Au Pair in China – part 2 – One au pair’s story

Chinese countryside(photo courtesy of dreamstime)

In our last post, we talked a little bit about the growing popularity of China as an au pair destination. One of our readers, G. M., who is working as an au pair in China, has been gracious enough to share her experience with us. Here is some of what she has written about her time in China so far …

“I’ve been here for 3 weeks now. The agency told me that the first week was the ‘honeymoon’ phase, and then it gets hard. That didn’t happen to me … I hated the first week … “

She goes on to say that the first week she was very depressed and homesick. She was having some trouble getting used to such a different culture, and was even working more hours than she should. She was more or less wondering what she had done and if going to China had been the right decision. But she did go on to say…

“After the first week things started to get better and are continuing to get better.”

After getting over the initial sadness of leaving home and culture shock of living in such a new and different place, G. started to really appreciate China. Except for maybe the bad weather … About the country, she says,

“China is amazing in every sense. The size of Beijing, the number of people, the weather is bad, and the people somewhat difficult.”

She also says that people who can’t adjust quickly should not go to China, which is probably very true. For many westerners, Asia can be a BIG change, so you need to be sure that you can handle such a drastically different place and culture.

Like most au pairs, there has been the occassional issue with her host family, but for the most part, the au pair job in China is working out. An email sent several weeks into the job reveals that things are working out great. The agency she is working with is great and encourages other au pairs in the area to get to know each other. She has also made friends outside of her family and au pair circle, and she her work situation has balanced out nicely. She works 30 hours a week, taking care of the family’s son, whom she is getting along with very well. Of course, things haven’t been 100% easy, but G.M. is happy she made the decision to work in China as an au pair.

So, the final verdict on working as an au pair in China? Totally worth it, but not for the faint of heart!

Are there any other au pairs working in China? Or interested in going? If so, please speak up – we’d love to hear from you!


16 thoughts on “Au Pair in China – part 2 – One au pair’s story

  1. Pingback: Au Pair in China - Work in China as an Au Pair | Best AuPair Guide

  2. Hi, thanks for the article. I’m planning on going to China as an au pair next month with HHS but I’m checking out my options before committing. Do you know what agency G. M. is going through? Has she been happy with them?

  3. Hi Dan,

    Your very welcome! I know that she is satisfied with the agency, but I don’t know which it is. I have emailed her though, so as soon as I find out I will post again or shoot you an email.

  4. Hi again Dan,
    Just found out that G.M. is going through the HHS Center as well. She said that she has had difficulty with a couple employees, but that the overall experience with them has been good. Hope this helps!

  5. Talya,
    Thanks, that’s good to know. My experience with them so far has been similar. Appreciate it!

  6. hi, im thinking about being an au pair in china with the company smaller earth. I just wanted to know if its a well known company? also how safe is china for young women?

  7. Hi,

    I’m a 42 British Guy with a Chinese wife (38) and our beautiful intelligent son (4) living in Zhongshan, Guangdong China.

    I’m interested in hiring an au pair to live with us in China and would like to know a good agency that can help us.

  8. hi, I’m glad I found this article as there is only little information about this program in China. Through a relative of mine I found Joytrip China, an au pair agency with German speaking staff in Beijing. I also checked out HHS but they only pay 750CNY which is a little to less for me, thats why I applied with Joytrip. They found a family for me already in Beijing, I will start as an au pair there end of this month. So excited! 🙂

  9. Hi Alex, thanks for sharing, and I am going to have to check out the JoyTrip China, it is good to know about another good agency in China. The best of luck to you. Please stop back by and let us know how your China experience goes!

  10. Hi! I’m looking to au pair in China from january 2013, anyone else be out there?!

  11. Dear Hanna,
    This is Au Pair Shanghai which is a Chinese au pair agency, we have many families in difference cities in China, so are you interested in being au pair in China? if yes, please contact me as soon as possible!
    best wishes

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