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Staying with a local family is definitely the best and fastest way to learn the Chinese language, understand Chinese culture and make Chinese friends! It is also suitable for foreign tourists who want to see eastern China and stay in Shanghai, a city that is constantly changing and developing.  As a fully integrated family member you will eat, cook, watch TV, shop, and experience day-to-day life with your host family. The family will provide you with a safe, clean and hospitable environment, and assist you in your transition to life in China! Meanwhile, you won't have to give up your privacy, as you will have your own space -- a private bedroom, most of the time with a private bathroom attached.


Preliminary Instructions for Foreign Lodger in Hostfamily
1. You will follow the guidance of the host family to register in the proper Police Office during your stay.
2. Please communicate with the host family about the facilities, habits, and need of the family members. You could also propose your own demands and ask for advice from the family.
3. You agree to spend at least 5 hours per week exchanging language and culture with the host family. As a member of the family, please inform the host family in advance if you plan to come home late.
4. Please keep your room and any public rooms clean and tidy, Do not smoke in the home without the permission of the host.
5. You are welcome to use facilities within the house, such as TV, microwave oven, washing machine, air conditioner, etc. If family allows, you could use family’s computer and telephone (only to make local calls). If you need to make long-distance calls and long distance calls, please use your own telephone card.
6. If permitted by the family, you can use the kitchen to cook your own meals.
7. Please use family facilities carefully and take care of your belongings
8. If permitted by the family, you may bring guests to the home

Preliminary Instructions for Hostfamily to Foreign Lodger
1. The host family herein has agreed to be respectful, honest, fair and understanding of the foreign guest.
2. The host family will provide the foreign guest a private bedroom (In most cases a private bathroom will also be arranged), basic furniture, air conditioner/heater and at least one meal (usually dinner) in a home with telephone and Internet connections.
3. The host family should assist the foreign lodger to register with the local police office in order to comply with existing Chinese laws.
4. The host family should also help foreign lodger to familiarize with the surroundings with special attention to banks, hospitals, shops etc.
5. If permitted by the family, you can use the kitchen to cook your own meals.
6. The host family will also abide by all special commitments agreed upon with HomestayShanghai and the foreign visitor.
7. A key will be provided to the foreign visitor upon arrival.

Preliminary Instructions for Foreign Lodger to HomestayShanghai
1. You will agree to pay the placement fee or service fee immediately after they have been delivered to the host family’s house, had a chance to meet each other (with translators if necessary) and have agreed to accept the homestay.
2. You also agree to spend at least 5 hours per week exchanging language and culture with the host family.  HomestayShanghai will also like to mention that the more time you spend with your family the deeper the relationship and the more valuable the homestay experience will be for you.
3. You further commit to being honest, respectful and straightforward with HomestayShanghai.  The foreign visitor also agrees to be mature and responsible with all matters pertaining to HomestayShanghai. We are trying very hard not to charge an application fee to keep this program as cheap as possible; so please honor your application dates and notify us if your plans change or you cannot participate in this program for any reason. We do ask for a 400RMB cancellation fee if you cancel your plans after you have been placed with a family

  Why choose us
1. Excursion to famous historical and tourist places in Shanghai and around Shanghai
2. Have home cooked Chinese meals and learn to cook Chinese cuisine
3. Learn calligraphy and have language exchange with local people
4. Affordable fees with full feature program
5. Enrolment Mandarin course at 20% discount(Optional)
6. Enjoy membership to the club activities.

1. High school graduates or above
2. Good adaptability to new environment and culture
3. English speaker
4. No health problems
  How to apply
1. Complete the Application Form entirety and Email us to:
Apply with CV, picture and Personal statement. Email to:
2. The detailed info about the host family will be provided according to your specific destination and needs.
3. Email your passport photocopy to us with other necessary information.
4. Make your payment of US$10 application fee 2 weeks before you arrive
5. visit your hostfamily with Agent
6. start homestay and make your payment at the same day.

If you are not happy with your host family after arrive in China, we can change one family location for you. If you can't get along with the new family, it's your responsibility to make a decision about your accommodation. The rest of the homestay fee will be refunded.

1. US$10 application fee (or RMB 80)
2. Airport pick up fee: US$30-40/Person (or RMB200-300Yuan)
3. The foreign visitor is responsible for placement fee to HomestayShanghai for finding and negotiating the free and cheap stay.
For free homestay, this fee is RMB800RMBYuan/Month;
For Charged homestay, foreigners pay rent and RMB500Yuan/Month for the duration of the stay.
(Discount depending on the length of your stay).
4. Be one week Shanghaiese: RMB1000/week

This is the only fee the foreign visitor will be responsible for; there are no water and electricity rate or utility costs for the entire duration of the foreign lodgers stay.



Free homestay

You agree to teach family English or English Interaction with family 5 hours per week, You receive free accommodation in return.  
 Charge homestay

You pay rent and if you like the family members will speak Mandarin to you in daily life in order to improve your Chinese level.

be a week Shanghaiese

as a family member you will eat, cook, watch TV,shop, and experience day-to-day life with your hostfamily.

About Our Host Families

Our host families are carefully screened and ranked amongst the most respected and decent families in Shanghai. Most families have been interviewed by our staff. They are involved in this program because they want to learn more about the west. Some families want their children to spend time with foreign English speakers for cultural awareness and to improve their Language skills.  These families will go to great lengths to make their guests feel comfortable. The host families will also assist you and provide all the necessary information and first-hand help needed during your stay.They will also help our guests learn Chinese Mandarin. Many visitors make lifelong friendships with their host families.

Living Conditions

Generally speaking, your living conditions will be upscale by local standards. You can expect to be staying in a modern apartment with your own private bedroom. Most housing in Shanghai comprises highly secure housing complexes and communities. You will quickly find out that the Chinese are amongst the most hospitable people in the world. They will go to great lengths to make their guests feel comfortable and accommodate their every need. Our families will provide you with Chinese meals, internet access, and you will be within a short distance of shopping malls and other necessities. Apartments are equipped with adequate A/C and heating.



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