Kalina spent six weeks in Shenzhen, staying with a local host family with two boys aged 4 and 5 years old.
Overall, I had an amazing time. I got to experience the main attractions and life in Shenzhen, as well as the opportunity to go to Huizhou and Guangzhou with the family.
They treated me very well and I was always made to feel comfortable in their home. The kids were naughty at times, but overall it was a delight to be able to work with them and experience their life.
The tuition part of the program was very challenging, as the kids are still small and learning basic things even in their own language.
For anyone matching with a family with small children, my best tip is that communication with the parents is key – setting down expectations, updating on progress, and creating a structure beyond just play, for teaching them English.
Lopair was excellent throughout the process, and the extra Chinese classes that the program includes were very beneficial. I was in a class of only two students, so we got to learn a lot of extra vocabulary that is used on the daily, which greatly improved my communication and speaking skills in Chinese.
I would definitely recommend anyone looking for a cultural immersion opportunity to apply to this program. The terms are incredible, and the experience you can gain is very valuable.
I went on this trip to get a taste of China before I have to come here to study for a full year, and I can honestly say I can’t wait to come back!
This is the perfect program for anyone looking to get into Chinese/exploring Chinese culture, as well as for someone who has already studied Chinese and wants a more daily-life immersion into family lifestyle and culture.