I have had a wonderful experience with Maximo Nivel in Costa Rica and can't say enough great things about this organization. The staff is extremely helpful, supportive, friendly, and very passionate about what they do. It is inspiring working with such dedicated individuals and I feel very lucky to have been a part of the Maximo Nivel family for 3 months. Everything from the project placement to host family stays were well organized and they make the transition of coming to a new country a very smooth process. On my very first day in San Jose, my fears were put to rest. I received information about where I was going to be teaching, what other volunteers would be with me, orientation to the city, a course on how to teach abroad, safety tips, where to exchange money, and much more. I was also accompanied by Maximo staff to my project placement later that day. I was showed where to catch the bus, and introduced to everyone who I would be working with at the church for the next 3 months. Teaching abroad has been such a challenging experience given the language barrier with the children as well as learning how to manage a classroom. However, it has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. The highlights of teaching abroad have been working with the children everyday and meeting people from all over the world who want to make a difference. There are also great opportunities to travel on the weekends and many other social outings during the week to get involved in. It has been such a memorable experience and I have Maximo Nivel to thank for that. Muchas gracias!