Edu-Pal China

Edu-Pal China

About

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
Headquarters

Rm. 1606, Hongfa Central Building, Chuangye Road No. 1004, Bao’an Center
Bao'an Qu
Shenzhen Shi
Guangdong Sheng, 518101
China

Reviews

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Luana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My adventure in Shenzhen started almost two months ago. It was my first time ever going to China so of course, I was really stressed and nervous the first days I was here. But very quickly it became the greatest adventure I ever lived!
Taking part in Edu-pal China is allowing me to experience so many new things.
I live in a very kind and welcoming Chinese family so I can see how is everyday life in China. I get to spend moments with the family as I was also a part of it and live really good moments with them.
Thanks to the program I have also the opportunity to take part in cultural events and trips in China, so I'm able to learn more about this country and to see the beautiful landscapes it has to offer! So far I was able to learn about Chinese cultural specificities and the Feng shui art. I also learned Chinese traditional dance and got a beautiful hanfu. And while I only have been here for less than two months I have already been able to visit a typical Hakka Village, to travel around the Guadong Province for China's national week and in the Guangzi region with the other edu-pals. I have amazing memories of all those stunning places.
Every week I also have the possibility to learn mandarin for free thanks to classes provided by Edu-pal program. The edu-pals spend a lot of time together here so I never felt alone since I meet them.
Overall I truly enjoy my time in China and I don't regret my decision to come here at all!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers will be to not be afraid of cultural shock. Of course, there are probably a lot of differences with your country, but that's what makes China such an interesting country. Also, the Edu-pal staff is always here to support us and help us handle any issues we could have with cultural differences.
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Islay
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

From being just a tourist 2 years ago, I never would have thought I would be back here in China, living with such a warm local family or meeting the most amazing people from all around the world, which are now friends for life! The Edu-Pal company has been outstanding with my stay so far, especially since this is my first time doing anything like this. The company is always there for you no matter what you need, from helping with family problems to adjusting to the culture shock, I really don’t think I could have done this type of experience without the company or the amazing people I’m sharing this experience with!!
By having culture classes every week, this has given me the chance to do things that I probably wouldn’t have done without the company! Weekly Mandarin classes has made living here even more exciting as you can try your Chinese skills out with the locals, and the people are always there to help you!
This really has been one of the best things I have decided to do, as I’m learning more about the culture day by day and meeting more and more amazing people as the time goes on. I couldn't recommend the company more!!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
To come with an open mind and to just embrace ever minute you are here, from being with your family and spending time with the other Edu-Pal to even walking around, just enjoy every minute!
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Sara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I arrived in Shenzhen exactly 2 months ago to take part in the EPC program. I was a bit nervous at first, since it was my first time ever in Asia and I didn’t know anyone here, but now I’m so glad I got on that plane! I was lucky enough to get along very well with my Chinese family from the start -sure, there are many cultural differences, but everytime we encountered a problem the EPC staff was quick to help us solve it. I completely fell in love with the country, the people, the traditions and the other people in the program will quickly become your second family! Every month we take part in different activities and trips around the country to explore and learn about the culture and history of China, but we also have enough time to go out and have fun with our friends -your Instagram profile will benefit big time! I’m so thankful for the opportunity to experience China in such an authentic and fun way -I couldn’t recommend the EPC program more!

What was your funniest moment?
Definitely our interactions in Chinese! The language course is great and you’ll feel confident enough to speak to locals pretty soon -but you can still get some words mixed up at times and end up saying “dumpling!” instead of “go straight!” to a taxi driver...
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Elsa Gas
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I chose to go to China, because of its major differences compared to the countries I'm used to. With differences I meant as in China's amazing food, incredibly humble people
and their language.

I was so welcomed from the very beginning! Even though the family and I had difficulties with the communication, we still got along so well and had so much fun. The best times were when the whole family was together for dinner, and we would talk and laugh. I've said it before, but I'll say it again. I felt so great being together with this family and I had a lot of a family feeling from the Chinese family.

The staff in EPC 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 discussed 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.
We also had Mandarin classes which were genuinely interesting and I got to understand
why certain things in the language were like they were. And I love the cultural activies! We learn a lot about Chinese Tea Arts、Chinese Calligraphy and so on!

To those who feel like they want a big change in their lives, and of course loves being with kids, I would tell them to Join this program. I'm really happy that I did it and when I tell others about my experience in China, they all always become speechless.

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Fabio
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I wasn’t really sure if I should get into an adventure to go to China but my friend made me. I mean, not that it met my expectations than beyond it. I’ve never been to Asia so I felt this is some sort of an adventure but I went there to teach. This is great way to travel, go abroad, get to know other countries and see the world.
I was staying in the city of Shanghai. This is a beautiful modern city.
My host family was awesome, we got together very well.They made me feel like home. They taught me many things. Chinese culture is more vivid and greater than I thought. While I was teaching English, I was learning Mandarin which was fantastic. I was trying to speak whenever I could, I would speak with the teacher on the brake, with the kids, with everyone I could in fact. It was interesting to learn Chinese and actually speaking it. I was lucky to have some other people who were in the same program as I did so we were trying to speak Chinese and exchanging our experiences.
One thing sure, everything is done in a very professional manner from the landing in China to going back to my country. I wanted to go and explore more Shanghai when my host family members couldn’t and I asked my EPC program coordinator for a few recommendations and some other questions concerning safety, transport, food etc and she was the best! Like I said I loved the city, very modern culture, and architecture.
I’m lucky that the family have a lot of quality stuff for me and my host child to work on. I also tried to share with my host family about my culture and Italy which was awesome. They received it very well.
It is not only about earning money, it’s more about experience and learning about China for me. I met super fun people here, my great family and friends on the same program. we are planning to meet soon again.

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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
Program Recruiter
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!