Maximo Nivel


Maximo Nivel (Maximum Level)--The Intercultural Center of Latin America

Maximo Nivel is a family-owned, social enterprise founded in 2003. Our three intercultural centers are locally-based organizations focused on international education and cross-cultural experiences. Our programs include: Volunteer Abroad, International Internships, TEFL Certification, and Spanish Language Immersion in three countries -- Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru.

Our programs are internationally accredited and are recognized worldwide. Our success is based on our commitment to quality and the highest level of client service. We have an excellent, professional staff and great home-base facilities to ensure your overall experience with us is nothing short of excellent!

Volunteer abroad - TEFL Certification - Spanish

Programs from Maximo Nivel

Program Reviews

  • Alex Murray
    Age: 25-30
    Toledo, Ohio
    Ohio University
    Maximo Nive

    This program was absolutely fantastic! They were easy to work with, extremely supportive, and placed me with a wonderful host family. I enjoyed the activities they set up for the volunteers and my Spanish classes were very useful.

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  • Nathanael Haggard
    Age: 19-24
    Cusco, Peru
    Brigham Young University–Idaho
    Spanish Review

    I enjoyed the Spanish classes, but I felt like their price point was higher than many things found in Peru (currency converted).

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  • peter cole
    Age: 51 or older
    English teaching Maximo Nivel Cusco Peru

    I have taught overseas in many countries before,and really enjoyed this placement.I taught with a Canadian girl,and had a lot of fun with my accent - the teenage girls we taught were extremely nice and polite and interactive - I was really pleased that they contributed so well - I think this shows how they liked the previous teachers and the contribution as a whole.
    I don't speak Spanish,so the classes were all in english.,and we focussed on them speaking as much as possible.
    Cusco is a stop off point for Machu Picchu which has minimum of 2,000 visitors per day!So a fair percentage of visitors would speak english and by helping these girls,I hope we help them with their success in a career where they can use the english.
    I was well looked after by the staff,had Spanish lessons,and enjoyed the homestay.Overall it was great to be there and be involved with this project.

    How could this program be improved?

    I don't think the programme can be improved,but maybe a different method to help the girls would be good - I suggested they form a choir and sing native Peruvian songs as well as english songs.-this would probably an exciting activity for them,but it has to be balanced with their needs which I don't know much about - ie education/living at the home etc.

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  • Rocky Roland
    Age: 51 or older
    Bastrop, Texas
    University of Iowa
    Challenging, Demanding, Intense...but Worth Every Effort!!

    The TEFL program at Maximo Nivel was one of the most professional courses I have every attended (and that is a LOT of courses). I am 66 years old, have a bachelors and MBA and am a retired USAF Colonel. This course will challenge you, no matter what your background. The instructors were first rate and packed in the content, while keeping the course active and fun. We laughed (a lot), but we worked really hard, too. The amount of course work was intense, requiring many hours outside the classroom to be prepared and to complete the reading and writing assignments. The course culminated with practical teaching, and that is where the long hours and hard work paid off. Seeing the response from your students in a real classroom situation cemented the value achieved by taking the TEFL course. If you are thinking about teaching English abroad, there is no better place to take the TEFL course than Maximo Nivel in Antigua, Guatemala. The city is awesome and I stayed in an apartment (vice a home stay), which worked out perfectly for me. I highly recommend Maximo Nivel and the TEFL course they provide.

    How could this program be improved?

    I think the program could benefit from an extra week of time to spread the activities and requirements over a more manageable length of time. That said, sometimes the pressure and intensity helps galvanize the learning process and also in some ways can serve as a winnowing tool.

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  • Brynda Peterson
    Age: 51 or older
    Louisville, co
    Colorado State University

    My experience was above and beyond all expectations of certifying with TEFL.
    The lead instructor, Suzanne, the assistant instructor, Audra, the director, Sarah, and the whole office staff was exceptionally supportive of each of the student teachers and students. They truly wanted each of us to succeed, without giving us an easy break.
    It was hard work, which made me appreciate my education and training. I feel very capable in my ability to teach immediately after graduating.
    The bottom line! The instructors went above and beyond to include education with the joy of learning.
    If I had it to do over again, I would choose this...100%. (Yes, even the grammar!)

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Alumni Interviews

  • Pierre and locals with a llama
    Service Learning and Volunteer Programs in Peru
  • My TEFL group at Maximo Nivel
    Get TEFL Certified in Cusco, Peru!
  • Volunteering in Guatemala
    Service Learning and Volunteer Programs in Guatemala
  • Ruth & I - during my second last day when I finally had heard her speak!
    Service Learning and Volunteer Programs in Peru
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Staff Interviews