Free Summer TEFL Program in China!

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Interested in traveling abroad this summer? Join Gotoco in China to gain a TEFL certificate and useful work experience in teaching, education and activity leadership. No prior experience in China, Chinese or teaching is required—just a passion for education and travel.
All FREE and FUNDED:
- Earn a TEFL certificate (Teaching of English as a Foreign Language)
- Explore China and its diverse culture
- Learn some Mandarin, and take part in fun cultural exchange activities
- Gain valuable work experience and references
- Begin a summer of backpacking across Asia
- Give Chinese students the chance to experience a new style of teaching
- See stunning scenery, including the Karst mountains around Yangshuo, Guangxi
- Check our website for more information: www.go-to.co

**Gotoco is a social enterprise focused on boosting cultural exchange and exploration opportunities between China and the West. One of our main projects is our annual China Summer Camp TEFL Teaching project. Join us!

Highlights
  • Free/funded (*no fees for participation!)
  • TEFL Certification included
  • Travel around China (dual location projects - all culminating in a stay at our mountain base in Yangshuo)

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Reviews

89%
based on 75 reviews
  • Benefits 8.6
  • Support 8.1
  • Fun 8.9
  • Facilities 8.3
  • Safety 8.9
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Tim
8/10

Free Summer TEFL Program in China!

The program I was allocated to was accompanying a group of kids from a school in Nanning on a field trip to Xi'an, while teaching them English in the process. This was an experience I would recommend to anyone, as we visited tourism sites, engaged in traditional activities and learned about local culture. This was a lot easier to do than when exploring China alone, as all the activities were organised, and it felt more like a field trip, than a work placement, as almost all the activities, even the teaching, were fun.

After the conclusion of this trip, there was a free stay in Yangshuo, which i would also greatly recommend, as it offers a completely different side of China to explore.

How can this program be improved?
The only negative experience about the whole process was the application and confirmation, as these came quite late, leaving limited time to organise visas and making flights more expensive
Yes, I recommend this program
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Tamara
8/10

Free summer TEFL program in China

On this trip all participants are allocated a school with which to work with, and my program was accompanying a school from Nanning on their field trip to Xi’an.
It was an extremely interesting trip, visiting famous sites such as the Terracotta Army, while teaching the kids English and talking to them in English throughout.
I would thoroughly recommend the experience to anyone, as it benefited both myself and the kids, and the other teachers were amazing hosts and very friendly.

I also participated in the free stay in Yangshuo at the end of the trip, which is a must do. Yangshuo was beautiful and the activities were plentiful.

How can this program be improved?
Providing more information about the level of the children’s English would have helped with preparing appropriate material before arrival.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sophie
10/10

Eye-opening and invaluable experience

My experience with Gotoco really benefited me in the way that I discovered a love for teaching which in turn improved my self confidence and provided me with invaluable experience of work in a school setting, making a difference in young people's lives. As a result of this I am likely to consider it as a potential career path for my future. The opportunity also brought me wonderful friendships and adventures, and a complete immersion in a new and exciting culture which really opened my eyes and I learnt a lot from. There were too many highlights to list, but I am incredibly grateful to Gotoco for providing me with such an amazing and once in a lifetime opportunity.

How can this program be improved?
all options of individual programs available be more clear to participants so they can make a more informed decision as to where they want to spend their summer
Yes, I recommend this program
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Michael
10/10

Yangzhou Summer

I really enjoyed being able to choose my own lessons plans, that made it so that I was comfortable teaching the content in class because I had planned it beforehand from my own knowledge. Yangzhou was a city where we were all very dependent, so any activities we would do we would plan on our own, usually traveling to other cities in other provinces. think I appreciate the process of language-learning more. I understand that it can be challenging at times but otherwise highly rewarding for the student. I think I want to continue learning new languages in University now.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Olivia
8/10

Free Summer TEFL Program in China!

I would definitely recommend this programme. It is not only an affordable way to have such a huge experience, but it a productive and positive way to use your summer and time. I felt very lucky to be able to spend so much time, and become completely immersed, in a place which is so different to everything I have ever known. It was also very special stay in one place and be able to get to know it and the locals, I now know I will always have friends in China. At the same time, a TEFL certificate will not only make me more employable, but will allow me to have a similar experience either in China or elsewhere.

How can this program be improved?
The only thing wrong with this programme is that it took a long time to find out when or where in China I would be going. This meant that it was quite rushed to get a visa and flights in time and was tricky when I was planning the rest of my summer. To anyone doing this in future, sit tight, they will tell you what's happening, it might just all be quite last minute.
Yes, I recommend this program
Daniel
9/10

Gotoco review

Really helped me have an unforgettable summer in China by placing me in an amazing program in Guangzhou! I learned so much and really appreciate the support. It really is a once and a lifetime opportunity. Once you are in China they are very responsive, especially via wechat, to problems and concerns. They really watch after you while you’re in china and make sure everything is going well. For prospective participants my advice is to be straightforward with them about what you’re looking to get out of your experience. And if you want to change anything while you’re in China speak out rather than holding it in.

How can this program be improved?
Communication especially via email.
Yes, I recommend this program
Matt
9/10

Opportunity to have a great Summer!

Gotoco really does offer an amazing opportunity to live and work in China; you can be placed either in a school or a summer camp (like I was) but either way the chance to experience Chinese culture, travel and get out of your comfort zone is one you don't want to miss. Gotoco also cover a lot of the costs. Food and accommodation is covered, they provide stipends for your days off and they can also provide a travel bursary if you choose to go somewhere other than Yangshuo after the project ends.

If I have one negative thing to say, it's just that Gotoco's communication during the application process needs improvement. If you apply early like I did, be prepared to not hear anything for very long periods of time.

Yes, I recommend this program
Amreen
7/10

Funded Summer in China with TEFL

Such a productive summer! It was a really good experience to teach abroad- teaching in the UK is very straightforward and so when I started teaching in China, I was hit with the realisation that this is such an amazing thing to do because it is so different from how it is done in England- and especially as the some of the children I taught had limited English. It enabled me to really think about how I was teaching and bring it to levels to how it can be understood because of language and cultural boundaries.
I always enjoy learning about new cultures so when I arrived in China, I definitely had a month and half packed full of new and exciting things to try and learn.
I would recommend this to a friend because I think it is an amazing way to immerse yourself into China and doing so by teaching and having memorable times with children will have a life changing impact.

Yes, I recommend this program
Alexa
10/10

Recommended !

Most productive summer yet! New experiences, friends, challenges, things and so much more learnt through the trip. Had fun spending a month teaching in China! Learnt a lot of new things about China i never knew and not only China but also other countries through other international counsellors. Was worried that about settling in but person in charge was really helpful and kind. There were security 24/7 round the block which made staying there safe. Would definitely recommend and might just go back again next summer

Yes, I recommend this program
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Luca
9/10

Great summer in China thanks to Gotoco

I had a fantastic summer in China thanks to Gotoco! The teaching was so rewarding particularly as the children were so enthusiastic and willing to learn. I made some great friends and got to experience the authentic Chinese culture and discover some incredible sites, that I otherwise would have never of had the opportunity to see. The teaching really boosted my confidence and enhanced my public speaking skills. I would highly recommend for people to participate in Gotoco's programmes in China.

Yes, I recommend this program
Freya
8/10

Gotoco summer

Teaching in China has not only helped me learn and discover new things about a new country and culture, but also about myself. Whilst it was one of the most challenging experiences I've faced, I really enjoyed the mix of new people I worked with, as well as the novelty of interacting with children all day. The teaching itself can be difficult, but it's very rewarding and fun for the most part. Yangshuo was incredible and I would recommend to apply.

How can this program be improved?
Communication prior to visit regarding accommodation, money, timing etc.
Yes, I recommend this program
Ram Bowman
10/10

Summer teaching in China

Really incredible experience would strongly recommend to any university student. GOTOCO provided me an opportunity to visit a part of the world I have never seen before, meet some really incredible people, from the UK, USA and from China, and I was able to do something really fulfilling with my summer. It is also incredible that I can come out of this with a TEFL certification, all paid for! Travelling around China after the programme ended was the highlight of my trip and I got to see some really amazing things.

Yes, I recommend this program
Ruby
9/10

Incredible summer

Spending the summer in China teaching was a really rewarding and fullfilling experience. Teaching in a small school allowed for deep connections to be built between staff, volunteers and students. The children really appreciate all you do for them and especially adore all the games/ activities you teach them. The staff are brilliant, they will bendover backwards to ensure you are in full health and having an enjoyable experience.
Yangshuo is one of the most spectacular places I have ever been to and would definitely recomment going. I would also recommend spending a few weeks post project travelling as it is fairly cheap to travel across China and you will meet so many new friends! You never need to worry about feeling alone because you make so many friends on the project and post-project.

How can this program be improved?
Amount of time volunteers are expected to teach.
Amount of training given to volunteers before lessons began.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Anna
10/10

Don't hesitate to apply!

One of the most insightful, fun, and rewarding experiences of my life. Gotoco are offering the invaluable opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign culture and develop life skills in a way that is totally impossible in your local environment. It's hard to begin to list the most memorable aspects of my trip, but these range from receiving hand-written letters of sincere appreciation from my 13 year old students to the freedom of riding a moped through the stunning Yangshuo countryside with people who were just as excited to be in China as I was. Any difficulties you are faced with are quickly overcome, and the reward of pushing yourself and meeting a challenge is certainly worth it.

Yes, I recommend this program
Matthew
8/10

I learnt a lot

I learnt a lot about another culture and different ways of living and thinking. This has benefitted me a lot as I feel more educated about these things. I felt inspired to learn about Chinese history, language and Chinese politics. I also learnt to be more accepting and to be more relaxed about things outside of my comfort zone. I enjoyed teaching despite the lessons I was told to teach themselves were routine and outdated. It was great to see when students were enthusiastic and enjoyed lessons, and was also wonderful to see a shy student give a question a go. I enjoyed all of the cultural excursions, especially going to Nan'ao Island .

How can this program be improved?
More communication
Yes, I recommend this program

About Gotoco

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...