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Au Pair in China

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Au Pair
3 to 12 months
18 to 29

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Trip overview

Home away from home? How about a family away from home – on the other side of the world? 

An Au Pair trip combines your love of children and travel into one EPIC trip where you become part of the family while looking after the kids. 

In exchange, you get full board and lodging in your host family’s home and a basic salary.

Which means anything you’re earning can go straight to your adventure fund! 

And when you go with Global, you get: 

  • Host Family Match. Personally approve your host family via family profiles and video calls before you even leave home. 
  • Full board and lodging. Accommodation and 3 meals a day are covered. So your salary can go towards your travel fund instead! 
  • 4 nights hostel accommodation. Enjoy 4 nights at any hostel in China  ON US to keep your adventure going. 
  • Flight reimbursement. After successful completion of your Au Pair trip, the price of your flight is covered (up to $3000 RBM).

If you enjoy hanging out with children, and you’re looking for a trip overseas that’ll help you travel for months at a time, this is the one for you. 

You become part of the family as you’ll form close bonds with everyone while you’re helping out. It’s your shortcut to experiencing a new country with the insight of a local. 

You’ll get to pre-approve your host family using family profiles and video calls before you leave home. So you know exactly what you’re getting into long before you step foot on a plane. 

With your living expenses covered and a basic salary of AUD $75+ a week, all your earnings could go straight to your travel fund.

Your days off could be filled with adventures around your new neighbourhood or ticking off some of the bucket-list adventures you can discover in China.  

When you book with Global, you book with the best. Our team will sort out your admin from visa assistance, finding an approved host family before you go, banking advice, side trip planning, human-centred 24/7 support, and much, much more.


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Host family match
Flight reimbursement
Dedicated Trip Coordinator
Trip visa guidance
Personal Travel Concierge
Access to family profiles
Pre-approved family agreement
Online au pair course
Airport pickup or transfer
Private live-in accommodation
Welcome orientation
Meet & greets
4 nights hostel accommodation
Incompatible family re-match
Certificate of completion
Ongoing local team support
24/7 Global Emergency Line
gWorld access
Global AcademyNEW
Marketplace dealsNEW
$250 off your next trip

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To qualify for this trip you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be between 18-29 years of age
  • Be a citizen of an eligible country
  • Have no criminal convictions in the past 5 years

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Trip details

Our Au Pair in China trip is a cultural exchange designed to get you set up abroad safe and securely with welcoming, English speaking host family.

Our expert team offer assistance with all those stressful essentials you need to get set up overseas, like a local bank account and finding the perfect host family to 24/7 support and live-in accommodation.

Simply, we’re here to ensure your transition to living abroad in China is seamless.

Arrive into the country with the confidence that you are many steps ahead of every other person looking to be an au pair in China.

We offer you the security of an approved placement with a local pre-screened and loving host family, accommodation and an agreement set up before you’ve even left home!

With the hard work done for you, you can settle into your home-away-from-home straight away, get to know your new family and embrace the Chinese lifestyle with open arms.

We will guide you throughout the entire journey to ensure you feel confident knowing you are in the best hands possible.

With most of your living expenses covered, you can spend your earnings exploring the natural beauty of China, touring the different landscapes and joining your family on weekend getaways.

Don’t waste your precious time sweating the logistical stuff. That’s exactly why we’re here - to save you time, money, stress and even the risk of having to return home early!

Make your time count on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and prepare to immerse yourself in the laid back and relaxed culture, foster your personal growth and develop important life skills your future-self will thank you for!


To qualify for this trip, you will need to have provable child-caring experience, be a native English speaker and meet the visa requirements. As an au pair, you can not smoke or have suffered from any mental health or eating disorders. You'll be required to obtain and pass a medical examination as proof. You are also required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 to enter this destination at the time of your travel.

What extra costs will I have? 

Visa, criminal background check, souvenirs & spending money.

Accommodation & meals

You’ll be set up with your own private room right there in your host family’s house. You’ll also share all your meals with your host family. 

With rent and utilities covered, everything you earn could go straight to those once-in-a-lifetime side quests you’ve been dreaming about.

Trip itinerary

Before you leave

Pre-approve your host family through detailed family profiles and video calls. You’ll get to interview the family, agree on your responsibilities and compensation, and get to meet everyone before you’ve left home.


Once you arrive at the airport closest to your placement, your host family will be waiting for you at the airport. You’ll be taken to your host family’s home, where you’ll be set up in your own bedroom and be shown around the neighbourhood. Take some time to settle in, get to know your host family, or explore your neighbourhood.


Since you’ve agreed on your responsibilities and schedule beforehand, there’ll be no surprises about what’s expected of you. Generally, you'll be helping out for 25-50 hours a week doing the following tasks:  - Caring for the children at home - School drop-off and pickup - Park outings  - Fun activities with the children  - Light household duties (expect your share of the regular household chores that family members do around the house) With 4 nights of accommodation at any hostel in China  included in your package, you’re halfway to the most epic vacation you could dream of.  And if you’re looking for travel buddies, we can help with that, too.  Hop onto gWorld – our social app for Global Travellers – and link up with other travellers to explore China together. You could even join a bucket-list Global Getaway with other Global Travellers. Whatever you choose to do, we can help make it easy.  We’ll be in touch with you throughout your stay. If you ever need advice or support our team is available to answer your questions. And our 24/7 emergency support line will help with urgent matters.  Don’t go alone. Go with Global.

Why choose us

We take care of pretty much everything so you don’t have to. You’ll arrive in China totally prepared with a plan of action and trusted people helping you along the way. 

Our Au Pair trips are designed to get you set up with a host family you’re comfortable with on the other side of the world before you’ve left home. Our goal is to save you time, money, and stress while eliminating the risk of returning home early. Here’s how we do it: 

We’re on your side from the moment you get started. 

You’ll be assigned a dedicated Trip Coordinator. They’ll guide you through the next steps and answer all your questions. They’ll also help you with the pesky visa. No guesswork – only the right paperwork, approved the first time, in your hands before you leave. 

Your Personal Travel Concierge will help with flights, insurance, and any add-ons you’d like for your trip. These are real humans too – no robots here. 

We maintain relationships with a huge network of screened and vetted partner organisations all over the world. We know they’re trustworthy and that you’re in good hands because of all the successful trips Global Travellers keep having with our partners. 

Our team is well travelled so you can rely on our experience. We’re with you every step of the way. 

Join 80,000 travellers – giving us 10,000+ 4 & 5 star reviews – by choosing Global to make your travel dreams come true. 

Most travellers book their trip 6-12 months in advance. Dates are flexible, but spaces are limited. So if you’re serious about being an au pair in China, don’t delay. 

With our Book Now, Decide Later feature, you can get started with a small deposit today, and take a full year to choose your dates. 

We’ll take over from there, helping you with visas, flights, accommodation, and setting you up with a host family in China . 

This is the trip for you if you’re after the ultimate au pair experience in China, complete with everything you need and 24/7 support.

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Why Au Pair

The main purpose of this trip is for you to be a live-in Au Pair for a family in China . 

Each placement is different and depends on the needs of the family. But you’ll cover all of this in the pre-screening process while looking for a host family match. 

The happiest and most successful Au Pairs make a point to become part of the family. You want to form close bonds with your host family – they are your home away from home after all. Besides, you never know what opportunities this relationship could have for you in the future.

This means helping out around the house with regular chores just like any other member of the family would. 

If you’re interested in child care as a career, this is a great way to get some broad experience that’ll stand out on your CV while smashing your travel dreams in the process. 

If you’re just keen to work and travel around the world, this is a great way to base yourself in one location for some time while you form close personal bonds and save up for the next adventure. 

Being an Au Pair is one of those travel ‘hacks’ that help people travel for extended periods of time all over the world. And we can make it easy for you.

Au pair locations

From being a stone's throw from The Great Wall in Beijing, living on the bay in Shanghai or experiencing the old world meets new world cataclysm of Hong Kong. You could find yourself au pairing in any of these destinations.

  • Shenzhen
  • Beijing
  • Guangzhou  
  • Shanghai
  • Hong Kong

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Frequently asked questions

Why go with Global Work & Travel?

As the world’s leading gap-year and "work & travel" company, we provide a premium service for Global Travellers. Choose from a variety of awesome experiences worldwide. We assist with visas, pre-departure, flights, insurance, and tours. Our cool tech features support you throughout the journey. As a Global Traveller, access gWorld, our personalized app. Keep important documents and trip details handy. Enjoy exclusive Marketplace deals, a social network, language learning, side trips, meet-ups, and more. It's like all your favorite apps merged into one, but better! Our support doesn't stop there. With a 24/7 emergency team, 90+ staff, and ongoing assistance, we ensure you feel like a local. Join the 80,000+ Global Travellers who have turned their travel dreams into reality with us. We proudly boast the most & best reviews in the biz!

Are flights & insurance included?

While we would love to include flights and insurance in our trip packages, it is not feasible to have a fixed price due to the diverse destinations, trip durations, and individual coverage needs of our travellers from around the globe. However, once you register for the trip, we will assign you a dedicated Travel Concierge. They will work closely with you to arrange the ideal flights and insurance tailored to your specific adventure. Rest assured, our team is here to ensure you have a smooth and hassle-free travel experience from start to finish!

What is an Au Pair?

Au Pairs are like the superheroes of childcare, providing live-in care for the children of a host family abroad. They aren't just ordinary caregivers, they become temporary family members themselves. Picture this: you could be joining the family for exciting holidays, sipping lemonade by the poolside, and maybe even having lively dance-offs in the living room. As an Au Pair, you'll experience the joy of being part of a new family, creating unforgettable memories and building bonds that last a lifetime. So, if you're ready to bring that extra sparkle to a host family's life and become an honorary family member, look no further. We'll help you find the perfect Au Pair opportunity abroad, where love, laughter, and family moments await. Get ready to embark on an extraordinary adventure filled with love, care, and a whole lot of fun!

What if I don't like my host family?

Our Au Pair trips are known for our exceptional matching process. We take the time to understand you and your preferences, allowing you to access a variety of family profiles and be involved in the matching process. Video meetings with the parents and children ensure a strong connection and compatibility. Leading up to your departure, you'll have the opportunity to connect with your host family again. With this thorough process, uncomfortable situations are extremely rare. However, if any unexpected circumstances arise, we are dedicated to finding you another match (providing you haven't broken the Au Pair agreement). Your satisfaction and well-being are our highest priorities throughout your Au Pair journey with us. Get ready for an incredible experience as an Au Pair, creating lasting memories with your host family!

How long does an Au Pair placement typically last?

Au Pair placements generally range from a few months to a year, depending on the requirements for the trip and host family. We are here to ensure we find the perfect fit for you, to satisfy your timeline and goals for the experience. Once registered, your dedicated Trip Coordinator will guide you through next steps and recommend the best possible option to go for.

Will I be responsible for any household chores as an Au Pair?

As an Au Pair, your primary responsibility is to provide childcare assistance. However, light household chores related to the children, such as tidying up their rooms or preparing meals, may be expected. You will be provided a clear understanding of the household expectations and responsibilities before accepting your placement.

Will I receive any compensation as an Au Pair?

Yes, as an Au Pair, you will typically receive a weekly or monthly stipend from your host family. The amount may vary depending on the destination country and the agreed-upon terms of the placement. Additionally, your host family will provide accommodations and meals as part of the arrangement.

Will I have any free time during my Au Pair placement?

Absolutely! As an Au Pair you will have at least 1-2 days off per week (usually weekends when the parents are home) along with designated free time throughout the week. This will allow you to relax, explore the local culture, or meet up with other Au Pairs or Global Travellers you met through Global Social in gWorld!

What support will be available to me during my placement?

Our Au Pair trip provides comprehensive support throughout your placement. From the initial matching process to ongoing guidance, our team is always available to address any concerns or assist with challenges that may arise. Additionally, you'll have access to a community of other Au Pairs to connect with and explore your new home together!

Why should I book now?

Covid-19 threw us a curve ball and pretty much halted all travel. This means that we have a backlog of travellers, just like you, who are desperate to get out and explore the world! Global Work & Travel works on a first-in-best-dressed basis. Booking earlier ensures that you don’t miss out on the best intake, season, placements and more! We recommend our travellers take 6-12 months to plan their trip for a reason - to make sure you’ve got everything organised perfectly, stress-free. As a Global Traveller you’ll get exclusive access to gWorld, our personalised app where you can keep all of your important documents and trip details in one spot and gain insider access to everything Global. This is where you will find exclusive Marketplace Deals, a unique social network to connect you with other like-minded Global Travellers, access to our Academy with an ever-growing range of skills & languages, and so much more. Think all of your favourite apps merged into one, but like, better? Why not give yourself something to look forward to by booking that trip!

Can I travel with a friend?

Yes you can! Simply tell your Trip Coordinator after booking that your friend is also going and they can link your profiles. For most of our trips we should be able to have you and your friends placed together or nearby. Meaning that you can live, work, play & travel together! But wait there's more! Not only can you travel the world with your besties at your side, you can also earn some extra cash towards your own trip just by referring your friends to Global Work & Travel. You can learn more about the great referral rewards program inside your gWorld account once you join. And for those who decide to go-it-solo, we’ve made it easier to meet other Global Travellers in the same region as you. Just like any other social platform, you’ll be able to interact, share, chat and meet with some really cool people who are doing trips just like you!

Can I bring my pet along?

At Global Work & Travel, we share a deep love for animals and fully understand the special bond you have with your pet. We recognise the challenges of embarking on a trip without them. Due to travel restrictions, requirements, and limited pet-friendly accommodations among our host organisations, we regretfully cannot facilitate their inclusion in the journey. However, many of our customers choose to entrust their pets to a family member or friend, embark on their adventure, and return home to wagging tails and furry cuddles.

What happens if I want to cancel my trip?

We know that life can get in the way of travel, so all our trips come with a great deal of flexibility. In most cases, if you cannot travel on your selected date, you can place your trip on hold to deal with whatever is holding you back, and continue in the future without incurring any penalty. You may also have the option of transferring to an entirely different trip and destination as well, or even transferring your trip to a friend or family member. In the event that you need to outright cancel your trip, if you give us 84* days notice you can do so with only a 50% cancellation fee. Your refund of the balance will come in the form of a Store Credit which you can put toward any other trip that we offer, including tours through third-party providers, as well as holidays through DealsAway.com, and is valid for 2 years from date of issue. As international travel can be complex, your options are based on the progress of your trip organisation and our support team can assist you in finding the best solution for your needs.

How it works

1. Choose a trip style

Find your dream experience & destination, then secure your spot with a flexible & low deposit. Activate your gWorld to unlock some cool perks. Well done! The hardest part’s over!

2. We become friends

Book a time to meet your dedicated Trip Coordinator who knows all the ins & outs of your trip. They’ll be by your side and working behind-the-scenes to pull everything together.

3. Time to go!

We’ll get your tickets, accommodation & transfers ready. Our in-country team or partner will have everything prepared & waiting for your arrival. Get on the plane with no worries!

4. 24/7 support

Never stress, knowing we’re there with you when you need us with ongoing & unlimited local team support and check-ins. And just in case, we’ve got an emergency team on stand-by, 24/7.

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We're the experts

With over 10 years in the industry and a team of over 90 passionate pros, you can bet we know our stuff better than anyone else.

Partner network

We have over 1,200 partners around the globe, so we have access to plenty of exclusive opportunities to make your trip the best it can be.

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