Au Pair in China

Star Exchange Au Pair in China Programm

We offer you the perfect opportunity to gain unforgettable experiences in one of the most dynamic countries of our time. In China ancient Asian traditions meet modernity like nowhere else in the world! As an au pair you will be part of a wealthy Chinese host family. This safe and open-minded environment allows you to freely discover China’s culture!

Applicants from South- and Middle America who are not eligible to a transit visa via the US or Canada will just receive a flight allowance because of the high flight ticket prices in these countries.Services depending on length of stay, services and the duties of an Au Pair.Detailed information can be found on our website! You can download a program overview here.

Au Pair in China

Overview

Summer Au Pair

6 weeks +

June-September

Flight Allowances 2,000 RMB

Accommodation included

Meals provided

Monthly Pocket Money:min 1,000 RMB

Private Mandarin Classes

Insurance included

Monthly Social Activites

3-5 Months

Start
Anytime

Flight Allowances 300 RMB

Accommodation included

Meals provided

Monthly Pocket Money:min 1,500 RMB

Private Mandarin Classes

Insurance included

Monthly Social Activites

6-11 Months

Start
Anytime

Flight back home provided

Accommodation included

Meals provided

Monthly Pocket Money:min 1,500 RMB

Mandarin classes at a renowned university

Insurance included

Monthly Social Activite

12 Months

Start
Anytime

Roundtrip-flights provided

Accommodation included

Meals provided

Monthly Pocket Money:min 1,500 RMB

Mandarin classes at a renowned university

Insurance included

Monthly Social Activite

Application Process

Skype Conversation

Skype Conversation

The first Skype conversation follows introductory emails between you and your host family and represents an important step in the process of getting to know each other. Should the English skills of the host family not be adequate, a moderator from our certified partner agencies will be present and help during the first call. If there are communication problems at the beginning, this is quite normal as the Chinese parents may have an accent and a way of communication different to that of the West. But usually all of you will get used to this quite quickly and normally we do not encounter any major problems.

Because of the time difference between the UK/Ireland and China, 7 hours in the summer and 8 hours in winter, the call normally will be in the morning or afternoon. It will usually take 30 minutes and has no fixed form, i.e. you can talk about anything. At the beginning it is always best to ask simple questions to get used to each other.

Successful Application

If your application has been successful, we will usually contact you within a week. If your application unfortunately has been rejected by every potential host family, you will also receive an email usually within a week.

Now, the next task will be to choose the right host family. For the coordination on the Chinese side one of our certified partner agencies will take over to take care of the formalities and provide you with a personal advisor in China. Do not worry; all personal advisors speak English and are led by team leaders who were themselves once Au Pair. If problems arise, you can of course contact the Star Exchange anytime at any time, and we will be glad to help.

At the latest now you have to apply for your passport, as it is essential for all subsequent steps. If you already have one, ensure that it has at least 6 months validity (from the planned visa application date on) and 8 empty pages. In addition, you need to apply for your police clearance certificate and get a certificate from a doctor confirming that you have no dangerous infectious diseases (such as hepatitis or AIDS ). Both certificates may be necessary to enroll at the university, but is expected in any case by our host families; understandably, they do not want to expose their child to any health risks. Additionally they will vouch for you with their invitation letter and accordingly do not want to take any safety risks, either.

How to Register

How to Register

Your application begins with your registration for Star Exchange Au Pair in China program in the Home menu under “Apply”. There you have to complete our online questionnaire and write a short letter to your future host family. The questions are meant to find a suitable host family for you. In addition, you have to upload 5- 10 pictures of yourself, which will be shown to the family. Of course, your future host family would appreciate pictures of you with children – if possible.

In addition, we need scans of your passport (pages with personal details and the photo page) and a proof of your English skills (certificate or school report). If English was your mother tongue this would not be necessary, but is appreciated by your future host family. If you still do not possess a passport, please upload a picture of your driver’s license or identification card. Finally, you have to agree to our terms of cooperation and submit your registration. After a successful registration you will receive a confirmation email from Star Exchange. We will then get in touch with our certified partner agencies to look for a suitable host family for you. If your application has been successful, we will send you a second confirmation email. More information can be found in the main menu under “Successful Application”.

Requirements

Requirements

Basically, anyone who meets the criteria down below can participate in the Star Exchange Au Pair in China Program. Since this program is offered throughout Europe, we recommend that you apply up to four months in advance of your planned departure. This is due to high demand and the necessary paperwork.

Overview

Overview

In this menu, we’d like to show you how you can apply for the Star Exchange Au Pair in China program. We suggest that you apply as early as possible: register up to four months in advance. This is due to the fact that this program is offered across Europe as well as due to the two-side application process, which means that the Chinese host families have to apply, too. After a successful application both sides have to be matched; the host family and the au pair. Additionally it is necessary to register for the university and to go through the standard visa formalities, which also requires some time.

During the application you will go through the following main steps:

  • You apply for the Star Exchange Au Pair in China program. To register, please click here.
  • After a successful application you will have Skype conversation with potential host families and decide on your future host family.
  • You and your host family will sign a contract that specifies the conditions of your stay in China.
  • We will enroll you at a prestigious Chinese university for Mandarin classes and take care of your insurance in China.
  • You will apply for the X2 visa.
  • We will book a flight according to your wishes.
  • You will fly to Beijing for our Training Center.
  • You live with your family.

Details about each step you will find in the following sub-menus.

Please note, that the flight allowance is depending upon the length of your stay:

  • 12 months: free round-trip flight
  • 6-11 months: free return flight
  • 3-5 months: 300 Euro flight allowance

However, it should be noted that Star Exchange will not pay for special services or self-inflicted transfer costs.

Au Pair in China

The Process in 12 Steps

1
Clear out any questions or concerns about the program.

If you are uncertain about program details you can simply reach out to contact@starexchange.eu or use the contact form on the bottom of this page. Our team will then get in touch with you and answer all of your questions.

2
Apply for the Au-pair in China Program

You would like to join? Awesome! All you need to do is completing the online form and your personal coordinator will get back to you with further information.

3
Get in touch with your personal program coordinator

You will have a personal coordinator from the Star Exchange team throughout your whole stay. He/She will get in touch with you right after receiving your online application. You will have a Skype call for the interview and also discuss relevant topics. You can reach out whenever you have questions.

4
Get matched with your future host family

Our matching process is very individual as this ist he key to a successful program. After meeting the coach(es) in China online, we will introduce a host family to you. You can choose if you would like to meet the family or continue looking for others. The matching process is completed if you had a successful interview with a host family and both sides chose each other.

5
Apply for your visa and make your preparation for you flight to china

Congratulations! You found your host family. Now it is time for handing in some documents an apply fort he visa. Your personal coordinator will always guide you through this step. After you received your visa it is time for choosing the flights and plan your arrival!

6
Pick-up from the airport

Welcome to China! This is probably one of the most exciting moments! After your arrival your Chinese coach will pick you up and accompany you to your host family. You will now meet your Chinese family and start your wonderful adventure!

7
Receive your au pair training

The training is very individual. Usually, it will start right after your arrival and take 2 to 5 days. You will learn about your daily life with the family, how to discover your new environment and also receive classes in cultural differences, childcare and all relevant topics to have a great start.

8
Complete the necessary registrations

Necessary formalities like the registration at the local police station, enrollment at the university / language school will be taken care of during the first time as well. Your Chinese family and coach will help you of course.

9
Stay in China

You are now ready to discover China! Enjoy the family life, learn a new language, meet different people and really understand the Chinese culture.

10
Make your decision about extending your stay in China or not

Before your stay is coming to an end you can choose if you would like to extend your contract with your family. It is also possible to join this program in another city with another family. Just reach out and let us know. We will help you to find out the best option!

11
Decide on your return flight

Before your program ends, you will need to decide on your return flight. You will discuss the itinerary with your Chinese coach and your family and discuss the arrangements for your departure.

12
Make your preparation for your flight back home

Wow, you did it! Now the time has come to say goodbye to your family and friends! Make sure you have all necessary belongings with you. We hope you enjoyed your stay!

Summary:

  • Complete the questionnaire
  • Write a short letter to your future host family to introduce yourself
  • Upload 5-10 pictures of you, which you would like to show your future host family
  • Upload images of your passport (respectively of your identity card or driving license) as well as proof of your English skills
  • Agree to the terms of cooperation
  • Submit registration
  • Receive a confirmation email
  • Receive an e-mail that informs you about the outcome of your application (usually within one week )

Due to high demand , we suggest that you apply up to 4 months in advance.

It would be best if you already have a passport with at least 10 remaining months of validity and 8 empty pages.

A list of the required documents after successfully applying can be downloaded here.

To participate in the Star Exchange Au Pair in China Program, you have to meet the following requirements:

You should be between 17 and 29 years old:

You should be at least 17 years old. The host families often want to employ au pairs who are less than 30 years old. If you do not meet the age criteria, you can apply anyway, and we will do our best to find a suitable host family for you.

You have to be healthy and free of any infectious diseases:

A normal health is a prerequisite for entry into China and enrollment at a university. It is also understandable that host families do not want to expose their children to health risks. Therefore, you should have no dangerous infectious diseases at the time of your application. If you have any allergies or asthma that will be no problem at all.

You should speak English well:

First and foremost the host family wants its child to learn English. English is not only the lingua franca of the business world, but also an essential part of the entrance examination to higher education institutions in China. If you are no native speaker, your English skills must be proven with school reports or certificates and are randomly checked by our staff via Skype conversations. The “English criterion” must be met in approximately 95 % of all cases. If a family would like its child to learn another foreign language than English, we will address candidates independently.

You should show an interest for children and be culturally open-minded:

Cultural open-mindedness is the ability to understand that you are part of a certain culture, but able to deviate ready deem from learned norms. Regarding child care, you must enjoy working with children. We explicitly ask all interested candidates who do not meet these criteria to not apply and appreciate your understanding.

You have to be willing to work 25 hours a week:

Due to the general politeness and hospitability of Chinese host families, au pairs sometimes neglect their job and spend their working hours going out for sightseeing or to meet friends. Your host family will spend a little fortune to enable you to participate in this program and expects you to spend your working hours with their child. Therefore, we expect that you also hold up your part of the bargain.

Our certified partner agencies will introduce you to several families, register you at the university, provide you with the necessary documents for the visa formalities, provide insurance, book your flight according to your wishes, and will answer any questions that you may have. If you are not satisfied with your personal advisor, please let us know so we can assign you another one.

After you have you chosen a host family, you will exchange emails to get to know each other, and our colleagues will organize a first Skype conversation for you. More information can be found in the next sub-menu “Skype Conversation”.

Please, note: If during this phase it turns out that your English skills are not adequate, it is possible that you may be asked to leave the program.

Following steps:

  • You will receive an email informing you whether your application was successful or not.
  • If your application was successful, we will assign you a personal advisor in China who accompanies you throughout the entire program.
  • Take care of your passport (at least 6 months validity from the planned visa application date on, 8 empty pages), health certificate and police clearance certificate.
  • We will help you to find the right host family.
  • We will arrange a first Skype conversation between you and the potential host family.
  • After choosing a host family, you and your host family will sign an au pair contract.
  • At this point, we suggest that you take care of the recommended vaccinations.
  • We register you for the university and provide insurance for you.
  • You will apply for your X2 visa.
  • You will receive your visa and we will book a flight according to your wishes.
  • You will fly to Beijing for our training center.
  • You will live with your host family.

A list of the required documents after a successful application can be found here.

Please note, that the flight allowance is depending upon the length of your stay:

  • 12 months: free round-trip flight
  • 6-11 months: free return flight
  • 3-5 months: 300 Euro flight allowance

However, it should be noted that Star Exchange will not pay for special services or self-inflicted transfer costs.

Provision of the required documents for your visa application:

Since there is not a specific au pair visa in China, you will enter China on a student visa. This is normal since the Chinese government does not deem it necessary to have a special au pair visa. You will be given exact instruction on how to apply for the X2 visa and the required documents. The link to the Chinese Visa Center and to professional visa services can be found under the main menu item “Related Links”. For more information on the exact procedure, please, have a look under the main menu item “Application Process” within the subsection subsection “Visa”.

Assistance in choosing a suitable host family:

All our host families are from the affluent middle or upper class in China and can offer you a pleasant and exciting stay. Nevertheless, it is quite clear that you and your host family should like each other. After a successful application, we will introduce you to potential host families and organize Skype calls. Do not worry, usually at least one of the family members speaks English and if not we will provide a translator. In the case that a family does not appeal to you, you can refuse it at any time. More information can be found under the main menu item “Application Process” and under the main menu item “Finally in China” within the submenu “Family Life” and “Service in China”.

Informing you about the details of the Au Pair in China Program:

We want to explain to you the benefits that the Star Exchange Au-pair Program has to offer and which steps have to be taken as clear as possible. If you have any further questions or need more information, please have a look under the main menu item “Links & Downloads”. If you still cannot find the information you are looking for, you can contact us directly. Once your application has been accepted, we will introduce to you your personal advisor from one of our certified partner agencies. He or she will help you throughout the whole program.

All advisors from our partner agencies have sound English language skills and many of them have been au pairs themselves. Our partner agencies are IAPA members. A program overview can be downloaded under the menu item “Downloads”.

Services during your stay in China:

The services available to you during your stay are mainly handled by your host family and our partner agencies in China. However, if problems still exist, you are welcome to contact us directly at any time. We want to make sure that you get the great opportunity to experience the Chinese culture first hand and to learn Mandarin in an authentic environment. To prevent any problems, we expect from you to get in contact with your personal advisor at least once a month. More information can be found under the main menu item “Finally in China”.

Private room with internet and meals provided by the host family:

Of course, food and housing will be provided by the host family. You will get a private room that has internet access, so that you can keep in touch with your family and friends.

1,500 RMB pocket money:

In addition, your family will provide you with a monthly allowance of 1,500 RMB.

2 weeks of paid vacation in addition to public holidays and 2 days off a week:

You will have two days off a week and two weeks’ vacation in addition to public holidays. On average, you’ll be working 25 hours a week.

Airport pick up:

The first moments in a foreign country are always the most insecure. You will be picked up at the airport by your personal advisor. More information can be found under the main menu item “Finally in China” within the submenu “Arrival in China.”

Introductory au pair training course (usually 4-7 days):

To prepare you for dealing with Chinese children, you will participate in a mandatory training after your arrival. The length of the course depends entirely on your abilities and needs. For more information, please have a look under the main menu item “Finally in China” within the subsection “Arrival in China”.

Assistance with settling in and dealing with the new environment:

To help you to adjust to life in China, you will be accompanied by your personal advisor for the first two days. He or she will also help you during your first days at your host family. For more information, please have a look under the main menu item “Finally in China” within the subsection “Arrival in China”.

Assistance with the registering for temporary residence at the registration office and assistance with the direct registering at the university:

After your arrival in China, as in any other country, there are some formalities to deal with: one is the registration for temporary residence at the registration office and secondly, the direct registration at the university. In both cases, your host family and personal advisor will assist you. More detailed information can be found under the main menu item “Finally in China” within the subsection “Arrival in China”.

Helping you to plan your leisure time as well as your travels in China:

We will also help you with your travel plans. Although you can find lots of suggestions in guidebooks, these may not be the destinations you are looking for. Additionally travels of some distance require require a ticket reservation, and it is always better if your personal advisor assists you, so nothing can go wrong. We also organize au pair meetings so that you have the opportunity to talk with people who share similar experiences. More information can be found under the main menu item “Finally in China” in the submenus “Au Pair Meetings” and “Service in China”.

Organize a change of the host family if it does not work out between you:

Despite good prospects, sometimes things will not work out between an au pair and the host family. It is important that you notify your personal advisor immediately, so that he or she can help to resolve the problem, or if necessary take steps to find a new host family. More detailed information can be found under the main menu item “Finally in China ” within the subsection “Service in China”.

24/7 emergency service:

Our personal advisors are always there for you. All personal advisors of our partner agencies have a very sound knowledge of the English language and are supervised by team leaders who were once au pairs themselves. A program overview can be downloaded under the menu item “Downloads”.

Services at the end of your stay:

Towards the end of your au pair stay, you have to decide what your future plans will be. Again, we and our partner agencies are here for you.

Assistance in booking the return flight:

Just like with the flight to China, we will also be there to help you booking your return flight. More detailed information can be found under the main menu item “Finally in China” in the subsection “Service in China”.

Further plans in China:

If you decide to stay longer in China, we and our partner agencies will help you to fulfill your plans. Whether if you want to do an internship, enroll at a Chinese University or simply if you have further travel plans within China, we will assist you. For more information, please have a look under the main menu item “Finally in China” within the submenu “Service in China”.

What do you have to pay?

As we hand through the services received directly to our au pairs, you only have to pay the following program related costs yourself. The total amount will be usually less than 300 € (standard time of stay: 1 year, otherwise there might be additional flight costs – please, have a look above):

Costs for the passport
Costs of the X2 visa and the required documents
Costs of health certificate and vaccinations
Costs of police clearance certificate

For more information, please have a look under the main menu item “Application Process”.

Your responsibilities as an au pair in China:

In principle, anyone who meets the following criteria can participate in the Star Exchange Au Pair in China Program. As this program is offered throughout Europe, we recommend that you apply up to four months in advance of your desired starting date.

Overview of your tasks:

  • You keep the child’s company and help him/her with his/her homework.
  • You talk to the child in English.
  • You support your host family in doing the housework (max. 10%).
  • Your average weekly working time is 25 hours a week and you’ll have two days off a week.

Your main task as an au pair is to spend time with the child and to help him or her to learn international manners as well as English. In China, the host families consider the Au Pair primarily as a personal teacher for their child, and thus according to Confucian tradition as an important part of the inner personal circle. Therefore, it is not required to perform unnecessary chores, because you will be accommodated in a wealthy family and Chinese personnel would be much cheaper. In China, education means a good future. Of course you should perform tasks which are generally considered polite, for example helping to clear the table after dinner. A good rule of thumb is to say that your work is at least 90 % pure tutoring. More information can be found under the main menu item “Finally in China ” within the submenu “Family Life”.

Of course, the details of your stay can be discussed individually with the host family.

The Star Exchange Au Pair in China Program focuses on quality and satisfaction of our au pairs, partners and host families. We work closely together with our partner agencies. Our host families are only from the wealthy Chinese middle and upper classes and can therefore offer their au pairs a wonderful stay. The language classes are held at prestigious universities.

All this enables us to offer our program in the best quality to many customers. The majority of the benefits are financed directly by the host family. However, the au pair has to pay for the costs of the necessary formalities regarding the travel preparations (usually less than 300 €). Due to the fact that we know both sides – Germany and China – we can say with a clear conscience that we do not know of a better program and openly encourage you to compare us with our competition.

To apply click here.

The Skype interview is your last hurdle before receiving an invitation letter and signing the au pair contract. Everything will go very fast after this point and there is a lot of paperwork to be processed. Of course, you should continue to have contact with your future host family during this time.

At anytime, your host family and/or you are free to say no to each other. You will live under one roof for a relatively long time, so it is clear that you do not want to feel uncomfortable with your family. Due to the fact that the family will pay everything for you, it is also understandable that they also must like and trust you. Usually there won’t be any problems. But should things not work out in China, you can still change your host family or in the worst case cancel the program. More information can be found under the main menu item “Finally in China” within the submenu “Family Life” and “Service in China”.

Of course you can always contact the Star Exchange team during this time.

Following steps:

  • You and your family will exchange first emails.
  • You arrange an appointment for the Skype conversation or we can arrange one for you.
  • You talk either in the morning or in the afternoon for about 30 minutes via Skype.
  • You keep contact and sign the au pair contract.

Please note that for signing the au pair contract you need your passport (at least 6 months validity from the planned visa application date on, 8 empty pages), health certificate and police clearance certificate

DESTINATIONS

Chengdu
Taiyuan
Chongqing
Beijing
Tianjin
Nanjing
Shanghai
Hangzhou
Shaoxing
Ningbo
Taizhou
Dongyang
Suzhou
Shenzhen
Guiyang
Guangzhou
Dongguan
Foshan

Testimonials

Jannik – Germany

Jolly good day! My name is Jannik, I am 22 and from Germany. I had the goal to lean Chinese for a while now and then, one day a Chinese friend of mine showed the website of Star Exchange which I immediately applied at. About one month later I was in Chengdu, China. Here I am living with a Chinese family of the two parents, there two boys (6) and (9) and the two grandparents, who are taking care of household tasks.

Jannik – Germany

My Name is Stephanie and now I am already over one month as Star Exchange Aupair in Beijing. I will write a small review about my experience in Beijing I made since now. After I arrived I was friendly greeted by my host family and intermediary. The first days they teached me how to take care of baby’s/ children and we went to a lot places in Beijing. I think only in these short days I gain weight because the Chinese food is sooo delicious. And the city is really interesting and big.

My Name is Stephanie and now I am already over one month as Star Exchange Aupair in Beijing. I will write a small review about my experience in Beijing I made since now. After I arrived I was friendly greeted by my host family and intermediary. The first days they teached me how to take care of baby’s/ children and we went to a lot places in Beijing. I think only in these short days I gain weight because the Chinese food is sooo delicious. And the city is really interesting and big. To life in a Host family is a great opportunity to know Beijing in Chinese way and not only in a tourist way. In the morning I go to a top University for study Chinese. After class I go home and play/ teach the baby/ child. It’s not like babysitting in a random family. My host family is my Chinese family and the baby/ child is like my sister. I play a lot of different games with her, I can use the kitchen and bake with her cake or making ice cream, sometime I remember old games which I did play in kindergarten and show them the family and parents play sometimes with us too and we have always a lot of fun. The days are never boring. I already did meet the whole family and they accepted me like a family member. In my free day I like to go with my friends I made at university to Beijing city or shopping malls.

Au-Pair in China Stephanie from Switzerland 9

Beijing is a really big, interesting and modern city. You can find everything here, from traditional to top modern. From stinky, old, small streets to big, clean, beautiful places. The Chinese people are really nice and friendly and have joy if you try to talk in Chinese with them which you will learn very fast here. Like I already said, the food is sooo good. You can find everything from traditional Chinese street food to top modern high quality restaurants. Even a lot of international kitchen they have. And I don’t even have to waive my beloved Swiss food because I can find everything in china too (except ovomaltine chocolate ;;_;;). For traveling around in Beijing I use the bus and Subway and sometime taxi which is really cheap and easy to use. In only a little more than a month I feel like I could stay here forever. I am so happy with my host family, my “work” as Aupair, the great opportunity to go to a top university in china for study Chinese and get to know the Chinese culture in a Chinese way. Sometime when I walk with my friend in free time in Beijing (they life in the campus) I can always say “ oh that’s sooo good I know this, my host family showed me this. Ah that’s so Au-Pair in China Stephanie from Switzerland 6delicious I know this from my host family. This is a good place with not a lot of tourist I went there one time with host family. Ah I know this, this is traditional from Beijing” and a lot of more and then I notice how much I already know about china/ Beijing just because I life with a Chinese family and in the middle of Chinese culture.Au-Pair in China Stephanie from Switzerland 5

If you are interested to be a Aupair, interested in Chinese culture and to have the great opportunity to learn Chinese language and culture then I can highly recommend to go as a Star Exchange Aupair to China. You will not regret. You can only learn from this opportunity.

To participate in the Star Exchange Au Pair in China Program, you have to meet the following requirements:

  • You should be between 17 and 29 years old:

You should be at least 17 years old. The host families often want to employ au pairs who are less than 30 years old. If you do not meet the age criteria, you can apply anyway, and we will do our best to find a suitable host family for you.

  • You have to be healthy and free of any infectious diseases:

A normal health is a prerequisite for entry into China and enrollment at a university. It is also understandable that host families do not want to expose their children to health risks. Therefore, you should have no dangerous infectious diseases at the time of your application. If you have any allergies or asthma that will be no problem at all.

  • You should speak English well:

First and foremost  the host family wants its child to learn English. English is not only the lingua franca of the business world, but also an essential part of the entrance examination to higher education institutions in China. If you are no native speaker, your English skills must be proven with school reports or certificates and are randomly checked by our staff via Skype conversations. The “English criterion” must be met in approximately 95 % of all cases. If a family would like its child to learn another foreign language than English, we will address candidates independently.

  • You should show an interest for children and be culturally open-minded:

Cultural open-mindedness is the ability to understand that you are part of a certain culture, but able to deviate ready deem from learned norms. Regarding child care, you must enjoy working with children. We explicitly ask all interested candidates who do not meet these criteria to not apply and appreciate your understanding.

  • You have to be willing to work 25 hours a week:

Due to the general politeness and hospitability of Chinese host families, au pairs sometimes neglect their job and spend their working hours going out for sightseeing or to meet friends. Your host family will spend a little fortune to enable you to participate in this program and expects you to spend your working hours with their child. Therefore, we expect that you also hold up your part of the bargain.

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