joined our projects in Xijie Foreign Language School & Dahuwai English School
Please you us about some of your most enjoyable moments of the trip?

I really enjoyed being placed in a family run hotel for the most part of my stay. I was able to eat homeprepared local food and meet local people, gaining a more authentic experience.

Each evening we would do activities with the children, which was reading for myself but also allowed up to interact with the students in a more relaxed setting. I particularly liked the BBQ's that we had as the children really seemed to like doing them and the food was really good!

Which were the highlights of the lessons, cultural excursions and outdoor activities?

I particularly enjoyed some of the hikes and walks that we did in beautiful Yangshuo. Visiting Xiamen and its surrounding island provided me with an insight into both more urban and rural life in China.

Teaching was a highlight of the trip for me, and was most satisfying when we would recap a previous lesson and the children would recall something we previously covered.

How would you say the overall experience has benefited you?

The experience has been really enjoyable and has really given me a great opportunity to both travel and experience teaching to the fullest degree.

What was the best thing about your experience in China?

Teaching was the best thing about my experience as it is that which intialy drew me to apply

Would you recommend participating to a friend and if so why?

I would likely recommend participating to a friend, however I would be caution in explaining that not all applicants have the same experience. Also, the organisation and communication from Gotoco was very sporadic at times – however Lisha was hugely helpful while I was in China.