Our Homestay programme offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself in Chinese culture and gain a unique insight into life within a Chinese home.
Staying with a carefully screened family for a period of 1, 2 or 3 months during the school holidays, you will spend 15 hours per week giving your host’s child 1-to-1 English tuition in exchange for accommodation and food.
Our host families are extremely welcoming and respectful and they are eager to both learn about their foreign guest’s culture and to teach them about their own. You will be treated as a member of the family and shown around the local area, as well as given the chance to try local foods and learn the language.
We place one applicant per household, however you will be in close contact with other participants and there will be plenty of opportunities to socialise outside of your host family during your free time. Our partners in China are very proactive in organising frequent social activities for participants and they provide round-the-clock support to help deal with any problems.
This immersive experience not only gives you the chance to gain a good understanding of Chinese culture, but also make new friends and explore a fascinating country from a unique perspective!
Please note, due to our in-country partners only having offices in Beijing and Shenzhen, you may not receive as comprehensive in-country support if you opt for another city.
- Paring with carefully screened host family (includes background and reference checks)
- Pre-departure orientation and cultural training
- Access to our Lesson Plan Library and Member’s Area
- Airport pick up and orientation in China
- Single room accommodation
- Three home-cooked meals per day
- Monthly allowance: 900RMB/first month, 1400RMB/second month, 1800RMB/third month to be paid once participant has completed 80% of required tutoring hours p/m
- Monthly cultural activity
- Local support in China, available 24/7
- Support with teaching
What’s not included?
- Flight to China
- Meals outside of the host family’s home
- Travel expenses
|Programme Start Date||Application Deadline|
|1st July 2017||1st May 2017|
|1st August 2017||1st June 2017|
|1st February 2018||1st December 2017|
Please note, if you choose to take part during these dates you will tutor the host family’s child for 15 hours per week. If you take part outside of these dates, your schedule will tutor the child for 10 hours per week and volunteer in a local school, community or camp for 5 hours per week. During such periods, you will be expected to tutor for 5 hours per week and spend the remaining 10 hours completing voluntary community work, in the form of language and culture exchange. This is so that you do not miss out on spending time with local people and family members and you gain as much from the experience as possible.
- First month: 900 RMB
- Second month: 1400 RMB
- Third month: 1800 RMB
You are expected to spend 15 hours per week either tutoring the host family’s child in English, or doing voluntary community work in exchange for food and accommodation.
Tutoring will usually take place after school hours, or over the weekend. This may differ from family to family and is something you must organise with them directly. Your host family will provide you with workbooks and explain to you how they would like their child to be taught.
Outside of this time, you will have the chance to explore the city with your host family and take part in family events. You will also have plenty of free time to do with what you please. Many participants choose to meet up with others on the programme, explore the local area, or learn Mandarin. You will also get the chance to attend a monthly cultural activity with our in-country partners and other participants.
You must also:
- Be over 18
- Be in good mental and physical health
- Have completed A-levels
- Be willing to adapt to a foreign culture
- Be open-minded and interested in learning about other cultures
- Passionate about helping others to learn English
No previous teaching experience or qualifications are necessary and we do not require you to speak Mandarin.
Upon enrolment onto the programme, you will be given access to our exclusive Member’s Area, where you can find lesson plans, tips and resources, travel advice and a forum where you can speak with former teachers. You will also be invited to our pre-departure Orientation Day, where you will receive teacher training, a language class and advice from former teachers.
To apply, send your CV and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. Successful candidates will be invited for a telephone interview.
If you pass this stage, we will ask you to complete a full application form which will be submitted to our partners in China. They will then schedule a short Skype interview with you before finding a suitable family.
Please note, we need at least 8 weeks to secure a host family. Please check the application deadlines for the programme you wish to apply for.
“I really liked my host family in Beijing. They were really nice, very happy and always respectful of my privacy. I couldn’t have asked for a better host family. The homestay actually turned out to be better than I expected. I was expecting modest living conditions and a friendly yet business-like relationship with the family, but I found myself living in a very nice home with a loving family”
“I got along well with my host family. They invited me to accompany them when they went out, whether it was skiing, going to the park or meeting up with their relatives. We could communicate freely and I didn’t feel uncomfortable if I had a problem I needed to discuss with them. I also got along well with the children. Overall, it was a great experience”
Homestay Programme FAQ’S
We do of course advise you get suitable travel insurance in case of injury or emergency. It is your responsibility to ensure you have this.