Free Summer TEFL Program in China!

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About

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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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
Tabitha
9/10

Free summer in China!

I had a wonderful experience with Gotoco, I met some amazing people and had an amazing time exploring the culture. The teaching was challenging but fun, and it was a very rewarding experience!
There is a lot to do, and the trip to Yangshou was incredible I had a fantastic time, the city was beautiful something I definitely recommend to everyone. I think that the experience teaching is invaluable and you’re constantly learning about yourself through the teaching. The children are fun, and when working with young children it was really good as it enabled me to carry out activities which are relaxed and fun for children.
I didn’t have to carry out too much paper work in the trip, and there was no set teaching methods or lesson plans which allowed flexibility and creativity on what was taught:

How can this program be improved?
More information about program online.
Yes, I recommend this program
Ria
8/10

Amazing summer opportunity!

I would definitely recommend Gotoco as they were always really quick and helpful at responding to questions before travelling and even during. Getting to know the kids was one of my favourite parts of my experience, especially as my camp was very small as were the classes. On my last day, one of my classes surprised me by each student individually writing me a card and it was really sweet and memorable.
The kids were always really sweet and fun to play games with in and out of lessons. I enjoyed trying new chinese foods and also we went grape picking as a school trip which was really fun. I think this experience has made me more confident, not only with teaching and children but also with my ability to travel by myself and communicate with people despite having no common language. It has made me want to do similar things in the future and travel more. I loved meeting lots of amazing new people and thoroughly enjoyed Yangshuo. I think the scenery was stunning and it was really fun to go and meet other programme participants. I also loved excursions we made at the weekend while teaching such as exploring Hangzhou and I enjoyed my post-programme travelling lots, especially as I finally got to see the Great Wall!

Yes, I recommend this program
Gabriela
10/10

Gotoco - Summer Program Teaching English

The overall experience with Gotoco was incredible and one that I can not recommend enough. It was extremely beneficial to me in that I was able to improve my oral Mandarin and discover, in close proximity, the daily habits of people that were seemingly so different to me. The experience of living with a host family was extremely rewarding as it exposed me to the colloquial realities of many Chinese in the most organic way. Gotoco is a great opportunity for anyone interested in discovering the intricacies of Chinese culture while working and attaining a useful TEFL certificate.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Leigh
8/10

1st Trip to China

Recruitment was transparent about the cost flying to China and pre-departure information prior to my travel. Gotoco provides TEFL-teaching projects across China. I was able to engage and enrich the lives of my student. We had a transactional relationship, where we both learned cultural differences between each other. I experienced a lot of personal growth, as well as experienced a lot of the historical, cultural, and contemporary things that China had to offer. I believe other university students could benefit from this as well. For anyone interested in education, this was a great opportunity to compare the the western and Asian systems between each other.

Yes, I recommend this program
J Quelin
9/10

Rich cultural exchanges

I would recommend that people participate in a program because of the challenges, new experiences, and rich cultural exchanges that await them. It was an amazing experience to share with my new friends from China, UK, and around the US the different ways that we live around the world - it made our lessons memorable for both the students and the teachers.
Though I was intimidated by visiting China before, but now, I can't wait until my next trip.

How can this program be improved?
Faster communication and more opportunities to connect with other participants
Yes, I recommend this program
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Michael
10/10

Summer in Shantou

Doing this programme was a great way to spend my summer. I met some great people in the form of students, fellow teachers and fellow volunteers. It was a rewarding experience to teach kids and young people of a variety of ages and get to know them very well.
This programme was also a great way to see parts of China. From bustling cities to picturesque rural areas, I saw places I will never forget.

How can this program be improved?
I am not sure how this programme could be improved. Perhaps more information about the school could have been given to us before we arrived.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Megan
7/10

Great fun in China with GOTOCO

I spent a month in China through GOTOCO. This is an experience that I am very glad to have completed. I both was able to travel China, a country I had not visited before, and gain a TEFL qualification which will be valuable for future employment.
It was really nice to teach two classes throughout the program. This meant that I got to know the children personally and see their amazing progression in English, There was also a sports day during the weekend, where we could get involved with the activities and spend time with the students in a more informal manner.
Going to Yangshuo at the end of the program was definitely a highlight! It was great weather and the views were phenomenal. The other teachers also came, and it was really nice to have a chance to spend time with them before we all left.

How can this program be improved?
Improve in communication on all aspects of the program
Yes, I recommend this program
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Anne
9/10

Wonderful experience!

I loved getting to know the country, the people, the customs and the traditions. China is extremely different to Western society, at least the cultures which I have seen and I come from. It was therefore very interesting to experience something so new and different.

One of the best parts of my experience with Gotoco was getting to know the other volunteers. Furthermore the cultural exchange which took place between the English volunteers and Chinese students or volunteers of our age. When their English was good enough to facilitate conversations it was extremely interesting to learn from one another's customs, traditions, norms and lives.

Travelling on my own to China, and being in a foreign country for almost 6 weeks has increased my self confidence and also inspired my wanderlust. Furthermore, I have gained the confidence to prepare lessons and teach children of very young ages and students of my own age. Both these things require very different skill sets, and I feel that this experience has very much facilitated the development of these skills

Yes, I recommend this program
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Eleanor
10/10

An amazing experience!

Gave me the opportunity to take part in an experience I could never organise alone.
Met some amazing people and learned a lot about Chinese culture.
Made friends for life with both the Chinese teaching staff and the other foreign volunteers.
The school also arranged several excursions such as hiking and going to a water park, and we regularly went out to local bars or borrowed mopeds.
Spent a lot of time with my lovely host family who were incredibly welcoming and generous.
Would love to go back one day!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lizzy
8/10

Gotoco summer in China review

Overall, my experience with Gotoco was very positive; from the beginning of the application process, I was provided with lots of support and opportunities to have the best time in China. I was very appreciative of the help that was provided in regards to applying for a Visa as I would not have been able to do this on my own. Also, my allocation to a school within Yangshuo was very well suited for me, therefore I would call my trip an overall success thanks to gotoco.

How can this program be improved?
Perhaps more support in preparing teachers for culture differences and an exact description of the places teachers will be staying.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Mackenzie
10/10

Awesome experience!

I really enjoyed spending time with the Chinese teachers outside of the classroom. We did many fun things together, and I enjoyed getting to know them, practicing my Chinese, and learning about China and the Shantou region from them.
My students and the Chinese teachers were the highlights of my lessons! The students were a joy to teach, and the teachers were so helpful and nice to me. My favorite cultural excursion was to Na'nao Island, it was so beautiful and the water was so clear and clean to swim in!
This experience has given me so much!! I have so many new friends, and have so much more confidence as an English teacher. I have also loved being in China and learning the language, and about the Chinese culture and Jieyang (the city I was placed in).
It is honestly very hard to pick one thing that was the best, but I would say that the people were the best thing. All of my Chinese teachers were very helpful, kind, and fun. All of my students were so much fun to teach, and my classes were such a joy to me! I am very sad to be leaving them. I would
absolutely recommend this to anyone! Teaching is an absolutely amazing experience, and having a TEFL opens so many doors for you, so I would definitely recommend a friend!
I also felt that all of the Gotoco staff were very helpful with the recruitment process! If I had a question, I emailed them and got a response back within a few days. Very nice people to interact with!

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...