Daily work and responsibility as an au pair
As an au pair, you will be expected to work for less than thirty hours in a week. The job will entail, taking care of the children, escorting them to school, playing and teaching them while they are at home. Unlike in Western nations, working as an au pair in China, does not involve working in the house full time.
In most of the families au pairs as a member of the families so at time you will be getting invitations to social and family events and gathering , here you will not be an au pair but as one of the family member. This is one of the rare privileges that an au pair gets to enjoy, you will have a chance to mingle with the Chinese families, here you can form lasting networks and also get a chance to learn about their ways of life.
The number of hours may vary, depending on the family and also on the agreement between the family and the au pair. The daily work schedule will entail waking up early, preparing the children for school and escorting them to their respective learning institutions. Sometimes you may be required to sleep late, right after everyone has retired to bed. On average you are required to work for thirty hours in a week.
How to stay with kids
As an au pair, you will pick the kids from school and stay with them, teach and play together. This can be the most fascinating part, you are a person who has some experience taking care of the kids, you will have a chance to teach them new things especially your language, you will feel proud having influenced children from a different culture. When handled well, taking care of the kids can be very fulfilling.
The family role
You might also be required to take care of the whole family, in some household, you will be treated as a family member, and therefore your role in the family will be just to assist on the domestic chores as you would do in your family. You might not even notice that you are working as an au pair as most of the tasks that you be performing are exactly the same that you would in your own family. The fact that you will be taken in as a member of the family does not grant you full authority; remember that you will have to keep your boundaries. Sometimes children can be very stubborn in accepting new family members, know when to do what so that you can live harmoniously with the host family.
How to finish the contract period
Normally one takes a contract of 3, 6, 9 or 12 months, one is free to terminate the contract once it expires, on the same note it can be extended as long as one would wish to stay with the family. While working as an au pair one is supposed to abide by the regulations set forth by International Au Pair Association and China Au Pair Association and above all obeys the national laws.
Happy life in China
Living and working in China as an au pair is exciting, the fact that the roles are different from what one would expect in European country makes the stay a happy one. An au pair is treated with respect, as one of the family members; this makes her feel comfortable in a country that is thousand miles away from home.