Free Summer TEFL Program Across China

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Teach art classes with Gotoco
Teach art classes with Gotoco
Field trip with the students from Gotoco
Field trip with the students from Gotoco
Yangshuo group adventure with Gotoco'ers
Yangshuo group adventure with Gotoco'ers
Gotoco'er with her students
Gotoco'er with her students
Summer camp in China with Gotoco
Summer camp in China with Gotoco
Sports and activities classes with Gotoco
Sports and activities classes with Gotoco

About

Interested in traveling abroad this summer? We provide an experience in China, with full immersion, teaching experience and cultural exchange that cannot be rivaled. Our projects allow you to flourish but are also connected with our mission to provide positive social impact. Our work has been recognised through the 2019 China Social Impact awards, an award granted through the United Nations & British Chamber of Commerce in China.

What you get:
- Free placement service and access to support network
- Funded TEFL training and certification
- Free 5 day holiday to Yangshuo
- Free accommodation and meals during your project
- Free visa and flight assistance

- Check our instagram @gotocochina for all the 2019 highlights

Gotoco is a social enterprise focused on boosting cultural exchange and exploration opportunities between China and the West. Gotoco works with over 100 programmes in 70 urban and rural locations across China. 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).
  • Free 5 day holiday to Yangshuo
  • Free accommodation and meals during your project

Questions & Answers

Reviews

91%
based on 241 reviews
  • Benefits 8.7
  • Support 8.6
  • Fun 9.2
  • Facilities 8.5
  • Safety 9.2
  • Instruction 8.4
  • Support 8
  • Value 8.8
  • Academic Rigor 7.8
  • Job Assistance 8.1
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Ryan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

My programme was in three different locations which allowed me to see places I had always wanted to visit including the Great Wall in Beijing and the Tian Tan Buddha in Hong Kong which was amazing. A lot of my fondest memories are from the free time after lessons with the kids where I got to take them for sports activities I found this very enjoyable. Also the time I spent with other gotoco participants and other people in my schools allowed me to create lifelong friendships which I am very grateful for. There was many highlights of my experience, the amazing people I met and became friends with through gotoco participants, participants from other programmes and local people. Also getting to see a lot of China which was a country I was very interested in exploring and this programme give me the opportunity to do that. I think it is a great way for someone to spend their summer holidays if they think they might be interested in working with children in the future and are also interested in experiencing what life is like in China.

What would you improve about this program?
Since there is many different schools gotoco partner with a lot of people have different experiences and are doing different things so I think future participants should just be made aware exactly of what the school/programme they are linked with involves.
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Max
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in Jinan Summer Camp

Undoubtedly I recommend going to China with Gotoco. Exploring China is a really exciting and extremely unique opportunity that such few people get to try. Gotoco are very supportive and great at advising you through China. Having free accommodation in Yangshou was a really great addition to the trip. I was also able to get bursay help with my trip which helped with the flights, then once you're out there staying in China is incredibly cheap. My school was in the style of a Summer Camp which was a nice change from classroom teaching. The school made a very large effort to let me to explore Jinan as well. Gotoco's application process is very fair and tries to tailor to your needs which was very helpful as I wanted to travel the whole of East Coast China.

Overall I really recommend Gotoco

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Travelling alone is nerve racking at first, but you really quickly learn to really enjoy it. China is a really great country to travel alone because it is really safe. Gotoco do amazing work to support you too
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Olivia
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in Chengdu

A really fun and relatively cheap way to get TEFL and see China. We were well looked after and thanks to Gotoco, got to experience and explore so much! Would recommend to anyone despite the slightly stressful visa application process. The teaching portion was intense, but I became so much more confident and it was really enjoyable working with the kids, even though I had no experience doing so. Our school made sure to take us on days out to amazing places - having local guides means you can see so much more (and eat some of the best food!). It’s great to explore somewhere through the guidance of local people as we really got the most out of the city. It was also amazing that Gotoco allowed us to travel to Yangshuo with free accommodation, as we met so many more travellers of our age!

What would you improve about this program?
More help with preparing to teach before I got there - I was thrown in at the deep end!
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Molly
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Brilliant Experience

Meeting other students on both programmes that I participated in has to be my highlight, I have made friends for life. Furthermore, living in China for a prolonged period of time was a great highlight as I felt as if I had the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of their culture and way of life. This may not have been possible if I had undertaken a shorter programme.

One of the most enjoyable days I had involved a group of Gotoco participants hiring mopeds and visiting the waterfall in Yangsuho. Later we borrowed a BBQ from one of the participants camps and had Chinese BBQ and swim in the river till late on secret beach.

I would recommend the programme to someone to gain free experience in teaching children and gaining important leadership skills. I think this has been an excellent way to see China and spend the majority of my summer.

What would you improve about this program?
The communication from programme organisers can be quite slow.
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Navleen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A review of my time in Yangshuo

Spending time in China this summer has been an incredible experience for me. Being there for 5 weeks meant that I was able to fully engulf myself within the Chinese culture and experience the area like a local. There were cheap things to do in my spare time which allowed me to experience activities which I wouldn't have the opportunity to do in the UK.

I feel that Gotoco provides you a great opportunity by connecting you with a partner school or camp in China which you may not have had any link to otherwise. This enables you to spend your summer making a difference to a set of lovely kids and do this all whilst still having the ability to explore a new country and culture within your summer holidays from Uni.

My experience at Zhuoyue English School in Yangshuo was incredible. Before I had even arrived at the camp, the programme organiser went above and beyond to ensure my stay would be safe and problem free. This included organising my taxi from the airport to the camp, which would have been difficult for me to organise independently given the language barrier. The accommodation was of outstanding standard, with a maid who came in most days to empty the bins and clean the floors, and our own personal balcony with an incredible view of the school. The children at the school were all lovely and as teachers we had plenty of resources to help us to organise our lesson plan for each day. We were also able to participate in the activities organised for the children, such as peanut pulling and tea picking, which gave us the ability to experience Yangshuo in a way which is non-accessible by tourists. Angie was kind enough to allow me to stay longer in the accommodation after my programme finished and gave me the opportunity to participate in English Corner where I was able to teach some of the adults for a few weeks. For this I am incredibly grateful and I would definitely recommend this programme to future volunteers.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The school organised a barbecue on the badminton court as a final farewell to the children and I tried duck tongue and chicken intestine.
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Alfred
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Summer program in China

I had an amazing time in China and I'm really happy I participated. I'd recommend anyone go because it will give them a better perspective on the world and improve their interpersonal skills massively.
Aside from teaching and meeting new people, the most enriching part of the trip was experiencing Chinese society. I have often read about the arguments for organising our society differently but it was really interesting to go to a country where most parts of life are organised by the government and see how that works for them.
Gotoco were very accommodating and made sure all the volunteers on our programme were satisfied.
I highly recommend this provider to anyone considering coming to China as they provide great opportunities with great value.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
My personal highlight was during my independent travelling after the programme when I visited the electronics markets in Shenzhen. I had researched and heard of the electronic markets many times before and visiting them was awesome.
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Callum
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Bloody lovely

Gotoco were simply bloody lovely. The staff there are always keen to help you and answer any queries you may have.

All the hardwork is done for you by Gotoco. All you need to do is book your flights, pack a bag and try not to miss your flight.

If you're anything like me, you can't organise a sermon in a church. But that's where Gotoco come in. Everything you need to do in preparation for your trip is given to you in little bite sized chunks. As long as you are capable of filling in a form and spelling your name, you'll be on your way to China in no time!

But the very best thing about Gotoco has to be how genuinely interested and concerned they are about you and your experience. During my trip they kept me updated with some lovely challenges they are running, and after it they were keen to hear what I thought.

If I was to summarise Gotoco in two simple words, I would say "bloody lovely".

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
That would have to be pigs ears. I recall brandishing the ear towards me and shouting "I'm gonna eat ya!" into them. Good times
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Amani
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Go to China

I did the Yunnan program this past summer and had a great time. It was amazing just getting to experience life in another culture and getting to meet and make friends with people from many different regions around the world. I got to learn a lot about myself during this trip and the challenges it presented me and I would definitely do it again if given the opportunity.
The application process was simple and easy, which is especially nice for students, even if you don't have a lot of experience on your resume. I'd definitely recommend applying!
As I said above, it was an amazing experience for personal growth and a great opportunity to travel and see more of the world. It's also great experience if you are planning to work in education in the future.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would definitely pack lighter. Having to lug two suitcases around on the subway, on the train, and in the airport was a pain!
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Zoe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gotoco Summer

Through Gotoco, I had the opportunity to teach at a school in Beijing, planning and executing my lessons by myself. It was great to have costs such as housing and food provided by the company. I had an incredible time in China, especially getting to know all my students/the other teachers, and traveling around to places like the Great Wall. I appreciated how much freedom we had outside our teaching responsibilities. I also think that many college students who travel to teach only get to work as assistant teachers, so it was very cool to be able to plan and run full classes by myself, even without that much experience going in. It was a challenging but extremely rewarding job. I recommend Gotoco for anyone looking to gain teaching experience and interested in traveling to China.

What would you improve about this program?
I would've appreciated quicker communication in the months leading up to my trip.
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Adam
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience in China

If you're looking for an iconic summer adventure, filled with authentic Chinese culture, real-life life of life teaching experience and the most amazing people you could ever imagine - just join Gotoco in China. Trust me when I say, you won't regret it!

The whole experience was full of exciting challenges and fun activities. It's really hard to pinpoint a single highlight, as they were occurring continuously. Every week brought something completely different and long list of new things to enjoy starting from rooftop parties and finishing with proper bilingual festivals, which looked like the beauty pageants from Toddlers and Tiaras. But if I were to name just a few that would be the people (i.e. other English teachers) and the teaching experience as a whole.

If you have a free summer, you simply have to go to China with Gotoco!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Bring more fancy outfits! You wanna be the star of the Bilingual Festival, not a queen with the same old drag.
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Kieran
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hangzhou summer camp

Even if teaching is not the career you’re interested in pursuing, the programmes offer a great opportunity to experience a different culture and a great country. You can improve many relevant soft skills which you can carry with you in the future, and make great memories of experiences that not many will have the chance to have.
Some of my most memorable moments have been interactions with the children by encouraging them to use and practise English. It was very enjoyable and rewarding knowing you may have made a lasting impression, enabling them to grasp a greater understanding of English. Meeting new people, both Chinese and other nationalities of other cultural participants (USA and Poland), has given me a greater appreciation of our different cultures.
I would recommend this experience because it is a great way to meet people from a variety of different backgrounds, it pushes you outside of your comfort zone, and allows you to see a realer side of China that you may not see as a regular tourist.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I tried chicken feet from a street vendor. Once you get over the appearance and the knowledge of what they are, they are actually very nice... but a bit chewy.
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Toby
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great opportunity to teach and explore Chinese culture

I really enjoyed the two months I spent teaching at the BOB school for English in Shantou, China. Not only did I get the chance to delve deeper into Chinese culture, fully immersing myself in the local way of life, but I also got to try my hand at teaching foreign languages, which is something that I personally, as someone studying modern languages at university, found incredibly rewarding. The teaching built my confidence as well, as prior to the program I had never been given authority over a group, and having this dependence upon me really made me push myself to come up with creative lessons which both myself and the students could enjoy. I would fully recommend Gotoco to anyone, not only those who think that teaching could be a future vocation, but also to those who simply enjoy exploring a new, alien culture.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Our first KTV experience-karaoke will never be the same again once you have visited China.
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Laura
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer TEFL program in China

I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and it exceeded my expectations. Despite there being a little insufficient information prior to arrival (where I'd be staying, with whom and my exact teaching schedule), everything turned out fine. The trip is not free as advertised but it is worth the flight and excursion money. I made very close friends and stayed in a breathtaking part of China - a modern but remote city with beautiful views. Overall, I gained a lot of confidence in exploring an entirely different culture independently. I was lucky enough to be placed in a beautiful city and meet incredible locals who had me appreciate the traditions of discipline and hard work embedded in Chinese culture to a greater degree. As a medical student I had not previously considered paediatrics as a speciality but upon evaluation of my trip, treating children may well be a path I pursue.

What would you improve about this program?
The communication from the programme isn't great. You also have to pay a £200 deposit which won't be returned for a few months.
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Ryan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fun Experience

Had a really awesome time in China. My most enjoyable moments of the trip were hanging out and playing games with the children. I liked when we just got to chill with them and talk with them. I feel like I have gotten more confident as a result of taking part in the program. I feel like my leadership skills have greatly improved as a result of the program. Lots of fun. Not very expensive. Good opportunity to explore China and learn more about Chinese culture. A good way to make lots of new friends. It is a very enjoyable experience. I enjoyed making friends with both the other Gotocoers and Chinese teachers. I liked working and hanging out with them. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is interested in teaching, Chinese culture or both.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
The most unfamiliar thing I ate were some spiders and a seahorse.
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june
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

had a great time with the dahuwai school

i enjoyed participating in the english teaching summer programme. had the opportunity to gain experience teaching young chinese students in china, guilin. also the the chance to enjoy extreme activities with the children for example rock climbing and kayaking.
the gotoco company was good as information and detail when applying was sufficient. also after applying, detail about travelling to china was useful. however, communication was poor and slow when help via email was needed. Moreover, the placement was given really late in may when application was done in october which was quite frustrating as flight tickets gets more and more expensive as you get closer to the summer months. furthermore, more detail about the school and the schedule could be given for us to be more prepared.

What would you improve about this program?
gotoco could improve communication. more detail could also be given about the school project that was given to the volunteers.