This summer, Interrail across Europe, gain valuable teaching experience, and earn a TEFL/TESOL certificate on fun summer camps in Poland, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, Romania, or Greece.
Experience short summer camps in Europe with travel, meals, accommodation and an English teaching qualification all funded.
Upcoming intakes: Our Europe summer camp dates are now listed at the bottom of this page. Read on and join us!
Where are the summer camps?
We offer an introduction to teaching on summer camps around Europe.
Apply for our Europe summer camps and you could spend your summer gaining teaching experience in one of these locations..
Eat pierrogi, visit Warsaw and Krakow, and teach English to Polish teenagers through fun conversation-based activities in traditional houses and hotels in the beautiful Polish countryside.
This was one of our best reviewed programmes in 2022 so grab your spot now!
Teach English to Spanish adults through fun activities in the Andalusian countryside.
Italy and Austria
Stay with local Italian families and teach English on activity camps in towns around Italy and Austria.
Teach German teenagers English on activity camps in youth hostels around Bavaria and Frankfurt.
Apply for our Europe programmes and you could also join programmes in Romania, Greece and more. Oh, and you could use an Interrail ticket to travel all over the continent on your way to or from your camp location.
How can you secure funding?
We want to make teaching and travel more accessible, so we arrange funding for all our programmes. For our programmes in Europe, you have two funding options as described on this FAQ.
For Europe, this means you can either do our crash course TEFL with funding from your university or our TESOL primer route. Both include funding for meals, accommodation and cultural activities. You can learn more about the difference between each programme type on this FAQ.
This has probably been the best experience I have ever had. I learned so much about Poland and its people! Now I am capable of travelling alone, navigating through unknown cities and have gained new insight into Polish culture which I knew embarrassingly little about before going!
RowenaPoland Summer 2022
I feel like I have become more confident whether it was entering a new environment or talking in front of a classroom. I believe this experience is valuable for future employment and the skills I have acquired are more valuable than my corporate internship.
BronwynGermany Summer 2022
I really enjoyed meeting the other Gotoco’ers and spending my time with them. I also enjoyed meeting other people from my camp as I developed many friendships. I loved my time in Germany and would definitely do it again.
DanielleGermany Summer 2022
The working with kids aspect brings a lot of happiness and I feel like Gotoco provides a great teaser of life as a teacher and as a result would be really beneficial for anyone not sure what they want to do.
ThomasPoland Summer 2022
I loved making friends with the other Gotoco participants. Meeting lots of different people really opened my eyes to all the opportunities out there and has given me a clearer idea about what I want my future to look like
EmmaPoland Summer 2022
I gained so much confidence and it's also very rewarding to be able to say you successfully taught children a language that is not their first. This experience has made me think about all the potential jobs I could do after university; I have opened up to the idea of teaching.
ZahriaAustria Summer 2022
I really enjoyed staying with my host families - they were so knowledgeable about the local area and culture that I don’t think I could have accessed it as just a tourist. I also feel like it's made me more confident - to know that I can lead my own class of kids who speak a different language, that I can stay with a family I have never met, that I can travel abroad alone is quite a good feeling!
SophieAustria Summer 2022
My favourite part of the programme was connecting with the Spanish teachers and I felt like I made a lot of friends with the participants. It confirmed that I want to continue to teach abroad! It has given me confidence in my teaching abilities and reassured me of being independent as well as working in a team.
AbbySpain Summer 2022
It’s an unbelievable opportunity to be able to visit 5 European countries (via interrail) with your travel being funded by Gotoco. Being able to stay in 2 of these countries and understanding their education systems first hand is a great opportunity. The cultural tours are unique to Gotoco.
ReynaSpain and Germany Summer 2022
Personally, this trip for me was life-changing. The programme has improved my leadership and problem-solving skills. It has also helped me to understand teaching and learning as I have understood the difficulties non-native English speakers encounter.
MarcoSpain Summer 2022
The programme was excellent for my personal development but it was also fun. I found it to be one of the more affordable ways to travel as a student and it allows participants to get a valuable qualification as well!
MollySpain Summer 2022
The whole experience was unique; I am so glad I did this program. I met so many amazing people and new friends. Furthermore, I explored different cities and learnt more about Italian culture. This program has benefited me so much, I stepped out of my comfort zone and developed many new skills, like being more independent.
HarmanpreetItaly Summer 2022
I feel like I experienced so much during the camp. It really pushed me outside of my comfort zone and I think it helped me to adapt to changing situations. I wasn’t expecting to learn Italian but I really enjoyed it, it really improved my communication skills.
MaighsiItaly Summer 2022
Interrailing allows you to traverse the continent on your way to and from your summer camp. Turn your summer work experience into a real adventure.
If you are on your university funding and meet your university’s widening participation criteria, then you will also receive funding towards your travel.
How do you apply?
Please apply at least four weeks before an intake start date. Places filled on a rolling basis.
To apply you need to:
Hold a high school/A-level or equivalent certification.
Be an advanced/native English speaker
Have the right to work in the UK to be eligible for full Trinity CertTESOL funding (through citizenship, residency, leave to remain, student visas, et al.)*
Be available and excited to travel around Europe this summer
Holding a prior TEFL certificate is a bonus, but not required; Trinity CertTESOL training and certification is provided (or TEFL training for those on the university funding pathway)
There is extra support available for applicants from widening participation backgrounds, including all funding you may need to make this happen. You will be able to indicate if this applies to you on your application form.
*We are keen to welcome candidates with ‘non-traditional’ educational backgrounds (e.g. university isn’t required).
**If you do not have the right to work in the UK, you won’t be eligible for our funding and so we cannot welcome you onto this programme. If this is you, please email us and we would strive to offer something or at least give advice about other opportunities.
How is your final camp location confirmed?
On the form below, you can apply for the specific programmes and dates that interest you.
We will then speak with our partners across Europe and invite you to interview with the right camp for you. Some camps will require you to complete a pre-interview task as well to help them to get to know you better.
Please note that team selection is a competitive process with our European partners and selections are made based on a range of factors, including a balance of skills and experience within a team. This means that your first choice cannot be guaranteed, but we will work with our partners to match you to one of your top five choices, and all of our camps will provide you with valuable teaching experience, the chance to backpack across Europe, and the opportunity to immerse yourself in a local culture.
Please select your preferred options on the form below. Places are filled on a rolling basis so the sooner you make your selection, the better!