Gotoco Camp China

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○ Programme types - we run 100 projects, find out more about them here

Our programmes run in the Chinese summer holidays between late June and September, ranging from two weeks to three months, with a few programmes starting earlier in May and June. There are various start dates, though generally we take volunteers on at the end of June, in the middle of July or at the beginning of August. The vast majority of programmes run from the end of June to early August, so keeping this period available will give you the best chance of joining the right programme for you.

We welcome you to tell us your preferred locations and we will work with you and the partner schools to find the best match for you. However, we cannot guarantee your preferences for your specific availability will be met as we run a competitive selection process.

We have projects available on over 70 projects across China. These include programmes in cities such as Qingdao, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Lanzhou and Beijing, as well as more rural programmes in Yangshuo (Guangxi province), across Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces. Your exact location will be confirmed once we determine the best project for you, based on your availability, out of the many programmes we work with all over China, and you have interviewed with them. Once we have selected a programme for you, we will send you full details online and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have. 

○ Applications - questions about how to apply

Our programmes run in the Chinese summer holidays between late June and September, ranging from two weeks to three months, with a few programmes starting earlier in May and June. There are various start dates, though generally we take volunteers on at the end of June, in the middle of July or at the beginning of August. The vast majority of programmes run from the end of June to early August, so keeping this period available will give you the best chance of joining the right programme for you.

We welcome you to tell us your preferred locations and we will work with you and the partner schools to find the best match for you. However, we cannot guarantee your preferences for your specific availability will be met as we run a competitive selection process.

We have projects available on over 70 projects across China. These include programmes in cities such as Qingdao, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Lanzhou and Beijing, as well as more rural programmes in Yangshuo (Guangxi province), across Zhejiang and Guangdong provinces. Your exact location will be confirmed once we determine the best project for you, based on your availability, out of the many programmes we work with all over China, and you have interviewed with them. Once we have selected a programme for you, we will send you full details online and give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have. 

To apply just click here, you will need to provide
• your CV/resume
• a photo you are happy for our partners to see, preferably you doing an activity (e.g. sport, music) with your face visible
• a 200 word personal statement; let us know why you want to go to China, why you want to volunteer at the summer programmes and what makes you the right fit for our programmes

On your application, indicate any preferences you have for your location, e.g. urban or rural, and we will do our best to match you to your ideal programme, although we cannot guarantee to meet all preferences.

We will review your application and get back to you within two weeks. If you do not hear from us within this time, do not hesitate to email us–recruitment[at]go-to.co

Successful candidates will have a consultative Skype interview with prospective programmes before we let you know where you will be heading next summer. We will confirm your place on our programmes as quickly as possible, with final offers usually made from March-June as this is when the summer camps confirm their teams.

We judge all applicants on their merits and do not discriminate against candidates in any way. Please click here to apply now

Question:

I am not British, Canadian or American, can I apply? Do you have native English level requirements? Is this open to people from all countries and nationalities?

Yes, of course. We want to give everyone an incredible summer opportunity. The only requirement for all programmes is that you speak advanced-level English. If you’re studying at a UK, US or Canadian university, then your English will definitely be good enough for our programmes in China. If not, that is also fine – we will just check your level based on how well the application form and CV/resume is written. We have around 100 programmes, all with different requirements – some of them require a very high level of academic English (higher than that of many native English speakers), others require only a conversational level. Many of our schools recognise that sometimes the best teachers of English are those that already learned it as a second language to an advanced level! If your level of English is not high that is fine, we will still have a programme for you.

So far, we have had brilliant participants from 40+ countries around the world. They have contributed greatly to our programmes and had brilliant summers. So, please apply!

We will get back to you on your initial application within two weeks, before setting up an interview with the school as quickly as possible.

However, your final destination within China will normally be confirmed from March-June, as this is when the programmes confirm their summer plans and let you know that they’d like you to be a part of their team.

If you have any concerns about these timings, then please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’ll also be in touch with you throughout the year to make sure you’re prepared for your trip to China!

If your availability changes at any point, please update your dates of availability on the application form—when you submit an application, you are then informed how to update these details in the first email we send to you.

Once you are given an offer to join us in China, please do keep the dates you put on your application form free as we will be looking for a fun, engaging programme for you between these dates. Any changes of availability after that point will have to be approved by us.

We are passionate about making these opportunities available to whomsoever is interested in coming. We focus on recruitment efforts at universities because students are always excited about joining our programmes and usually have the time available in the summer, not because we only accept university students.

We are very happy to consider applications from those without a university background or those that have graduated already. Besides students, we particularly welcome applications from those on gap-years and pre-university students. However, if you are under 18, then we will need express guardian permission before you come to China. We always make sure you join a likeminded team with shared interests and similar stages in life.

We have no particular requirements other than that you be open to an adventure and excited about teaching. We do our best to set up placements for people from all sorts of backgrounds. We are also very happy to arrange customised programmes for those that are in groups or in non-typical age groups.

You can apply anytime, but the sooner you apply the better because we make offers on a rolling basis throughout the year from September onwards.

There is no cut-off point for applications, in special cases we can even place people on programmes as late as July (for a July start). However, if you want to be sure of a place, it is best to apply right now—please click here to do so

While our programmes are primarily designed for those that know little about China to learn about China, we are always grateful for any assistance that Chinese nationals wish to offer us. We can recruit in a number of roles—predominantly in our office co-ordinating our projects during the summer and developing our programmes in China. There are also roles available as English teachers for Chinese nationals, but please email us before applying for more information.

What are the conditional provisional (CP) offers?

If we think you are a great candidate for our programmes, but we aren’t able to offer you one of our few guaranteed roles, we will make you a CP offer instead. These offers are only made to those select people that we would really like to invite to join us in China but cannot make a guaranteed ‘full’ offer to. A shortage of placements on our side or a factor in your application can mean you are given a CP and not a full offer.

If you choose to accept the CP offer, you will eventually need to make a commitment deposit of £100/$150USD, this deposit means you are committing to join us for your stated dates if we make you a placement offer. Your deposit will be returned to you after you complete a programme, or in case we haven’t been able to place you then you may request a refund after 15th June. We will do our best to place you if you accept this offer so you will need to keep a period of 4-5 weeks in July available for that, if we make you an offer before 15th June and you decide to not come on our programme then the deposit cannot be returned.

We usually make these CP offers because we are running low on places or because of a factor to do with your application, such as those listed below. We are committed to make sure every great candidate has the chance to undertake our placements which is why we make these offers. If you wish to take part in our programmes, then please accept the offer. Looking forward to hearing from you!

Application factors that could lead to a CP offer:

We are running low on suitable places

If we don’t have sufficient places at present for your profile, then we will make you a CP offer.

Dates and application preferences:

It may be that your stated preferences on the application form, or your available dates aren’t compatible with our programmes (most of which run throughout July)

Experience:

Most of our programmes are entry level roles, but it may be that you didn’t demonstrate sufficient evidence of relevant transferable skills and experiences in your application

Local visa and legal compliance rules:

As with the J1 Visa scheme in the USA and other similar cultural exchange visa programmes worldwide, international diplomacy and local laws complicate the process of making placements in China. This means that many of our schools are obliged to only offer places to candidates that meet certain age, nationality (e.g English speaking countries), work experience requirements and current work status requirements. International diplomacy and bilateral agreements mean that we generally aren’t able to seek visas (except in exceptional circumstances) for applicants outside of our UK, North America and Europe base.