There are lots of things LoPair doesn’t charge for: return flights to China; Mandarin classes, cultural events; visa renewals, and more. However, LoPair does charge a program fee that is dependent on where in the world you come from. There are a number of reasons for this fee and, in the interests of being as transparent as possible, let’s look at why we charge a fee and what we do with it.
Firstly, at LoPair, we try to keep upfront costs as low as possible to make the program accessible for everyone and we believe charging a small program fee, instead of asking participants to pay for their flights, is the best way to do this. There are many different approaches to running this kind of program and at LoPair we wanted to make sure as many people as possible can experience the culture, food, hospitality, and stunning landscapes of China.
By the time you have been matched with a host family (which is when we ask you to pay the program fee), LoPair has already been working hard on your behalf to process your application, secure your placement, screen host families and find one that will be a good fit for you, organize interviews, and more. Paying your program fee at the point gets the visa process rolling and allows us to use part of it towards your school registration fees. We also cover all DHL delivery fees for your visa documents and your program fee will go towards these costs. It’s also at this point that we book your flights and your medical insurance so, as you can see, this is a big financial burden for the company and your program fee helps us feel secure that you are serious about coming to China as an au pair.
The last thing to let you know is that we will of course refund your program fee if your visa is denied or the host family cancels the match and you decide you don’t want to match with another family.
We hope you can see why we charge a program fee and the benefits of paying a fee instead of paying for all associated costs upfront. If you have any more questions, don’t hesitate to drop us a message and we’d be happy to answer your questions.
We look forward to seeing you in China!