1. Is it safe in China?
China is a very safe country. The program city Shenzhen is one of the top 3 most developed cities in China. It’s very clean and modern with a prosperous economy.
(More information about Shenzhen: www.chinaexpeditiontours.com/china-guide/shenzhen-in-brief.html )
EPC ensures that every Edu-Pal will be placed with families that have been carefully screened. We ensure that all Edu-Pals will be insured. Coverage will include travel, health, accident and liability insurance.
2. Is there any program fee?
No program fee requested from Edu-Pals. Edu-Pal China is an organization sponsored by Chinese host families. When the program was launched, the first host families agreed that they would like to be more financially supportive without causing Edu-Pals any financial pressure. It has been this way ever since.
There is a registration fee of USD $75 after your application and video interview.
3. Is the program open all year round?
Yes! This program is available all year round! But you may apply at least 3 months ahead of the departure to China.
4. How many months should I participate in this program?
From 3 to 12+ months.
3 months is the minimum duration accepted. You can participate in this program for as long as you can be available, and 6 months would be ideal and is what most Edu-Pals go for.
If you are a candidate with very convincing childcare or teaching experience, as well as academic background, your application for 2 months would be accepted but there might be less chance to match up with a host family than application with longer commitment.
5. How does the Chinese language classes work?
The Chinese classes are held in EPC center. Generally, Edu-Pal will have 4 course hours per week except school holidays. The classes will be held in small size.
EPC has the best Mandarin teachers in the city, in order to give Edu-Pals the best experience of Mandarin learning and help them learn as much as possible during the program.
EPC will also help Edu-Pal sign up for HSK test to help them get a certificate of Mandarin level.
6. Do I get the chance to make friends during the program?
Yes, for sure! Upon your arrival in China, you will have a peer-mentor who has been on program for a while to help you to fit into host family, using public transportation, get to know the neighborhood, etc. (You will get support from both host family and your EPC program coordinator as well. You may reach out to either party for the help you need.)
There will Edu-Pal club activities, cultural events, cultural travels, and language classes that allow you to meet other Edu-Pals and make friends. You will be part of a very supportive and warm community as our Edu-Pal.
7. Could this be put on my CV?
Yes! At the end of the program, you will have a certificate from this program with Mandarin learning hours and cultural event hours stated. It will for sure help to make your CV stand out.
8. How to get a Background Check?
You could call the local police station and request a criminal record check. You could also do it online. Here’s a website for your reference:
CRS Check, a Premier Provider of International Background Checks. (You could visit this website and get it done there)
DHS check for applicants from North America.
DBS check for England and Wales applicants.
AccessNI Check for Northern Ireland applicants.
Disclosure Scotland checks for Scotland applicants.
Police Record Extracts for Sweden applicants.
If you want to know more information about Edu-Pal China Program, please contact us!