Free Summer TEFL Program Across China

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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
Gotoco'er with her students
Gotoco'er with her students
Summer camp in China with Gotoco
Summer camp in China 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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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.
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Stephanie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Program with Chengdu Royal Foreign Language School in Wenjiang

Rather than just being another administrative form of summer employment, this program transformed my sense of confidence and world view. Before participating in this program, I lacked confidence and often refused to take on leadership roles with the perception that I should leave those roles to people with more experience than me. I was comfortable with being a sideliner, always eager to organize, help, or provide support to said leaders. After this program, however, I have attained an incredible sense of self-confidence and can say for a fact that I carry myself with much more purpose and ambition, ready to tackle any task thrown at me. With such an intense schedule, I spent more than 16 hours a day with the same people, my fellow gotoco colleagues, and developed beautiful friendships with each of them. I truly learned the hard work that goes into teaching and the feeling of satisfaction when your students learn. However, most importantly, I was finally able to see, experience, and develop opinions about China on my terms. China is truly unlike any place I've ever been to before and there is no doubt in my mind that I will be back in the near future.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
You can never plan for everything that might happen––be prepared to improvise!
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Joe
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gotoco China

The program was very enjoyable with a very diverse group of councellours, the social aspect of camp was fantastic. I made some very good friends from Africa, China, America and numerous places in Europe. The mix of individuals created an environment where you could learn alot.

Working with kids was challenging as their logic is very different at aged 12 and arguments for silly reasons were common. Having said this, when teaching then and leading activities through the day it was mostly fine and very rewarding to see them having fun.

The staff at the camp spoke great English which helped the transition from English to Chinese culture go smoothly.

The hours were longer and I had fewer breaks than I had been told so prepare for that but overall it was a good experience.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Pick up a SIM card with data and ensure you have a working VPN, some can be unreliable so double check before you go!
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Louisa
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Travel in China on a budget

This trip opened my eyes to Chinese culture and teaching as a profession. I spent three weeks with an amazing group of likeminded people, teaching inspirational children and working with other talented teachers. I had not taught before so walking into the classroom was daunting to start with, but after a few days it felt natural. We had two days to settle in before teaching, where we met our fellow gotocoers and teachers and were introduced to some teaching techniques. We each had a different area to teach, e.g dance / drama / P.E and could make up our own lesson plans. We had free evenings and weekends which we made the most of by getting taxis to local towns and cities. The five day stay in Yangzhou after the teaching was a perfect retreat after our hard work and gave us a chance to spend more time together as a group.

What would you improve about this program?
Once we were there, everything ran smoothly and communication was good, however leading up to the trip the communication in regards to where we would be and when and how to apply for a Visa was limited and relatively late notice for such a big trip for many of us.
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Kirsty
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing experience

I had the most amazing experience in China teaching English. The activities were all amazing and I saw so much of the area. I would definitely do this again if I get the chance! I met some really great people who I know will be friends for life. I improved my Chinese and accumulated lots of new skills. This experience has built upon my CV but was also a great way to spend my summer. Whilst teaching I had so much fun travelling and exploring and I really enjoyed my time there. Through this programme I visited Guilin, Yangshou and Nanshan. We were really well looked after and I felt very safe throughout the duration of my stay. I experienced a whole new culture in which I learned lots of new things about the country. Guilin and Yangshou are two beautiful places I want to visit again.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
There were lots of bugs on offer to eat which the children loved! Scorpion was the weirdest thing I encountered!
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Eva
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My month in Yangshuo!

My experience volunteering in the south of China (Yangshuo) has been one of the most incredible experiences that I had the opportunity to live, the best moments have been the activities with the children, the English classes where you felt they wanted to learn and the desire they had to know about you and your country.

The best of the experience was the cultural exchange, meeting such wonderful people and having the opportunity to help.if I would repeat it again, it has been a magical month.

I would recommend the program to everyone because I think that living a volunteer experience abroad has to be vital in today's society. Is a program that help u as a human being. So don’t hesitate if are thinking in offering some help and go for it, I can tell that u are not gonna regret it.

All the best,
Eva Álvarez, Spain.

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Zhi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gotoco 2019

It is a great opportunity to meet new people from all over the world during an opportunity of a lifetime! The programme offers a chance to try teaching, meet new people and learn more about China- what is there not to love? I truly have no regrets and will definitely remember the experiences and adventures that I had.

Teaching foreign students has really made me learn and adapt to different styles of learning from the kids. I have become far more observant in the way people respond to what I say and how I can best communicate an idea. I have also taken the opportunity to improve my mandarin skills.

The experience of teaching children was also very exciting and I certainly learned a lot and tried to improve as time went on.

As a first year university student, it is definitely a great chance to develop your skills and have an adventure at the same time

What was your funniest moment?

A group hike with the rest of the programme members on a free day off- got to see a lot of dongguan and really got to know some people better. Visiting and staying over at an activity camp with the kids and performing for the
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Raquel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable experience

It was absolutely great to be in Lingshan, a small town full of amazing people.Victor and his family treated us as we were part of the family which was something outstanding, they took care of us, cooked different food every day and took us to beautiful places. The school and students were incredible, teaching them was a pleasure and the last day was very emotive.

The experience with Gotoco was also really good, eventhoug I was very confused about china and all the document that I needed, the process was very easy and all the emails with the information were really usefull. If I needed extra help there was always someone replying the emails very fast.

I have learnt professional and personal skills that will be very useful for my future. It was my first time teaching and after the experience I feel I am a lot more confident. Teaching in Lingshan was a unforgettable experience.

In overall, the experience was perfect, something that I will never forget.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
keep yourself positive and be as open-minded as possible, the experience can be shocking but once you understand the culture and become part of it, you’ll enjoy it so much!
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Gabriella
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic opportunity

A great way to get into travelling alone if you've never done it before as you are put in touch with loads of similar people from all over the world and Gotoco provide a lot of support before you get there and while you're in China as well. I worked in Yangshuo which was amazing and the school Gotoco placed me in was fantastic - the staff were incredibly helpful and supportive in getting us used to teaching etc.

A great way to travel while also getting something for it - i.e. the TEFL which would usually cost you and you get to do the training abroad. For me I would have gone ahead with the program even without the offer of the TEFL after having such a great time so the qualification is a bonus! Even without, I enjoyed the travelling and immersive experience of living in China for an extended period of time and the teaching has given me so many skills that I can put on my CV and use in the future.

What would you improve about this program?
A little more info on the culture shock to prepare for might have been useful but if you're savvy, you can easily do that research for yourself
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Sam
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hangzhou

I love China and speaking Chinese with locals. I shed a lot of preconceived notions that I didn’t know I had. This trip has made me realize I lot of things that I’m glad I have realized. I have grown because
of teaching English in a foreign country and seeing the world is so big. This is especially important for Americans because we live in a bubble, and the rest of the world is different. Because of my program,
I am a better communicator and I am more assertive. In my experience, China is a place where if you want something, you can only rely on yourself to get it. My experiences have made me more confident in pursuing what I want. Overall, I am fortunate to have gone on this program, and I feel like I have changed as a person. Everyone should go on some trip like this to see the world, and Gotoco is a good option especially for those interested in teaching.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I could do it all over again, I would open a Chinese bank account for Alipay!
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Chiara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Highly recommended

I strongly recommend Gotoco to all those people who want to experience China. The whole team helped me to have a full immersion in such a modern and dynamic country and not only I had the possibility to interact and socialize with a wide range of people, but also I had the chance to work for a leading company in Beijing while having fun.
I was part of the Wuhan-Beijing program. I first experienced Wuhan and had the chance to know the participants of my program and later, in Beijing, I had the possibility to work as an intern for a big company as Wall Street English school.
I appreciated the Gotoco teams efforts in preparing our program however, at times lack of communication between the host company and Gotoco caused some inconveniences. In any case, Richard, Daniel, and Franchesca were always helpful trying to accommodate any requests and doubt.
I will never forget this life-changing experience!

What would you improve about this program?
I'd improve communication between Gotoco, host companies/schools, and participants.
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Lenka
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience

Gotoco is amazing. I enjoyed my stay and experience a lot. Communication with the team was very easy and professional but at same time friendly, always tried to find solution or provide as much information as possible.
While during my experience I learned a lot about Chinese culture , thanks to being with the locals I tried a lot of amazing food and learned some chinese on the way as well.
I had amazing opportunity and I didn't let it go and I am happy that I chose gotoco as my first volunteering experience because they make me feel like I am part of big family.
The recruitment process itself was long but I understand it was essensial for choosing right candidates with passion and a it of energy because that's what is a very important here.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don't be scared to try new things and keep
your mind open, positivee and modest.
Enjoy the moment.
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Emma
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good experience

It has helped me grow in confidence and gain independence. The language barrier was difficult but it just made you dedicate your time more to trying to learn the language. The students were so friendly and eager to learn and its a good thing to add to your CV and do something productive during the summer. Exploring shanghai and seeing how day to day life in china differs from the West was so fascinating !Learning the culture, the history and the language gave such an insight.The process was easy and the company was very supportive. They provided us with accommodation and food, and gave me the opportunity to come to such a unique country! It was such an amazing experience. The staff and students in the programme were by far the best part about it. They were so passionate about learning both the language and culture!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Eating octopus ! There was also things like bull frog , snails and eel on the menu but I was too scared to try it !
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Olivia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Never grown up so fast!

The location of yangshuo is absolutely beautiful and I loved every minute of it. The people I have met here, including the permanent staff, have been amazing to work with. This experience you could never get from a normal holiday, because it is so unique! It teaches you so much about living independently and relying on yourself to get by. Making friends around the UK that have changed my life. Also living in a country instead of just visiting it like a normal holiday. It has improved my confidence so much
Hiring a moped at the weekend and going on trips with the other teachers. It made the teaching all worth it because we got to be a tourist as well as living like a local
I would recommend any student who wants to have an amazing summer to give this ago!

What would you improve about this program?
Better communication before visiting china. Maybe a forum with live messages that people can add and others can answer of her help from.
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Oliver
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

China 2019

My experience was gotoco was extremely good. They facilitated my first ever trip leaving Europe, and the opportunities that this offered were unmatchable. Teaching at Dahuwai camp in Yangshuo was eye-opening, exhausting and rewarding all at the same time; interacting with kids who have grown up in a different society with differing customs and social expectations is fascinating. Gotoco also help you with travelling in China – they offer 5 free nights in a hostel at their base in Yangshuo. Yangshuo is one of the most beautiful places I have been in my life, and the town itself is buzzing with activity. They also have very friendly ambassadors who show you all facets of Yangshuo life. I would greatly recommend this experience to all who are in the least bit tempted.