Au Pair China

Discover the real China. Live with one of our wonderful host families.

Accommodation, meals, and Mandarin lessons included.


It only takes 5 minutes, no commitment required.

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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!

  1. No Housework: Au Pairs work as live-in private language tutors for the host family. You are not required to do major housework tasks!
  2. Free Mandarin Classes: Our au Pairs get to enjoy 20 hours of Mandarin classes per month!
  3. Employability: Major corporations increasingly look to hire employees with China experience!
  4. Build Networks: Our host families have established jobs, often in positions of responsibility. They give you opportunities for networking!
  5. 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!

Is Au Pair in China for you?

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Program Snapshot

Program Duration: 8-24 weeks
Program Start Dates: monthly
All accommodation and meals included

20 hours Mandarin lessons/month provided


RMB 1000 per month allowance


Completion bonus of up to RMB 6000



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!)


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


Program Highlights

Placement in a Chinese host family
Visa assistance
Pre-departure support
Airport pickup
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

Completion Bonus

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 Months3 Months4 Months5 Months6 Months
Completion Bonus AmountNo BonusRMB 3000RMB 4000RMB 5000RMB 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

Working Hours

  • 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!”


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Program Eligibility

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!


Application Fee



 Program Start Date
JulyJuly 13 2017
August August 12 2017
September September 16 2017
OctoberOctober 21 2017
NovemberNovember 11 2017
DecemberDecember 16 2017
 Application Deadline
Program Start Date
JulyApril 13 2017July 13 2017
August May 12 2017August 12 2017
September June 9 2017September 16 2017
OctoberJuly 19 2017October 21 2017
NovemberAugust 9 2017November 11 2017
DecemberSeptember 14 2017December 16 2017

Meet The Team

We want you to have the best possible experience in China, so we’ve put together a kickass team to help you do that. All of our foreign staff have taken part in our programs in the past so they know exactly what it’s like to be where you’re standing. Having someone there who understands those culture shock moments and can help recommend a good pizza place when you’re missing home will help keep you sane. We know, we’ve all been there! They’ll be the ones to contact you when you apply and will provide 24/7 support for the entirety of your time in China. So be nice to them!

Matt Piechocki

Operations Manager
Teaching Programmes

Matt's Story

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.

Biggest Culture Shock Moment

Finding out that toilet paper and hand soap are rarely if ever present in many public restrooms.

Favourite China Memory

In the first week of the training period my fellow interns and I took a taxi into the city center. We met a college student who escorted us to his university that was putting on a massive outdoor talent show. Eventually, we and group of 30 other university students went to a local KTV (karaoke) and spent the entire night singing an equal mix of Chinese and Western songs. It was only when the sun came up that we realized we had to go home. I still communicate regularly with some of the people I met that night. 

Top China Tip

Relax, get over yourself and accept things as they come. You’re not in your home country so things will be done differently. One foreigner is not going to change a country of 1.5 billion peoples way of operating. 

Ben Bray

Programme Coordinator
Teaching Programmes

Ben's Story

Ben came to China in 2013 and taught in Guangdong 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.

Biggest Culture Shock Moment

My biggest “culture shock” was when I arrived at the school, after the initial “wow, I’m here” wore off and I realized that I was in a Chinese town where almost no one spoke even a little bit of English! At that point all the crazy architecture, the people, and the language barrier hit me in one go. It still occasionally happens to me today, where I will look up and have a moment where I realize “Oh yeah that’s right, I live in Beijing”.

Favourite China Memory

There are so many to choose from that I’m a little hard pressed. Being given a baby to hold outside of the Forbidden City, meeting all of my awesome friends from my internship who I’m still in contact with now or my student winning a national English completion all come to mind. However, I’m going to give to top prize to the moment that I walked into my classes to take photos with them at the end of my internship. Having not seen them for 2 weeks due to exams, I walked in and got spontaneous rounds of applause, there was screaming, cards, and presents and it really hit home how much I meant to these kids and how much they had meant to me. Plus it’s never bad to feel like a star. 

Top China Tip

Do the stupid thing! Obviously within reason, have common sense, but if a Chinese family invites you to do something, or people that you’ve made friends with tell you about something you’d never even thought of doing, then go do it! China has lots of hidden gems to explore and do but if you don’t try you will always look back and think what if…

Alicia Oliver

Programme Coordinator
Teaching Programmes

Alicia's Story

Alicia is from Staffordshire, UK and resides in Beijing. She first came to China in 2016 to undertake ImmerQi’s Teaching Internship Program where she taught kindergarten and Middle school children in Beijing, she holds a TEFL. Alicia is a keen traveller and started travelling at the age of 18, she has lived in NZ for two years, Australia for 6 months and also travelled Bali. Alicia loves socialising, fitness and is a foodie and in particular loves spicy Chinese food.

Biggest Culture Shock Moment

The biggest culture shock for me was the food. I wasn’t a huge fan of Chinese food before I came to China, so seeing chicken feet, rabbits head and just about every part of an animal on my plate was a huge shock for me. I used to say ‘I’ll eat anything’ but Toto we’re not in Kansas anymore…this is China and uttering those words is just asking for trouble.  

Favourite China Memory

I don’t have one particular moment that I would consider as my ‘favorite’ as I’ve had so many but the most valuable thing that I’ve gained from this experience are my friends.

Top China Tip

Let it go and accept that everything is different here. Be spontaneous and just enjoy the adventure!

Application Process

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It only takes 5 minutes! No commitment required. We’ll be in touch with lots of information and the opportunity to ask a million questions.