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...

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

Spanish Program

The experience was incredible! The people were always very friendly and encouraging. Staff was always supportive during all aspects of the volunteer experience. The spanish lessons were lots of fun and it was great to share them with someone of similar skill level to assist with the learning process. My teacher was patient and knew how to keep lessons interesting. The house moms in our volunteer house always had a smile on and looked out for us. The people was the best part and I can't say enough good things about them.

How can this program be improved?
More activities that allow for reflection and developing your character, to help get more out of the experience.
Yes, I recommend
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Emily
10/10

Fantastic

I just got back from a 3 week medical volunteer program at the Centro de Salud in Urcos, about 1 hour outside of Cusco. It was absolutely incredible. The staff at the clinic were amazing and welcoming, my host family was lovely, and everyone at Maximo was extremely helpful. I worked some long hours to make sure to get the most out of the trip, and it was so worth it. I went on rounds with the doctors, did sutures and dressing changes in the emergency room, and learned all about the health system in Peru. The highlight was definitely helping deliver a baby just hours before my own birthday.

On my last day I had the opportunity to drive out with the team at Urcos in the ambulance for just a fun day of lunch and volleyball. I am so happy I got to meet them. The other volunteers were also really cool people, and there was always something to do and someone to do it with. I will remember our big boat trip on Lake Titicaca forever. I had a tandem buddy as well and loved hanging out with him. My Spanish lessons with Ricardo and the field trip to the zoo were a lot of fun. All in all, I can't imagine a better way to get ready for intern year. Be brave and humble, make connections, speak Spanish, and be a sponge soaking in an incredible learning experience. Magical experience, magical country.

How can this program be improved?
The other volunteers at CS Urcos dropped out of the clinic after a few days because they felt like they weren't helping enough. It is a government clinic and well-staffed, so as students we were well supervised, not given free reign. While they didn't necessarily "need" volunteers to run the clinic, I felt I learned so much and hopefully gave back a little knowledge about pathologies I've seen more of in the states (diabetes, decubitus ulcers). The other volunteers were also frustrated I think by the language barrier. I fully enjoyed the experience by speaking Spanish fairly well, and you will be somewhat limited if you don't. There were days where all I did was weigh and measure babies or fill out government forms, but as long as you don't consider this beneath you, you will be helpful.
Yes, I recommend
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Alex
10/10

Maximo Nive

This program was absolutely fantastic! They were easy to work with, extremely supportive, and placed me with a wonderful host family. I enjoyed the activities they set up for the volunteers and my Spanish classes were very useful.

Yes, I recommend
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Nathanael
9/10

Spanish Review

I enjoyed the Spanish classes, but I felt like their price point was higher than many things found in Peru (currency converted).

Yes, I recommend
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Rachael
10/10

A wonderful experience!

I throuroughly enjoyed my time at Maximo Nivel and would come back again! My teacher was patient and helpful, my host family was incredible, and the support staff made my stay in Cusco very smooth and comfortable. Thank you for a great time!

Yes, I recommend
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Becky
7/10

Nice time in Cusco

My experience with Maximo was great. The staff there are so caring and really helped me out of a few binds on my first and last days.

Working at Salame, the boys' orphanage near the office was humbling. Clearly Maximo is picking the right places to use their resources as these little boys need so much love and attention. I do wish I could have done more for them but two weeks isn't very long to affect change. If I had known more Spanish, I could have interacted with them more effectively but we still managed to have fun.

Speaking more fluent Spanish would have helped me with my host family. I spoke much more Spanish than they did English but we still had a hard time communicating and had some real dusie misunderstandings!

Under these circumstances, I would have preferred to have been placed in a volunteer house where my language capabilities wouldn't have been such an issue. And I would have had more company. Eating alone in the dining room is not that fun when your host family eats in the kitchen.

Just a few suggestions for next time!

How can this program be improved?
See what I wrote above about my living situation. That's really the only suggestion I have.

Thanks for having me, Maximo!
Yes, I recommend
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SStellhorn
9/10

Wonderful trip to Cusco via GVN and Maximo Nivel

Way to go, Peru Maximo Nivel Team. Your staff does a great job of educating, encouraging, and caring for the students and volunteers with lots of project options and resources, in addition to classes, for learning the language! My homestay family was terrific! Pilar is a super nice and accomodating! And it worked out great to do my homework and go to classes in the morning, and then to work in the afternoon. The 40 minute busride was a bit long for work everyday, but I understand the limitations for Hogar de las Estrellas living location. As a Physical Therapist in the US, the setting was pretty heart-wrenching on a daily basis without the resources that I know that the kids need. But that way I also know that the efforts for fundraising through Chelsey's GoFundMe website are so very much appreciated and well distributed to the kids! Thank you especially for the folks who are the daily welcoming committee with warm smiles every time I went upstairs to the office: to Ninoska, Silvia, Gabe, Tanja, Medy, Jack, and Chelsey! You all do a wonderful job of greeting, listening, problem-solving, and trouble-shooting. Love you guys! :-)))))) I would and am absolutely recommending this experience to many of my friends!

How can this program be improved?
Decrease the distance to the project. But please do NOT stop the volunteers from going to Hogar de las Estrellas! They need volunteers!
Yes, I recommend
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Liliane
10/10

La experiencia de vivir en otro país

Mi experiencia en Cusco fue muy interesante! Desde mi llegada hasta mi salida, fue todo como yo esperaba, quizá mejor! Las personas que trabajan en el Maximo Nivel son muy atentas e amables; aprendí mucho con mi profe Karla: el español, la salsa y también oí muchas historias del lugar! Además, visité a Machu Picchu, Puno y a otros lugares fantasticos!

Estudié todos los días, pero yo estaba siempre entusiasmada para aprender más, más y más... Sí tuviesse alguna dificultad, no la sentiría, porque las personas estaban siempre listas a ayudarme!

Gracias Maximo Nivel, Karlita y Patricia que me acogió en su casa!

How can this program be improved?
Sólo una cosita: yo quería un tandem, pero no fue possible... creo que el curso podría nos ayudar cuanto a este tema!
Yes, I recommend
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Helânia
10/10

Las clases fueran estupendas!!!

Hola!! Parece que fue ayer. Cuatro semanas de clase espanolen Cusco/Peru. Por fin puedo devir cuanto vale la pena! Y como! Entonce quiero agradece toda equipo de Máximo Nível!! Gracias por tudo!!!

Yes, I recommend
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ISAAC
8/10

Its about people!

I really enjoyed my experience at Maximo Nivel.

I'm a manegement man....As a tip, I would say that they should have more endomarketing programs, so the teachers could be more friendly one to another. Social programs btw the staff, so they could have fun together and develop good relationships outside schooll.
Its nice to work with people that u enjoy stay with!!!
That would make the scene much brighter!!!

I dont think the big boss (dont remember his name, the tall thin one) its good on that. I got this feeling because when I went to talk to him, he didnt look me in the eyes.
How can a boss that dont look in peoples eyes be good to deal with people?
But still, that can improve!!!!

On the other hands, teachers and office people are great!!! REALLY GOOD PROFESSORS and very special office, that care with you and can solve your problems.

Overall, That was a great experience to me.

How can this program be improved?
THE ACOMODATIOOOOONS!!!!!
Yes, I recommend
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Kathrin
8/10

Good language school in very nice city

I enjoyed my stay in Máximo Nivel language school in Cusco very much. Especially the group classes with my teacher was very efficient and I reached in very short time a really good level of spanish. Additionally to the normal classes the school offers a tandem program, where I found a very nice tandem partner to practice my spanish more.
All in all a good spanish school - now I have to practice more with spanish speaking people outside of the school.

Yes, I recommend
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Bettina
9/10

Well organized, with many resources

My 5 weeks of Spanish classes here were a great experience, due to the professional, friendly staff, effective teaching styles and plenty of written material to reinforce what I had learned. I specifically enjoyed the flexibility of my schedule, being able to chose the times and teachers.

How can this program be improved?
The placement of students in group classes could be improved to allow for a better match of learning needs.
Yes, I recommend
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Nathielle
10/10

Espanhol em Cusco

Maximo Nivel tem uma excelente estrutura, escola, salas de aula, professores qualificados e bom material para o aprendizado. Toda a experiencia que tive aqui, sera grande para o meu crescimento tanto pessoal quanto profissional. Saio satisfeita com toda minha vivencia e o programa escolhido por mim.

How can this program be improved?
Poderia melhorar um pouco a questao do material didatico disponivel para as classes (livro), em relacao as outras coisas estou satisfeita.
Yes, I recommend
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Mauricio
10/10

An awesome Experience!

I studied at Maximo Nivel for a short time, 3 weeks, but it was the best decision ever.... it was really intense...really fun, and my spanish improved a lot. The staff are supportive and really quick solving any possible problem.
The teachers are great, and i was lucky enough to had two of them even in a short time, and create such a great friendship wih them.
Cysco is also a great postcard and u surely can have the full package at maximo nivel... fun, tours, friendship....and a high level of attention and knowledge making it easier to learn a new language, and live the experience completly!

Yes, I recommend
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Jason
9/10

Thank you so much!

I really enjoyed Peru a lot, thanks to my experience at Máximo Nivel. I enjoyed almost every facet of my time there. The only reason I docked points was because of the book (volume II) having some grammatical issues. The facilities were really good, but there were a lot of kids there in the afternoon, and the noise level made it hard to study (I do understand that it's hard, if not impossible to fix). Other than those things, it was amazingly wonderful.

How can this program be improved?
See above.
Yes, I recommend

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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...