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LoPair, based in Hangzhou, is proud to be the 1st Chinese au pair company that wins the Au Pair of the Year Winner Award at 2017 annual campaign run by International Au Pair Association. We place au pairs from worldwide with host families in 10+ major Chinese cities.

LoPair aims to create extraordinary experiences for au pairs. Our unique services include a 3-day group arrival orientation in Hangzhou, reinforced educational settings such as the weekly mandarin classes, monthly cultural courses as well as Local Coordinator activities. We support our au pairs thru our Local Coordinator, LoPair Mentor and Education Advisor projects, through which au pairs receive individual attention and care throughout the entire program duration.

Website
www.lopair.com
Founded
2011
Headquarters

Room 609, Yinzun Building, Zunbao Mansion No.89 Chengxing Road Hangzhou, China 310020
Hangzhou Shi
Zhejiang Sheng, 310016
China

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Reviews

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MANJARI
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My expirience has been great as an au pair in China . It has thought me a lot and made me grow as a person.
the culture and everything is so different. The people and the manners too. You can deffenetly learn a lot.
To my surprise after six months in China, I dont want to go home yet.
If you are thinking about being an au pair in your gap year, I would say China is a different and exiting opportunity to choose. Besides the long, old culture you will also gain knowledge into the Chinese language.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The food that I had to take up a lot of courage to try was definetly chicken feet
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Andreea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience as an au pair in Shanghai was awesome! I'm about to complete my 6 months program and I will extend for 4 more. My host family is the best I could've wish for. They helped me settle in and they made me part of the family! I have a great relationship with my host kids and we always do something fun together.
The mandarin classes were really cool with an awesome teacher. I came here that I didn't know anything of the language and I have improved a lot through hard work.
Lo pair staff is also very friendly and they always answered all my questions very quickly.
I would totally recommend this experience, it's a great opportunity to explore a country and a culture that's so different from what we are used to and it allows you to grow a lot as a person.

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Marion
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I've been an Au Pair in Shanghai with Lo Pair for soon six month, I live a wonderful experience here. This is mainly due to the fact that my host family give me a lot of free time which enable me to meet a lot of friends and became fluent in Chinese ( I had a beginner level when I arrive and I can now speak normally). I think that the most important is that those six months really gave me an other vision of the world. The family part is important but it's thanks to my friends that I get to see what was the normal life of a young people here.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I think that to have a good experience the two majors factors are : First your host family, take your time to choose the right one and always ask the Wechat of their foster Au Pair to have his advice. Second what you choose to do during your free time, because if you come to China to spend six months doing nothing and be bored all the time it's obviously going to be a bad experience.
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Marie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spending 6 month in China was such a great experience. LoPair did a great job and the support was always good. Living in such a big city was a great experience and I’ll never forget that. Teaching a Chinese child is very interesting because you’ll always see the improvement after that time. Beside that I always enjoyed the Chinese lessons and I think that it was useful for me to learn such a different and interesting language. I’m very thankful for everything I’ve experienced and would always recommend the program. Thank you!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate was frog and of course chicken feet
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Wencke
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Of you want to learn about Chinese culture and language than this is your program! LoPair provides good families and a very good support to make this a great experience. You will learn about Chinese traditions, language, food, music, values and beliefs. In terms of helping with communication or cultural differences LoPair is always there to help!! Also they arrange cultural events every month which makes it very easy to connect with other people in China and at the same time you are learning more about Chinese culture. In addition you will have Chinese Language lessons to learn how to speak Chinese and learn about the Chinese characters so you will be able to gain Chinese language skills. Choose LoPair to make the most out of your time abroad.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make a Chinese bank account to pay with WeChat or Alipay on your phone. Makes everything much easier

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Alumni Interviews

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

Marion Siciliano

French, 18 years old, takes a gap year to China after finish high school and before to start engineering study.

Why did you choose this program?

I choose to be an Au Pair in China with Lopair for many reasons. First, I wanted to go to China to discover this country and learn to speak Chinese, but because I'm only 18 and I haven't started studying yet, I could come as an exchange student, neither could I come to work because I don't have any qualification, and volunteering is about nonexistent in China. So being an Au Pair was the best way for me to come.

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

Lopair helped me a lot to get the visa. It is also they who take care of the plane ticket and the assurance. They put me in contact with the families in order for me to choose with which one I was going to live in.

It was very nice to have an organization that takes care of everything. I basically just have to pack my things and go. But before that, there is a selection where we need to provide many files and show a lot of motivation.

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

If you are interested to be an Au Pair in China, here some advice for you: think about what you expect from this experience and, once you're there, do everything to accomplish it.

I saw a lot of other Au Pair here who, after one month, got bored, don't speak Chinese, and just waited for the program to be over. Don't be like this: this program is a great opportunity but you have to take the better from it.

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

It depends a lot of your host family, and better to speak with them about that before to arrive in order to have a clear idea of what going to be your schedule.

Generally, an Au Pair weekday looks like this: put the kid at school at 7:30 am, then free time while the kids are at school till 4:00 pm (pick up the kids). Then supervise the kids' homework or give them English / foreign language teaching.

Some days, kids have extracurricular activities. Some day the Au Pair can be asked to work till 9-10 pm.

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

Before I arrived, I was really worried about making friends of my age in China. When I arrived, I couldn't find any young people around me, so I decided to go to a university campus and there I met a lot of wonderful people who were going to become my friends.

I spent all my free time at this university, join many clubs and enjoy a lot the normal life of a Chinese student.

What did this experience bring you?

I think that to be an Au Pair in China was a great opportunity for me. I really get another vision of the world thanks to the family life and my friends there. I can also now speak fluently in Chinese (not thanks to the classes but because I was speaking Chinese every day with my friends who were a lot of patient with me).

I will come back to China to see my friends and I hope to see them come to France too. Those friendships are the best thing I get from my experience.

Staff Interviews

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

Manuel Liu

Job Title
Local Coordinator
Manuel is currently working in Beijing as a Local Coordinator. He has studied in America for one year and therefore fully understands the cultural differences a foreign student encounters when they come to a country they have never been to before. He is always willing to talk and help the students as much as he can.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Back in 2017, my mom and I visited the host family that I lived with while I was a student in America. It was during the Christmas season, and you could see Christmas decorations everywhere. My host family entertained us and showed us around. We had a big meal on Christmas Eve.

It was an unforgettable memory.

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

I have grown a lot since working for this company. You can really learn from all the au pairs and their host families, their cultures and values. Most importantly, I have learned to resolve complex situations.

Whenever problems are solved, everyone is relieved. I could feel that my work is valuable and meaningful.

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

One of the best stories I’ve heard from my students would be when a host family in China visited her last year. She was their previous au pair and had a great time living with them in China. When they visited her, her family prepared a grand welcome party and did a fireworks display for them!

(P.S. The fireworks were made in China, hah).

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

It is so hard to choose because every program is well-designed and attractive. If I have to choose one, I think I want to be an au pair in a European country, probably in Germany. I've never been to Germany before and I think it would be very different than an English-speaking country like America. And also learning a new language is so much fun!

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

We are a professional company with experienced staff, which has served so many au pairs before. For example, there was a student who had a visa problem; she almost gave up coming to China, but after we checked her materials and talked to the Chinese Embassy, she got her visa eventually.

I am so proud of my team!

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

I believe the biggest factor would be always thinking of the customer. We are a professional service provider, which requires a rich experienced team, and a supportive pastoral system to be there when you need help. Our team is undefeated and creative. If you choose our company, you choose professionalism.