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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Alyssa
10/10

Summer of your life!

Gotoco is an amazing company with extremely helpful people who are dedicated to make sure that you are spending the summer of your life. I have been impress countless times by their desire to help up. The selection process is long but useful as they make sure to find the perfect project for you, and the one that I was assigned to could not be any better.
Thank you Gotoco, I will definitely come back next summer.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ope
8/10

Summer Camp

I definitely would recommend Gotoco to a friend and already have! The reasons I’ve given people include the opportunity to go to the other side of the world and experience a completely different culture one may be accustomed to. Also, going to a rural area and partaking in meaningful work was humbling and has definitely changed my perspective on things. Thirdly, the opportunity to meet some incredible people from around the world will allow one to broaden their horizons. And last but not least, the fact that accommodation is paid for means it’s a no-brainer!

Yes, I recommend this program
Adam
10/10

Amazing Opportunity for students to travel to China

Working with a gotoco program was a great experience. I was able to quickly and cheaply plan an amazing trip to China, and it was such an amazing experience. Every part of the process was smooth, and teaching at my program and working with children felt very rewarding. The program specifically was a summer camp, with a range of ESL activities, and the students were all adorable and very kind. We had a lot of fun teaching them English, and I even taught them a fair bit of swimming as well.
You also will meet many awesome people from around the world, who are all friendly and willing to help you with anything along the way. I think everyone should experience a different culture at least once in their lives, and I think many people don't understand how rewarding the experience can be. This along with working on a TEFL certificate at the same time makes gotoco a once in a lifetime opportunity for people across the world.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Elise
8/10

Fun and rewarding

One of the best experiences I had is when some of the teachers in my accommodation and I went to Dongwan Guanyin Mountain. We ended up having the peak of the mountain all to ourselves and watched the sunset among amazing temples and scenery.

Another amazing time was in Yangshuo, when a bunch of us went to a beach by the river that runs past the city. The scenery was amazing and the walk there was gorgeous too. Also, the area around the beach was very rural, so I felt I got to experience another part of China than the very urban and modern side I had seen so much of.

My favourite lessons with the kids was by far the ones I taught about animals, nature and the environment. It was so uplifting talking to the children about these topics as many of them seemed to have a lot of passion for the topics. One of the 3rd years could even tell me about a whale found with its belly filled with plastic that had been a big case in Norway earlier.

My experience in China has firstly made me a lot more independent and confident about traveling alone. I have also learned that teaching is a career that I could pursue in the future, as I really enjoyed teaching. It has made me more confident about talking to large groups and taking control of a situation.
The trip has put me in situations that required me to think and plan that I don’t face in my daily life. My time in China has also opened my eyes to what the country is really like and has made me a more open-minded person.

How can this program be improved?
The process about placement confirmation, and when and where the programme would take place was very slow.
When we arrived at our accommodation the first night the sheets were not clean, and one of my friends had a lot of hair on her towel. So, we had to buy new sheets and towels the next day.

I would make the process regarding confirmation on receiving a place in the programme, and also where and when the programme will take place, much faster. If these things were confirmed earlier, I think later participants would be able to save a lot of money on airplane tickets.
Yes, I recommend this program
Vlad
9/10

Unique chance offered by Gotoco

Meeting new friends on the programme was one of the best parts. Experiencing together a completely different culture was exciting as well as challenging at times. The hospitality of the organizers was also a great thing which I will surely remember. Additionally, the independent traveling I managed to do with the friend I applied with was incredible and I consider that Gotoco deserves credit for giving the opportunity to participate in such programs for free, emabling participants to save money and travel.
The highlight of the lessons was seeing the kids learn so quickly and apply what they've learnt in real life situations. In terms of outdoor activities, I really enjoyed kayaking on the enormous lake we lived by. The cultural clash I encountered was full of interesting experiences, but the highlight was seeing the Yao people live their rural lives. Expectations of China are always surrounding urban environments, while nobody speaks of rural areas. This chance I got was unique and I consider myself enriched by this new perspective on life of the Yao people.
The Gotoco experience surely broadened my horizons. Having never been to East Asia before, this was one of the most challenging journeys I have ever done, from which I have learnt a lot. Going out of my comfort zone is a huge bonus and I believe this will prove to be useful in the future. Additionally, teaching English has benefited me personally as well as professionally. By teaching I have gained a new perspective on the English language and its philosophy, which I consider helped me improve my overall English skills.
The best thing about my experience in China was getting to know its people and making new friends on the camp. I believe this will remain in my memory for the long term and I am keen to keep in touch with everyone I met.
I would recommend any friend to take part in this as it is a unique opportunity to explore an otherwise relatovely closed place. However, I would advise him/her beforehand to be prepared for different circumstances.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Gauri
10/10

Free TEFL Summer Project in China

Volunteering at Guizhou Forerunner College gave me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and make new friends. This was a great experience for me, because being a teacher for the first time allowed me to understand how much work teachers have to put in, to keep the students engaged during English lessons.
It was surprising to see how interested and keen, both adults and children were keen to learn English, this made me understand how valuable a small contribution is at GFC.
I heard about GFC’s summer camps through Gotoco, and I am glad I was able to participate to this summer because I had a chance to improve key skills, like communication and team work by working with the other volunteers and teachers.
I have learned a lot from the other volunteers and I received a lot of help from the other teachers and staff members at GFC.
I would like to come back in the future for other projects, because I had so much fun during the activities and trips organised by GFC and also to meet again with all the volunteers and staff members.

How can this program be improved?
I think Gotoco explained everything well from the beginning.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Gauri
10/10

Free TEFL Summer Project in China

Volunteering at Guizhou Forerunner College gave me the opportunity to meet people from all over the world and make new friends. This was a great experience for me, because being a teacher for the first time allowed me to understand how much work teachers have to put in, to keep the students engaged during English lessons.
It was surprising to see how interested and keen, both adults and children were to learn English, this made me understand how valuable a small contribution is at GFC.
I heard about GFC’s summer camps through Gotoco, and I am glad I was able to participate because I had a chance to improve key skills, like communication and team work by working with the other volunteers and teachers.
I have learned a lot from the other volunteers and I received a lot of help from the other teachers and staff members at GFC.
I would like to come back in the future for other projects, because I had so much fun during the activities and trips organised by GFC and also to meet again with all the volunteers and staff members.

How can this program be improved?
I think Gotoco explained everything well.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Uma
8/10

Awesome experience

China has been an incredible adventure and I am grateful that Gotoco gave me the opportunity to travel here.
I believe the experience has benefited me in terms of my cultural knowledge of East Asia, which I found different from what I've expected.
The teaching has helped in gaining valuable experience in working with kid, especially that don't speak very well my language.
The fact that I've got to spend a month in a rural area in China has been the best thing about my experience.
I believe that China is a must see and volunteering here is something every youth would enjoy.

Yes, I recommend this program
Halle
10/10

I had the best summer of my life with gotoco!

Go to China with gotoco! I had the best summer of my life living and teaching in China. I had the opportunity to travel around China, make lifelong friends, grow professionally and personally, and learn about Chinese culture. I stepped out of my comfort zone and I am so grateful that gotoco gave me the opportunity to do so. Gotoco also helped me realize my love for working with children! I am forever grateful for that opportunity. I am also grateful that gotoco allowed me to increase my self-confidence in terms of traveling. I was not a well-traveled individual before going to China, but now I feel as if I could comfortably see any country!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Johnathan
10/10

Gotoco is amazing

I could not have asked for a better trip. I came in with little personal travel or teaching experience but found both to be extremely rewarding. Gotoco paired me with a wonderful camp with lovely staff and children that created a positive and welcoming environment, especially as I do not speak the language. I didn't expect that this trip could provide as big of a window as it did: to really learn about China -- through thoughtful person to person interaction that made me feel like I was there with intention and purpose.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Finn
10/10

Do it

It’s a great way to experience China - living and working with the locals. It’s great for travel and the teaching experience is a unique opportunity- certainly worth taking. There is a minimum character count I apologise for what comes next aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawhyaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

How can this program be improved?
Better communication, particularly with the application process.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kirsty
10/10

A summer to remember in Shantou, thanks to Gotoco!

I have just had one of my most memorable summers to date in China thanks to Gotoco. This company allowed me to meaningfully travel to and around China at a student-friendly budget and is responsible for me falling in love with the country and teaching English as a foreign language. The programme is an excellent way to broaden your horizons, make new friends and boost your confidence through teaching classes of eager learners from a variety of age groups and ability levels. Our Sunday group trips were such fun and a great way to unwind, with Na’nao Island and a Pottery class standing out as highlights. The teaching staff at BOB were extremely friendly, helpful and quickly made us feel like part of a large family. The bilingual festivals also allowed us as volunteers to insert some individuality to lessons and were great cultural exchange opportunities. Thank you, Gotoco, for allowing me to become a certified TEFL teacher whilst having such fun in the process! I will definitely recommend this company to others in the future.

How can this program be improved?
We could have been given more clear information ahead of time with regard to our accommodation and what was expected of us regarding lesson planning and teacher training. This process was quite rushed at the beginning, however, it worked out in the end.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Thomas
8/10

Great company, great experience

Great company, smooth process, kept in the loop all through the beginning stages, and had a great experience once in China. Would definitely recommend to anyone else wanting to travel or teach. Everyone else was super friendly. The school was great and made sure everyone was happy. GOTOCO provided TEFL documents to learn from before arrival so that you were well prepared. Would definitely go back again and do a similar project through them.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Dhruv
9/10

Fantastic for travelers, teachers and adventurers!

I couldn't recommend Gotoco enough; going to China through this program allowed me to expand my horizons both culturally and gastronomically. BOB was the school I volunteered at and the day trips organized by them were fantastic, I enjoyed teaching very much and the Bilingual Festivals were a great way to show parents what students have learned over the last few weeks. Learning Mandarin as part of the process was also very valuable and interesting.Going to Little Guilin and Nan'ao Island were great, and looking around the markets and being able to haggle was also a good experience. The 5 night trip to Yangshuo started badly (we missed our train) but it was worth the cost as it is possibly the most stunning place in China I have been to! I loved the lessons too of course, and got on with (most of!) the children very very well.

How can this program be improved?
Give more details in advance about our accommodation (we lived in the school), and also perhaps try to cater better for vegetarians, we sometimes saw veg being cut on the floor by the cooks. Also a little more training is probably needed before throwing us straight into teaching!
Yes, I recommend this program
Samekh
8/10

Fun Times with GoToCo

Meeting the vast array of people and partaking in peculiar and progressing programs was such a delight. I hope I can do this once more! Usually, I'm not one to put myself into a program so far out of my comfort zone but this was the program to do it with. So often you have programs that just use their volunteers and don't care for them. However, that's not GoToCo, they are so dependable and responsible when it comes to working with their employees and volunteers.

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...