A DAY IN THE LIFE...
Every home-stay experience with BMC Cultural Exchange is a unique experience as individual as the family you live with. However, there are similarities. Here is an example of an au pair's daily routine in Beijing:
6-8am Breakfast… Chinese style. No milk and cereal here, you will find breakfast in China quite different to what you are used to at home. Dumplings, noodles and fried rice can all make an appearance... Delicious.
8am School drop-off: Children start school at age five in China, so school drop-off depends on the age of your little brother or sister. You might be needed to help with the drop off, or you might not, it all depends on the individual needs of your family.
8:30am-4:00pm Free Time: Spend the day as you please, explore the ancient walls of the Forbidden City or opt for a visit to the Beijing 798 art district and discover the hidden side of China's culture. Whether you are out and about in Beijing or relaxing at home it's another chance to taste some delicious authentic Chinese food.
4:00pm Schools Out: Time to meet back up with your little brother or sister.
4:00pm-5:00pm Homework Time: You could be on hand to supervise homework time if needed, you might even learn a thing or two yourself.
5:00pm-7:00pm Play time: The best part of the day, when you can enjoy playing with your little brother or sister. This could include singing, painting, reading stories or watching films together... whatever you decide upon together. The emphasis here is on practicing English in a fun way, as well as learning about UK culture.
7:00pm Dinner: The chance to sit down and enjoy a meal together with your host family. Be sure to try your city's specialty dish. Peking Duck is not to be missed, or you could try your hand at making jiaozi (pronounced "tzjiao-tzjuh": a kind of dumpling). Your host family will make it look easy!
7:30pm Onwards Free time: Time to relax and unwind after a busy day in bustling Beijing.