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Help A Family In China Learn English

Live like a local with a screened host family and receive free room and board.

Free Mandarin lessons

Free airfare

$100 a week stipend

We will begin taking applications for this program in June 2022 for arrival in September 2022 at the earliest.

Homestay Tutor In China

This is a paid immersion opportunity to learn Chinese and enjoy the Chinese culture and food for 1, 2, or 3 months. You'll live like a local with a carefully screened host family and you'll become a part of the community.

When your host family learns English, you're leaving a lifetime skill that they (and you) will never forget.


Becoming a Homestay Tutor in China is an affordable (and paid)  international educational experience that will enhance your resume through practical experience. And when you return home, imagine the kind of job you can get when you list this experience on your resume.

Tutor English abroad in China and live like a local for 3 to 6 months when you help a family in China learn English. Don’t worry if you’ve never done this before! Your new host family is more interested in learning conversational English than they are in grammar. You'll have so much fun living in China by simply speaking English the way you normally do at home. Also, you have a unique opportunity to learn or improve your Chinese! In a matter of hours, you're walking around your new community like a local. It won’t take long before you're recognized and for you to consider your host community your new, temporary home.  It’s real and authentic. Wake up each day and feel a connection.

Immersion and Sustainable Culture

This is a paid immersion opportunity to learn Chinese and enjoy Chinese culture and food for 3 to 6 months. You'll live like a local with a carefully screened host family and you'll become a part of the community. This is not an "Airbnb" experience for a few days where you live locally but as a tourist. You're an invited guest for at least 3 months or longer.

What really happens? Genuine engagement, not just commoditized “experiences.” You'll live like a local. You won't live locally as a tourist in an apartment.

For up to 15 hours a week, you'll speak to the family in conversational English. In return, you'll receive a free private room and board. Typically families are looking for you to speak English with them over a meal or for a certain amount of time during the day. You also get free Mandarin lessons and free airfare.

Eligibility, What You Earn, And Fees

The program fee is $999 for 3 months, and $1,339 for 6 months.

  • Be between the ages of 20 and 30.
  • Hold a Passport from the United States, Canada, UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand. If you have a different Passport, you can qualify if you take the iTEP Conversation test (25 minutes). Please ask us.
  • Commit to a minimum of 3 months as a homestay tutor. (Many families prefer a commitment of 6 months.)
  • Provide a medical statement with a clear COVID-19 test result and a background check.
  • Be interviewed by phone or Zoom.

Included in the program fee:

  • Your placement with a screened host family.
  • A private room and full board.
  • TEFL Certification (120-hour online). You pay the fee and your host family will reimburse you in local currency. (optional)
  • Free health insurance.
  • Receive ½ of your airfare reimbursed at 3 months with the family and receive the final ½ of your airfare at the end of 6 months with the family.
  • In-country support.
  • Airport transfers.
  • Pre-departure assistance.
  • Assistance with your student visa.
  • 60-hours of Chinese language classes

What you will earn

A weekly stipend of $100 US for 15 hours of English tutoring each week. Usually 1 ½ days off per week.

Before your departure for China, you will receive a timetable with the days and times the family needs you to tutor English. The family must respect your time off.

Not included in the program fee:

  • Meals when you travel or go out on your own.
  • Spending money for personal expenses, when you travel, or optional activities.
  • Visa costs.

How does GeoVisions choose host families?

Can I choose my location?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the application process like?

"Amazing Experience

My Experience with GeoVisions in China last year was great.

I had a culture course online before I went over. It really helped me know what to expect when I got to China. My placement was not exactly where I wanted at first, but everything worked out in the end. Every time I had any issues GeoVisions were always there to support me. Overall it was a great experience and I wouldn't trade it for anything.

May 24, 2019

"The experience I'll never forget

The experience has definitely improved my life- it has forced me to grow and develop, learn an appreciation for the Chinese way of life and its people/culture, and I wouldn't change a thing about what I did. I have no regrets and am grateful for what I have been through.

Thank you, Geovisions, for opening up the world to me and giving me this opportunity. I highly recommend it to anyone who wants a change, a challenge and a bit of adventure. I have made some new friends for life as a result of my time there, and a lifetime of memories and photos to bring along wherever my journey takes me now. Knowing what I know now, would I go back and do it all again rather than remain in my comfort zone in Melbourne? Probably. Would I go back to the same place tomorrow and do it for another year? I definitely don't plan on it... But let's see where life takes me.

February 12, 2019

Request More Information - Opportunities For You

This experience will look great on your CV or Resume. Learn Mandarin in an immersion setting. Contribute a skill that will last a lifetime.

There are no official "start dates." You can set your dates up with your host family in advance. The age range is 20 to 30 and if you have a clear accent, you don't have to be a native-English speaker. Take the iTEP Conversation test and find out about your English level and accent.

Become A Homestay Tutor In China

Learn Mandarin While Teaching English

We would love to talk to you when you're ready!


years we have been teaching English to Chinese families

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Schedule a call with one of our experienced staff to learn more about how you can become a homestay tutor in China for 3 - 6 months.

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