Free Summer TEFL Program Across China

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About

Interested in travelling abroad this summer? We provide an immersive experience in China, with teaching experience, cultural exchange and travel opportunities that cannot be rivalled. Our projects allow you to flourish and explore, while contributing to our mission to make a positive social impact. Our work has been recognised through the 2019 China Social Impact awards, an award granted through the United Nations and 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 out our Instagram @gotocochina for highlights, key info, and competitions

Gotoco is a social enterprise focused on boosting cultural exchange and international adventure 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 in Yangshuo
  • Free accommodation and meals during your project

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Reviews

9.09 Rating
based on 247 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 71.26%
  • 7-8 rating 28.74%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
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  • Benefits 8.7
  • Support 8.6
  • Fun 9.2
  • Facilities 8.5
  • Safety 9.2
  • Instruction 8.3
  • Support 8.2
  • Value 8.9
  • Academic Rigor 7.7
  • Job Assistance 8.3
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Aisling
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Free Summer TEFL Program Across China

My programme was in two different locations, Wuhan and Beijing, which allowed me to experience two different cities in China. In both locations, I thought the accommodation (we stayed in university accommodation) and food provided were great.

I enjoyed interacting with the students and learning lots about Chinese culture. I also really enjoyed the time off from our program, getting to explore the city and its attractions, especially the Great Wall. It was also really nice to have a big group of Gotoco participants so it never got lonely and I ended up making lots of great friendships. I also really enjoyed the Yangshuo trip at the end, I would definitely recommend going!

Overall, this was an amazing way for me to spend my summer vacation. It allowed me to gain experience teaching, obtain a teaching qualification, meet new people and experience life in China.

What would you improve about this program?
The application process was pretty straightforward. I was also pleased how flexible Gotoco were and they were quick to respond to queries. I would just say that we weren't given much information about our program so I didn't really know what to expect.
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Sophie
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Summer Opportunity!

This is a very unique program and it offers a great opportunity to visit and learn more about China. It was so rewarding to work with the kids and help them develop their skills and confidence in English. It was a reciprocal feeling as we also had a chance to build our skills in communication, organisation, and leadership. Traveling to China and meeting the local people as well as the foreign teachers who are from all over the world has made me more curious - I want to explore more! The Gotoco alumna is a diverse network and has really expanded my world. I would recommend this trip to someone who has a big sense of adventure, wonder (China's natural beauty is stunning), who is flexible and can quickly adapt to new situations, and is open to learning and feeling vulnerable at times.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Some of the programs are disorganized. You need to be prepared to be very flexible, patient with the kids, and keep reminding yourself that you're in China! Traveling is daunting on the mainland, especially with the large language barrier but it really builds character and you become much more independent.
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Ana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

The highlight of my experience was definitely bonding with the kids and meeting other camp counselors. Furthermore, it was invaluable in terms of gaining experience teaching and learning how to step out of my comfort zone (there was definitely some culture shock at first, but I learned how to manage it). The biggest benefit that I gained from this program was definitely in terms of teaching. I had never taught before and had always been curious to see what it was like, and this program gave me an unrivaled opportunity for a taster.
The staff was very friendly and helpful, always keen to listen to new ideas or even criticism and be proactive about it. Furthermore, the accommodation provided was very comfortable, and the food good and varied from day to day.

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Harry
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Such an amazing way to explore local China

I had a great experience with Gotoco whilst at camp in Chengdu, it was cheap, engaging and so much fun, definitely the best experience of my life so far. It's such a good way to get to China and get to know local people and non-touristy areas. I would recommend this program to anyone. I saw so much of the local community. Ate so much local food at no cost to my wallet and experienced one of the largest cities on earth, which has an amazing nightlife, food, and people. The stay in Yangshuo was also a highlight, probably the most beautiful place I've ever been and was lovely to relax after working quite hard in Chengdu. If you think you'll like teaching and are a student interested in China, this program is definitely for you. The little money I did spend was definitely well spent.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
A mum of one of the host families literally hypnotized a kid right in front of us whilst we were just sitting in a random tea shop. That was crazy.
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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.