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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Harry
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Would definitely recommend

I really enjoyed my time in China with Gotoco, the weekend trips away were definitely a highlight and something that I will remember for the rest of my life, especially the trip to Zhangjiajie where we visited the famous avatar mountians and Tianmen mountain! The application process was really easy. The teachers at the school were all really nice, however there was a lack of communication between the school and the volunteers on techniques for teaching which was frustrating at times. The food was great and everyone we met in public was very friendly and interested in who we were and where we were from. over all the trip was a great was to experience Chinese culture in such a unique way that I would have otherwise would have been very unlikely to witness.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Chicken feet and pigs tail were some of the weirdest things I ate while in China.
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Aidan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gotoco is great

Gotoco is a great and reputable organization. The financial piece of things is very favorable for Gotoco compared to other similar programs. I also think that the partnerships with local Chinese schools seem to be very positive and I enjoyed interacting with locals. The food was very good, and I enjoyed meeting and interacting with Chinese children. I also enjoyed learning to teach English in a classroom setting and developing that skill. It was also fun to explore nearby historical sites and cities. The application process was very smooth. I really liked the owners and teachers at the school. I also enjoyed the classroom teaching very much. I am more comfortable travelling in foreign countries. I feel more confident about teaching English in a classroom setting and working with young children. Overall I have gotten out of my comfort zone and developed greater flexibility.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
Visiting Kaifeng was very interesting. I enjoyed seeing the historical venues such as former palaces and pagodas. I also liked to see the gardens with stones and bonsai trees and water features. It is also a good skill to learn to explore a foreign country.
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Ekaterina
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Must try

Yangshuo is a gorgeous place with wonderful carst peaks and clean rivers. I highly recommend to visit this place!!! Don't forget to go bamboo rafting, it's so relaxing and unforgettable)
I love teaching kids, so this part was the most enjoyable activity for me. There are a lot of outdoor activities at Dahuwai, but my favourite ones were kayaking, white-water rafting and tea garden.
Taking part in Gotoco's projects gives you a great unique opportunity to explore China, to meet new friends, to improve your English skills, if you are not native speakers, to try to understand Chinese culture and its traditions and of course to try local food)
I gained a lot of very useful information and skills.
Don't forget to read all files on the site before your arrival to China, don't be lazy, it'll help you a lot 💯

What would you improve about this program?
Timetable, because never know what's going on next)
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Trevor
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic, immersive experience

It was great to be immersed in Chinese culture - meeting locals and eating the great food is something I really enjoyed. It made such a difference that free accommodation and a food stipend was provided; for me, this took a lot of stress out of the endeavour. Teaching the students, and forming personal bonds with them was a particular highlight. I found this really rewarding and these are the things that I think I will remember for the rest of my life.

I would definitely recommend this to another person, because I think this is great way to be immersed in Chinese culture (the food, the people, the place generally). It is a great way to take part in a unique, rewarding experience and form relationships with people one wouldn't otherwise have met (the students, but also the foreign teachers). It's a beautiful, interesting country which is really really interesting to learn about.

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Bella
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Would highly recommend!

Having the privilege to work with Gotoco this summer has been one of the most incredible experiences of my life. While at times challenging, the program pushed me outside of my comfort zone and has helped me to become so much more confident and assertive of myself. The opportunity to teach children was one of the most rewarding aspects, as over the course of the program you really become someone who they respect and admire. Also, being able to meet and spend time with other likeminded participants from all over the world was so much fun, particularly with the trip to Yangshou after teaching. Overall, this experience taught me a lot particularly about myself, therefore I would highly recommend this program to other students or graduates who are looking for something fun to do in the summer whilst also being able to obtain their TEFL.

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Joy
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Intensive month of teaching--make lots of a friends, may not see a lot of China

Pros:
Practicing my Chinese and getting to know mainlander Chinese in their interests, thoughts, and beliefs. Having an independent experience internationally with lots of support through the school in terms of food, travel, and accomodations.
Solid support through WeChat, established school programs, and it being one of the few programs available to us that provides accomodation and food without upfront cost (beyond airfare). Teaching experience is an added bonus.

Cons:
Communication with Gotoco itself throughout the application process was fine, but responses were sometimes a little slow and inconsistent, especially when I had a couple problems that needed to be resolved. Overall still manageable; I liked the details.
This program was a solid choice for me personally as I was already familiar with Chinese culture (and thus didn't need cultural excursions) but was able to greatly enhance my Mandarin skills.
It was a super busy program and thus we had very little free time or breaks. As it was a summer camp, we had activities for twelve hours straight everyday with only a couple rest days in between. It was a very exhausting experience and there were several instances I did not think it was necessary for my presence to be at the activity

What would you improve about this program?
Providing us a little more freedom and opportunity to choose what kind of program we're interested in during the application process. Because it takes a long time to get placed with a program, it often felt like we had to accept whichever one we were given in order to minimize the wait--would have liked options.
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Ottilie
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Shenzhen summer camp

Teaching English in a China was an eye-opening experience. It was challenging yet rewarding. I would recommend! The highlight of teaching at a summer camp in Shenzhen was being submersed in Chinese culture from the start, whether this be good, language or traditions. Of course, watching the kids improve their English over the weeks with our help was incredibly rewarding! I really enjoyed going to Qingyuan and staying with a host family. We went rafting down a waterfall, had a bbq with family friends and went fishing near to the rice paddies. I have learnt how to communicate on a professional level to all ages and nationalities. I have learnt to organise my own travel. The camp has increased my self-awareness completely. We English were incredibly accommodating. Although thrown in at the deep end in terms of teaching, there was endless support. The programme was incredibly generous to us and really made it a cultural exchange.

What would you improve about this program?
Communication from Gotoco needs to be quicker and more timely.
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Estelle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable experience

You can rely on Gotoco: they are trustworthy and always want what's best for you. As for my program in itself, it was pretty intense but fulfilling at the same time... I did things I didn't even know I was able to do, so it was truly rewarding to see my improvements. Other highlights were made from meeting many amazing and different people, but also from stunning or strange places I discovered, as well as feelings of freedom and growth I could get. When you leave your country on your own to go somewhere new, you're out of your comfort zone, and that's how you experience new things, have incredible and surreal moments, and become more and more independent and confident. Whether you're on your own in a big Chinese city or in the middle of Chinese mountains, or the only foreigner in a crowded train station, you may have thoughts randomly coming to your mind saying 'I love China'. Joining Gotoco is an actual adventure that comes with breathtaking views and incredible people.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
It may happen that you have a sudden change of plans, so just stay flexible, open-minded and trustful, and it'll be alright. China is a safe country and Gotoco is reliable.
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Kim Anh
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Eye-opening experience

I never thought I would find myself teaching English at a primary school in China, but I can say without a doubt that this has been an eye-opening experience for me. Teaching and managing classes of over 30 students has definitely been a challenge, and has allowed me to hone some important life skills like communication, leadership and being able to adapt quickly to unusual situations. Seeing the children make some progress in English and building a relationship with them was also incredibly rewarding.
This programme was a great opportunity to experience Chinese culture firsthand, both inside and outside the classroom. The trip to Yangshuo at the end of the programme was definitely one of the highlights of my time in China. The town offered a large range of activities and I wish I had been able to stay there a few extra days.
Going to China with Gotoco was a good decision for me. Meals and accommodation were free during the programme, which allowed me to spend more on other things and to extend my trip and travel a lot once the programme had come to an end.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would tell future participants not too worry too much about Gotoco appearing disorganised at times. Although the application process can get quite stressful and a lot needs to be done last-minute, everything will work out in the end and the Gotoco team will do their best to help out.
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Will
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Challenging but highly rewarding

Gotoco is a challenging but highly rewarding programme and offers a unique and special way to experience Chinese culture through teaching English and interacting with the children as well as local teachers. Teaching English to a class of 37 young children has greatly improved my confidence and improvisation skills: it was not uncommon that something unexpected would happen during my lessons, and even if I would prepare lesson plans, it was important to remain calm and with an air of confidence when things didn't go as planned (powerpoint wouldn't load, music/film wasn't playing, etc...) There were often delays and things were unpredictable in China, we would also only learn/discover things at the very last minute and in hindsight all of this greatly improved my patience.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Many things seem disorganised and last minute in China, but don't worry: the school as well as GOTOCO will always ensure that you know what you are doing and they take care of you if any issues arise.
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I
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience

I loved my time in China! It was a great opportunity to travel and learn so much about the country and the culture. I feel so much more confident about travelling now as China was so interesting!
I loved working with the children and it was so much fun seeing them gain confidence in English. My camp meant that I was teaching English within the activities of the camp. This meant that the classes were varied however did not include time to properly teach. Although this was a challenge at the start, we all enjoyed the time we could socialize with the children.
I would recommend Gotoco to others because it was a fantastic way to experience a new culture, meet incredible people and genuinely challenge yourself. I have had one of the best summers!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Chicken feet was a definite first! Our food in the camp was made every day by a lovely old couple. There was a lot of rice! The food was really varied and I have found a new passion for aubergine!
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Anisa
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Gotoco Experience

By participating in the Gotoco programme, I have not only grown and developed and understood more about myself, but I have met the most amazing people who have taught me so much! Coming from someone who wants to be a teacher, having the opportunity to teach in another country let alone a country like China, who places so much emphasis and value on education, gave me invaluable experience going forward. You wake up knowing that there is a busy day ahead filled with challenges yet so much reward. I have been able to understand my flaws and strengths in terms of my style of teaching and how I can overcome and further improve those when it comes to actually be a teacher in the future! Furthermore, spending time in China has helped me to understand the Chinese culture with an entirely new perspective. I also enjoyed visiting the local markets, temples and the national museum!

What would you improve about this program?
One thing I would improve about this program is that it would have been better if the organisers told us our location much earlier. This is because when I was told, the flights were much more expensive. Also, I would have liked it if they showed us pictures of the accommodation beforehand.
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Matthew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

GOTOCO: The company for you!

My experience with GOTOCO was amazing. Thankyou to the fantastic organisers, the amazing people I met along the way and the welcoming workers out there in China. With the life changing experience of teaching abroad and working with children in a culture so far beyond our own, I have only to thank this company. I run out of superlatives to describe their brilliant communication, well structured planning and how brilliantly they sent us to the best places.

If you want a new qualification and gain a tefl, whilst having a fantastic chance to travel and visit the world, then this company is the company for you! I could not fault it!

The faultless recruitment and marvellous excursion has allowed me to mature and find myself in a new niche. Thankyou!

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Dilan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer 2019

This was one of the best ways I could spend my summer!! The school I taught at was in Dongguan, and the students there are so smart and intelligent, often teaching was made easy. Overall, It was a lot of fun teaching lots of different subjects, and being creative on how the lessons panned out was great. In our groups, we coordinated with each other on lesson planning and shared a lot of material to support each other too. This form of team work will be a very memorable experience for me.
I'd say the best part for me was adapting to a completely new culture, so many things about China is so different to what I am used to, but I'm really glad I had the opportunity to go and teach. Yangshuo was also amazing! It's so beautiful with so many different places to explore that I really want to go back.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
To not be scared or worried if you are applying by yourself. You are going to meet so many interesting people and make many memories! it's going to be the most amazing experience ever
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Niccolo
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great experience in China as an English Teacher

It's a great experience in China for someone who wants to live the country to its core. Having the opportunity to live in China for some time in a school gives you a very different perspective on things that I would definitely recommend. The application process was very good. However, it would have benefitted from earlier information about the programmes available and the periods. After the programme selection, I would have liked some more specific information. It has enhanced my confidence and my leadership abilities. It has given a boost to my Chinese skills and has enabled be to practice my Mandarin in different settings. It has helped me with my social and intercultural skills too. In general, I would recommend this programme to anyone who is interested in China and Chinese culture and wants to experience it from a local point of view.