Gotoco FUNDED TEFL Adventures (Bali, Thailand, Colombia, Europe, SE Asia!)

Why choose Gotoco FUNDED TEFL Adventures (Bali, Thailand, Colombia, Europe, SE Asia!)?

Interested in FUNDED/FREE and short-term TEFL adventures abroad? We provide a global immersive experience to give you TEFL,teaching experience, cultural exchange and travel opportunities that cannot be rivalled. Our projects allow you to flourish and explore, while contributing to our mission to make a positive social impact.

What you get:
- Free/funded placement service and access to support network
- Funded/funded TEFL training and certification
- Free/funded accommodation and meals during your project
- Free/funded visa and flight assistance

- Check out our Instagram @gotoco_ for highlights, key info, and competitions

Our prize-winning work has been recognised by various awards, including the prestigious China Social Impact Awards 2019, an award granted through the United Nations and British Chamber of Commerce in China.

Gotoco is a social enterprise focused on boosting cultural exchange and international adventure. Gotoco works with over 40 programmes in 10 countries. Join us!



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Yes, I recommend this program

A great and worthwhile experience

I had an incredibly enriching experience teaching at a primary school in Thailand. My time in Thailand allowed me to immerse myself in a vibrant culture while contributing to the education of young minds.
The warm and welcoming atmosphere of the school and community made me feel right at home. I was impressed by the dedication and enthusiasm of my students, who were eager to learn and engage in various educational activities. The school's administration and fellow teachers were also supportive and collaborative, which greatly enhanced my teaching experience. I really loved the experience.

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gotoco thailand summer programme

During my trip to Thailand to teach, the highlights were the warm and welcoming Thai people, the delicious street food, and the incredible cultural immersion but meeting fellow program participants was the main highlight. Rapidly forming strong bonds, many of us remain in touch to this day, forging lasting connections from our shared experience.
My experience with the program was nothing short of incredible. It was a meaningful journey filled with personal growth, cultural immersion, and the chance to make a positive impact through teaching in Thailand.

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2 month teaching placement - Thia Binh - North Vietnam

I particularly enjoyed having a week of acclimatisation in a foreign city (Hanoi) with other participants, experiencing the country as many tourists do before being transferred into a predominantly local, non-touristy setting. Living in a city I would never visit, in a solid community of Vietnamese teachers with the comfort of other interns, was impactful. I could experience the culture and people more than I would ever on my own, forming routines and relationships, insights and experiences so different to my day-to-day life at home. This for me, was the highlight of the trip; surprisingly, the 'travel' felt much less real and rewarding than this.

My placement was to a fantastic school which exceeded my expectations; the resources, food, teaching and accommodation were superior to anything I could have imagined. The friends I made with local teachers were smile-inducing, and the generosity, kindness and hospitality were surreal (like nothing I've experienced before). I could not have been treated better if I were to own all the money in the world; our interactions with the staff and students were real and genuine and really thought-provoking in making me question my way of life back at home.

  • Unique and authentic experiance of Vietnam beyond the tourist centers
  • Incredible community, cultural and culinary insights
  • Generous funding and humbling hospitality/kindness from the school
  • Additional finance required for personal expenses ( leasure and tavel )
  • TEFL/TESOL is self directed and online
  • Personal Initiative requried for weekend plans etc
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Bali gotoco programme

My experience with the GoToCo program in Bali, where I taught English as a second language, was truly remarkable and left an indelible mark on my life. Bali's picturesque landscapes and vibrant culture provided an enchanting backdrop for this teaching adventure.

One of the most striking aspects of the program was the warmth and hospitality of the local community. Balinese people are incredibly friendly and welcoming, making it easy to connect with students and their families. This created a conducive learning environment where students felt comfortable and motivated to improve their English skills.

  • Learn to travel
  • Make friends
  • Can become expensive
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An Experience I Will Never Forget!

This was an incredible experience that I will never forget. I have made life-long friends, developed as a person, and travelled to a new part of the world. The teaching part of the program helped me become more patient and develop my communication skills, all while gaining a new qualification. I also had the opportunity to visit other parts of Thailand on long weekends - allowing me to experience the country as both a local and tourist. This is such a unique and incredible experience, I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Gain new life experience
  • Personal development
  • Opportunity to explore a new country
  • Some lack of organisation
  • Slightly misleading in terms of finances


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Molly Hardy

Molly is from South Wales, she quit her job as a bar manager to take up the offer of a TESOL programme with GoToCo in Thailand and absolutely loved it.
Molly Hardy


Why did you choose this program?

The fact that we could travel, teach and gain a worthwhile qualification all at the same time, really spoke to me. I love to travel, experience new cultures and meet new people and I’d never been to Thailand. As a solo traveller on this adventure, Thailand was the best place for me to find my feet and give me the confidence to grow. I have GoToCo to thank for that.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

We were advised what dates to book our flights best for our programme start, we had to book the flights ourselves; but the assistance was there. GoToCo were a great help with our visas too. That was a long process because we weren’t aware of the new paperwork they wanted for our visa but GoToCo were super helpful and made sure we had all relevant documents. All our transport was sorted and at first we really didn’t need to think about anything.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

For me, personally, I wish I had packed lighter. You actually don’t need all the things that you think you might need and there’s so many cool things to buy out here that you don’t want to have no room to be able to take stuff home. So yeah, really think about what your packing, I know it may be a favourite thing but do you really need all those pairs of sandals?

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

When we were placed at our school, we were fortunate enough to have accommodation right by the school which meant we didn’t need to get up super early but the school day started at 7:45 and ended at 3:45. Some days would be full of teaching but some you may only have two lessons, so they were more chilled. When the school day ended we would normally go back to our rooms, chill out and then meet for dinner in the evening. It was pretty chilled.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear?

I guess not knowing where I was going to be placed for my teaching and where I would be living for 6 weeks was a bit mad. But in actual matter of fact when I got here, I was kind of in the mindset of what will be will be. Like just take everything in your stride, there’s not a lot than can be changed now. So just be grateful
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How did you find living in a different culture?

Honestly, I loved it, I’m a pretty laid back person anyway and this trip just solidified it, you just have to accept things as they are. After all it’s a completely different culture to what you’re used to, you’re not here to change the culture and you must remember that, you’re here to embrace it. Once you’re in that mindset you’ll have the best time.