Maximo Nivel

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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

  • MAXIMO NIVEL- Volunteer with children
    Peru
    Maximo Nivel provides great volunteer programs Cusco, Peru. Maximo is a locally-based organization and you work directly...
    54 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Guatemala
    Maximo Nivel provides great volunteer programs in Antigua, Guatemala. Maximo is a locally-based organization and you work...
    53 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Guatemala
    Become a certified English teacher by earning a TEFL certification with Maximo Nivel in Antigua, Guatemala. TEFL...
    47 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Peru
    Maximo Nivel offers Spanish immersion programs at our institute in Cusco, Peru. Our Native Spanish Program is ideal for...
    35 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Costa Rica
    Become a certified English teacher by earning a TEFL certification with Maximo Nivel on the beach in Manuel Antonio. TEFL...
    30 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Peru
    Become a certified English teacher by earning a TEFL certification with Maximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru. TEFL Certification is...
    27 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Costa Rica
    Maximo Nivel provides great volunteer programs Costa Rica--programs are available in the capital city of San Jose and on the...
    16 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
  • Guatemala
    Maximo Nivel offers our unique Native Spanish Program for intensive Spanish language training. Situated in beautiful...
    13 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Costa Rica
    Maximo Nivel offers Spanish immersion programs at in San Jose and Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Our Native Spanish Program is...
    4 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
  • Costa Rica
    Maximo Nivel is an Executive Language center with offices in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. We are not a school, nor an...
    2 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
  • 3 Students sit on the beach studying at Maximo Nivel Costa Rica
    Costa Rica
    Maximo Nivel now has our Spanish language program on the beach in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica! Combine fun in the sun with...
  • Costa Rica
    Spanish Camp at Maximo Nivel has helped high school students expand their global competence, cultural knowledge, and Spanish...
  • Medical Internships
    Guatemala
    Maximo Nivel offers internship programs in Antigua, Guatemala. Develop professional skills and Spanish language fluency in...
  • Peru
    Maximo Nivel offers internship programs in Cusco, Peru. Develop professional skills and Spanish language fluency in an...
  • Private Spanish Lessons in Costa Rica
    Costa Rica
    Maximo Nivel offers internship programs in San Jose, Costa Rica. Develop professional skills and Spanish language fluency in...

Program Reviews

  • Peter
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Sofia, Bulgaria
    University of Cambridge
    10/10
    Hybrid Course in Antigua, Guatemala
    05/29/2016

    I did a four week "hybrid" course divided into two parts: the first two weeks I did online from home in Bulgaria before coming to Antigua for the last two weeks, the second of which was dedicated entirely to practical teaching. This worked particularly well for me, since I wasn't able to commit to the full four weeks of the regular course, so being able to do the theoretical half from home was really convenient.

    I remember reading reviews of the course prior to signing up. The general consensus seemed to be: challenging but ultimately rewarding. I couldn't agree more with this. The course is a real test of character, and getting to the end of it (as 99% of people do) is an achievement to be proud of. I had a very positive mindset from the beginning, but even so I was tested on numerous occasions, especially during practical teaching week. This is the part of the course which, in my opinion, is most invaluable: taking responsibility for a class' learning for an entire week, teaching one one-hour lesson a day for five days, is as daunting as it sounds, but it is also the time when the learning curve as an aspiring teacher is the steepest. It is an experience which a purely online TEFL course simply cannot replace.

    I cannot sing the praises of the Maximo team enough. My instructor, Karen, was an incredibly enthusiastic and highly dedicated teacher and guide throughout. The amount of individual attention I received from her both in preparing for and reflecting on my practical teaching experience was amazing. Karen struck a balance by being professional whilst also showing great care and understanding, as well as an ability to adapt to our needs. I am very grateful to her, and indeed all the staff at Maximo, for their support and smiles throughout the course.

    How could this program be improved?

    For those considering taking the hybrid course, I would like to highlight one thing which it is worth being aware of prior to signing up. Apart from the significant time difference between the Americas and Europe (for me it was 7 hours), the Internet connection was not always smooth and reliable, so be prepared to be patient and flexible when it comes to scheduling Skype tutorials. This slight inconvenience aside, the course was worth every penny - don't hesitate to sign up!

    Photos:
    The group (me, Karen the instructor, and Whitney, my TEFL course partner)
    Getting practical in the classroom
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  • Teresa
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    Thomson
    North Carolina
    10/10
    Come to Maximo!
    05/24/2016

    I LOVED my time at Maximo Nivel! Not only did I have incredible classmates but we had an energetic, lively, knowledgable, and professional instructor named Karen. I can honestly say that the course would not have been as much fun without Karen as our instructor. She puts everything into her teaching and devotes time after class, during lunch, on the weekend, or whenever you need it. I am already planning a trip back to Guatemala for an add-on course in TEFL. I know I will be in great hands and I am going to learn a lot. I'm so excited for my return to Antigua!

    How could this program be improved?

    Anything can be improved but I really have to think of something to put here.....I don't know. The practical teaching was great (not too much or too little), the feedback is ultra helpful, and the staff is amazing.

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  • David
    Age: 31-50
    Male
    San Francisco, California
    8/10
    Maximo Nivel for maximum results
    05/24/2016

    The instructor, materials, staff and setting in Manuel Antonio went above and beyond all my expectations. Plus, my home stay family made my adjustment as stress-free as possible. I would definitely recommend Maximo Nivel to anyone wishing to teach English in Latin America. But be advised, after a while you might grow accustomed to all the amazing things like howler monkeys at night, sloths in the trees, iguanas just hanging out, beautiful beaches, friendly people, unbelievably tasty smoothies...

    Photos:
    Inside Maximo Nivel
    Beach in Manuel Antonio
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  • Mary-bestor
    Age: 31-50
    Female
    Birmingham, Alabama USA
    Brown University
    10/10
    You will learn so much! Incredible program, amazing teacher, beautiful facilities!
    05/18/2016

    I researched many different programs before choosing Maximo Nivel as my TEFL course, and cannot imagine a better experience or higher quality instructor than I received in La Antigua! Karen, the TEFL trainer, is amazing! She has years of experience in "TEFL Land", and it shines every hour of class. Be aware that the course is rigorous (so come ready to work), but be assured that Karen is untiring in her energy and enthusiasm for helping her students at every step! I started the program with very little teaching experience and full of nerves, but Karen was so encouraging and thorough that I now have the certificate (and SKILLS) to teach English anywhere in the world. Karen is also passionate about helping her students find jobs after the course and keeping up with their journeys-What a priceless mentor!

    How could this program be improved?

    It is incredible-truly!

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  • Merecia
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Burnet
    Other
    10/10
    One Month in TEFLtopia
    05/18/2016

    My TEFL course in Antigua, Guatemala through Maximo Nivel was more than I ever hoped for. I expected to work hard for a month, get my certification, and then get to the fun part...that was not the case. Every day was fun in my class, and that is hugely in part to my teacher, Karen Wilke. She truly loves whats she does, and she will do whatever she can to help you succeed. I also was lucky enough to come away with new friends that I will keep for life. Every class is different, and of course, so are the people, but if you are looking to do the TEFL course, I promise you won't regret doing it with Karen. The month will fly by, and before you know it, you will be holding your certificate, as well as countless new memories to cherish. One of the best decisions I've made, so don't be afraid to take the plunge :) Pirates of TEFLtopia for life!

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