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Learning through Living Together -- LoPair Au Pair China

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host Company

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Professional Development

    10

  • Community

    10

Au Pair life in Chongqing

My time in Chongqing has been filled with excitement and great experiences, but these are only a couple of reasons why i am loving my time here. The foremost reason is the people i get to spend my time with, my host family has made me feel welcome since i have arrived and i really do feel a part of the family, a true big sister to Mary and Angel my host kids. Everyone i have met during my time in China has been super friendly and considerate, despite the difficulties with communication that inevitably arise on occasion. Being an AuPair with this family is fantastic, when the girls aren't at school we spend time playing things such as; hide-and-seek, drawing or caring for our puppy. They are both fun loving girls with a great sense of humour. On the weekends we go out and enjoy ourselves with family or friends. Recently we have been ice-skating, to a football match and to the mountains, to name a few. During my free time i am able to explore Chongqing or meet friends, having the daytime to myself gives me plenty of opportunity to get out and see new things. Although my duty hours never feel a chore. I believe that being open makes this experience most rewarding, you may rarely know what you will be doing in an hours time but being open to anything makes unexpected outings and experiences all the more enjoyable.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host Company

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Professional Development

    10

  • Community

    10

Au Pair in China

Living in China these past couple months has been an amazing experience. There is so much to do and see, and each day is an adventure. It helps that I have a supportive host family. My everyday life is comfortable and fun, and I get along very well with my host family.

On a normal day, I wake up early, tell my host grandparents, “Zao shang hao,” and get myself ready for the day. If Jun Jun, my adorable host brother has school, I help him get ready, and we skip to his kindergarten next door. In the afternoons, we play all sorts of games; we build with Legos and building blocks; we make crafts out of paper; we look at pictures in books and learn the words. Then, after dinner, we play some more, and we read bedtime stories or play some piano. I get plenty of time to rest, study Chinese, go out exploring, and I also get to go out with my host family.

I like my host family because I feel like a real member of the family. My host brother calls me Jie Jie, and we love to play together. My host mother is straightforward, so there are few misunderstandings, and she cares about my well-being. My host grandparents are kind and very helpful, always making sure I have plenty to eat and time to rest and study.

To have a successful placement, communication and a positive attitude are very important. At first, it takes a while to adjust, but everyone has to talk through things and keep trying. It was difficult for me at first, but I kept smiling and working hard, and now I’m very comfortable and happy.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host Company

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Professional Development

    10

  • Community

    10

Living in Ningbo, China

Actually I cannot believe, that I'm living in China for already 10 months now and sadly... I just have 1 month left in Ningbo with my amazing host family!
Time can pass by very, very fast when you feel welcomed and comfortable. I really enjoy my Chinese life and can't imagine how it will be back in Germany, during my stay with a Chinese family and living in a Chinese city, learning more and more about culture and people and trying to improve my Chinese skills I must say, my attitude about different lifestyles and dealing with unfamiliar people changed a lot. I became more open and improved my self confidence!
I'm really, really thankful to my host family for letting me become a part of their family and showing me how it is to live the Chinese way of life.
For me living in Ningbo became very convenient, although the city isn't that big as usual Chinese cities are I'm still making some small adventures and exploring new places with my friends.
Finding Chinese friends was also one of the best experiences I've made during my stay in China. Chinese people are most of the time very friendly and gentle and they're caring a lot about their friends to make sure they feel comfortable and happy. My Chinese friends showed me many fantastic places in and around Ningbo and KTV will always be a great memory for me, I'm pretty sure that after my Au pair time we will keep in touch and I will definitely go on with learning Chinese!
To become an Au Pair in China was one of the best experiences I've made so far, it is always good to travel to unknown places and meeting new people, trying different food and learning a foreign language.
The key for spending an unforgettable time in China was for me having much communication with my host family and learning how to deal with different attitudes and lifestyles and accepting them.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Host Company

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Compensation

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Professional Development

    10

  • Community

    10

Amazing experience

Being an Au Pair in China has been the most amazing experience of my entire life!
My Host Family has twins, two girls of 9 years old. Everyday we had so much fun, we usually woke up together, had breakfast and then prepared to go to school. During school time I had enough free time to enjoy the city, sometimes meet other au pairs, and have Chinese classes. My host mum was an housewife so many days she spent time with me and let me see so many different typical Chinese spots, China is definitely a fascinating country. After school we went to the Grandmother's house to have dinner. After dinner and their homework we had the 'English Time', we did role-plays, read books, sang songs, saw movies; I truly believe that learning by having fun is the most effective way for a child to pick up a new language. On weekends it was always a surprise! We did so many different trips, I am really thankful for everything that they did for me. They treated me like a family member, little by little the girls opened their hearts to me, they really became my little sisters, they were lovely and really sweet. Now that I'm back in my country I really miss them, we use Wechat to see each other and keep in touch.
If you love children, have an open mind and are ready to discover an entire new world; being an au pair is perfect for you!

Overall Rating

1/ 10

  • Academics

    1

  • Living Situation

    1

  • Cultural Immersion

    1

  • Program Administration

    1

  • Health & Safety

    1

  • Community

    1

Left alone in China

I applied for a scholarship with Lopair For May 10th 2017 and was accepted. I get to China and the orientation in Hangzhou is fine and the staff seems friendly (except for the the owner. Seemed a bit like a jerk...) after my host family decided to get a new aupair after two weeks i had to stay in their home for a few weeks. I had a hard time contacting the coordinator about what happens next and when i asked the company i just got attitude. I ended up in a hostel i had to pay for and once again no support for the company or coordinator. I ended up going to a new host family in Hangzhou. When i arrived at the train station the coordinator wasn't their to meet them and i had to wait 3hrs to find and open wifi signal because i had to give my working phone back to the other family. Finally i get to the second family and everything seems fine until the kids starts hitting me. She hit me with a pool stick and a wooden pole. She would scratch me and dig her nails into me, stomp on my arm, punch me in the face, choke me, threaten to kill me, tried to push me down an escalator , tried to touch my privates, make racist comments ect. And she was only 6 so there wasn't much i could do but put my hand up to protect myself. I told the coordinator and was told to tell the mother, so i did (she and the kid could speak english very well). The mother didn't take it seriously and only thought of it as playing. And when it got worse i told the coordinator and mother again but they blamed me. I tried everything at this point so i decided i need to go to a new family or go home. I was told that if i leave those family i will have to go home because no families are available. Then all of a sudden the mother decided to end the contract after i asked multiple times to. So it put the blame on me and i had to pay compensation and had to go to shanghai alone for 18 days until my flight that my family had to pay for. Once again i was left alone by this company in a foreign country I've never been to. I also have a friend who was lied to about the living situation of the family she was sent to and had to leave because of the situation. She was basically tricked into a meeting with the owner, who then proceeded to basically make fun of her for crying. Then they wouldn't let her leave until she paid her compensation. This company is only good until things become difficult. They will be quick to throw you to the sharks to get you out of their hair in a rough situation or if you finish the program. I wouldn't recommend anyone taking the chance. There are other smaller companies but all my friends in the smaller companies had a lot less problems. Proceed with Lopair at your own risk.

  • LoPair Au Pair China Program responded to this review November 03, 2017 at 2:07 AM

    Thank you for leaving such a detailed review on our program. We understand that you had a difficult time adapting to the culture and the host family, and sincerely apologise for your dissatisfaction during your stay in China.

    We assure you that LoPair is always practicing the rules of the program and we are focusing on improving our services for every participant. Nancy, LoPair’s program service manager, is willing to discuss your individual cases further and understand more details about your problems. You are welcome to contact her at: nancy.li@lopair.com to schedule a time and Nancy willl be happy to speak with you.

    best regards
    LoPair Team