Edu-Pal China: ESSENTIAL ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA

Updated: Jun 4


We appreciate your interest in the Edu-Pal China Cultural Exchange Program! Before applying for the program, here are some application requirements and program policies you need to know.


Edu-Pal China Program offers an immersive language/cultural exchange experience between English-speaking young adults and Chinese host families. As this is a live-in program with responsibilities in the host families, there’s an age limit for the applicants. We may make exceptions for applicants with convincing childcare or teaching experiences.


We value your qualifications, experience, and expertise in the childcare and teaching sphere. We embrace the diversity and inclusivity of our participants. Participants from all over the world with vastly different backgrounds and experiences are welcome to join us, to be a member of the EPC family.


Basic Requirements:

  • Age 18-30.

  • Fluent in English (B2 above).

  • Previous experience of working with kids.

  • Be able to provide a clear criminal record.

Notice: All participants must choose to participate on a willing basis: mandates by parents, court, or otherwise are not accepted!


Physical and Mental Health:

  • Be in good physical and emotional health.

  • Be sure to be transparent with the program. It is imperative that you clearly communicate any physical, psychological, or limitations that you may have. This can include prior commitments, chronic conditions, medications, and so forth.

  • Maintain possession of and self-manage own medication.

Notice: Students requiring regular therapy while on the program are not accepted!


Attitude:

  • Be open-minded and willing to try new things.

  • Uphold a positive attitude at all times, even when challenged physically, mentally, or emotionally.

  • Exhibit good manners, tolerance, respect, and compassion towards others.

  • Be amenable and willing to interact with new and unfamiliar cultures.

  • Enthusiastically engage in program activities.


Safety and Judgment:

  • Be able to adapt to changing conditions and circumstances.

  • Be able to identify and recognize hazards and risks while on the program.

  • Heed warnings and instructions given by programs and facilitators.

  • Know how and to whom to report criminal acts against you or your property.

  • Know your ‘trigger’ stressors and have a plan to maintain your physical and mental health while on the program.

  • Possess the ability to self-advocate to effectively communicate your questions, concerns, and/or problems directly with the program staff in an attempt to work out any problems on an individual or group level.


Student Initiative and Engagement:

  • Be actively involved in designing and coordinating your gap year. This takes time, patience, and effort. We are here to support you as advisors, mentors, and with resources, but ultimately it is your responsibility to see through the planning of your gap time.

  • Engage in frequent communication with your facilitators.

  • Fullfill your placements to the fullest and best of your abilities even when - and especially when - things are challenging!

  • Uphold all agreements in the contract with the program, guidelines offered and placements, including but not limited to, policies regarding culturally appropriate behavior, alcohol and drug use, and participation.


Thank you again for your interest in Edu-Pal China Cultural Exchange Program! We look forward to speaking with you soon!

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