Perfect for your summer holiday or gap year, the long-term Homestay Tutor program offers a fantastic opportunity to experience Chinese culture, learn Mandarin and explore this incredible country from the inside.
Participants will be expected to tutor their new brothers and sisters English as well as help with light household chores.
You will, however, get some time off to explore, and some host families have been known to take their homestay tutors on trips to nearby cities.
Absolutely not, don’t worry! You will be provided with full in-country support as well as weekly Mandarin lessons. If you don’t speak Chinese, you will be placed with a host family with a sufficient level of English for basic communication.
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 participants do not know anyone before they come, don’t worry! We put you in touch with other 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 program, you will also have the opportunity to meet new friends at your orientation tour, language classes and cultural/ social activities.
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.
The program fee is a contribution towards your flight costs, which varies depending on your location.
We encourage participants to apply for additional funding which may be available through their university or college. Bear in mind that 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. Participants will be provided with their own room, usually ensuite.
Participants will be issued with X visa invite letters, which you can use to apply for an X (student) 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 (Lopair) is part of the International Au Pair Association and so offers a high level of support for au pairs, in line with international standards.
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.