An Au Pair is...
... someone who lives with a family and helps out with childcare, but is 'au pair' (French for 'on par') with the family members and thus, treated as an equal. In exchange for helping out, au pairs receive food and accommodation as well as other practical benefits.
Generally speaking, our host families expect au pairs to take on more of an educational than a pastoral role. This usually means teaching English through play and exploring aspects of your culture together.
What do you gain?
If our experiences have taught us anything, it is that the best way to learn about another culture is by getting to know the people. Au pairing is a great way to do that!
You exchange your knowledge and skills for those of your hosts, and through a little effort you gain experiential knowledge of Chinese culture, and experience 'travel' in a much truer sense of the word...
This is in addition to all of the practical benefits listed in the programme details.
What does the host family gain?
As China increasingly opens up to the world, many families are looking for au pairs to help their children explore the English language and Western culture.
Parents get an opportunity to practice their English, and help with childcare.
Children get a chance to learn English from a native or fluent speaker.
The whole family take pride in showcasing Chinese culture to the outside world.