Take part in a homestay in China and discover a fascinating culture through the eyes of a local!

Join our China Homestay Program and gain a unique insight into a country and culture like no other, whilst helping a young child with their English. Choose between several country-wide locations and spend up to 3 months immersing yourself in all that China has to offer!

No teaching experience or knowledge of Mandarin is necessary, but don’t worry; the Teach English In China team is here to help. We provide training, resources and support to ensure you embark on your homestay adventure feeling confident and prepared.


Programme Highlights

As a participant in our Homestay Programme, you’ll live with a  Chinese family and experience their way of life. You’ll take part in family activites, join family meals and explore the city through they eyes of a local. Outside of the family home join our many cultural activities and make like-minded friends also on the programme.

Paring with Family

We pair families and candidates based on common interests and shared aims. You will be given the chance to speak to a suggested family before deciding, and if you’re not happy we’ll find you another one. All families have been carefully vetted, have hosted foreigners before and offer a good standard of living to their guests.

Food & Accommodation

Our host families provide private room accommodation equipped with air conditioning, a desk and a wardrobe to make you feel at home. Some families also offer guests a private bathroom. Your hosts will offer three homecooked meals per day. You’ll have the chance to indicate dietary requirements prior to placement.

Cultural Activities

You’ll be invited to join frequent cultural activities and excursions to help you meet other participants and learn more about Chinese culture. These include tai chi, calligraphy and cooking classes, as well as trips to local attractions around your city. You’ll be added to a WeChat group through which you can meet other participants.

Orientation Day

All China Homestay participants are invited to attend our day-long Orientation Day in London a few weeks before departure. Upon arrival in your host city, you’ll be met by a repesentative from our partner organisation who’ll give you a short orientation, a transport and SIM card and introduce you to your family.

24/7 Support

Upon arrival in your host city, you’ll be given the contact details of a local representative from our partner company. They are tasked for making sure you’re safe, well and happy, so you can call them at any time you need. Additionally, our UK based team are on hand to help with any practical issues and give cultural and lesson planning support.

Monthly Allowance

You will receive a monthly allowance in return for your tutoring work, providing you complete 15 hours per week. This starts at 900 RMB for the first month, and increases per month following that. With accommodation and food included, you’ll find this goes a long way no matter which city you’re in!

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Our Homestay Programme runs in cities across the country, but below you can find detailed information about homestays in our most popular and best-known destinations. Contact us if you’re interested in alternative locations.

  • Shanghai

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  • Beijing

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The Practical Parts


Our Homestay Placements start at the beginning of the month, year-round. Applicants have the chance to choose a start date and duration that suits them. Please be aware that due to school holidays and family availability in China, applicants going during summer will have more choice in terms of host family and location.


Participants on our Homestay Programme need to travel to China on an F category visa. We provide you with an invitation letter needed to apply, and the duration of the visa will differ depending on the duration of your programme. Please note, you are responsible for applying for and covering the cost of your visa, though we provide support.


To be considered for a Homestay in China with us, you must be a student or graduate, holding a UK, Ireland, US, New Zealand, Australia, Canada or EU passport.

You must also be available for a minimum of one month, have an interest in exploring foreign cultures and sharing your own.


The cost of participation in our Homestay China Programme differs depending on duration. Whether you choose to stay for 1, 2 or 3 months, you’ll receive our full service throughout. Payment is made in two instalments; the first upon enrolment, and the second at least 2 months prior to departure.

Homestay Duration GBP USD
1 month £550 $750
2 months £630 $825
3 months £710 $950

You will be responsible for the cost of your return flights to China, the visa application and spending money. As everything is provided during the camp, the amount you choose to take depends on what you plan to do. Please make sure you’re able to do this before applying to the programme.

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