would eat my breakfast alone.

At 08:00, we would drive to kindergarten which took about 30 minutes getting there. On the way back home, the family's personal driver could drop me of by the agency's office, where we had class. This only happened during Tuesdays. During Mondays and Fridays, I had free time from 09:00 to 16:30 (11:00 to 16:30 if I had Chinese lessons that day).

At 16:30, I would take the subway to the kindergarten and pick up my host child and take him home. Once at home, we would play for a little while and then start doing the English homework on the iPad. Around 18:30-19:00, the dinner was served and cooked by the family's private chef (the best food I've ever tried in my life, I miss it so much). After dinner, we would play a little bit more until it was time for the child to exercise (the kindergarten planned different exercises for the kids to do so that they would gain strength.) Around 21:00 was when I could go to my room and spend time being alone.

Once every two weeks, the agency planned different activities (mostly on Wednesday) such as sightseeing or a typical Chinese cultural experience (Chinese Calligraphy, Chinese musical instruments and etc.).

And we also had Christmas tea party during my stay which was great!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I was so surprised to be with a family that barely spoke any English. But under a short amount of time, I came to the realization that we actually didn't need to verbally understand each other. We understood each other with smilies and hand gestures, which taught me that I don't always need to communicate with language, that there are other forms of understanding.

How has your time abroad impacted your life?

I do stuff now that I usually didn’t do before. Some few examples of this is that I enjoy drinking warm water, I offer other people the last bit of food before taking it myself, I begin to pour the drink to other people's cups before mine own and I am a lot more humble towards people now than compared to before I went to China.

Staff Interviews

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

KC Stone

Job Title
Intern
KC is a graduate from the University of Missouri in the United States and has spent the past year in various countries such as Italy, Australia and now China as an Edu-Pal. KC fell in love with Edu-Pal China’s program and became part of the recruitment and marketing team, trying to spread the word of how awesome this program is!

What is your favorite travel memory?

How to pick just one memory?! One of my favorite memories was on a study abroad trip in Greece, and as a Greek-classics major, this was a trip of a lifetime for me. It was the Fourth of July, Independence Day for us Americans, and being in a different country we didn’t really celebrate it in the traditional way - we couldn't pass up a perfectly legitimate opportunity to celebrate.

We were in Kapetaniana on the island of Crete, and after a big Greek breakfast, we set out on a five-mile hike down to the beach. Now, this hike was not for the faint of heart. Even though it was all downhill, it comprised of switchbacks on the side of a mountain, so not only was it pretty steep, it was also super windy! Dust and dirt were kicked up into the air, sticking to our sweaty skin and matting our hair while we pressed against the wind! At one point, a bee got tangled up in my dirty, windblown hair, and even though my friends desperately tried to get it out, the poor thing ended up stinging my head in fright.
While it was a difficult hike, our spirits were kept high by singing ridiculously out of tune, being chased by goats and taking in the gorgeous views over the Libyan Sea! When we finally reached the beach at the bottom, we were rewarded with refreshing, crystal clear blue waters with rocks to explore and jump off of.

After we were done, we thankfully had cars come and drive us back up to the top (which was just as equally terrifying, if not more so, on the switchbacks!) where we had a massive Greek buffet laid out for us! So even though there were no fireworks or barbeque to celebrate with, it was the best Independence Day I have ever had!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

When I started out on my “tour around the world,” the main intention I had was the cliché “discover who I really am” goal, but in all actuality Edu-Pal China has pushed me to become the best version of myself, through learning a new language, becoming a better teacher, and even expanding my marketing skills.

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

Did you study abroad in school? If not, what inspired you to work in international education?

I have studied abroad and I think Edu-Pal China program is a great opportunity for those who are interested in Chinese culture and/or teaching! Not only are you bringing your own culture here to China as you are helping teach and practice English: you are fully immersed into the Chinese culture, with Mandarin classes and many cool cultural activities!

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I am actually currently an Edu-Pal myself, and I will recommend this program over and over again!

It is extremely invested on the exchanging of cultures, so not only are you bringing your own culture here to China as you are helping teach and practice English, you are fully immersed into the Chinese culture, with Mandarin classes and many cool cultural activities! It’s a win-win for everyone!

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

As someone who has been an au pair before, this program has been by far the best that I have been a part of! The amount of care that is demonstrated by the staff here has been something that I haven’t seen in the au pair world, and the dedication to education on everyone’s part (whether it is the kids who are learning English or you learning about Chinese culture) is so fantastic!

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

I believe the biggest factor in being a successful company is being in tune with everyone who is involved. When good communication and support are practiced, everyone, whether it is clients (or in our case, Edu-Pals and families) or workers, is happier, besides, people in EPC care for each other, so success will surely follow!

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