Free Summer TEFL Program Across China

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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
Teach art classes with Gotoco
Teach art classes with Gotoco
Field trip with the students from Gotoco
Field trip with the students from 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 240 reviews
  • Benefits 8.7
  • Support 8.6
  • Fun 9.2
  • Facilities 8.5
  • Safety 9.2
  • Instruction 8.4
  • Support 7.9
  • Value 8.8
  • Academic Rigor 7.7
  • Job Assistance 8
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Lucy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unique and amazing experience

The experience I had in China through gotoco was everything that they promised and more. Although there are still costs such as flights, vaccines etc. the fact that they offer you food and accomodation for free makes it so much more affordable and allows you to spend a much longer period in China. I spent 6 weeks as an intern in an English speaking center in Shanghai. It was a great and unique experience as I was able to get to know many of the chinese students who showed me aspects of Shanghai I would never have seen if I was there just as a tourist. The work aspect of the trip also helped me to develop skills I know will benefit me in the future. While there, I also got lots of free time to get to know the other participants and to explore China. Apart from some slow communications I had no problems with gotco and they were very helpful in ensuring everything went smoothly. I would highly recommend taking part to anyone!

What would you improve about this program?
Improve some of the communication from the company to the participants
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Catherine
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Residential Summer Camp in Changshu

I worked with children aged 6 to 10 at a residential summer camp in Jiangsu procince in East China. The camp promoted environmental awareness and citizenship responsibilities. Although I didn't do any conventional English classroom teaching per se, I accompanied the kids through an important process of learning outside the classroom and becoming more independent and developing their personalities.

Together with a big team of both Chinese and foreign counselors, I led and assisted various activities such as sports or arts and crafts. What I loved most about the camp was how close you got to the kids and how much trust they built up to you within two weeks. You'd see them grow and learn very quickly and although it was very exhausting and tiring at times, it was a very rewarding experience I will not forget.

Gotoco made it so easy and accessible for me to participate in this program and always offered great support, both before and during the program.

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Andrius
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Zhouyue

I would describe it as a once in a lifetime opportunity, it was simply breath taking to wake up each day surrounded by mountains, to eat mangos and swim in the Yulonghe river, take mopeds to secret beaches and waterfalls, and make some amazing life long friends. I am starting a teacher training course in September so teaching the children in the camp has really boosted my confidence, leadership, communication and team working skills. it has also shown me I could easily move and work abroad as a teacher. Meeting and teaching lots of different children of all abilities, meeting the other teacher and teaching assistants, learning about Chinese culture, living in a small remote village and doing just as the locals do are some of my highlights. :)

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Emily
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gotoco Summer 2019

Gotoco is a great point of contact between schools in China and people who want to teach. It can be difficult to find places in China where foreigners, especially students with no qualifications yet, can work. By also offering the TEFL qualification it makes Gotoco even better.

I was based in a small village called Chaoyang, in the Yangshuo area, at Zhuoyue English School. I adored the kids in my classes as well as my TAs. Living in Chaoyang for 7 weeks was incredible, the scenery never lost its wonder and the locals were all very friendly. Our course coordinator (our boss?) at the school was a sweetheart and brought us mangos and took us to fancy restaurants on the weekend, couldn't ask for more.

My favourite memories of the trip are scootering to and from Yangshuo, only 20mins away and roughly £5 for the scooter rental for the full day (7am-12am)! An absolute steal!! Tea picking and tai-chi were also a lot of fun.
We were fortunate enough to be given free Chinese lessons twice a week as well which helped us pick up basic phrases such as ‘how much is this?’ (多少钱) and ‘have you eaten yet?’ (how you say hi to close friends, 你吃饭了吗)

I have discovered I really love teaching and am now confident enough in my own abilities to know I could become a real teacher in the future. I have also gained the confidence to navigate a foreign country by myself and can't wait to travel more of Asia and the world!

The time I have spent in China is unforgettable and the friends I have made are irreplaceable :)) If I have enough time and money next summer I would love to teach in China again.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Century Eggs, or rather fermented eggs haha
At least they weren't spicy
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Thomas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gotoco

It was a really exciting and challenging experience, great opportunity to develop yourself and meet likeminded people. I spent my summer program in Dongguan, in the south of China, somewhere I had never heard of before being accepted there. The school I was teaching at was full of friendly, helpful staff, and the children were all very eager to learn! Outside of the classroom, there were plenty of opportunities to explore the local area, such as going on a mountain hike, visiting traditional Chinese gardens and going for meals. The location was also close enough to Hong Kong that I was able to visit during one of my weekends off from teaching, and it was certainly worth the travel. At the end of the program, almost everyone went to Yangshuo together, which was the perfect end to the experience.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try everything. Even if you’re a bit unsure about something, just go for it.
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Nicholas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A fun and unique summer experience

My experience with Gotoco was amazing; it is an excellent opportunity for learning and development whilst having a lot of fun at the same time! The program I was on was centered around Beijing but also had a 2-week international development course in Wuhan. Wuhan was really interesting as it offered a variety of activities such as mandarin lessons, day excursions and cultural activities such as Tai Chi and Calligraphy. Teaching in Beijing was indeed eye-opening as it forced me to recognise my use of language and helped me further understand English. Fun overall experience that I see as an amazing opportunity. It depends what you want, you’ll get as much out of it as you put into it so I think it depends on the individual also. Regardless, it is definitely worth your time and consideration.

What would you improve about this program?
It would have been better had the structure been made a bit more clear at the start.
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Natalie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

BoB Vocational Training School

Teaching at the BoB Vocational Training School in Shantou was an unforgettable experience, full of opportunities to explore the city and its surrounding areas, and to learn about Chinese culture. The Chinese teachers were very supportive and provided some training days before the programme began, and both of the phases of teaching ended in Bilingual Festivals. This is when most of the classes perform a song/play in English (with or without their foreign teacher) in front of a large audience; truly an amazing ordeal.
I ended my trip to China by staying in Yangshuo for 5 days with the majority of people from my programme, as well as volunteers from other programmes across China. This was my favourite part of the trip as we were able to explore on our own; we even hired e-bikes to ride around the mountains!
During my 7 weeks in China, I have made many lifelong friendships and definitely will visit again.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take every moment as it comes. There will be good lessons and bad lessons, as well as good days and bad days, but don't let this ruin the trip for you. It is an amazing experience that you should really make the most of.
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Justina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing program!

I enjoyed this program very much! I particularly liked the style of my Yangshuo program which was Teach And Travel. We got to explore Guilin and Yangshuo. This program allows you to not only see some amazing nature views but also to try your hands in a teacher's role. I gained confidence in myself and got to practice how to create lesson plans and just overall activity plans. I also got to practice how to make kids be attentive in the classroom. The program was really fun and the kids were great! The coordinators of the program were very welcoming and friendly. And the application process was very easy. Even though I did not get accepted into the first offered program (I failed the interview part), they offered me a different program straight away which was an even better choice for me (because for the start/end dates)

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moment was playing with the kids in the water. We were kayaking and then we started splashing each other with water and it was so much fun and the funniest part was when we looked at each other and we were all wet.
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Emilie
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gaining a new perspective

Personally, the highlight of my experience was working alongside like-minded Gotoco-ers to try and navigate a drastically different culture together. I also gained a lot of confidence from teaching and I realised that working with children is something I'd love to do in the future, especially abroad. It is a great experience to explore China with the safety of staying with a school and being given fun activities to help run. Witnessing a different culture gives you a new perspective upon your own privileges and certainly encouraged me to work hard and explore as much of the world as I can. This programme has benefitted me as I have taken on a lot of responsibility to teach the children new skills. I have gained confidence by having to stand on a stage and take authority, but I have also gained independence and feel proud of myself for travelling to China alone to pursue a new opportunity.

What would you improve about this program?
More information needed about each individual camp, my camp was much more rural than I thought it was and it was difficult to get around. We did not receive any Mandarin lessons as promised, so this also needs to be improved.
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Mia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great program, great opportunity.

This was a wonderful experience, learned a lot, and a great way to see China. They really support you, was very good overall. They do a good job of matching you up. I think in future they plan on doing more social events with participants which would be really awesome. They also helped with visa things although they recommend an agent which didn't work for me and I found the consulate much easier. They are always there to help with questions but there is no emergency phone number (but you do get their wechat). The program was wonderful, a great learning experience with great people. Can't wait to come back to China again, and I would definitely recommend this program to any student who want to see China and also get a very valuable and unique experience out of it.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Intestines. Was more of an accidentally order and then immediately spit out situation.
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Rachel
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

I had an amazing time while participating in the programme. While teaching can definitely be challenging at times, the local TAs helped a lot, and seeing the progress of the kids and getting positive feedback from them and their parents undoubtedly makes it worth all the effort. I’m thankful that Gotoco worked hard to ensure that my friend and I get assigned to the same school so that we had the chance to experience all the difficulties and highlights together. After hearing some stories from other participants, I came to realise that we were exceptionally lucky with our particular placement, as it allowed us not only to visit some beautiful local sights (such as a tea plantation) on school outings but I also had a lot of free time to explore the wonderful area near Yangshuo on our own.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
As someone enthusiastic about trying new dishes, I found the abundance of food that I had never seen before in my life (e.g. egg, corn or even bean flavoured ice cream) overwhelming and exciting at the same time. One of the most interesting dishes, both because of its texture and taste, was a sweet lotus root dish.
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Andreea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience

This program has benefitted me by providing me with extensive teaching experience, including lesson planning, communicating material to young children in the classroom, on-the-spot thinking and changes to lesson plans (to accommodate the children in classes), time management and organization, and communication skills with other teachers and program leaders. On a personal level, the program has helped me develop more confidence and better communication skills.

The application process was fairly simple in my opinion. I found it easy to access and the questions asked were additionally reasonable in terms of content and length. The waiting times for the results were reasonable as well.

I would recommend the program because it was an affordable way to gain both teaching experience and knowledge of the culture, education, and society of another country. Moreover, if it were not for the program, I would not have found an opportunity to venture out on my own to China and visit Asia.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I ate pig's feet (good!), duck egg (salty), bean-paste pastries (so good!), Cantonese goose (pretty good).
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Yelyzaveta
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great opportunity!

I have really enjoyed having an opportunity to visit multiple places in Shanghai, not only the tourist spots but places where local people enjoy to spend their time. Meeting new people in Shanghai was very fun as well. It has benefitted my understanding of independence and overall confidence as a person. I have spent a lot of time by myself exploring the city as well as making new connections.
A chance to work in a school was very unique because through that experience I got to see the other side of the learning process, help student and to certain extent improve my understanding of the English learning process. It has been very valuable for both my personal growth as well as the understanding of future opportunities in China. Definitely give it a try if you have been curious what it is like to teach!

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Taylor
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Experience as a gotoco teacher

The overall experience was fantastic! I am so glad that I decided to visit China this Summer. The main highlight was definitely the Lavender Provence; it lived up to its expectation of providing a different, happy and exciting experience. Furthermore, teaching the students was so fulfilling especially when I was able to help them understand more complex language. I would definitely recommend the program to a friend because it is such a character-building experience that no one should miss out on. I have absolutely no regrets because the whole trip was fantastic. This program has made me more confident in my abilities to lead a lesson and also navigate my way around a foreign country. I have also come away from the program with some brilliant new friends.

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Alexander
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching experience at Beijing Royal School

I had the opportunity to spend my summer teaching English through the GoToCo program in Beijing. It was an amazing experience and I gained a lot through it and I can safely say that I grew as a person as a result of it. Application is really simple and fast, I was in contact with Daniel throughout my application and he was always very helpful when I needed help, especially when I had trouble getting the visa.
I was in a camp with nine other foreign teachers who also applied through GoToCo which made the entire experience even better.
During the teaching period, we taught three camps lasting 10 days each and the number of students, as their age and skill level, varied between each camp. However, teaching was not the only thing we were able to do. Between every camp we had free periods where we could explore China, the first period lasting four days while the second lasted nine days. The school helped us organize trips and even paid for some excursions.
I have met so many people throughout my seven weeks in Beijing and five days in Yangshuo. It was certainly the highlight of my experience.
After one has finished their teaching experience, it is possible to receive a TEFL certificate allowing the holder to practice teaching English around the globe.
I highly recommend participating in this program. It is well worth it and a one in a lifetime opportunity. I am definitely going to reapply for a position for the next summer.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Go in with an open mind and you will have an amazing experience.