You will have the opportunity to learn Mandarin, experience Chinese culture, attend a local university or language school, explore China, make new friends from different countries, broaden your outlook, experience self-development as well as influencing others in a positive way.
Aupairia offers you 4-6 class hours of Mandarin lessons per week at Beijing Foreign Studies University (BFSU) or 40 Mandarin lessons at the language school per 3 months’ placement (45 mins/lesson). BFSU is famous and praised for offering the widest range of language studies in China: as of December 2016, there are 84 foreign languages being taught in this university. Not only will you have classes every week, living in China will allow you to immerse yourself in a Chinese speaking environment to use the language you learn from the class in everyday life. We hope the course can help you to be ready to take an HSK exam by the end of your program.
The program can be a start for you to explore the Chinese campus and Chinese life. We are glad to help you with issues such as HSK exam registration and preparation or apply for a formal language course or a degree at the Chinese university during the au pair program.
Experience Chinese culture
Every month we have one or two cultural activities so you will explore a variety of modern and ancient traditions of China. In addition, by living with a local family you will also experience daily life in a way that you simply cannot get any other way – attending a university or language school, being part of a local Chinese community, local eating habits, social activities, street entertainment, the national and local customs of different festivals and many more. You will taste the local cuisine and may even try delicacies which are not to be found in your home country. In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn about the cultures of your fellow au pairs who may come from a variety of home nations.
Enjoy the Chinese Campus life
The enrollment of the Chinese courses at BFSU or language school will give you a very good opportunity to experience and enjoy the Chinese campus life as well. Except studying in the classroom, you can also access the facilities of the University such as the School library and dining hall. Reading an interesting book in the library or having a counter meal or some snacks with friends in the dining hall could be fun. You may also join in a basketball or football game with the Chinese students on the playground. Or just take a walking around the campus and relax.
You can also enjoy making friends with young people at your age from all over the China and other countries. It’s always enjoyable to share the experience and ideas with each other, learn the language of each other or hang out and have fun together.
Adjusting to a new environment will help you find out new things about yourself, you will become more independent and mature. By living with the host family and sharing your daily life, you will become more skilled at getting along with people from different cultural backgrounds. In addition, during the process of tutoring English to your host family’s children, you will learn about different perspectives and strengthen your skills too. Helping a child to study English as a second language is sometimes challenging. But it will train you to become a better communicator and strengthen your self-confidence.