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 79 reviews
  • Benefits 8.6
  • Support 8.1
  • Fun 9
  • Facilities 8.4
  • Safety 8.9
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Jessica
10/10

Don’t miss out!

Gotoco definitely sells itself short. Not only was my time in China the most unique yet very affordable experience/adventure that I have been on, but it has taught me way more than I had anticipated. In fact, the Chinese culture was not the only culture that this experience introduced me to. I had the opportunity to meet various people from different backgrounds and this only enriched the experience. I would like to thank Gotoco for a cultivating and fun summer!

How can this program be improved?
More detailed information about the program before arrival.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Eunice
8/10

You should go!

If you were to receive a program that was exactly what you were looking for and you get notified of it at least one month in advance, then I highly recommend going! Going to China gave me a good experience in traveling, seeing a foreign country, learning about culture and history, and learning how to become independent and taking care of yourself. You also end up learning so much about yourself, people, and other miscellaneous details about life that you wouldn't have learned if you did not visit a foreign country.
I personally loved seing more of the world, meeting people and communicating despite the language barrier, learning to take responsibility for myself, becoming more proactive. Because my program placement was in Yangshuo, the sightseeing and everyday views were breathtakingly beautiful. I also spent some time in Hong Kong before and after going to China, which was another plus in my experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
Harry
10/10

Would definitely recommend

I would definitely recommend participating to a friend as it gives you the opportunity to try out teaching, probably for the first time, while experiencing a brand new culture and meeting new people and making new friends.
Some of the weekend trips we all took together, to the beaches, to a lake, to different villages or cities, were really good. Especially given how well we all got on together. These were a chance for us to get away from BOB for a bit and have some fun together.
The trip to Yanghsuo afterwards was incredible. The scenery, the town, the stalls, scootering around to the mud lakes. A friend and I biked to around the mountains to the place shown on the 20 yuan note which was a great day in Yangshuo.

How can this program be improved?
Communication
Yes, I recommend this program
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Will
10/10

Great experience

Great chance to experience a new culture and get some real world teaching experience. I was given the freedom to have lessons not only in the classroom but out on the lake by the school during kayaking classes. I would most certainly recommend this trip to all of my friends in the United Kingdom.

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?
Better communication from the company would be great - multiple emails went unanswered. Assign the program long before departure date instead of three weeks.
Yes, I recommend this program
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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

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...