Rosa – Homestay Tutor Beijing and Shanghai

Gap year student Rosa from the UK spent one year in China on the Long Term Homestay Tutor program in Beijing and Shanghai.

How was your experience on the program?

Being a homestay tutor is challenging, but rewarding. Rewarding because you get to become part of a family and immerse yourself completely in the culture.

You also get to meet so many people from all over the world and learn a language that at first may seem impossible, but is actually quite easy. You get to make life long friendships and you get opportunities to travel around China. 

You stayed in two cities – which was your favourite and why?

I lived 6 months in Beijing and 6 months in Shanghai and i must say Beijing was my favourite. I think it’s the perfect place to experience China.

During the time I was there I was hosted by 3 families and the the children I taught captured my heart completely. I love them, they will always have a special place in my heart as well as the families.

What advice would you give future participants?

Living in a foreign country is obviously going to be difficult. Having an open mind is definitely a must, keep in mind you’re in a  different territory which means different rules, different traditions and customs.

2 out of the 3 families that hosted me were perfect matches, now, with that being said, not every match is successful. Choose your host family wisely. Get in touch with other participants and ask questions, but remember everyone’s experience is different. If you have a problem with your host family remember communication is key. Talk it out with them first and if you can’t reach an agreement then get the company involved, they will help as much as they can. 

Would you recommend the program to a friend and why?

I fell in love with China so much that I signed another 6 months (having originally intended to come for just half a year).

Unfortunately my year abroad has come to an end, but I’m not sad because I know I’m coming back soon. China has become my home. Give it a shot – it’s worth it!

Any closing words?

Unfortunately my time abroad has come to an end, I leave a piece of my heart behind. Don’t miss me too much China because I’ll be back soon. Thank you everyone who gave me so many lovely memories, I can’t wait to come back and make more!

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