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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Katie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

GoToCo experience 2019

I would recommend GoToCo to a friend as the overall experience is incredible! I have made so many new friends, both chinese and other GoToCo participants, communication when you're out in China with the organisers is great and they really care about your experience, they were able to help greatly with a camp transfer in order to explore more of China and also were able to help greatly with travel arrangements. With this programme you are able to gain so many new skills and being able to immerse yourself in Chinese culture was great.
I believe I have developed my communication and confidence skills greatly - before I started this programme I would never have thought I could stand up on stage and introduce myself to a large audience in Mandarin, teach english lessons and lead numerous activities!

What would you improve about this program?
Making sure that what the camp promises is what the camp is able to provide.
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Catriona
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience, poor communication from gotoco and camp leaders.

I spent 1 month in China with gotoco in July/August 2019. I was on the Anhui Beautiful Way project and the leaders of this camp were so welcoming, always going out of their way to help us. We stayed in a hotel on this scheme, no expense spared by the leaders. I worked on an outdoor summer camp in Huangshan, Anhui. Amazing scenery and facilities for the children.

Prior to leaving for China, I knew very little about what I would be doing on the camp, communication was pretty limited from gotoco and from the camp leaders. We had 4 nights in Hefei at the start of my month of work which myself and the other two gotoco-ers were completely unaware of. In addition to this, I was told that I would be separated from the other two gotoco-ers for part of the scheme and would be on my own in Hefei whilst they were staying in Huangshan. This was not something I was aware of prior to the trip and perhaps would have discouraged me from going to China. Luckily, this did not happen, but it was a last minute change that once again was poorly communicated to me (only found out 1 hour before I was meant to take the train back to Hefei from Huangshan!)

I felt safe for 100% of my time in China. Gotoco were always there to help us, especially when we found out that the camp we were placed on would finish 1 week earlier than expected. Gotoco provided us with some emergency funds to help with flight-rearrangement costs and extra travel costs. This was much appreciated.

Yangshuo was a great end to the trip, a slightly run down hostel and a room on the 6th floor without an elevator was less than ideal, yet didn't ruin the trip. The excursions were not cheap by Chinese standards, yet they were definitely exciting and worth doing.

I would recommend gotoco to anyone, just be mindful that until April (at the earliest), you will have no idea what you are doing, where you are going, or who you will be with.

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Sam
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best summer of my life

I thoroughly enjoyed my time in china this summer!! Some of the most enjoyable moments being the activities arranged by our host school for our free time!! These were free of charge for us teachers, and ranged from tea picking, kayaking, KTV, and more! Whilst teaching, you gain valuable skills in terms of intercultural communication, as well as building special relationships with the visiting students from around china!
During my programme I met a variety of people from all over the UK, from different areas of study, to universities, providing me with the change to meet people I otherwise never would have been able to meet, through this experience I made some lifelong connections!
I could not be happier with my time in china, and encourage others to participate in a programme!

What was your funniest moment?
Realising that they had no proper toilets, only holes in the ground!
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Sibylle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Free Summer TEFL Program across China

This was the greatest experience of my student life.
I got to teach English in China but also to discover the country and the culture. My camp placement was the perfect fit with my own interests. I was able to stay in two different places. The first one was Changsha and the second one was Beijing. I was able to visit a lot of tourist site in Beijing and experience the daily life of the capital. Meeting people from different backgrounds and countries was also great. I definitively gained a lot with this program. I learn a lot about teaching English as a foreign language, but also I feel way more confident.
Moreover, the extra week of holidays in Yangshuo is a must-do to meet other participants and exchange about everyone experiences. The area is known to be one of the most beautiful place in China, and it is!

What would you improve about this program?
Everything is well organised and planned. The only improvement will be to know about placement a bit earlier.
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Adrian
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Hangzhou

I spent an amazing month in Hangzhou. Loved learning about the culture, the people and making new friends with my host family, coworkers and other GoToCo participants! The cultural excursions were absolutely incredible - it was amazing to go see the West Lake and Xianghu Lake in Hangzhou itself. I even got to go to Shanghai for a day which was great. As an experience, I’m so glad that it was so immersive - living with a host family was such a great way of learning how Chinese people live and appreciating their culture, customs and traditions. I even picked up a little bit of Chinese and the locals loved it when I tried to speak with them. Everyone was so friendly and I particularly enjoyed teaching - the atmosphere at the school was so fun and I looked forward to every day.

What was your funniest moment?
Accidentally eating a super spicy chilli in a restaurant and drinking water, expecting it to be cold but it was boiling hot and having to pretend like my tongue wasn’t on fire.
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Sophie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing opportunity and experience

What an amazing summer!! I could not recommend this experience enough. I loved every second of this summer teaching in Yangshuo, especially aided by the fact that my leader was brilliant and made sure that alongside teaching we had the opportunity to do many fun and exciting activities, with the highlights being Tea Picking and a trip to XingPing. Teaching in China is often challenging but such a rewarding experience, and by the end I had really bonded with the children in my class. Living in such a small village in Yangshuo meant that I could fully immerse myself in Chinese culture, learning some Mandarin and living alongside the locals, becoming friends with several of them. The school itself was excellent; the food and accommodation provided were great and it was in a great location, only 15 minutes outside of Yangshuo centre. I feel that this opportunity is perfect for anyone who really wants to travel and become more independent, whilst gaining valuable teaching experience. I fully enjoyed my time in China and would recommend Gotoco to anyone.

What would you improve about this program?
If I had to mention one thing that could be improved, it would be the rapidity of emails; often, replies to emails took a long time which was difficult when the question in the email required a more immediate answer. This was particularly difficult during the Visa Application process, which I found to be quite stressful. Also, more information on what to expect in China and how best to travel there once you have arrived would have been helpful, as we found transport is very different to the UK and it was a huge culture shock in general when we first arrived. Having said this, when a response was given to emails, the leaders were more than helpful and provided you with all the answers and help you needed, making this a minor issue overall.
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Joe
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My time in Wuhan, China

I particularly enjoyed my time in China as the people leading my camp were really friendly and there was a good balance of indoor and outdoor activities. I loved meeting and forming good relationships with the children that I taught and with fellow volunteers. It is a trip that opens China to you and gives you the freedom to travel but also allows you to meet new people and improve your communication and leadership skills through teaching.

Make sure to take advantage of the free holiday in Yangshuo in southern China as it is a beautiful area with great nightlife. It is a great opportunity to relax after the weeks of teaching!

I am glad to say that I have made lots of new friendships along the way and had a great time exploring new parts of China. An amazing experience!

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Tosin
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gotoco Internship Experience

This experience has been added to one of my favorite travel experiences to date. I’ve always wanted to visit Asia as it is a culture I’m particularly interested in , so when I came across it immediately signed up. The application process was a bit long but understandable and completely worth it as I’ve met so many amazing people in a different environment.
I arrived with no expectations and was satisfied with the accommodation and help given. Hmm I also got to experience teaching life in Asia for future reference which was good for me to see . My highlights were being able to travel to others cities and realizing they all have their own unique vibe and history attached to it . It made me gain interest in my own African culture .Overall I would actually do this again .... and again .... oh and I would also recommend this to students anyone who isn’t afraid or is afraid either try it !

What would you improve about this program?
Would be cool if we had a representative with us at all times well at least a week lol . Was hard knowing who to turn to during emergencies sometimes
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Nathalie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Fantastic Opportunity!

Participating in one of this year's Gotoco camps was an excellent way to experience Chinese culture whilst also gaining valuable experience in the education sector. The teaching part of the trip provided unique insight into a culture far removed from that of my own, and was rewarding in terms of the relationships built with both the children and the other members of the Gotoco team at Guiyang. I was initially rather apprehensive about this trip having not travelled independently before, but it turned out to be an excellent opportunity to gain independence and confidence. The final week of the trip, spent in the picturesque surroundings of Yangshuo, Guangxi, was equally enjoyable. Overall, I was very satisfied with my experience in China and I would certainly recommend the Gotoco programme to others.

What would you improve about this program?
The application process was initially quite straightforward, with the interviews easy to organise and complete. The process of obtaining a visa was, however, rather difficult and time-consuming.
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Oliver
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing opportunity

My time in China was one I will never forget. The staff at the school were so friendly and helpful, the students were great and the experience of teaching has really made me consider it as a profession. China is a fascinating country - the landscape was beautiful, the locals I met were all so welcoming and it was very interesting to see how day-to-day life works in developing China. I know I’ll be coming back to this country again. I would thoroughly recommend this experience, especially with Gotoco, a reliable company who provide this experience for free! My time in China was one I will never forget. The staff at the school were so friendly and helpful, the students were great and the experience of teaching has really made me consider it as a profession. China is a fascinating country - the landscape was beautiful, the locals I met were all so welcoming and it was very interesting to see how day-to-day life works in developing China. I know I’ll be coming back to this country again. I would thoroughly recommend this experience, especially with Gotoco, a reliable company who provide this experience for free!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Find as much information out about China as you can
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Daniela
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience and TEFL qualification too!

I had a really good experience with the company gotoco. The application process was really easy and I got placed within 2 weeks of applying which was great as my decision to do the program was very last minute. I was a really interesting way to spend my summer whilst having my accommodation and meals paid for. The TEFL certificate you get at the end of your placement is what really attracted me to the program, it looks really good on your CV and opens doors to future job opportunities. I also gained invaluable experience in teaching and managing a classroom full of children. The trip to Yangshuo at the end was truly the icing on the cake- activities where organised everyday and you were put on a big group chat so that you can meet othet gotogoers. It was super easy to make new friends there.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Spicy chicken neck. Our boss came up to us as we were relaxing outside of the hotel one night and offered us the chicken neck and described it as a sausage. It was a very funny moment.
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Esther
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Good experience

I think the programme is a great way to gain teaching experience in a relatively unfamiliar and challenging environment. The programme leaders do look after you well, and there's a nice working environment. I gained a lot of confidence and experience in teaching, while also developing my communication and leadership skills, through coordinating with the assistant Chinese teachers. I also really enjoyed getting to know the children, who were often extremely friendly and cheerful. It was also great working with and getting to know the other teachers at the camp. Some evenings all of the teachers and volunteers went to bars, which was a really good way to get to know each other and socialise. I found there were loads of interesting people to talk to from different backgrounds.

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Nitya
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A great opportunity!

Being able to teach in China was an incredible opportunity. Working with children was incredibly rewarding and helped me gain so much confidence in my own abilities. I was completely new to teaching as many participants are, and so being able to make lesson plans and teach was a fantastic new experience! But it was much more than just teaching! At the end of the programme I was able to spend five nights in Yangshuo with free accommodation provided by Gotoco. In this time I was able to explore some beautiful places in China and learn so much about Chinese history, culture and improve my language skills! I also went rock climbing and bamboo river rafting against such beautiful scenery! Overall Gotoco has been an amazing experience that I would highly recommend!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Immerse yourself in everything and don’t be afraid to try something new!
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Ben
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic experience!

I’d recommend Gotoco as it’s a great way to learn more about a vast country such as China, yet do a fulfilling activity such as volunteering with children. It’s great because the programme doesn’t feel entirely like super intense work all the time and there are still many opportunities for travel/nights out/socials. Gotoco is truly what you make of it and the Chinese teachers really tried to get me involved in as many activities as possible.

The final day of the Yangshuo camp was probably my most enjoyable experience. A conference was held with the Gotoco participants and the children. They got to ask us plenty of questions and we were able to get to know them better. The children were very emotional about their experience they had and told us how much we meant to them. This was a heart warming experience which encapsulated the great experience at Yangshuo.

What would you improve about this program?
Communication leading up to the programme itself..
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Sonia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gotoco is amazing!

Gotoco was truly an amazing and rewarding experience. The chance to meet people of all ages, learning more about the culture, teaching variables, and the overall challenges that you overcome are so worth it. Being a part of this program, also allows you to grow as a person! Great opportunity if you want to become a teacher! This program is a great opportunity to learn a lot about yourself, work loading experience. Working with different types of environments, like indoor and outdoor, arranging your schedule to accommodate hot or rainy days. This is also a great way to travel. Communication with the main coordinator is always the key to everyones success. This program also offers the great opportunity to obtain your Teaching English as a Second Language or Foreign Language Certification (TEFL).

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Have fun! You and the students will learn together don't stress out!