What is HHS Program
1. What is the fee for applying to the HHS program
The HHS Program doesn't charge any fees for the registration process for applicants but,you do need to pay a $500 deposit after we successfully match you to a family. The HHS Center will refund the full deposit after you finish the program.
2. Do I need to buy the flight ticket or will HHS buy the ticket for me?
All HHStudents need to buy tickets by themselves. Please provide the invoice of the flight ticket after you land in China. HHS will pay a monthly ticket allowance. For the specific amount of subsidy, please see return ticket subsidies rules.
3. What’s the process of applying to the HHS program?
The basic process is to get interviewed, get matched to a family, submit the application form and other documents, pay the deposit, apply for a visa, purchase your flight ticket and land at the airport. For more details please refer to program procedures.
4. What do I need to do in the Chinese family?
There are three aspects about your main responsibilities：Language tutoring, kids-care and cultural exchange.
Language tutoring: teaching the host kids English or any other language you may know. You can teach the kids by playing games with the or any other interesting methods you may have.
Kids-care: If your host kid is very young, you need to help take care of him or her.
Cultural exchange: share your wonderful culture with your host family.
5. What is my daily time schedule?
There will be a few days given to you for jet lag and adapting to life after joining your new family. We will develop a work schedule for you according to your Chinese class time and the needs of your family within a week.
Basic principle: no more than 25 work hours per week. You will have 1.5 days off a week and Chinese class twice a week.
Specific responsibilities and time schedules differ from family to family.
6. Which city will I be placed in? Can I choose my own family?
Most of our families are in Beijing. There are other families in other cities, such as Chengdu, Changsha, Dalian etc. You can't choose your family at this time. You can specify your selection requirements about the family during the application process such as age and number of children. We will recommend you to the appropriate family and we will send you the family's information if the family is interested in you. You can get to know this family if you like this family. Of course we will provide you with a new family if you don't like this family.
7. Am I able to go out when I want to see friends in my free time?
Yes you can but, if you want to go out for a long time you need to inform your host family where you are going and when you plan to come back.
8. If I stay for a year, can I take vacation on my own?
Every 3 months you will have a 3 days paid vacation.
9. Is there a salary for the work I do?
Every month you can get pocket money from HHS. It consists of two parts. The basic part is 1000RMB and the extra pocket money depends on the evaluation scores from your host family for up to 3000RMB. So normally participants can get about 4000 RMB in pocket money with good performance.
10. What about my Chinese class?
After you land in China, you will receive a Chinese test from our Chinese tutor and be placed in the correct class based on your test results. There are 1-8 students in each class. Chinese class is twice a week and 3.5 hours per class. The Chinese class is free of charge.
11. What’s the monthly social activity?
Every month HHS will organize one social session for HHStudents, such as sightseeing, dining or a trip to the museum.
12. Will I have to feed the children or put them to bed like a nanny?
You don't need to cook or put the kids to bed. All of our clients are high-class families. They have nannies to cook and do housework for them. But normally you need to help dress the kids, play with them, and keep them tidy.
13. Do all families focus on English tutoring?
Most families focus on learning English. But as an "eldersister or brother", it’s more important for you to keep your younger brothers or sisters company.
14. What if I expect my privacy, day-off and personal stuff to be respected by families?
As for these things you need to inform to your host family before you go to the family. Normally the families respect your privacy and culture. But culture shocks are inevitable. Maybe sometimes you do something you think is normal, but Chinese people think is unacceptable. But all of these different things are just what you want to experience. If you are the kind of person who would like everything to be easy, you would not choose to go abroad!
15. What is arrival orientation?
After you arrive, your Lcc and the host family will pick you up at the airport and your Lcc will tell you the arrival orientation time. Normally it will be 2-3 days after you arrive. The HHS teacher will do orientation for new arrival students in the HHS office. The orientation consists of 2 parts. One is "the life as an HHStudent" and one is "The life in China". Usually it will take about 3 hours.
16. How long will it take from the beginning of the application process to landing in China?
Normally it takes 6 to 8 weeks. The procedures are,
matching family --- about 2 weeks
communicate with family--- about 1 week
prepare paper work --- about 1 week
apply for a visa --- about 2 weeks
Book a ticket and prepare to come to China --- about 2 weeks
Of course, if you can provide paper work faster and everything goes well, you can reduce the amount of time it takes.
17. Who will pick me up from the airport, the family or someone else from the HHS Center?
Our LCC will go with the host family to pick you up and give you the transportation card, phone card and family handbook. After the LCC makes sure everything is settled with the family she will leave.
18. Will I be able to extend my program in China?
Within your visa valid period you are able to extend your program by no more than 12 months.
19.Do I have to pay the family for food or private room?
You will be provided with a private room and food and these are free of charge.
20.Can I apply for this program if I can’t speak Chinese? How will I communicate with people?
You are eligible to apply for this program even if you can’t speak Chinese. Your family will help you with the Chinese language. After landing in China the HHS Center will provide you with a Chinese course as well. Don't worry. If you live with a family who can’t speak English, it is perfect for you because it will force you to learn Chinese faster!!
21.I am interested in trying to get work experience while in China and am wondering if the HHS program is the right option.
The HHS program is a cultural exchange program and we provide an F visa. You can't do any paid jobs with an F visa in China. You can look for some opportunity and get interviewed and after the HHStudy program you can take the job.
22. What kind of internship will the HHS Center provide?
We offer internship opportunities for our participants who successfully complete our HHS program. Normally the internship is related to education, business and etc. The internship opportunities are provided by other companies, so an interview will be required. We just provide relevantin for mation, but there is no guarantee you will be hired. For example, we had a student from France and his major was in media and presiding. Finally he got a position as an editor for CCTV French channel.