Spanish Immersion Program—Costa Rica | Guatemala | Peru

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Spanish Immersion Costa Rica
Spanish Immersion Costa Rica
Spanish Immersion Peru
Spanish Immersion Peru
Spanish Immersion Peru
Spanish Immersion Peru
Spanish Immersion Costa Rica
Spanish Immersion Costa Rica
Plaza de Armas, not only beautiful but also the center of delicious restaurants and fun nightlife
The view of Cusco from my placement
A classroom in the Maximo Nivel school in San Jose, CR.

About

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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Questions & Answers

Reviews

97%
based on 54 reviews
  • Instruction 9.4
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.4
  • Housing 9.4
  • Value 9.3
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Kelly
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Rodney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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

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!

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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Nicole
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!!

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maddie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

David
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome 6 Weeks Spent with Maximo

I took Spanish courses with Maximo Nivel in San Jose, Costa Rica for 6 weeks this summer and loved my time there. My language professors were great, which allowed me to improve more than I anticipated. I also was extremely impressed with the educational staff's ability and willingness to hear how classes are going for you, what you want to get out of them, and adapt within reason to make your experience better.
My home stay living situation was perfect for me. This is tougher to review because it will be different based on every family and each student is looking for and/or needs a different environment, but I do believe that Maximo Nivel does a quality job selecting host families and matching students with them.
The Maximo Nivel staff is so friendly and welcoming that I was sad saying goodbye to them at the end of the program. They care about you and your time in Costa Rica, work hard to do anything they can to help you, and always have a smile on their faces. I can't emphasize enough how wonderful of a team they have working together, and that will have a positive impact on your experience.
Also, Maximo offers some free events that are fun and a great way to learn new things and meet new people. We played soccer with other students and staff a few times, had a cooking lesson, and had salsa dancing classes every Monday night.
If you want to learn and practice Spanish, visiting Maximo Nivel in San Jose is a great way to do it!

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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Spanish Literature Class

The best experience I've ever had. The class was so much fun, and I learned a ton both inside and outside the classroom. The professor was super nice, and she always made sure I understood the material before moving on, and I enjoyed the diversity of the assignments and the activities. Also, the employees at Máximo Nivel are incredibly nice and helpful with everything I needed. I don't know too many schools that would be willing to answer questions literally 24/7. I would definitely recommend this program to anyone who is thinking about traveling abroad, and I hope to return to the program myself in the near future!

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Maria Rita
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

PURA VIDA

I had such a great time! Hope to be back soon! Btw, the food here in CR is really good! :) also I had the best teacher in the whole world, wich is Ana!! And I made wonderful friends as Chino and Ilda! I will never forget none of them! The experience of living the ''pura vida'' life was the most intense experience of my life. I'm grateful! Y con todo el español que aprendí aquí, yo pude practicar en otros lugares y me di cuenta como lo desarrolle en 3 meses!!!!!!!!!!!

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Ann
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Program!

After extensive research into language immersion programs we chose Maximo because of their professional website, quick responses to our emails with questions and online reviews. We are very happy that we did. There are things we would do differently should we chose to do a language immersion program again - but we will go with Maximo - or one they recommend if they don't have a program in the area we want to go to. They are very professional and supportive - they encourage you to ask questions and bring them any concerns immediately. We loved our home stay and have made life long friends. The last week we were there we traveled through their recommended agency and appreciated that Maximo kept tabs on us and confirmed that we had a good time.

What would you improve about this program?
Since we had no Spanish speaking ability we wish we could have spent more time on survival Spanish phrases at the beginning of the program.
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Beth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A wonderful program

I work in several Spanish-speaking countries and needed to improve my very basic Spanish. I also happen to love Cusco, and was referred to Máximo Nivel by a Cusqueño friend. My experience was way beyond my expectations! The staff and teachers are friendly, effective and are able to tailor classes for individual levels and needs. I hope to return for more classes someday, and would recommend it to anyone! Absolutely first-class!

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Charles
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

It was a great experience

I came to Maximo-Nivel for four weeks to learn Spanish but did not do a volunteer placement. The course was intense, thorough and well taught. Since I was able to take the time to study outside of class and also to have the help of a tandem language exchange partner I am amazed at how quickly I have been able to develop a basic working knowledge of speaking and understanding Spanish.

The course was fun and included a field trip conducted entirely in Spanish which we were able to not only understand but which also gave us a deeper appreciation of the Peruvian culture.

My homestay family was jovial, kind and very considerate. They never missed an opportunity to help me with my Spanish. They even included me on a family outing to an archaeological site.

The support staff could not have been more helpful and I'm so glad to have done this with Maximo-Nivel.

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Vania
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

4 months of language & internship

My program was 4 months in total. I did one month of intensive Spanish - 6hrs of class a day (2hrs private, 4hrs group) - then had 1hr of class/day for the remaining three months while I did my internship. The class and internship pairing was effective and extremely helpful.

Because I was with Maximo and in Cusco for quite some time, I took classes with three of their teachers, all of whom were excellent teachers. For the latter three months, I was with one teacher, which was extremely helpful in tracking my progress and in helping me with some of the Spanish content/translation for my internship.

I had a great internship experience. Having graduated with my Masters in Social Work, I was very specific with my requests and objectives with regards to the internship. Maximo offered me a very tailored placement and, as I had hoped, I gained valuable experience in the international development and social work fields in Cusco. I also received a great amount of support throughout from Maximo staff and the organization I interned with.

What would you improve about this program?
It is relatively costly to volunteer/intern and hence, much more difficult to stay for a longer period of time for those who do not have the financial means. And unfortunately, time does matter for placements, especially when working in direct service/engaging with children in orphanages/schools. If at all possible, it would be nice to offer some sort of discount/package for such placements to incentivize applicants for longer stays. That would benefit the applicant and the host organization.
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Phyllis
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Maximo Nivel is the place to be!

As this was my second time with Maximo, it was great to see all the people we had met last time. It is a great thing to see a low turn over of staff, as it means things are working out well. I enjoyed my classes, and both of my professors, Robert (1 week) and Karla (especially since she was also my previous professor). I had signed up for group lessons and 1 hour of private but, I think I greatly benefited from the three hours of individual lessons time instead. I was able to work on many things, more importantly the pronunciation.
Staying with Ana was awesome, we were able to experience a normal working life in Peru complete with the meals and home stay.

What would you improve about this program?
The first week was a bit hard, as Chuck and Kristopher work on construction in the morning and were finished by Noon, were my classes were well into the afternoon. It work a lot better in the last two weeks where we were all done around noon. I did learn a lot of Spanish, but with out the group or volunteer work there was very little interaction with other people, but that was ok also as this was my time to totally focus on the language. (and my husband refuses to dance...so no salsa night for me. perhaps next time.) It was good.
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Carla
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent classes

The classes were excellent! The teacher was very nice and efficient and we learned very fast. The class at Mercado San Pedro was really interesting! We tasted new fruits and learned a lot of vocabulary! The material was also very good.

What would you improve about this program?
They could have given me the home address in advance. I would feel better knowing where I'd stay!
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Ryan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Experience!

I thoroughly enjoyed my time volunteering with Maximo Nivel. The spanish lessons were extremely helpful and it was a relaxed, yet productive environment. The class size was small so that we were able to interact continously and make new friends. The overall program was great and very affordable, especially for the unique experience of learning spanish from a native speaker. I have been able to retain the information I learned there, and can now progress further.