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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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Mary
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Arriving in China from a western country is a big culture shock. LoPair are great in helping you in the first few days. You go though orientation and make firm friends with aupairs! I was unlucky with my first host family and had to leave for another (who were great!). My advice is choose wisely and be picky! Also keep up a constant contact before you fly out.
Once settled, I loved my time there! It's very interesting, living in a chinise home and eating their food and living their life firsthand! LoPair work hard to create a community and I made some great friends out there. We explored the city together and had chinise and cultural classes, this is a huge bonus and stops you feeling isolated. We could share our experiences and bond over how different life was. Overall, I'd recommend thoroughly!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Embrace the food! Atleast try everything once, it might be awful but more likely it will be delicious!
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Tuyen
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I would say that my personal experience with this program in China was mainly just okay. Living with one host family for 6 weeks can get a little difficult sometimes. My host family had two daughters and the youngest daughter was definitely not easy to live with due to her behavior a lot of the times, which made it hard for me to enjoy being an au pair for the family. Additionally, due to how much time you are required to spend in the home and tutor English (and sometimes for children that are more on the defiant side), it can affect your enthusiasm and how much effort you put into tutoring really quickly. At least that was the case for me. Although, my host parents were very easy going and did not put too much pressure on me to rapidly improve their children's English which made my time in their home a little more bearable. They also covered all of my meals, room and board, etc. whenever I was with them (including when they took me along on their family trips) so I am really appreciative of that. I wasn't able to explore China as much as I had hoped but I'm still thankful for all that I did get to see and do. Overall, my experience with this program was okay although I wouldn't do it again. However, anyone interested in going to China can definitely give this program a try because everyone's experience is different.

Note: the lopair staff are extremely responsive and great at assisting you if you have any questions or concerns. Kerry is really helpful with giving you advice on English tutoring and our group's local coordinator Yvonne always tried her best to help you if you encountered any struggles with the family or anything.

What would you improve about this program?
During my 6 weeks in China, Lopair only offered one cultural activity class which I wasn't able to attend so I hope that they provide more in the future for incoming aupairs.
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Hailey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My host family are amazing I made sure to take my time to pick them. I asked a lot of questions and asked what they like any movie or books to see what type of personality they have and about their family like grandparents. I very close with mine and I asked what they did in their free time. I had said no to other host family because personally we not the right fit not that they were not good but we are all different and some people great along great and sometimes it's not so smooth. So I picked my host family based on how I felt talking to them and after and it felt right. I would say never go to fast take your time to get to know them make the right choice. When you do you have a bond that with last years after I was 6 months now I am extending 3 more and plan to meet up again with my host family I truly love them. I not only had a wonderful time with them but also my lo pair works they are amazing people and I love them as much specially my hangzhou coordinator she has always put us first and cared with all her heart. I am grateful for the time and yes there have been some hard things but the world is big and different. as long as you can take the time to understand the difference between cultural. Then you will have a wonderful time with all the new friends and family you have here. Best of luck on your adventure.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Understand that the world is different many people have a different idea and sould be represented so try to understand that and what is normal to you can be abnormal to someone else. So make sure your ready to learn, have fun and grow.
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Lynn
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am about to finish my 8 months as an Aupair in Hangzhou and I have to say there were lots of ups and downs.
I had the luck to have an awesome hostfamily. My hostmom and I got along so so well and in the 8 months I spend here I can really say that she has become one of my best friends. Everybody in that family really cared for me as if I was a real family member. In the end it even felt like Grandma is my real Grandma and not just my Hostgrandma.
But of course being an Aupair isn't always rainbows and sunshine. Working with kids can always be really difficult and straining, especially because chinese kids are different. There were days that were amazing. My hostchild listened to me and we had a fun time. But there were also lots of times where sentences like „JieJie I don't want to play with you“ and „JieJie you are useless“ were on the menue.
You have to keep in mind that the chinese mentality is really different from what you are used to and the kids being spoiled and lots of pressure on their education is often normal.

In my time as an Aupair I grew alot. I've personally been through a hard time but it made me grow and I wouldn't want to take that back.
I made lots of new friends that grew important to me in a really short time and let alone the fact that I decided to extent my stay shows that I did enjoy my time here.
Now that I approach the end of my stay I have to say that I am indeed happy to go home but I am also happy that I decided to spend my time as an Aupair.
I am proud that I finished the program even though I don't think I would do it again. Being an Aupair once in your life is enough.

I'm also thankful for my Local Coordinator Yvonne because even if I didn't really have problems with my hostfamily Yvonne was always there to help. Also she was more like a friend to me than a person of authority which made talking to her about Problems a lot easier.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
make sure that you already know the basics of chinese culture before you come. It makes it a lot easier for you. The chinese mentality is a lot different from what we are used to and sometimes they might not understand what you want (or the other way around and you might not understand them. ) Being flexible and open-minded will help you a lot
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Yian
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Au pairing in Shanghai was the best decision of my life. Not only has my Mandarin improved greatly, I had the opportunity to enjoy life and make friends in my (new) favourite city.

Living with a host family was an overall pleasant experience, they treated me very well and any issues that came up were handled maturely and through a comfortable discussion. It's very rewarding to see your host child's skills improve.

The Lopair team try their best to help you adjust to living in a new country. They are always on hand for help regarding teaching methods. The cultural activities provided are fun and educational.

One of the best things about the programme is the quality of teaching at Mandarin House. The classes are often small and the teachers are brilliant, you improve a lot in a short amount of time.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
As fun as it is to be in a new city, it is always better when you're surrounded by people. When you arrive, try to make as many friends as possible - my most memorable times are centred around people, not places or activities.

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Alumni Interviews

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

Emma Philebrown

Lopair came to Algonquin College and came to speak to the Child and Youth Care first year students. Lopair provided insightful and intriguing information inviting some of the students to ask for further information about the program.

Four women sit at a bench outside a shopping mall.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because it offered an opportunity to experience a different culture and language. This program also offers a chance to use the knowledge I have gained from my education and put it into practice.

I have recently been interested in learning Mandarin, and I also wanted to be able to assist someone learn English as a second language. This program enabled me to improve my Chinese as well as learn from teaching the child.

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

The Webinar for the pre-departure was very helpful and insightful. The Program Coordinator assisted me by answering questions and concerns about interactions with families, cultural differences, and other questions via WeChat. Having the Program Coordinator made the transition into the host family very smooth.

As for what we have to organize by ourselves, we try to find times in our schedules when we are all available and meet up. This can be challenging at times when all of us have different "off" days

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

One piece of advice I'd give is to bring some extra spending cash. If the family pays the aupair closer to the end of the month, you won't have any money for snacks or souvenirs.

Especially in China, I'd recommend buying a translator app (I bought a 3 month subscription with Speak and Translate) as well as VPN so you are able to access more familiar sites such as Google, Youtube, and Facebook.

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

An average week consists of 5 hours or so teaching the host child English. The host family is very welcoming and kind, always trying to get the aupair to eat more.

During the afternoon, I'd sometimes wander the streets near the neighborhood or just go for a walk. If anyone is available at the same time, we try to meet up.

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

My biggest fear was to be more outgoing and be more of an extrovert. I'm not very adventurous, and it is my first time travelling abroad alone. I've always had my family within a close proximity, so these three months was a challenge for myself to become more independent.

I am more of an introvert and prefer to be in a familiar environment. However, as I have travelled half way around the world, it seems silly of me to try and stay inside when I'm in a different country. So I'm making more of an effort to travel around nearby cities.

Of course there are other aupairs with you with whom you can talk to and share experiences with. At first, I'd want to be with a friend when exploring, but now I feel confident enough to venture on my own without the need of another to be present.

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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.
Manuel

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.

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