Native Spanish Program — Immerse Yourself in Peru

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Maximo Nivel offers Spanish immersion programs at our institute in Cusco, Peru. Our Native Spanish Program is ideal for students, professionals, and adventure seekers. Basic to Advanced levels are available. Expand your studies with optional service learning and internship programs.

Our Native Spanish Program is the most intensive and professional Spanish language program in Latin America. Spanish classes emphasize oral communication and integrated skills development to help you really build your Spanish language proficiency.

Spanish programs include:

- Airport pick-up
- Spanish language certificate
- All books and materials
- In-country orientation, safety presentation, and walking tour
- Free Office-wide WiFi and computer lounge
- Home-base facilities and multi-lingual team support 7 days/week
- Free Salsa lessons
- Free Cooking lessons
- Activities calendar

University credit is available via our official School of Record: California State University-Monterey Bay

Questions & Answers

I travelled alone to Cusco (and to Antigua, Guatemala another time), and yes, there are always people around to make friends with and the Maximo Nivel staff are terrific! Very friendly and helpful with all needs and wants, from orientation, to where best to shop and sites to see. They will also put you in touch with World Travel (also in their building) and other reputable travel agencies for all...

Reviews

93%
based on 49 reviews
  • Instruction 8.8
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 9.2
  • Value 9
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Kenneth
9/10

Maximo Nivel Peru

I enjoyed the city of Cusco and my time was well spent learning Spanish as a second language. I had planned on a month course and ended up extending it another month to get a basic knowledge of the language. I find learning a new language at my age of 62 is difficult but the teachers and staff were very helpful as I can be difficult and frustrating at times. I tended to ask lots of questions. Other students told me to try and learn Spanish not try and change it. I got it finally. after the first week and I truly appreciate the teachers and fellow students for the patience for that week. I highly recommend this school.

How can this program be improved?
I have no problem in the way it is managed and ran at this time.
Yes, I recommend
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Wendell
10/10

One Week Immersed

My Spanish is very basic. I am not a teacher, at least by profession or certification. I was not sure what to expect. But I took Spanish classes for the one week I was there and taught English at a shelter every night. It was a little scary at first. But the students that showed up were so genuinely interested in learning that a little effort in daily planning and a heart to help were sufficient to make a difference! I wished I could have stayed longer! There were a number of "gotcha" moments that made me feel I was making a difference, even though I was only there one week. I can only imagine if I could have stayed longer. If you have a week or two, consider going and making a difference in the lives of those who need you! You will not be disappointed! I promise!

How can this program be improved?
You guys are awesome!
Yes, I recommend
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Sally
10/10

Wonderful experience!

I spent a week in Cusco volunteering with Maximo Nivel on a medical project. I had never taken any Spanish before this trip and was very worried, but the Maximo Nivel staff were extremely helpful, the homestay was wonderful, and everything went smoothly. I had a lot of fun taking Spanish classes at Maximo Nivel and was able to immediately use what I was learning in my volunteer placement in the medical clinic. In addition to taking Spanish classes and volunteering, I was also able to take Salsa lessons at Maximo Nivel and explore different parts of Peru through their partner travel organization. The trip was wonderful, but one week was not enough! I hope that I am able to go back to Peru soon!

Yes, I recommend
Eleanor
9/10

Two months more important than four years

I went to Peru for a medical internship at the end of my university studies. I lived in a homestay with a few other girls and was able to take the local bus or walk to my clinic the whole time I was there.
I've taken four and a half years of Spanish classes and my two months in Cusco made me feel more comfortable with the language and improved my vocabulary and fluency more than all of those years combined!
Not only is Maximo Nivel really good about providing excellent Spanish teachers, but the people of Cusco are so friendly and helpful that it seems like you have a whole city of Spanish teachers. Maximo is also great about providing social opportunities so that you can get out there and get connected. I especially loved the Tuesday night Salsa classes.

Yes, I recommend
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Jl
9/10

Great Program, Wonderful Area

It is a life goal of mine to become reasonably fluent in Spanish and I also had always wanted to visit Machu Picchu, so language school in Cusco was perfect! After age 60, the University in my city allows one to take classes for free, so I had completed Intermediate 1 and 2 before arrival. At Maximo Nivel, I was in the high intermediate group and graduated into advanced. The instruction was excellent. Our professor knew her grammer inside and out and gave great explanations. We also had lots of time to practice talking on a wide range of topics - all in Spanish, of course! I feel my ability level advanced considerably.
The Salsa dancing classes were also a lot of fun!
My homestay was wonderful. A warm, funny middle aged woman who was an excellent cook and treated us all as her children (even those of us older than her!) I had a chance to meet and interact with folks of various ages from all over the world which to me is a large part of the joy of travel.
I had already booked a week around Lake Titicaca (do a home stay on Taquile Island if you get a chance!) and my trek to Macchu Picchu through another outfitter, but the tour company associated with Maximo Nivel set me up with several day trips (inexpensive!) on the weekends in between which gave me an excellent chance to see many of the incredible sites around the area. In Cusco itself, I had plenty of time to explore museums to my heart's content and enjoyed the large variety of excellent restaurants as well.
Hope you get a chance to visit this amazing place some day!

Yes, I recommend
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Katelyn
10/10

My Cusco experience with Maximo Nivel

Such an incredible, worthwhile, life changing experience. The staff at Maximo Nivel go above and beyond to make sure you are enjoying yourself, safe, and getting the most out of the culture in Cusco. The Spanish courses were key to my cultural experience in Peru. I had never taken a Spanish course in my life prior to visiting Cusco. In 9 short weeks I felt much more proficient. Being able to better communicate with the people in Peru was so valuable. I learned more about them, and they learned more about me. My host family were the kindest people and helped me with my homework and practiced with me daily. The Spanish I learned from the courses with Maximo has been very useful since I've come home to the US. I've been able to encorporate those language skills into my daily work. Couldn't recommend Maximo Nivel and the Spanish courses enough!

Yes, I recommend
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Kristi
10/10

Amazing agency that gave me a wonderful experience

Maximo Nivel is an awesome agency. I loved my experience volunteering with them and taking Spanish so much that I even have gone back again! Maximo staff was always very supportive of giving you the best learning experience based on your own goals and interests. Beyond this, the Spanish was awesome, with great teachers. The teachers integrate in cultural experiences for the students which means there were several times where we got to leave the classroom to experience a festival or have an experience that made me feel more connected and understanding of the culture. Its also awesome that they offer free cooking lessons and salsa classes, so you get to take some new skills home with you! Thanks Maximo for an awesome experience.

Yes, I recommend
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Angela
10/10

Máximo Nivel, Cusco

Overall, the program and my experience with Máximo was both positive and excellent. Academically, I learned more Spanish than I had in my undergraduate experience as a Spanish major. My host parents were cleanly, friendly, and motivated my learning by communicating only in Spanish. I am still in contact with my host mom, Ani, and I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet her and her family. Máximo was also beneficial in the entertaining services that they provided: salsa classes, sports, etcetera. My only complaint is that the paragliding sport was slightly more expensive than rates at outside travel agencies. I would definitely work with Máximo again and feel comfortable doing so.

How can this program be improved?
Honestly, N/A.
Yes, I recommend
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Natalia
10/10

The most fun and efficient experience!

One of the best opportunities we had during our 3 weeks stay in Cusco was the Spanish class! Kathy, our teacher is definitely one of the best teachers I have encountered in my whole life as she managed to teach as in such an efficient way that we began at the basic level and ended up with a certificate of intermediate level only in 2 weeks!! It really makes your experience more complete being able to communicate in Spanish while in Cusco!! Moreover, Kathy taught us about the local culture and she took us to local spots in the city that we would not have discovered on our own! For me, getting to know the culture in this way was extremely important! Finally, we also participated in the salsa and cooking classes which were incredibly fun - totally recommended! The Native Spanish Program in Maximo and each member of the staff individually made my experience in Cusco unforgettable and also left me with a very important tool - a new language!

Yes, I recommend
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David
9/10

Excellent teachers, excellent experience

One of my favorite parts of the program was when my teacher, Yesi, on top of helping us go from knowing almost no Spanish to being able to carry simple conversations and at least survive on our own in Cusco, took us to the parade outside Maximo. It was for the carrying of the statues of saints to the cathedral right before Corpus Cristi. It was an amazing experience, and I was so thankful our teacher shared it with us.

Yes, I recommend
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Liz
9/10

Supportive staff and family

My host mom was amazing and I had a perfect experience staying in her home. The school was very helpful, too in finding local places for different types of activities-- which as someone who is not local or knowledgable about the area this is extremely helpful and made me feel safe and looked after.
Language classes were very helpful, but I felt like I needed a more rounded out language lesson since I needed certain vocabulary to get by in town. My professor wAs awesome about that though and made sure we learned what we wanted to learn.
Overall, Maximo Nivel was so helpful in many ways and accommodating to us as visitors. Their program was very well run and executed. Thanks for everything!

How can this program be improved?
Language immersion tailored to getting by in the city. Need to know info for Shorter programs.
Yes, I recommend
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Anton
10/10

Spanish Teachers

The professors are very good- they are incredibly helpful and fun and exciting. They have all sorts of methods of engaging the class in a positive manner and it is enjoyable to be in the classes. I had a great experience there

Yes, I recommend
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Sarah
9/10

Highly Recommend!

Traveling to Peru was amazing, but going abroad is always a little nerve-wracking. Maximo Nivel provided me with support that made my transition to life in Cusco seamless and stress-free. I really appreciate how much the staff cares about the people who utilize their services, and I would recommend Maximo Nivel to anyone who was traveling in Peru, especially if you are alone or an inexperienced traveller.

How can this program be improved?
I wish my Spanish class had been more challenging and more conversation based. I would have liked to be more comfortable conversing in Spanish outside of the classroom than I was.
Yes, I recommend
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Elizabeth
10/10

Love it!

The staff is so friendly and helpful. They are extremely easy to talk to and have the answer to any question you can think of! Also they genuinely care about each student and try their best to get to know everyone. I always felt like I had a family while I was in Cusco.

Yes, I recommend
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Betty
10/10

Great spanish lessons

We undertook 3 weeks of spanish lessons during our volunteering. We had Tania as our spanish teacher. She was amazing. The lessons were practical, fun and relevant. The material supplied was relevant and easy to follow. We had a lot of fun and learnt a lot during our 3 weeks stay.

How can this program be improved?
There was a lot of focus on grammar. This is very important for building a foundation. Perhaps more conversational phrases incorporated into the lessons would be great.
Yes, I recommend

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