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.

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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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Seth
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
I can't think of anything negative to report on.
Yes, I recommend
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Corey
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend
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Yoran
10/10

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!

Yes, I recommend
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Thomas
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend
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Jim
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend
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Suzannah
9/10

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!

Yes, I recommend
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Mona
10/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend
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Valerie
10/10

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!!

How can this program be improved?
Not really
Yes, I recommend
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Nina
10/10

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!

How can this program be improved?
I would change the food at the hotel, I was hoping it was more authentic.
Yes, I recommend
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Gringo
9/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend
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Pete
10/10

Great school, great teachers, great support, beautiful country

I was really happy with Máximo Nivel, for a lot of reasons including 1) The teachers are friendly and experienced, 2) all the employees are friendly and helpful, 2) the cost is low, 3) the building is very pleasant, 4) they have computers and wifi for the students, 5) they provide free salsa lessons one night a week, 6) they have a little commissary right there, 7) there is also a trusted travel agency on the premises, and 8) they provide a kind of home-base for their students, offering 24-hour support and advice.

On top of all that, they offer a bunch of great programs:
1) They teach Spanish to foreigners
2) They teach English to locals,
3) They train teachers of English as a second language,
4) And they coordinate, organize and support people who come to Guatemala to volunteer.

I was really impressed with them when they gave me a list of the managers' phone numbers and told me to call any time of the day or night if I needed help. It was great to know that I could rely on that kind of support in a foreign country. (Fortunately, I never needed to call anyone in the middle of the night.)

I mostly gave Maximo Nivel the highest possible ratings in gooverseas.com, but for Housing I lowered it a little to 8. The other students I talked to seemed very happy with the homestays that Maximo Nivel arranged for them, but the school was not able to help me find an apartment for my stay. They told me that is something they intend to improve upon in the future.

I also gave a rating of 6 for safety. Maximo Nivel itself is VERY safe. Guatemala, and Antigua particularly, is very beautiful, and I am so glad I went there. I'll definitely return some day. But visitors should know that there are dangers there, and even though Antigua is one of the safest places in Guatemala, one still has to be alert.

Yes, I recommend
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Guatemalan
10/10

Wonderful and helpful experience!

Maximo Nivel is amazing at helping out when you need it with any sort of problem or question. They have great facilities and excellent Spanish teachers if you are looking to improve your Spanish. My volunteer experience and home stay was excellent as well with a great deal of assistance and a great cultural learning experience.
I taught English to 4 classes of elementary school kids outside of Antigua and it was a great experience. I volunteered for five weeks, but I wish I could have stayed months and months longer. I feel like I have helped a community while improving my own Spanish. As well as getting to know another community and culture. Overall Maximo did an excellent job in all aspects of my trip and I would recommend them to anyone and everyone!!!

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...