Free Summer TEFL Program Across China

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Summer camp in China with Gotoco
Summer camp in China with Gotoco
Gotoco'er with her students
Gotoco'er with her students
Sports and activities classes with Gotoco
Sports and activities classes with Gotoco
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

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 232 reviews
  • Benefits 8.7
  • Support 8.6
  • Fun 9.2
  • Facilities 8.5
  • Safety 9.2
  • Instruction 9
  • Support 8.4
  • Value 9.2
  • Academic Rigor 8.8
  • Job Assistance 9.2
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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.
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Sintija
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in BOB Shantou Foreign Langauge Summer School

I enjoyed teaching more than I ever thought I would and really would not mind teaching again. Kids tend to give a lot of energy, so even when I was tired after an cultural excursion or a night out the day before, even when I felt like the lesson is not going to be as good as I would want, whenever I entered the room full with kids expecting me to give an amazing and fun lesson, you try your best and that is what the exchange program really taught me. To do the absolute best you can, even when you don't feel like you are going to succeed. Having this mindset really helps when you're in that environment.

I loved the experience mostly because of the people I was with. Our schedule was quite tight, so whenever I felt tired or upset about something, the people around me really helped. We helped each other a lot and supported each other through everything because living with 30 people for 6 weeks might be too much at times.

What was your funniest moment?
The whole experience with volunteers some of them I call friends was more than amazing !
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Rafael
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience!!

This program benefited me by giving me the chance of going to China in an easy and relaxed way. Given that I study Chinese it was very important to me to have the opportunity to immerse myself in the Chinese language and culture. It also helped me to grow as a person, to get out of my comfort zone and to improve myself in different ways and circumstances.

I would recommend Gotoco because they provide an opportunity for people who want to visit China, making it easy and stress-free, or even for people who just want a chance at teaching, with some really good programmes on offer.

My experience in the overall application process was great, information was passed on to me at a good timely rate and everything was made easy and smooth for me, so I'm overall satisfied.

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Leon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Trip to China

It has greatly improved my confidence and clarity of speech. We were regularly asked to perform songs and dances in front of the school which to begin with we were hesitant to do but by the end leaped at the opportunity and found it extremely enjoyable.

I have also learnt how to engage with people I do not know too well better and can change my approach and methods of teaching depending on the kind of person who I am speaking to. I think this will be helpful in all jobs in the future whether it be teaching or speaking to clients/colleagues in other jobs.

It has greatly improved my confidence and clarity of speech. We were regularly asked to perform songs and dances in front of the school which to begin with we were hesitant to do but by the end leaped at the opportunity and found it extremely enjoyable.

I have also learnt how to engage with people I do not know too well better and can change my approach and methods of teaching depending on the kind of person who I am speaking to. I think this will be helpful in all jobs in the future whether it be teaching or speaking to clients/colleagues in other jobs.

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Megija
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

IDEAS camp

My Experience with Gotoco was quite positive. The application process went smooth- I had to fill in some forms, record an introduction video and soon after that I got an invitation to a video interview with representatives of my program.
Gotoco helped me a lot with a preparation process before going to China. They provided helpful information on their website about getting Visa, traveling around China, etc.
One of the most enjoyable parts of a camp was people I spend time with. Other International counselors who also Applied through Gotoco were truly amazing people. They made my time in China much better. After the program, we went to explore Shanghai and Beijing together.
I Applied to Gotoco because I wanted to Get out of my Comfort Zone, challenge myself and this is what Gotoco gave me.

What would you improve about this program?
One thing Gotoco should improve is the speed how fast they answer on emails. It Took couple days sometimes to get an answer.
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Joanna
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

my experience with Gotoco

I really enjoyed my experience in China, especially when visiting nearby cities on our days off such as Suzhou, Hangzhou and Nanjing. The students, who were all highly motivated and eager to learn, were a joy to teach and the local teachers were all incredibly welcoming to us so the fear of not settling in rapidly evaporated into thin air. We were involved in lessons of all sizes and abilities and also helped the centre organise parties with different themes.
Initially, I thought that I was going to run out of fun things to do way before the six weeks have ended but I was proved very wrong!

This was definitely a worthwhile experience to have and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who has an interest in exploring a country with so much culture and good food.

What would you improve about this program?
I didn't realise that I wouldn't actually be a teacher and more of a teaching assistant prior to coming on the trip but it was nonetheless still very enriching.
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Caitriona
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Beijing Wangfu

Overall, this has been one of the best experiences of my life. I taught and lived in Beijing for around six weeks. While I was there I saw many historical sites and I met loads of new people, many of whom were Chinese natives. I met people that quickly became very close friends and I feel like I learned a lot about life and people in general. Beside our school there was a small neighbourhood, so I feel like I got to see what the daily lifestyle was for the average Chinese person. I was even lucky enough to have had the opportunity to travel around a bit in China (not to mention our Gotoco trip to Yangshuo at the end)! I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone out there who has an interest in China or in experiencing something new!

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Aadya
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good

It was a great experience. I learnt a lot and the kids were adorable. I have had so much fun by going to China. Eric our manager was the best.

I enjoyed it. It was good. I am glad I went. I got to experience a completely different culture. I also traveled afterwards. I met lots of new people who were very interesting. Teaching was great fun. The students were very sweet and I learnt a lot of new skills. For example, I had to project my voice, organise a variety of lessons and lead sessions.

I also enjoyed learning about Chinese culture and going around the region. China is a beautiful country, it is very safe for students. Travelling was amazing. Unforgettable experience. I would definitely do it again. It was great. I had a lovely time.

What would you improve about this program?
They are not well organised. They replied slowly and did not provide information quickly.
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Anne
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Memorable summer!

This summer was quite amazing and unforgettable! Originally, I was worried how I was able to cope since I knew no one in Shanghai, and it was my first time being alone in a huge city. However, after I arrived, I made so many friends from around the world, that I didn't want to leave near the end of the program!
We only had to work approximately 5 hours a day. Since we aren't actually "teachers", we were limited to what we could teach. Nonetheless, it was a great experience to be able to chat and interact with the students. We had 2 days off each week to explore Shanghai and its surrounding cities, which was fantastic, because we were able to immerse ourselves in the culture, and experience Shanghai in its entirety. This trip has definitely given me a new perspective in travelling! I would love to come back to Shanghai again!

What would you improve about this program?
I would really increase the amount of communication during applications, and before the program starts. It was extremely stressful to apply for visas and book flights with merely a week in advance. It is also quite pricey for the flight tickets as well since it was so late.
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sara
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My summer camp in China

I spent four weeks in a summer camp in China and it was the best time of my life. I met so many new friends among the Chinese activity leaders and thank to them I improved my Chinese level; the kids were all keen on learning and asking questions, even though their level of English was relatively poor, which made our conversations more challenging but more satisfying in the end as well. Gotoco advertises free Mandarin courses and days off to explore the surrounding but this is hardly never the case, as very few camps offer Chinese classes and my day off was split into an afternoon and a morning off following the kids schedule, and even during my time off I couldn't really go anywhere as my camp was situated in the middle of nowhere. Thus, from that point of view, my cultural exchange experience relied more on what I learned from the kids and the other Chinese leaders, rather than on actuall trips to other cities outside my camp, but it was worth anyway.

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moment of all happened during the bonfire night when all the activity leaders and I had to dress up in Hawaiian skirts and wear flowers necklaces while dancing and singing around the bonfire. We even prepared a dance for the talent show and it was so much fun watching everybody trying their best even though you could tell who was able to sing and dance and who was not.