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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.

The programmes at different schools run for varying periods of time. The majority of camps last one month, after which you are invited to visit our base in Yangshuo with accommodation provided for five nights. However, camps can last anything from two weeks to three months. Make your availability clear to us from the start and we will work to find the right camp for you.

If your availability changes at any point, please update your application form—the process for doing so is explained once you submit an application.

All programmes vary, but we always aim for a minimum of two to four volunteers in each location. Many locations have larger groups, either in the school or in the town as a whole. Once you are made an offer, you will be put in touch with the others on your programme.

The age of the local students will depend on your programme. Students range from 5 to 17 years old while some schools even run adult classes and very few are for students under 5. Let us know your preference and we will try and match you to the right school for you, although we cannot guarantee to meet all requests.

You may start a programme in a new location after your first programme ends. For example. you could spend July in Qingdao or Beijing and August in Xi’an or another location. Make sure you communicate this preference to us as early as possible.

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. 

Teaching hours vary depending on your programme.

On programmes where you are principally teaching in a classroom setting, then you should generally not exceed 6-8 hours (not including breaks) a day, five or six days a week. You will spend your time on a mixture of class teaching, lesson planning and outdoor or co-curricular activities.

On activity-focused summer camps, you may spend longer hours with your students each day, and even share accommodation with them, but you will spend your days leading fun outdoor, sports, arts and crafts, or music activities to help students develop both their English and soft skills.

Your programme’s schedules and expectations will be communicated directly by the programme staff during the selection process, and again before you come to China.

We will confirm your place on the programme as quickly as we can after receiving your application. If we give you a guaranteed offer, it means that you can rest assured that we will definitely be offering you a place in China this summer.

However, your final destination within China will be confirmed between March and June of the year you are due to come, as this is when our partners finalise their summer programmes. If you have any questions at any stage of the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at recruitment[at]go-to.co.

Programmes provide accommodation either on the school site or in hotels and apartments in the town or city, with some also offering homestay options. You usually live with a teammate from your programme, a staff member from the programme or the student or their family. Details of your accommodation will be sent to you at the interview stage as exact lodging varies depending on your location.

Depending on your location, you will be able to get to class on foot or by bike, car or subway. The programme team will help explain the best mode of transport for you once you arrive.

Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese or any Chinese-language dialect) competency is not a requirement for our programmes, but you can learn Mandarin while you are here.

If you would like Mandarin lessons, make sure you let your programme know before you arrive. The method of learning depends on your level and the exact programme you are on. Most programmes offer more formal lessons twice per week for an hour each time, usually aimed at a beginner’s level, as well as the opportunity to learn informally from Chinese teachers, assistants and friends throughout your stay. Lessons and practise usually principally focus on oral and listening skills, but if you would like to learn some writing then let your programme know before you arrive. Some programmes will offer informal opportunities to learn without formal classes, depending on the teaching schedule. Information on how your programme will provide lessons will be provided at the interview stage. If this is very important to you, then make sure you let your programme and us know what you are looking for.

If you already know some Mandarin, then all of our programmes in China offer you a great opportunity to practise and enhance your language skills. You will have ample time to chat with your fellow teachers and local residents in Mandarin, so do make the most of it! Remember though that your principal purpose is to teach the children English so do make sure you mainly speak English with the students and save your personal language learning for after class. Most programmes will not usually offer more advanced Mandarin reading or writing classes, but if you have particular goals then communicate these before you arrive and your programme coordinator will see what is possible for you.

If you have never learnt Mandarin before, then, while it can be frustrating at first not to be able to understand a lot of what is being said around you, you will become used to this fairly quickly. Learn the words for ‘hello’ (你好nǐ hǎo), ‘thank you’ (谢谢xìe xìe) and ‘goodbye’ (再见zàijiàn) before you come to get the ball rolling and show your Chinese colleagues and Mandarin teachers that you are keen to learn about the local culture and language. You will probably be surprised at how many words and phrases you come to recognise during your time in China. We will also send you a starter pack with some key phrases before you arrive in China.

If you would like to start learning before you come to China, then please contact us for more information. There are great apps available to help you start to learn Mandarin, such as Duolingo, and you can often find language partners either on campus or online on sites such as www.italki.com. Please do use all the resources available to you if you are interested in learning the language!

If you are worried about your language skills, then don’t despair: every programme will assign teaching assistants or programme coordinators who can speak English to you, and many people around town can often speak some English. However, please do remember that English is not ubiquitous in China and that you may need to use body language and other communication methods to make your point at times, especially if you travel independently in rural areas—this is part of the fun of travelling! We recommend bringing a simple phrase book with you to help if you decide to explore China on your own. If you are out and about without a bilingual teaching assistant, it is generally also best to look for younger people if you need help in English as they are far more likely to have learnt English at school.

Currently, we cannot provide class credit for the programmes. However, we are in discussions with several institutions and aim to offer class credit as soon as possible. Watch this space!

Load More

○ 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.

The programmes at different schools run for varying periods of time. The majority of camps last one month, after which you are invited to visit our base in Yangshuo with accommodation provided for five nights. However, camps can last anything from two weeks to three months. Make your availability clear to us from the start and we will work to find the right camp for you.

If your availability changes at any point, please update your application form—the process for doing so is explained once you submit an application.

All programmes vary, but we always aim for a minimum of two to four volunteers in each location. Many locations have larger groups, either in the school or in the town as a whole. Once you are made an offer, you will be put in touch with the others on your programme.

The age of the local students will depend on your programme. Students range from 5 to 17 years old while some schools even run adult classes and very few are for students under 5. Let us know your preference and we will try and match you to the right school for you, although we cannot guarantee to meet all requests.

You may start a programme in a new location after your first programme ends. For example. you could spend July in Qingdao or Beijing and August in Xi’an or another location. Make sure you communicate this preference to us as early as possible.

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. 

Teaching hours vary depending on your programme.

On programmes where you are principally teaching in a classroom setting, then you should generally not exceed 6-8 hours (not including breaks) a day, five or six days a week. You will spend your time on a mixture of class teaching, lesson planning and outdoor or co-curricular activities.

On activity-focused summer camps, you may spend longer hours with your students each day, and even share accommodation with them, but you will spend your days leading fun outdoor, sports, arts and crafts, or music activities to help students develop both their English and soft skills.

Your programme’s schedules and expectations will be communicated directly by the programme staff during the selection process, and again before you come to China.

We will confirm your place on the programme as quickly as we can after receiving your application. If we give you a guaranteed offer, it means that you can rest assured that we will definitely be offering you a place in China this summer.

However, your final destination within China will be confirmed between March and June of the year you are due to come, as this is when our partners finalise their summer programmes. If you have any questions at any stage of the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at recruitment[at]go-to.co.

Programmes provide accommodation either on the school site or in hotels and apartments in the town or city, with some also offering homestay options. You usually live with a teammate from your programme, a staff member from the programme or the student or their family. Details of your accommodation will be sent to you at the interview stage as exact lodging varies depending on your location.

Depending on your location, you will be able to get to class on foot or by bike, car or subway. The programme team will help explain the best mode of transport for you once you arrive.

Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese or any Chinese-language dialect) competency is not a requirement for our programmes, but you can learn Mandarin while you are here.

If you would like Mandarin lessons, make sure you let your programme know before you arrive. The method of learning depends on your level and the exact programme you are on. Most programmes offer more formal lessons twice per week for an hour each time, usually aimed at a beginner’s level, as well as the opportunity to learn informally from Chinese teachers, assistants and friends throughout your stay. Lessons and practise usually principally focus on oral and listening skills, but if you would like to learn some writing then let your programme know before you arrive. Some programmes will offer informal opportunities to learn without formal classes, depending on the teaching schedule. Information on how your programme will provide lessons will be provided at the interview stage. If this is very important to you, then make sure you let your programme and us know what you are looking for.

If you already know some Mandarin, then all of our programmes in China offer you a great opportunity to practise and enhance your language skills. You will have ample time to chat with your fellow teachers and local residents in Mandarin, so do make the most of it! Remember though that your principal purpose is to teach the children English so do make sure you mainly speak English with the students and save your personal language learning for after class. Most programmes will not usually offer more advanced Mandarin reading or writing classes, but if you have particular goals then communicate these before you arrive and your programme coordinator will see what is possible for you.

If you have never learnt Mandarin before, then, while it can be frustrating at first not to be able to understand a lot of what is being said around you, you will become used to this fairly quickly. Learn the words for ‘hello’ (你好nǐ hǎo), ‘thank you’ (谢谢xìe xìe) and ‘goodbye’ (再见zàijiàn) before you come to get the ball rolling and show your Chinese colleagues and Mandarin teachers that you are keen to learn about the local culture and language. You will probably be surprised at how many words and phrases you come to recognise during your time in China. We will also send you a starter pack with some key phrases before you arrive in China.

If you would like to start learning before you come to China, then please contact us for more information. There are great apps available to help you start to learn Mandarin, such as Duolingo, and you can often find language partners either on campus or online on sites such as www.italki.com. Please do use all the resources available to you if you are interested in learning the language!

If you are worried about your language skills, then don’t despair: every programme will assign teaching assistants or programme coordinators who can speak English to you, and many people around town can often speak some English. However, please do remember that English is not ubiquitous in China and that you may need to use body language and other communication methods to make your point at times, especially if you travel independently in rural areas—this is part of the fun of travelling! We recommend bringing a simple phrase book with you to help if you decide to explore China on your own. If you are out and about without a bilingual teaching assistant, it is generally also best to look for younger people if you need help in English as they are far more likely to have learnt English at school.

Currently, we cannot provide class credit for the programmes. However, we are in discussions with several institutions and aim to offer class credit as soon as possible. Watch this space!

Load More

○ 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.

The programmes at different schools run for varying periods of time. The majority of camps last one month, after which you are invited to visit our base in Yangshuo with accommodation provided for five nights. However, camps can last anything from two weeks to three months. Make your availability clear to us from the start and we will work to find the right camp for you.

If your availability changes at any point, please update your application form—the process for doing so is explained once you submit an application.

All programmes vary, but we always aim for a minimum of two to four volunteers in each location. Many locations have larger groups, either in the school or in the town as a whole. Once you are made an offer, you will be put in touch with the others on your programme.

The age of the local students will depend on your programme. Students range from 5 to 17 years old while some schools even run adult classes and very few are for students under 5. Let us know your preference and we will try and match you to the right school for you, although we cannot guarantee to meet all requests.

You may start a programme in a new location after your first programme ends. For example. you could spend July in Qingdao or Beijing and August in Xi’an or another location. Make sure you communicate this preference to us as early as possible.

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. 

Teaching hours vary depending on your programme.

On programmes where you are principally teaching in a classroom setting, then you should generally not exceed 6-8 hours (not including breaks) a day, five or six days a week. You will spend your time on a mixture of class teaching, lesson planning and outdoor or co-curricular activities.

On activity-focused summer camps, you may spend longer hours with your students each day, and even share accommodation with them, but you will spend your days leading fun outdoor, sports, arts and crafts, or music activities to help students develop both their English and soft skills.

Your programme’s schedules and expectations will be communicated directly by the programme staff during the selection process, and again before you come to China.

We will confirm your place on the programme as quickly as we can after receiving your application. If we give you a guaranteed offer, it means that you can rest assured that we will definitely be offering you a place in China this summer.

However, your final destination within China will be confirmed between March and June of the year you are due to come, as this is when our partners finalise their summer programmes. If you have any questions at any stage of the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at recruitment[at]go-to.co.

Programmes provide accommodation either on the school site or in hotels and apartments in the town or city, with some also offering homestay options. You usually live with a teammate from your programme, a staff member from the programme or the student or their family. Details of your accommodation will be sent to you at the interview stage as exact lodging varies depending on your location.

Depending on your location, you will be able to get to class on foot or by bike, car or subway. The programme team will help explain the best mode of transport for you once you arrive.

Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese or any Chinese-language dialect) competency is not a requirement for our programmes, but you can learn Mandarin while you are here.

If you would like Mandarin lessons, make sure you let your programme know before you arrive. The method of learning depends on your level and the exact programme you are on. Most programmes offer more formal lessons twice per week for an hour each time, usually aimed at a beginner’s level, as well as the opportunity to learn informally from Chinese teachers, assistants and friends throughout your stay. Lessons and practise usually principally focus on oral and listening skills, but if you would like to learn some writing then let your programme know before you arrive. Some programmes will offer informal opportunities to learn without formal classes, depending on the teaching schedule. Information on how your programme will provide lessons will be provided at the interview stage. If this is very important to you, then make sure you let your programme and us know what you are looking for.

If you already know some Mandarin, then all of our programmes in China offer you a great opportunity to practise and enhance your language skills. You will have ample time to chat with your fellow teachers and local residents in Mandarin, so do make the most of it! Remember though that your principal purpose is to teach the children English so do make sure you mainly speak English with the students and save your personal language learning for after class. Most programmes will not usually offer more advanced Mandarin reading or writing classes, but if you have particular goals then communicate these before you arrive and your programme coordinator will see what is possible for you.

If you have never learnt Mandarin before, then, while it can be frustrating at first not to be able to understand a lot of what is being said around you, you will become used to this fairly quickly. Learn the words for ‘hello’ (你好nǐ hǎo), ‘thank you’ (谢谢xìe xìe) and ‘goodbye’ (再见zàijiàn) before you come to get the ball rolling and show your Chinese colleagues and Mandarin teachers that you are keen to learn about the local culture and language. You will probably be surprised at how many words and phrases you come to recognise during your time in China. We will also send you a starter pack with some key phrases before you arrive in China.

If you would like to start learning before you come to China, then please contact us for more information. There are great apps available to help you start to learn Mandarin, such as Duolingo, and you can often find language partners either on campus or online on sites such as www.italki.com. Please do use all the resources available to you if you are interested in learning the language!

If you are worried about your language skills, then don’t despair: every programme will assign teaching assistants or programme coordinators who can speak English to you, and many people around town can often speak some English. However, please do remember that English is not ubiquitous in China and that you may need to use body language and other communication methods to make your point at times, especially if you travel independently in rural areas—this is part of the fun of travelling! We recommend bringing a simple phrase book with you to help if you decide to explore China on your own. If you are out and about without a bilingual teaching assistant, it is generally also best to look for younger people if you need help in English as they are far more likely to have learnt English at school.

Currently, we cannot provide class credit for the programmes. However, we are in discussions with several institutions and aim to offer class credit as soon as possible. Watch this space!

Load More

○ 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.

The programmes at different schools run for varying periods of time. The majority of camps last one month, after which you are invited to visit our base in Yangshuo with accommodation provided for five nights. However, camps can last anything from two weeks to three months. Make your availability clear to us from the start and we will work to find the right camp for you.

If your availability changes at any point, please update your application form—the process for doing so is explained once you submit an application.

All programmes vary, but we always aim for a minimum of two to four volunteers in each location. Many locations have larger groups, either in the school or in the town as a whole. Once you are made an offer, you will be put in touch with the others on your programme.

The age of the local students will depend on your programme. Students range from 5 to 17 years old while some schools even run adult classes and very few are for students under 5. Let us know your preference and we will try and match you to the right school for you, although we cannot guarantee to meet all requests.

You may start a programme in a new location after your first programme ends. For example. you could spend July in Qingdao or Beijing and August in Xi’an or another location. Make sure you communicate this preference to us as early as possible.

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. 

Teaching hours vary depending on your programme.

On programmes where you are principally teaching in a classroom setting, then you should generally not exceed 6-8 hours (not including breaks) a day, five or six days a week. You will spend your time on a mixture of class teaching, lesson planning and outdoor or co-curricular activities.

On activity-focused summer camps, you may spend longer hours with your students each day, and even share accommodation with them, but you will spend your days leading fun outdoor, sports, arts and crafts, or music activities to help students develop both their English and soft skills.

Your programme’s schedules and expectations will be communicated directly by the programme staff during the selection process, and again before you come to China.

We will confirm your place on the programme as quickly as we can after receiving your application. If we give you a guaranteed offer, it means that you can rest assured that we will definitely be offering you a place in China this summer.

However, your final destination within China will be confirmed between March and June of the year you are due to come, as this is when our partners finalise their summer programmes. If you have any questions at any stage of the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at recruitment[at]go-to.co.

Programmes provide accommodation either on the school site or in hotels and apartments in the town or city, with some also offering homestay options. You usually live with a teammate from your programme, a staff member from the programme or the student or their family. Details of your accommodation will be sent to you at the interview stage as exact lodging varies depending on your location.

Depending on your location, you will be able to get to class on foot or by bike, car or subway. The programme team will help explain the best mode of transport for you once you arrive.

Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese or any Chinese-language dialect) competency is not a requirement for our programmes, but you can learn Mandarin while you are here.

If you would like Mandarin lessons, make sure you let your programme know before you arrive. The method of learning depends on your level and the exact programme you are on. Most programmes offer more formal lessons twice per week for an hour each time, usually aimed at a beginner’s level, as well as the opportunity to learn informally from Chinese teachers, assistants and friends throughout your stay. Lessons and practise usually principally focus on oral and listening skills, but if you would like to learn some writing then let your programme know before you arrive. Some programmes will offer informal opportunities to learn without formal classes, depending on the teaching schedule. Information on how your programme will provide lessons will be provided at the interview stage. If this is very important to you, then make sure you let your programme and us know what you are looking for.

If you already know some Mandarin, then all of our programmes in China offer you a great opportunity to practise and enhance your language skills. You will have ample time to chat with your fellow teachers and local residents in Mandarin, so do make the most of it! Remember though that your principal purpose is to teach the children English so do make sure you mainly speak English with the students and save your personal language learning for after class. Most programmes will not usually offer more advanced Mandarin reading or writing classes, but if you have particular goals then communicate these before you arrive and your programme coordinator will see what is possible for you.

If you have never learnt Mandarin before, then, while it can be frustrating at first not to be able to understand a lot of what is being said around you, you will become used to this fairly quickly. Learn the words for ‘hello’ (你好nǐ hǎo), ‘thank you’ (谢谢xìe xìe) and ‘goodbye’ (再见zàijiàn) before you come to get the ball rolling and show your Chinese colleagues and Mandarin teachers that you are keen to learn about the local culture and language. You will probably be surprised at how many words and phrases you come to recognise during your time in China. We will also send you a starter pack with some key phrases before you arrive in China.

If you would like to start learning before you come to China, then please contact us for more information. There are great apps available to help you start to learn Mandarin, such as Duolingo, and you can often find language partners either on campus or online on sites such as www.italki.com. Please do use all the resources available to you if you are interested in learning the language!

If you are worried about your language skills, then don’t despair: every programme will assign teaching assistants or programme coordinators who can speak English to you, and many people around town can often speak some English. However, please do remember that English is not ubiquitous in China and that you may need to use body language and other communication methods to make your point at times, especially if you travel independently in rural areas—this is part of the fun of travelling! We recommend bringing a simple phrase book with you to help if you decide to explore China on your own. If you are out and about without a bilingual teaching assistant, it is generally also best to look for younger people if you need help in English as they are far more likely to have learnt English at school.

Currently, we cannot provide class credit for the programmes. However, we are in discussions with several institutions and aim to offer class credit as soon as possible. Watch this space!

Load More

○ 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.

The programmes at different schools run for varying periods of time. The majority of camps last one month, after which you are invited to visit our base in Yangshuo with accommodation provided for five nights. However, camps can last anything from two weeks to three months. Make your availability clear to us from the start and we will work to find the right camp for you.

If your availability changes at any point, please update your application form—the process for doing so is explained once you submit an application.

All programmes vary, but we always aim for a minimum of two to four volunteers in each location. Many locations have larger groups, either in the school or in the town as a whole. Once you are made an offer, you will be put in touch with the others on your programme.

The age of the local students will depend on your programme. Students range from 5 to 17 years old while some schools even run adult classes and very few are for students under 5. Let us know your preference and we will try and match you to the right school for you, although we cannot guarantee to meet all requests.

You may start a programme in a new location after your first programme ends. For example. you could spend July in Qingdao or Beijing and August in Xi’an or another location. Make sure you communicate this preference to us as early as possible.

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. 

Teaching hours vary depending on your programme.

On programmes where you are principally teaching in a classroom setting, then you should generally not exceed 6-8 hours (not including breaks) a day, five or six days a week. You will spend your time on a mixture of class teaching, lesson planning and outdoor or co-curricular activities.

On activity-focused summer camps, you may spend longer hours with your students each day, and even share accommodation with them, but you will spend your days leading fun outdoor, sports, arts and crafts, or music activities to help students develop both their English and soft skills.

Your programme’s schedules and expectations will be communicated directly by the programme staff during the selection process, and again before you come to China.

We will confirm your place on the programme as quickly as we can after receiving your application. If we give you a guaranteed offer, it means that you can rest assured that we will definitely be offering you a place in China this summer.

However, your final destination within China will be confirmed between March and June of the year you are due to come, as this is when our partners finalise their summer programmes. If you have any questions at any stage of the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at recruitment[at]go-to.co.

Programmes provide accommodation either on the school site or in hotels and apartments in the town or city, with some also offering homestay options. You usually live with a teammate from your programme, a staff member from the programme or the student or their family. Details of your accommodation will be sent to you at the interview stage as exact lodging varies depending on your location.

Depending on your location, you will be able to get to class on foot or by bike, car or subway. The programme team will help explain the best mode of transport for you once you arrive.

Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese or any Chinese-language dialect) competency is not a requirement for our programmes, but you can learn Mandarin while you are here.

If you would like Mandarin lessons, make sure you let your programme know before you arrive. The method of learning depends on your level and the exact programme you are on. Most programmes offer more formal lessons twice per week for an hour each time, usually aimed at a beginner’s level, as well as the opportunity to learn informally from Chinese teachers, assistants and friends throughout your stay. Lessons and practise usually principally focus on oral and listening skills, but if you would like to learn some writing then let your programme know before you arrive. Some programmes will offer informal opportunities to learn without formal classes, depending on the teaching schedule. Information on how your programme will provide lessons will be provided at the interview stage. If this is very important to you, then make sure you let your programme and us know what you are looking for.

If you already know some Mandarin, then all of our programmes in China offer you a great opportunity to practise and enhance your language skills. You will have ample time to chat with your fellow teachers and local residents in Mandarin, so do make the most of it! Remember though that your principal purpose is to teach the children English so do make sure you mainly speak English with the students and save your personal language learning for after class. Most programmes will not usually offer more advanced Mandarin reading or writing classes, but if you have particular goals then communicate these before you arrive and your programme coordinator will see what is possible for you.

If you have never learnt Mandarin before, then, while it can be frustrating at first not to be able to understand a lot of what is being said around you, you will become used to this fairly quickly. Learn the words for ‘hello’ (你好nǐ hǎo), ‘thank you’ (谢谢xìe xìe) and ‘goodbye’ (再见zàijiàn) before you come to get the ball rolling and show your Chinese colleagues and Mandarin teachers that you are keen to learn about the local culture and language. You will probably be surprised at how many words and phrases you come to recognise during your time in China. We will also send you a starter pack with some key phrases before you arrive in China.

If you would like to start learning before you come to China, then please contact us for more information. There are great apps available to help you start to learn Mandarin, such as Duolingo, and you can often find language partners either on campus or online on sites such as www.italki.com. Please do use all the resources available to you if you are interested in learning the language!

If you are worried about your language skills, then don’t despair: every programme will assign teaching assistants or programme coordinators who can speak English to you, and many people around town can often speak some English. However, please do remember that English is not ubiquitous in China and that you may need to use body language and other communication methods to make your point at times, especially if you travel independently in rural areas—this is part of the fun of travelling! We recommend bringing a simple phrase book with you to help if you decide to explore China on your own. If you are out and about without a bilingual teaching assistant, it is generally also best to look for younger people if you need help in English as they are far more likely to have learnt English at school.

Currently, we cannot provide class credit for the programmes. However, we are in discussions with several institutions and aim to offer class credit as soon as possible. Watch this space!

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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.

The programmes at different schools run for varying periods of time. The majority of camps last one month, after which you are invited to visit our base in Yangshuo with accommodation provided for five nights. However, camps can last anything from two weeks to three months. Make your availability clear to us from the start and we will work to find the right camp for you.

If your availability changes at any point, please update your application form—the process for doing so is explained once you submit an application.

All programmes vary, but we always aim for a minimum of two to four volunteers in each location. Many locations have larger groups, either in the school or in the town as a whole. Once you are made an offer, you will be put in touch with the others on your programme.

The age of the local students will depend on your programme. Students range from 5 to 17 years old while some schools even run adult classes and very few are for students under 5. Let us know your preference and we will try and match you to the right school for you, although we cannot guarantee to meet all requests.

You may start a programme in a new location after your first programme ends. For example. you could spend July in Qingdao or Beijing and August in Xi’an or another location. Make sure you communicate this preference to us as early as possible.

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. 

Teaching hours vary depending on your programme.

On programmes where you are principally teaching in a classroom setting, then you should generally not exceed 6-8 hours (not including breaks) a day, five or six days a week. You will spend your time on a mixture of class teaching, lesson planning and outdoor or co-curricular activities.

On activity-focused summer camps, you may spend longer hours with your students each day, and even share accommodation with them, but you will spend your days leading fun outdoor, sports, arts and crafts, or music activities to help students develop both their English and soft skills.

Your programme’s schedules and expectations will be communicated directly by the programme staff during the selection process, and again before you come to China.

We will confirm your place on the programme as quickly as we can after receiving your application. If we give you a guaranteed offer, it means that you can rest assured that we will definitely be offering you a place in China this summer.

However, your final destination within China will be confirmed between March and June of the year you are due to come, as this is when our partners finalise their summer programmes. If you have any questions at any stage of the process, please don’t hesitate to contact us at recruitment[at]go-to.co.

Programmes provide accommodation either on the school site or in hotels and apartments in the town or city, with some also offering homestay options. You usually live with a teammate from your programme, a staff member from the programme or the student or their family. Details of your accommodation will be sent to you at the interview stage as exact lodging varies depending on your location.

Depending on your location, you will be able to get to class on foot or by bike, car or subway. The programme team will help explain the best mode of transport for you once you arrive.

Chinese (Mandarin, Cantonese or any Chinese-language dialect) competency is not a requirement for our programmes, but you can learn Mandarin while you are here.

If you would like Mandarin lessons, make sure you let your programme know before you arrive. The method of learning depends on your level and the exact programme you are on. Most programmes offer more formal lessons twice per week for an hour each time, usually aimed at a beginner’s level, as well as the opportunity to learn informally from Chinese teachers, assistants and friends throughout your stay. Lessons and practise usually principally focus on oral and listening skills, but if you would like to learn some writing then let your programme know before you arrive. Some programmes will offer informal opportunities to learn without formal classes, depending on the teaching schedule. Information on how your programme will provide lessons will be provided at the interview stage. If this is very important to you, then make sure you let your programme and us know what you are looking for.

If you already know some Mandarin, then all of our programmes in China offer you a great opportunity to practise and enhance your language skills. You will have ample time to chat with your fellow teachers and local residents in Mandarin, so do make the most of it! Remember though that your principal purpose is to teach the children English so do make sure you mainly speak English with the students and save your personal language learning for after class. Most programmes will not usually offer more advanced Mandarin reading or writing classes, but if you have particular goals then communicate these before you arrive and your programme coordinator will see what is possible for you.

If you have never learnt Mandarin before, then, while it can be frustrating at first not to be able to understand a lot of what is being said around you, you will become used to this fairly quickly. Learn the words for ‘hello’ (你好nǐ hǎo), ‘thank you’ (谢谢xìe xìe) and ‘goodbye’ (再见zàijiàn) before you come to get the ball rolling and show your Chinese colleagues and Mandarin teachers that you are keen to learn about the local culture and language. You will probably be surprised at how many words and phrases you come to recognise during your time in China. We will also send you a starter pack with some key phrases before you arrive in China.

If you would like to start learning before you come to China, then please contact us for more information. There are great apps available to help you start to learn Mandarin, such as Duolingo, and you can often find language partners either on campus or online on sites such as www.italki.com. Please do use all the resources available to you if you are interested in learning the language!

If you are worried about your language skills, then don’t despair: every programme will assign teaching assistants or programme coordinators who can speak English to you, and many people around town can often speak some English. However, please do remember that English is not ubiquitous in China and that you may need to use body language and other communication methods to make your point at times, especially if you travel independently in rural areas—this is part of the fun of travelling! We recommend bringing a simple phrase book with you to help if you decide to explore China on your own. If you are out and about without a bilingual teaching assistant, it is generally also best to look for younger people if you need help in English as they are far more likely to have learnt English at school.

Currently, we cannot provide class credit for the programmes. However, we are in discussions with several institutions and aim to offer class credit as soon as possible. Watch this space!

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