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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Sarah
10/10

Spanish Immersion in Antigua

As someone with very little international experience, and zero study abroad experience, I really had no idea what to expect when I signed up with Maximo. I probably learned more Spanish in 3 weeks at Maximo than my 4 semesters at University. The teachers are all natives of the area and rarely speak english. The weekly salsa lessons were also a definite plus. Also really easy to meet friends here with all of the activities going on!

How can this program be improved?
More vocabulary less grammar!
Yes, I recommend
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Jenna
10/10

Fantastico!!

I am an ongoing student at Maximo Nivel Antigua. I work in the US so I go when I can and pick up where I left off. I have progressed one level and I am so excited about that. The school is nothing short of amazing. The curriculum is very thorough, the teachers are experienced and top notch, the support staff both on site and at the central location in Costa Rica are supportive and expeditious. They could not make the experience easier or more welcoming for a beginning student. Maximo Nivel is in a word...superior...superior staff, superior professors, superior program. I've enjoyed every second, learned so much and most importantly have met so many new friends. I would encourage anyone to have the amazing experience of learning language and there is no better place than Maximo Nivel Antigua.

How can this program be improved?
Honestly...it is the best around!!
Yes, I recommend
Laura
10/10

Spanish Lessons

I took a week of one on one beginner Spanish lessons for one hour a day and I found it extremely helpful! I was a bit nervous at first since I knew almost nothing, but that quickly subsided since my instructor was super patient, funny and kept the class at a pace that was perfect for me. I could tell that she had a lot of experience teaching by the way incorporated simple evaluation tools at the beginning of the class. The classes has a really great flow and important topics were taught right at the start.

Overall, it was a great experience and I would highly recommend these classes to anyone who is looking to take Spanish lessons. I left with a way better understanding of the foundations of the Spanish language.

Yes, I recommend
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Toby
10/10

Antigua

This was a great experience! I didn't know anyone at first, but I met so many great people at Máximo Nivel. I took classes in the mornings, and really enjoyed the textbook and the classtime, the class was small and relaxed. The family I lived with was fantastic and I practiced what I learned in class with them. The soccer stadium is within walking distance. The staff is amazing, they are willing to help and easily accessible. The school is in a beautiful building with a nice garden in the middle. I love the time that I spent here and wouldn't change anything.

Yes, I recommend
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Madi
10/10

Antigua Spanish Experience

I had amazing Spanish teachers during my 22 weeks of classes in Antigua. Every teacher was willing to help me and answer my questions. I gained so much knowledge as well as increasing my confidence speaking Spanish:) I highly reccomend taking classes through Maximo and getting the entire Antigua experience. I learned so much and I am extremely thankful that I took my classes with Maximo! I had about 5 different teachers during my time in Guatemala and each teacher had a different teaching style which kept me interested and excited to go to class everyday. I also really enjoyed being able to get to know the teachers that I had for longer periods of time. I definitely felt like my teachers really cared about me learning Spanish and making sure that I understood each concept fully:)

How can this program be improved?
Sometimes the process of changing teachers can be a tad bit hectic.
Yes, I recommend
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Jill
10/10

Thanks, Maximo!

I have taken both private and group Spanish lessons with Maximo Nivel, and I have completely enjoyed both experiences. Before leaving the U.S., I was taking Spanish courses but never felt like it was clicking. As soon as I began taking courses abroad with Maximo, I started having my "aha" moments. Taking courses in a Spanish speaking country, and with a program such as Maximo has really increased my ability to understand and utilize the language. The Maximo style of teaching is really helpful for learning another language. I now feel much more confident in my Spanish, and feel comfortable using it on the streets. Thank you, Maximo!

Yes, I recommend
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Jack
10/10

My Adventures in Guatemala

This summer I learned Spanish in Guatemala through Maximo Nivel. Their program was absolutely terrific. The staff was friendly and welcoming, and the fellow students I met wanted to not only practice Spanish, but also explore the social scene(s). To that degree, my friends and I became the three international musketeers -- a Frenchman, an American, and a Guatemalteca. We explored the small city-town everyday and spent enormous amounts of time together. I'll cherish those memories forever. But they would not have been possible without Maximo Nivel. Seriously, check out their program!

Yes, I recommend
Natalie
9/10

Spanish Program in Antigua, Guatemala

Academics = 10
The Campus = 10
Living Situation = 9
Cultural Immersion = 6
Program Administration = 8
Health and Safety = 10

overall the program was amazing! The main highlight was my teacher. Everyday my Spanish classes were my favorite part of the day! My teacher was great at finding the details I needed to improve in my Spanish. I definite can already see my subjunctive becoming more natural.

Be aware that the home stay family is with other people at Maximo. Whenever I am with my host father it is all in Spanish which I love. However, the other foreigners in my house all speak English which means it's easy to revert back to English when I'm with them which was a little different than I hoped. This all depends on who is there when you are. One week the girls spoke good Spanish so we could all continue in Spanish, but one week one of the girls didn't speak Spanish so we spoke in English to include her.

Lastly, just be prepared to be flexible. One week I found out my Spanish classes changed the morning of my classes. They are willing to work with you and if it causes you to miss any classes they put those hours on credit for another week. It's just important to know if your okay with the occasional last minute change.

Yes, I recommend
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Mark
10/10

Super Tight!

Maximos Spanish course are fantastic. The teaching staff are knowledgeable and make things easy to understand . On top of that the administration and support staff are really friendly and always willing to help out. On top of that the courses are really affordable. The English teaching staff is also really great, and sup fun. I would highly recommend these Spanish classes to anyone that is looking to learn Spanish in a fun and immersive environment.

Yes, I recommend
Mark
10/10

Super Tight!

Maximos Spanish course are fantastic. The teaching staff are knowledgeable and make things easy to understand . On top of that the administration and support staff are really friendly and always willing to help out. Additionally the courses are really affordable. The English teaching staff is also really great, and super fun. I would highly recommend these Spanish classes to anyone that is looking to learn Spanish in a fun and immersive environment.

Yes, I recommend
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Adam
9/10

Learning Español with Màximo!

The classes are dynamic, and suit all styles of learning. You can study 1-on-1 or in a group, and every lesson is brilliantly catered to each individual`s needs. The teacher`s clearly care about the goals of the learner, and they are happy to take the time to help you through specific problems, even if it`s not exactly what the focus of the lesson is. The books are easy to follow, and there are plenty of worksheets to keep you going.

Yes, I recommend
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Sarah
10/10

Spanish Language

My experience studying Spanish at Maximo Nivel in Antigua, Guatemala has been excellent!! Without using any English in the classroom, my teacher is very easy to understand, and class is always so much fun! She makes sure we get lots of conversation practice, rather than just flying through the book material. We are able to take classes in small groups, so we have plenty of opportunities to practice speaking. I highly recommend Maximo for anyone who wants one-on-one experience learning Spanish.

How can this program be improved?
No complaints!
Yes, I recommend
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Richard
10/10

Perfect Vacation!!!

My wife and I were looking for something new and exciting to do. We had done Disney World, Cruises, etc. but those could not compare to the value, learning, culture and experience of La Antigua and Maximo Nivel.

We both had been practicising our Spanish from secondary school at a University in our country but going to Guatemala provided such a significant boost in our confidence to interact in Spanish.

Also, the way the program is designed at Maximo Nivel, we had a host family who really took interest in ensuring that we were comfortable and helped us plan things to do when we were not at classes. Plus, we got to practise Spanish at dinner and breakfast.

If possible, we would like to return and continue classes and do some more interesting things in Antigua.

I am convinced, immersion is the best way to learn.

Yes, I recommend
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Andi
10/10

Amazing Staff!

The Staff at Maximo Nivel were so incredibly helpful! I took private Spanish lessons because I wanted to tailor them to the medical field. My teachers were more than willing to cater to my needs, and did a lot of research and prep to make sure they were giving me the correct information. The classes were super affordable, and really effective. I came to Guatemala barely able to order food and left after 6 weeks able to have full conversations. I could not recommend the lessons more!

Yes, I recommend
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Wilder
10/10

A Life-Changing Experience

Maximo Nivel's programs are an outstanding way to experience this amazing country. My homestay host was welcoming, helpful and fun to be around, and we keep in touch to this day. The Spanish instruction is also top-notch. Over the course of six weeks I became very close with my instructor and now consider her a life-long friend. Not only did I dramatically improve my Spanish language skills, I learned way more about Guatemala's history, culture and current issues than I ever would have on my own. I highly recommend this program.

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...