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Gotoco

COVID-19 Program Updates

Due to global health & safety concerns and travel restrictions related to the coronavirus, Gotoco has decided to offer flexible booking options for some of their upcoming programs. Learn more about COVID-19 updates to stay tuned regarding program information.

About

Since 2011, the Gotoco team has been helping students from around the globe to visit China.

Starting in Yangshuo, Guangxi six years ago, the Gotoco team has built up an extensive network of summer camp partners all over China. Daniel and Richard first met on their Chinese Studies course at the University of Oxford and formed a strong friendship with Lisha on their year abroad in Beijing five years ago. Daniel, Lisha and Richard founded Gotoco to combine their knowledge, expertise and diverse talents and provide our participants with an unforgettable summer in China. We aim to increase global cultural exchange, and are rolling out a range of new programmes to bring together Chinese and Western students.

COVID-19 Update

Applications for summer 2021 are now open! COVID-19 is under control in China and most of our partners were able to run summer camps around the country in 2020. We expect borders to open and China to welcome international travellers again in 2021. Your deposit to us for 2021 is protected and we are here to help you every step of the way. See our updates here: https://www.go-to.co/ufaqs/coronavirus-safety-and-summer-2020-plans/
Website
www.go-to.co
Founded
2011
Headquarters

2 Summers Place
Oxford
OX2 8FA
United Kingdom

Reviews

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Emily
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The fact that the program is so affordable is mind-blowing considering what a great time I had. I got to meet so many lovely people that further introduced me to Chinese culture. It built my confidence and developed my leadership skills which will benefit employability in the future. One of the main highlights would be watching the children develop their English skills and see how their confidence as they were able to express themselves more. Finally, the application process was mainly straightforward but I did receive my placement quite late and so I had limited time to get my visa.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be prepared to work hard as a teacher but ultimately it pays off as the kids really respond to effort. Additionally, make the most of every moment.
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Ashlyn
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had an amazing experience with Gotoco teaching in Shanqiu all summer 2019. The students were so happy and willing to learn, and I made so many great friends through the program and locally in China. My favorite part was our “camping” field trip with the students where we hiked, rafted in the river, and learned lots of history of the monks in the mountains. I would definitely recommend teaching with Gotoco! I also loved coming up with lesson plans at the local coffee shops and made friends there that gave me some inspiration for lesson plans. My favorite lesson was having a tea party and reading/ acting out Alice in Wonderland with my 8 year old class!

What would you improve about this program?
More clear communication with the programs and Gotoco and the teachers. Our program (not Gotoco) was a little all over the place and it made it difficult sometimes.
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Lydia
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Going to Hangzhou for a month was an incredible experience where I discovered a completely new culture, made many new friends and came to understand the challenges of teaching English. Although I would highly recommend this program for those in the process of learning Chinese as it could be very difficult to communicate, this did not stop me from having a great time. Days were spent teaching English and participating in activities with children, as well as getting to know the fellow staff. Would highly recommend!

What would you improve about this program?
I wish there had been an easier way to communicate with the staff, as they spoke very little English and I unfortunately do not speak Chinese. This is why I would recommend the program to those learning the language.
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Jack
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing opportunity to explore China and experience a brand new culture and meet new people. Also a great way to experience what teaching might be like as a career. Overall was a really rewarding and worthwhile way to spend the summer.
I was teaching at Yangzhou Global IELTS and had accomodation at a nearby hotel and received a food stipend. The staff were really friendly and helpful. There were other interns on the programme which was nice as it meant we had people to travel and explore Yangzhou with.

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Lena
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best was to get a view of China that I would not have gotten as a tourist. It was great to interact with the children in class and to benefit from it as a way to learn about Chinese culture while they could learn about European culture. Another great aspect is the diversity of people I met and became friends with during my trip to China. In the summer camp helpers came from all around the world and I had the chance to meet people from many countries I have never been to. It was great to see and experience teamwork with those like minded people as we all shared the passion for exploring and working with children. There have been some organisational issues sometimes but the Gotoco team was always available to answer questions and help out with these issues so that they were solved quickly.

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