Adele

Adele

Adele spent six weeks in Shenzhen on the short term EduCare program.

How was your experience on the program?

I had a really positive experience with the family, playing with the children while speaking to them in English and building up their fluency in an everyday context.

A modern, financial city, Shenzhen offers all the western comforts in a less touristy city than Shanghai. Located on the border with Hong Kong, Shenzhen was once a large manufacturing centre. Now it is home to some of China's biggest technology companies and is a major innovation hub, providing participants with unparalleled insights into Chinese the business culture.
Adele

How was your host family?

My host family has two children (a boy, 11; a girl, 4) and live in a beautiful complex in the OCT district in Shenzhen.

How was the support provided by our in-country partners, Lopair?

Lopair were brilliant throughout the whole process. I found the application process to be quick and they were able to answer any questions I had from start to finish. 

Moreover, they were supportive while I interviewed with families, providing advice and their own opinion. 

They were very efficient when booking transport to and from Shenzhen.

city tour
Just a short train ride from Shanghai, Hangzhou offers a more relaxed way of life in a comfortable, well-developed city. Centred around the beautiful West Lake, Hangzhou is famous for its greenery and parks. Participants can stroll along the waterfront, explore ancient temples, and hike among traditional tea plantations.

How was the orientation camp?

The two days I spent in Hangzhou before starting the programme were great fun. 

It was super helpful to meet the team and other au pairs as it put you in contact with people that were in the same boat, people you could share tips and the occasional complaint with!

How was your experience of learning Chinese?

While in Shenzhen I had two mornings of Mandarin class a week. I was in a class of two and this meant that we were able to fit in lots of practice and have a lot of fun too.

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Just a short train ride from Shanghai, Hangzhou offers a more relaxed way of life in a comfortable, well-developed city. Centred around the beautiful West Lake, Hangzhou is famous for its greenery and parks. Participants can stroll along the waterfront, explore ancient temples, and hike among traditional tea plantations.

Would you recommend the program to a friend and why?

I would absolutely recommend this experience to anyone interested in China.

Especially if you are learning Chinese, it is a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in a Chinese speaking environment so your listening and speaking skills will benefit massively!

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