Spanish Immersion in La Antigua, Guatemala

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First Spanish Lesson in Antigua, Guatemala
First Spanish Lesson in Antigua, Guatemala
Mary was our first teacher.
Mary was our first teacher.
Me and my teacher
Me and my teacher
Me and my teacher
Me and my teacher
Housemother and Housemate
Housemother and Housemate

About

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.

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Popular Programs

Small Group Spanish Language Classes in Guatemala

Small group classes are designed to facilitate interaction among all learners in the group. These groups help provide a “safety net” and take the pressure off, everyone’s in it together! Other learners may ask questions that you have not thought of and help to bring more clarity to each lesson. Small classes also foster a fun social environment in which it's always easy to make friends and find study partners.

Private Spanish Classes in Guatemala

Move through material at your own pace in our private classes that allow you to focus on material that is especially relevant to YOU. All teaching and feedback will be 100% personalized and you'll enjoy uninterrupted attention from your teacher. We'll tailor the lessons to you and your personal learning style forms the basis for every lesson. We offer private classes that are very flexible in terms of organizing your time in-country

Intensive Language Program in Guatemala

Combine daily small-group and private Spanish classes for a total of 6 hours of language learning per day! In this program, you'll have the added bonus of one-on-one attention to focus on areas specific to you. Maintain structured group classes while remaining flexible with your private classes to help advance your Spanish level more quickly.

University Spanish in Guatemala

Maximo Nivel offers a wide variety of university Spanish courses ranging from 100 to 400 level courses. These programs may be grouped or 1-on-1 private lessons. University courses are 60-80 hours and require 3-4 weeks to complete in order to earn academic credit.

Spanish for Special Purposes

Spanish for Special Purposes (SSP) includes courses in Medical Spanish and Spanish for Business. SSP teachers are some of our most experienced instructors and have additional expertise in Business and Healthcare. SSP programs are intended for medical students, traveling doctors and nurses, and business people who need specialized Spanish for their careers. SSP Classes are best taught in a 2-hour per day format.

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 62 reviews
  • Instruction 9.5
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 9.4
  • Value 9.3
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Adam
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
No complaints!
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Richard
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Andi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Wilder
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Seth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A fantastic learning experience.

Having been to both Maximo Nivel Peru and Maximo Nivel Guatemala, I can attest that everything about these facilities and the way they run is top notch. In Antigua, as soon as you walk into the office, you are greeted with a lovely staff who really actually want to help you with whatever you need. Nancy and Andrea in particular helped me tremendously when I lost my debit card and needed to get a new one shipped to me from the U.S. I don’t have experience with Spanish classes in Cusco, but in Antigua I know that they don’t mess around. My teacher Margarita is like a drill sergeant when having the class practice the material in repetition at a fast pace to make sure we fully understand everything. This was intimidating the first day of classes, but the more I was challenged the easier things became as days went on. As someone working abroad in Antigua, I have found myself using and practicing the Spanish that I learned in class as soon as I exit the building. This truly is an awesome cultural and language immersion experience and I don't want to leave.

What would you improve about this program?
I can't think of anything negative to report on.
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Corey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Perfecto!

The brilliance of the Spanish tutors at Maximo Nivel, where I studied one-on-one, was two-fold. First, as I am nearly devoid of talent for learning languages, my teachers (two, individually) were extremely patient. Their lessons were paced to my slow intake, and abiding my mistakes in a thoroughly professional manner, while fostering a relaxed mood, and in no way ever -- fear of fears -- making me feel stupid.

Second, I found it remarkable how the teachers tuned into my learning style and adapted. This certainly personalizes the experience, with the result of many "oh, I get it now" moments.

Otherwise, this company is very welcoming, good facilities, support, and of course, Antigua is a jewel, not to be missed.

Huge thumbs up.

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Yoran
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Highly recommended

There's no need to look any further if you seek a reliable school to study Spanish in Guatemala once you've found Máximo Nivel! With excellent study material, highly professional teachers and a beautiful, central location in Antigua it is tough to beat. Apart from that, the ever-friendly staff will help you with anything, even if it isn't directly related to your language course. Above all, they arranged a wonderful homestay for me which gave me the opportunity to finetune my Spanish even more through practice outside of the school environment. I recommend Máximo Nivel without a doubt!

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Thomas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

July 2014 Spanish Immersion with Maximo Nivel

My Spanish immersion stay in Guatemala with Maximo Nivel was a fantastic experience. The house family was a pleasure to stay with and I was constantly practicing Spanish. Maximo Nivel are very well organised, professional and extremely helpful with all questions and requests. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone interested.

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Jim
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great place to learn Spanish

My wife and I spent a week at Maximo to revive our Spanish. We each had a tutor for 20 hours. Both were fabulous. The school facility is lovely and well-equipped. The support staff is very caring. We had luggage go missing and The staff -- thanks to Nancy -- made numerous calls for us. Over the years we've attended language schools all over the world and Maximo Nivel is as good as any we've attended. Maybe most important of all, everyone we met was friendly and nice.

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Suzannah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Learning Spanish

I loved having a small group for learning Spanish. I found it very helpful that my instructor spoke to me in Spanish unless I asked a question or she knew I was confused.
I enjoyed learning to salsa!

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Mona
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic!

I loved the overall experience and wish I could have stayed longer! I had the great opportunity of meeting such wonderful people because of this program. I would totally come back in a heart beat! I would definitely recommend the program highly to anyone who may be interested in learning spanish overseas.

What would you improve about this program?
Honestly I did not stay long enough to give critical feedback, but from the short period that I was there, it seems to me Maximo Nivel has got it covered.
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Valerie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful experience

Maybe WCCCD should send a class over every year!! Our class really enjoyed our stay we wished that we could have stayed a little longer. Also the staff there was so very helpful. My group had Colin as our guide he was the best!!

What would you improve about this program?
Not really
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Nina
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience Ever

This trip has opened my eyes not just of the people but of the world. It has always been television and people filling my head with stereotypes, but this trip was nothing but fun and I have learned so much on it.
Thank you!

What would you improve about this program?
I would change the food at the hotel, I was hoping it was more authentic.
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Gringo
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Let them know what you want and they can make it happen.

If you tell the staff exactly what you want out of your experience, they will do their best to make it happen. I was looking for a complete immersion experience with no English. After a couple of alterations, they made it happen. My house family couldn't speak English so we were forced to learn quickly. And no English is allowed in the Spanish classes at all. I am very appreciative of the classes here as I continue my studies in Spanish.

But you do have to tell them what you want. I was thrown into a house with many young volunteers at first. It was all English and we never got to spend time with the family. Not what I wanted. After simply asking for a change, it happened. Don't be afraid to ask for what you want.

What would you improve about this program?
After speaking with a few other host families, it appears there is some discrepency with money. I have no problem with a company making money. That is the point of course. But some students are paying more for a private room, but the families are not getting extra money for supplying the private room with extras. They are getting equal pay for each student, no matter what. I could be misunderstanding the people with whom I am speaking, but if this is so, it needs to be remedied in the name of justice.