Spanish Immersion Program—Costa Rica | Guatemala | Peru

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Maximo Nivel offers the most intensive and professional Spanish immersion programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru.

Our Native Spanish Program emphasizes oral communication and integrated skills development to help you really build your Spanish language proficiency—this is a great immersion experience.

Our native-speaking Spanish teachers are highly qualified professional instructors with years of experience.

Our Tandem Conversation program pairs Spanish program participants with our local English students for free conversation practice.

1. Earn university credit via our School of Record: California State University-Monterey Bay.
2. 1, 2, 3 or 4+ hours per day; Super intensive programs also available.
3. Free Tandem Conversation Program
4. Live with a host family, in an apartment, or in a hostel or hotel.
5. Preparation for the DELE Exam available.
6. Special add-on programs available: Surf School

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Reviews

98%
based on 49 reviews
  • Instruction 9.5
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 9.6
  • Value 9.4
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Rachel
10/10

I would do it again!

I spend 3 weeks at Maximo Nivel Costa Rica, of which in the first 2 weeks I did the volunteer program (Childcare) and Spanish lessons (2 hours a day, basic level). The lessons were fun and in small groups so the teacher can focus a lot on a student, which is beneficial for increasing the learning progress. I could always ask my teacher for translation on how to communicate with the kids at the program, and for her it was also fun to teach me other sentences other than what is given in the book. After I finished the volunteer program I decided to follow one more week of Spanish lessons, so I asked the Maximo team if it was possible and they were happy to arrange a new class and teacher for me. Due to some circumstances I wanted to change my class and they immediately arrange something else, so I could learn more. The teachers also asked if you want to learn something specifically, which is also good as they will teach you things based on your preferences! I also stayed with a host family, which made the experience even better, because my host mom loved to teach me Spanish and I helped her with English. So every day during breakfast and dinner we talked half Spanish and English to communicate (also because we were both not fluent in the other language), which was actually favorable because we had to try to speak to each other in the other language. The overall team at Maximo Nivel were very helpful and a great support, they are always friendly and have small conversations with you on how its going, just to make you feel really comfortable and excited to be at their location. (Special thanks to the team!). I am already considering coming back to Maximo Nivel, so I highly recommend it to others too!!! :D

Yes, I recommend this program
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Anna
9/10

Amazing Classes and Community!

I spent 6 weeks at Maximo Nivel (Costa Rica), and I truly loved my program here. I was able to work with two different instructors who both gave me tons of support and pushed me out of my comfort zone at the same time. I was able to spend about half of each class engaged in real time conversation, which forced me to develop the basic skills and vocabulary I needed to think on my feet while talking with others. I spent the other half of my classes learning grammar constructs, which gave me the tools I needed to understand signs and instructions around the city, to order and pay for things around town, and to read and comprehend articles/other short passages. Both of my instructors were very dedicated to the art of learning a new language, and their passion was clearly evident during our time together. I would certainly have stayed 6 more weeks if I had the time!

How can this program be improved?
I think it’s important for you as a student to be really aware of what you need to practice more, because with each day, you’re learning something new. Keeping track of what you know and what you don’t is super important! I might recommend that Maximo Nivel provide short intermittent assessments throughout a student’s time with an instructor just to make sure that students know what they understand and what they don’t. Other than that, I don’t have any other recommendations— this program and its instructors are top notch!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Janki
9/10

Spanish Lessons

I was very eager to learn Spanish when I began lessons and I had a great experience. I feel as though I learnt a lot very quickly and was able to start understanding and replying in Spanish during my time volunteering. Elizabeth was a brilliant teacher and I would definitely recommend her to everyone. I have learnt enough in my two weeks of lessons to converse in Spanish and I hope to continue learning when I return home.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Anita
10/10

Spanish Lessons

I came into this program with no Spanish knowledge and in 2 weeks I find myself having a basic conversation with Maximo staff and locals of my project. The structure of the lessons means that you learn quickly but through conversation rather than a traditional classroom experience. They provide you supplies and the teachers are brilliant! They teach all classes in Spanish which makes the experience that much more authentic! I´m very thankful for having done these lessons and will continue when I go back home!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lakia
10/10

Perfecto!

Today is my last day at Maximo and I am truly sad to go home. I have spent the last 18 days in San Jose Costa Rica having the experience of my life! My teacher Azalea was the best! She made learning fun, was very descriptive and entertaining with her style of teaching which really made the 4 hours a day that we spent together most memorable. The staff here at Maximo are all smiles and truly great people. I have met many people from different countries and walks of life. My host mom was also very accomodating and kind. She did her very best to ensure that I was comfortable and never hungry! lol Overall I would rate my experience a 10/10 and I can´t wait to do it again!

How can this program be improved?
Overall everything was wonderful if I could add anything I would say to have more activities in the evening for the students in addition to the cooking and salsa class.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Marina
9/10

Spanish Classes

I was in San Jose, Costa Rica, for 6 weeks. I had Spanish classes for one hour everyday and I can say it was one of the best parts of my experience here! My Spanish improved a lot and I always looked forward my classes. Azalea was the best! I was happy I could be with her for all my weeks here! She brought different activities everyday, like a book to read or a vocabulary exercise, and we always had plenty of time to improve my convrsation skills. We became so close, she even took me to a museum for one class! Having one-to-one classes made the difference for me. Not only my teacher, but the whole Maximo team, were very atentive with me all the time, so it felt good having friendly people around everyday! I do recommend the classes! Pura vida!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Pasquale
10/10

Maximo Nivel: 15 week Immersion Program

I completed a 15-week internship throgh Maximo Nivel in San Jose, Costa Rica. With this program choice I also had a daily 1-hour one-on-one class with one of the Spanish teachers, Teddy. Teddy was very quick to pick out which aspects of my Spanish needed improving and was very good on improving my general level of Spanish, as well as my confidence in my own ability to speak the language. These classes, along with the Spanish speaking and bilingual members of the Maximo Nivel staff have helped my level of Spanish to improve and I am very grateful to all of the staff for this. I would recommend this program for anyone looking to improve their Spanish!

How can this program be improved?
In my opinion, these 15 weeks have been a great experience for me. I not only had an enjoyable stay but was able to improve my Spanish whilst also completing an internship. I have no recommendations and hope that the staff at Maximo Nivel keep up the good work.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Ean
10/10

Fantastic Program

My three weeks of Spanish classes flew by in Costa Rica. Everytime you arrive to the building, you will be greeted by the friendly faces of the local staff, who make every effort to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Activites like salsa classes, cooking classes, and pickup soccer games happen weekly, and even though my soccer skills are sub par compared to the locals, I had a great time. I looked foreward to my Spanish classes everyday, impressed at how fun and understandable my teacher Teddy was able to explain things.
I would highly reccomend Maximo Nivel programs.
Thanks so much,
Ean

Yes, I recommend this program
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Bernard
10/10

The Full Tour

I saw every Maximo Nivel campus and studied Spanish. They were all great places. My time in San Jose was good as well. My ride from the airport was prompt and courteous. My host family was ready for me and was helpful. They were a really nice family and the daughter was an angel. The projector screen was great and they let me watch my favorite basketball team on it. Everyone was very helpful at Maximo Nivel getting me where I needed to go. They really went above and beyond. The campus was clean and a nice size. My teacher Teddy was very funny and had a great method for teaching me Spanish. I learned a lot in a week. My trip to Arenal and Tabacon was great as well. I enjoyed my experience and would recommend it to everyone.

How can this program be improved?
Cheaper one on one learning courses. Possibly more eggs for breakfast instead of just toast. More group field trips and learning activities. Ways to help you meet more people on campus. Specific restaurant deals for people at Maximo Nivel. Specific group tours and projects with other people at Maximo Nivel.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Annelie
10/10

Great time in Costa Rica

Hi,

I`m Anni from Germany. I spent two weeks in Costa Rica to learn Spanish at Maximo Nivel. The first week I was in Quepos and attendet the Cosi Maximo Nivel School in Manuel Antonio. I really enjoyed my time! After clsses I went to the beautiful beaches to relax. The organisation at the school was great. In my second week I was in the capitel of Costa Rica, in San Jose. It`s a very interesting city! I learned a lot in my Spanish classes. After school I visited downtown and learned about the Costa Rican coffee production, which was very interesting! The school organized everything very well. I also liked my accomodation - I stayed at a very nice Costa Rican family.
I recommend to learn Spanish at Maximo Nivel!

Anni

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kelly
10/10

Clases de Español en Costa Rica

Yo estoy feliz que haya decidido tomar clases en máximo nivel. Aprendi mas en dos semanas de lo que jamas hubiera aprendido.
La clases estaban adecuadas a las habilidades de los esudiantese y hizo que la comunicacion con mi familia adoptiva fuera mucho mejor.

I am glad I decided to take classes through Miximo Nivel. I learned more in two weeksthan I thought possible. The classes were tailored to the students abilities and made it possible for me to communicate with my host family and at my volunteer site.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rodney
10/10

Spanish Lessons and Volunteer-Costa Rica

I spent 1 week learning Spanish and teaching English. I took the 4 hour Spanish course and taught English for 2 hours.

The entire time there was a great experience. The Spanish teacher (Ana) was patient, easy to follow, and helpful. The class sizes are small. The program significantly improved my ability to understand the language when others are speaking.

Teaching English was great, as well. The students are highly motivated, which is satisfying.

The program is great and I will do it again.

How can this program be improved?
It would be helpful to have more detailed lesson plans for the teaching English volunteer project when the students are advanced.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Tierra
10/10

6 Week Spanish Program in Costa Rica

I spent 6 weeks in Costa Rica through COSI-Maximo Nivel in a Spanish immersion program. It was my first time outside of the United States and I couldn't have had a better experience. The teachers at COSI were amazing and extremely patient which was important to me because my Spanish was at the beginner level. The staff and teachers were very flexible and allowed us to add more activities to the curriculum that we felt would benefit our learning process. The staff were always available whenever I needed them and made sure everything went smoothly. There were extracurriculars such as cooking classes, soccer games, and salsa every Monday. My host family situation was organized as well and my host mom always made sure I had everything I needed. I met a lot of great people and made some awesome memories and I have this program to thank!

How can this program be improved?
The activities were sometimes during class, so try to have them at different times so more people can experience them! Other than that, everything was good.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Nicole
10/10

Spanish Study in San Jose

I took 3 spanish courses at Maximo Nivel in San Jose and it was an amazing experience. The staff is extremely helpful, my host family was amazing, and I got so much better at Spanish! There are also activities put on weekly and it is a very easy place to meet other students or volunteers. The location is wonderful, and there is a travel agency right next door that can provide excursions, bus tickets, etc. Highly recommend!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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maddie
10/10

Best Program Ever!

My time at Maximo Nivel, San Jose and Manuel Antonio, was one of the greatest experiences i have had out of the country. The program is well organized, and the teachers are excellent. Maximo is always there when you need them, and they really make sure your stay is as comfortable as it can get. The staff is very knowledgeable about the local areas. You never have the fear that something may go wrong with maximo, they always make sure everything runs smoothly. I spend two weeks in Costa Rica, with a program they host called Spanish camp, i have learned more Spanish in these two weeks, then a year of lessons prior.

Yes, I recommend this program

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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...