The Most Affordable Way To Travel China
We think everyone should get the chance to experience the craziness that is China at least once. But that can get very expensive, very quickly. Au Pair China is a chance to discover Chinese life from the inside, gain some tutoring experience, and have all of your expenses covered. With monthly start dates and a minimum duration of just 8 weeks, this is our most flexible program yet.
5 reasons it’s NOT what you think!
- No Housework: Au Pairs work as live-in private language tutors for the host family. You are not required to do major housework tasks!
- Free Mandarin Classes: Our au Pairs get to enjoy 20 hours of Mandarin classes per month!
- Employability: Major corporations increasingly look to hire employees with China experience!
- Build Networks: Our host families have established jobs, often in positions of responsibility. They give you opportunities for networking!
- Best Way to Travel: Being an au pair in China is the best way to travel both inside and outside of the country.
Can You Handle Au Pair Life In China?
Are you adaptable? Can you keep calm in crazy situations? Test your skills and see if Au Pair China is the right program for you!
Program Duration: 8 to 24 weeks
Program Start Dates: monthly
All accommodation and meals included
20 hours Mandarin lessons/month provided
RMB 1,000 per month allowance
Completion bonus of up to RMB 6,000
SHANGHAI AND BEIJING
Experience life Beijing or Shanghai – China’s two largest cities. Eat weird food, meet eccentric locals, try out your Mandarin skills and immerse yourself in centuries of rich history and culture. Beijing and Shanghai both have their unique charm, character, and landmarks… so visit both if you can!
- China’s international and financial centre
- Top sights include the Bund, Yu Garden, Nanjing Road
- Summers are hot and humid, winters not so cold but no heating
- People speak Mandarin and Shanghainese
- China’s political, historical, and cultural centre
- Top sights include the Great Wall, Olympic Park, Forbidden City
- Summers are hot, winters are dry and cold but good heating
- People speak ‘standard’ Mandarin with an ‘err’ accent (like pirates!)
WANT MORE ADVENTURE?
We also offer smaller city placements if you are looking for a truly immersive experience! Guangzhou, Changsha, Tianjin, and Zhongshan are all great, modern, international cities, with an ‘off-the-beaten-track’ feel. Great for explorers, nature lovers, and those who love a challenge.
- Sprawling southern coastal city
- Cool avant-garde architecture
- One of China’s most modern cities
- Delicious cuisine – Dim Sum!
- Capital of Hunan province
- Rich historical heritage
- Near Zhangjiajie UNESCO site
- Great nature and wildlife
- Major port city near Beijing
- Laid-back, modern city
- Pleasant river promenade
- European style neighbourhoods
- On the Pearl River Delta
- Near Macau, HK, Guangzhou
- Voted ‘National Clean City’
- Good mix of city and nature
Placement in a Chinese host family
Orientation and city tour
Welcome pack with SIM card
RMB 1,000 monthly living allowance
Completion bonus based on duration
20 hours of Mandarin classes per month
Accommodation – private room in family apartment
3 meals per day
24/7 onshore support from us
Your completion bonus will depend on how long you decide to au pair for, as au pairs available for longer durations are in higher demand. Obviously, timing constraints may not allow you to au pair for longer than a few months but if you have the luxury of time we highly recommend staying longer. You’ll get to know your host family better, have more opportunities to improve your Mandarin, and have more time to travel and discover China.
|Duration||1 or 2 Months||3 Months||4 Months||5 Months||6 Months|
|Completion Bonus Amount||No Bonus||RMB 3000||RMB 4000||RMB 5000||RMB 6000|
Discover Au Pair Life
Au Pair Life
Meet our Host Families.
ImmerQi host families undergo a careful vetting process to make sure they are qualified to welcome our au pairs. All our families:
- Lead successful lives as lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, etc.
- Have lived or travelled abroad
- Are interested in cultural and language exchange
- The parents’ English levels may vary but they all display a willingness to communicate, even if only through sign language!
- Most families have children aged between 3 and 14 years old
- Many families employ an Ayi (housemaid) for chores and cooking
Life as an Au Pair
- No more than 30 hours per week
- No more than 6 hours per day
- 1.5 consecutive days off per week
- 3 paid days off per 3 months
Care for the Children
- Tutor the children in English
- Help the children with their English homework
- Wake the children up or put them to bed
- Take the children to and from school
- Play with the children indoors and outdoors
- Serve as a positive role model to the children
Care for the Family
- Take care of own accommodation cleanliness
- Wash and fold own clothing
- Contribute to preparing simple meals
- Help the family with the grocery shopping
- Assist host parents with any international travel plans
Au Pair Stories
Find out what it’s really like to be an au pair in China from people who have actually done it. They tell it much better than we do!
Ross Butler, United Kingdom
“One of the best things about working as an au pair is getting to meet the other au pairs who are all extremely friendly and interesting. With the wide variety of nationalities and languages I find myself able to practice my french and spanish on a regular basis while simultaneously improving my Chinese. As a language lover it is heaven!”
Rachel Meadowcroft, Australia
“I am now 2 months into my 6 month Au Pair program and I have been enjoying my stay in Beijing so much. Travelling and exploring the world has always been a dream of mine, so going to China seemed like a great opportunity, especially as I wanted to improve my Mandarin skills. I also get along well with children so becoming an au pair just seemed like the perfect fit! My main responsibilities are to help my au pair child with his homework and to play games with him during his breaks. In my free time, I have so many opportunities to explore Beijing and its many great tourist spots – the Forbidden City and Jingshan park are amazing!”
This is our most accessible program yet!
Here’s what you need to qualify:
⇒ Be 18 or over ⇐
⇒ Be fluent in English ⇐
No university degree or TEFL required!
|Program Start Date|
|July||July 13 2017|
|August||August 12 2017|
|September||September 16 2017|
|October||October 21 2017|
|November||November 11 2017|
|December||December 16 2017|
|Application Deadline||Program Start Date|
|September 2019 Intake||13 June 2019||5 September 2019|
|October 2019 Intake||18 July 2019||10 October 2019|
|November 2019 Intake||8 August 2019||31 November 2019|
|December 2019 Intake||12 September 2019||5 December 2019|
Meet the Team
Ben Bray, Program Manager
Ben came to China in 2013 and taught in Sichuan through ImmerQi’s Teach & Travel China Program and holds a TEFL. He is from Accrington UK and is a huge rugby fan and plays for the Beijing Ardvark rugby team on weekends. He holds a Bachelor of History and lived in NZ and Australia for working holidays. His favourite food is hotdogs (a weekly staple for him in Beijing), is a heavy metal fan and plays the drums!
Matt Piechocki, Application Specialist
Matt is from Ohio, USA and first came to China in 2013 to undertake ImmerQi’s Teach & Travel China Program. He holds a Bachelor of Film Studies and is a qualified TEFL teacher, he previously taught kindergarten and primary school in Guangdong and Taiwan. He resides in Beijing and has a big interest in anything film related and speaks intermediate level Mandarin.
Lorcan O'Hara, Program Coordinator
Lorcan first came to China in 2014 to take part in ImmerQi’s Teach & Travel China Program. He is from Tipperary, Ireland and has a keen interest in photography and travel. He has taught TEFL to kindergarten and primary school students in Guangzhou and Taipei.