Becoming a host family in China
There is no official au pair programme in China, however young people aged between 18 and 29 who qualify for an F-visa or an X-visa, can go to China and work as an au pair.
You are eligible to be a host family in China if:
- you have at least 1 child under 18 living with you
- you are able to offer an individual room and 3 meals a day
- you speak Chinese in your daily life
- you are willing to pay up to 5,000 RMB for the au pair’s flight
- you are of a different nationality than your au pair
Your au pair will look after your children and will help you out with light household chores. You can ask your au pair to teach your children a foreign language. Discuss your duties beforehand and include all the points you agree upon in your contract.
Board & Lodging
Au pairs are entitled to free board and lodging even in case of illness. You should be able to offer your au pair a separate room.
There is no official regulation concerning the amount of hours an au pair should work, but they usually are between 25 and 30 hours per week, babysitting included.
Length of stay
There is no official regulation, but au pairs are usually entitled to at least 2 free days per week.
It is recommended that you draw up a contract with your au pair. The contract should include au pair pocket money, holidays and duties. Click here for a sample contract. If you’re looking for an au pair through an agency, the agency will look after the contract.
If you require your au pair to drive, you must provide him/her with a car, pay for car insurance and ensure that the car is well maintained. You must also provide fuel or give money to your au pair to pay for fuel for the car. Remember your au pair is young and comes from a different country where she/he might drive on the other side of the road. She/he may not have much driving experience. We recommend that you provide your au pair with driving lessons until she/he is confident enough to drive your car.