“Be ready and get prepared for a totally new environment and culture. The adaptation can take time and patience but, believe me, it’s totally worth it!”
David is meeting with us today to talk about his experience as an Au pair in China. He’s 21 and comes from Mexico. He’s been in Shanghai for almost 6 months and takes care of a 6-year-old boy called Aaron. Let’s hear about it!
Au Pair Shanghai – How did you come up with the idea of being an Au pair and how did you hear about the program?
David – I wanted to be an Au pair because I have been working with kids for several years and so I thought this would be a really good opportunity for me to keep doing what I know and to experience another culture and lifestyle. I heard about the program through an Au pair company in Mexico which is a partner of Au pair Shanghai.
Au Pair Shanghai – Can you tell us about the matching process? What were your expectations?
David – I was SO lucky : I applied and, only 3 weeks after, I matched with my family. I was really excited and I didn’t know what to expect. The only thing that I wanted was a cool kid to play and share with, and a kind family.
Au Pair Shanghai – How was it to leave your country? What is for you the most challenging thing about being an Au pair?
David – I’ve been living out of my country for some years so it was not too hard for me to leave. I was really excited and I knew great things were waiting for me. The only difficult part was the language but after a couple of good mandarin classes I started to love it.
Au Pair Shanghai – What is a usual day for you?
David – In the morning I take Aaron to school with my host mom and then I go and attend my Chinese language course. When he’s back from school I help him with his English homework and teach him some new words and we talk about different topics. On my free time I chill with my friends, learn more mandarin and discover great day and night places in the city.
Au Pair Shanghai – Any pieces of advice for future Au pairs ?
Be ready and get prepared for a totally new environment and culture. Search over the internet, read about the culture, the lifestyle and the History, look for interesting places to visit… The adaptation can take time and patience but, believe me, it’s totally worth it!
Thank you, David, for your time and your good spirit. We wish you the best for the rest of this adventure.