Spanish Immersion in La Antigua, Guatemala!

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Maximo Nivel offers our unique Native Spanish Program for intensive Spanish language training. Situated in beautiful Guatemala, Maximo Nivel is not a typical Spanish School. We are an executive language center offering the most intensive and effective Spanish courses in Latin America. We employ only the most experienced native Spanish instructors, all of them actual teachers—either certified in teaching Spanish as a foreign language or with their Bachelors and/or Masters in Education.

Please visit our website to learn more about our Native Spanish Program in Guatemala, and to apply directly online.

Questions & Answers

Hello! It depends on which country you are interested in but generally speaking we recommend $50-$70 per week for spending money on daily lunches, snacks, and transportation. If you are interested in buying souvenirs or doing tours, we recommend more than this ($100-$200 per week depending on the tours you are interested in).
Yes, it’s certainly worth it. You could opt for a program where you have classical (approx. 4 students per class) lessons in the morning (9AM-1PM) and return in the afternoon for individual classes (2PM-4PM), which would still leave you plenty of time to explore the town and its surroundings in the evenings and weekends. I did a 6-week stay in the summer of 2015 with only the classical lessons in...
My class size varied a bit during the six weeks I took Spanish lessons there (June/July 2015), but it was either 3 or 4 people including myself. The school itself is split up in two different buildings which are very close to each other (about 100m apart) and contain roughly 20 classrooms in total. One building has a nice garden, while the other one has a pleasant roof terrace. The atmosphere is...
In our Native Spanish Program, all of our classes are taught by experienced, certified, native Spanish instructors.

Reviews

96%
based on 57 reviews
  • Instruction 9.5
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 9.4
  • Value 9.3
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Edward
10/10

Great learning experience!

My wife and I are living in Guatemala for a year, so why not take advantage and learn Spanish while we are here! We were introduced to Maximo Nivel by a friend in Guatemala. From the first interactions, we were impressed with the professionalism, courtesy and flexibility offered by the office staff and teachers. Our learning experience is tailored to our personal availability and language skill level. The teachers are engaging, professional and inspire us to learn. Thank you Aracely and Mary for making language study a great experience for us! And Wally and Nancy for the great first impression, intro to the programs, scheduling, etc! We highly recommend Maximo Nivel!

Yes, I recommend
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Katy
10/10

Awesome Experience!!

I came down to Antigua for a few weeks to learn Spanish and happened upon Maximo Nivel. I took a few hours of Spanish class every day I was here and absolutely LOVED IT!

The international office was super helpful. They immediately made me feel at home and were very friendly. Any time I had any questions they were able to help right away.

My Spanish teachers were also great. In a short amount of time they were able to assess my level of knowledge and cater to my skillset, while constantly pushing me to get better.

I'd recommend Maximo to anyone traveling to Antigua! Great program!

How can this program be improved?
n/a
Yes, I recommend
Katy
10/10

Awesome Experience!!

I came down to Antigua for a few weeks to learn Spanish and happened upon Maximo Nivel. I took a few hours of spanish class every day I was here and absolutely LOVED IT!

The international office was super helpful. They immediately made me feel at home and were very friendly. Any time I had any questions they were able to help right away.

My spanish teachers were also great. In such a short time they were able to assess my level of knowledge and cater to my skillset, while constantly pushing me to get better.

I'd recommend Maximo to anyone traveling to Antigua! Great program!

Yes, I recommend
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Kim
10/10

Máximo Rocks!

I came to Guatemala in September 2016. It was my first time traveling on my own, let alone out of the country; needless to say, I was terrified! The whole plane ride, I was so nervous. But from the second I stepped out of the airport in Guatemala City up to this very moment, I have been completely taken care of by Máximo. Their helpful and kind staff has done everything in their power to make this experience awesome. From helping me find my way around and suggesting great restaurants, to having a doctor who can make house calls, to helping me plan my border run: if you want an immersive, enjoyable, unforgettable and safe experience in Guatemala, this is the place to go!

Yes, I recommend
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Christoph
9/10

They understood what I wanted

My intension was to improve my spanisch without much grammar, because I am involved in a NGO-Project in a slum in San Pedro Sula Honduras. Together with my teachers we always found interessting themes to discuss and during this discussions I learned much new words.
Many thanks to Rafael, Margarita and Teresa. The lessons with you passed extremely fast without breaks and Iearned so many things about Guatemala

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Sally
10/10

Flexible and Fun for Families

We are a family of four with young children and very differing spanish language experience. The team at Maximo Nivel in Guatemala could not have been more creative and flexible when it came to providing different classes for all of us whilst still maintaining quality instruction and rigor. As an educator I was delighted to see the curriculum was open ended, accommodated the varying needs of the group and with the teachers encouraging spoken language (with generosity and humor) at all times, the experience was dynamic and effective. We were so sorry to leave after two weeks, we are coming back in the spring.

Yes, I recommend
Genelle
10/10

Amazing Experience

I studied Spanish for 4 weeks in Antigua, Guatemala. I was so fortunate to be paired up with Mary for my 4 hr small group instruction in the mornings and Alejandra for my private 2 hour instruction from 4-6 pm. They were both extemely knowledgeable and their explainantions were clear. They were able to come up with relatable examples and kept the classes interesting. My teachers were warm, patient and very personable. My Spanish greatly improved and I have a wonderful time "in the classroom." I will never forget my two amazing teachers. I also stayed in the Aragon house for my homestay. The Aragons are a wonderful family that makes you feel right at home and part of the family. They cooked delicious meals and I had a great time getting to know them each evening at the dinner table. I also really appreciate the front office staff! They made sure I was comfortable and checked in with me throughout my stay. Thank you Maximo!

Yes, I recommend
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Ramata
8/10

Excellent program overall

As a student for the past 2 weeks, I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience at Maximo Nivel. My Spanish teachers Aracely and Mary have been extremely attentive and helpful. Aracely has a great positive energy that is contagious, and really makes learning worthwhile. Mary is an expert at making grammar understandable and simple. My homestay has been amazing as well. My host mom Elluvia is welcoming and has made me feel at home. I am glad that I picked this program because I have seen major improvements in my Spanish speaking ability.

How can this program be improved?
The salsa and guac night is enjoyable, but it would be great if there were more social activities similar to it. Because I lived in a homestay, at times it was slightly harder to meet other students outside of class, whereas students in the volunteer house have more opportunities for interaction.
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JuliAnn
10/10

Learn a lot quickly

I had 2 different Spanish teachers during my time at Maximo Nivel. One for private classes and the other for a a group. Both were amazing. It is crazy to see how fast my speaking and understanding skills have improved in such a short amount of time. When I was learning Spanish in high school, I really understood the grammar, but speaking had such little focus. Here my classes are completely in Spanish and I generally understand everything that is going on. Since I am here long term in Guatemala, I love learning Guatemaltequismos that I need to speak and understand Spanish with Guatemalans. The facilities are fantastic. As well as my teachers. I loved everything about my time improving my Spanish.

Yes, I recommend
Laura
10/10

Spanish Lessons in Guatemala

It has been wonderful learning Spanish in Guatemala with Aracely for the past 3 months. I went from being Basic/Beginner level to being able to have 2 hour long conversations with her. The lessons are comprehensive and definitely helped me get the most out of my time at my project as well. I would definitely recommend the Spanish classes to anyone coming to Antigua,
Muchas gracias Aracely y Maximo Nivel, Guatemala!

Yes, I recommend
Veronica
10/10

Spanish in Antigua

It has been wonderful learning Spanish in Guatemala with Aracely for the past 3 months. I went from being Basic/Beginner level to being able to have 2 hour long conversations with her. The lessons are comprehensive and definitely helped me get the most out of my time at my project as well. I would definitely recommend the Spanish classes to anyone coming to Antigua,
Muchas gracias Aracely y Maximo Nivel, Guatemala!

Yes, I recommend
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Ryan
10/10

Learn with the best

So far I have been studying close to a month in the Spanish Immersion Program at Maximo Nivel, and have had an amazing experience. The teachers here are top notch, and provide you with with a knowledge of the language you can only receive from a native speaker. I studied for 6 years in the US and just couldn't get a firm grasp on the language. I feel like my comfort level and ease with the language has increased exponentially while working with the instructors here. You learn to speak in a comfortable conversational setting that is actually useful and comparable to something you would encounter in real life. The teachers are experienced, compassionate, and dedicated. Not only will you learn the language, you will learn about the culture, and make a friend.

Yes, I recommend
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Jacob
10/10

Great Experience in Antigua

Had a great time taking Spanish classes at Maximo in Antigua, Guatemala. Classes with Sandra were fun and I improved quickly. She was patient and very flexible to what I wanted to get out of the class and experience. Outside of class, Antigua is a wonderful place to visit or stay long term!

The facilities here at Maximo - Guatemala are top of the line and with my registration for classes included many perks such as the curriculmn, tutoring, tandem conversation opportunities, free salsa lessons, and beautiful views of the volcanos.

How can this program be improved?
It was great!
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Ann
9/10

Spanish classes at Maximo in June

Staff are friendly and helpful. Teacher and materials excellent. Homestay with excellent cook who made our breakfasts and dinners. The other housemates spoke English which meant little practice at home but you work hard in class. So, a rest is more than welcome! Few complaints: very cold showers and sometimes electricity cuts off. Much rain during June. Be ready to get wet. The scenery is gorgeous. Best part of the trip: you meet people from all over the world and your Spanish will greatly improve. Thanks, Maximo!

Yes, I recommend
Siobhan
9/10

Great teacher, great staff, great fun!

I started studying at Maximo Nivel initially for a few weeks when I was travelling in Latin America and I enjoyed it so much that I changed my itinerary so I could return to study for longer. My teachers have all been excellent, plus the school has many supporting activities such as a language exchange programme with local students and an onsite tutor to help with homework or general queries outside of your lesson. They also can help with housing, sightseeing and provide various fun social activities such as dancing and cooking classes. A huge plus are the office staff all of whom are really friendly and helpful. Nancy in the office is an absolute superstar and can help you out with anything at anytime. I highly recommend studying at Maximo if you are in Antigua.

How can this program be improved?
Personally I would have liked more recommendations for audio resources but otherwise everything was really good.
Yes, I recommend

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Máximo Nivel (Maximum Level)—The Intercultural Center of Latin America

Máximo Nivel is a family-owned, social enterprise founded in 2003. Our three intercultural centers are locally-based organizations focused on international education and cross...