Teach English to your host family while studying or interning in Shanghai

Homestay Intern

Homestay tutor

Perfect for your summer holiday or gap year, our EduCare programs offer a fantastic opportunity to experience Chinese culture, learn Mandarin and explore this incredible country from the inside.

Unlike other programs, the homestay intern program focuses solely around English tutoring, with no housework responsibilities. Additionally, you can combine the program with studying Chinese (additional cost) or completing a part-time internship.


  • 2-12 months
  • Any time of year
  • Teach English
  • Combine with Chinese classes (additional cost) or internship (free)
  • Just 8 hours (term) - 20 hours (holidays) tutoring per week
  • Free accommodation, cultural activities and 2000 RMB per month
  • Family trips to local sights and nearby cities
  • No program fee


  • Have completed high school
  • High level of English
  • Aged over 18
  • Physically and mentally healthy
  • Open to the Chinese culture and lifestyle
  • Enjoy caring for children
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Common F.a.q

Tutors will be expected to tutor their new brothers and sisters English.

You will, however, get some time off to explore, and many host families have been known to take their tutors on trips to nearby cities.

Tutors can choose to complete a part-time internship at a local company. There is no cost for this internship, however it is unpaid (it is not common in China to be paid for an internship).

Once you have been successfully placed with a host family, you will be able to discuss your internship preferences further. In the past, it has been possible to place interns in sectors such as e-commerce, translation, business management, marketing, engineering, law, teaching and scientific research. 

To apply, you will need to send us your CV and details on the business areas you would be interested in. 

If you intend to complete an internship, we recommend applying early to maximise your chances of being offered a place in your preferred business area.

Absolutely not, don’t worry! Tutors will be provided with full in-country support. If you don’t speak Chinese, you will be placed with a host family with a sufficient level of English for basic communication.

Interns who are interested in learning Chinese can choose to attend private or group classes at an additional cost.

If you are interested in being placed in the same city as your friend, please mention their name on your initial application form. Although every effort is made to accommodate your request, it can not be guaranteed.

The majority of tutors do not know anyone before they come, don’t worry! We put you in touch with other EduCare participants (from all locations) before departure via a dedicated facebook group, enabling you to get to know each other and plan post-camp travels if you wish.

During the EduCare program, you will also have the opportunity to meet new friends through cultural activities and meet-ups.

We aim to make the application process as smooth as possible. However, matching you with a suitable host family is our number one priority. Since this can take a while, please apply at least 6 weeks prior to your desired start date.

We encourage aupairs to apply for additional funding which may be available through their university or college.You may also have to pay for flights, visa application fees, a police record check and medical check. Additionally, any further travels, evenings out or shopping will require budgeting for.

At the initial application form stage, applicants can express a preference for particular locations. As far as possible, we try to accommodate this. However, we cannot guarantee this as our number one priority must be to place you with the best host family.

Host families are typically relatively well-off, and so live in comfortable apartments in well-developed cities. Tutors will be provided with their own room, usually ensuite.

Tutors will be issued with visa invite letters, which you can use to apply for an F (cultural exchange) visa at your local Chinese visa application centre. Alternatively, short term program participants may chose to come on an L (tourist) visa.

Our partner organisation (International Tutor Shanghai) offers a high level of support for tutors, and has been particularly praised by previous participants for their assistance.

All host families are thoroughly screened before the matching process, and a local coordinator will visit at least once during your stay to ensure everything is going well. You will also have their contact details for assistance at any time during the program.

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