Maximo Nivel

Maximo Nivel


Founded in 2003, Maximo Nivel is a leading organization in study abroad and educational travel. We are an internationally accredited organization with 4 locally based institutes in 3 of the most beautiful countries in the world—Costa Rica, Guatemala. and Peru. At Maximo Nivel, we strive to set ourselves apart and provide the best education and travel experiences in Latin America, as well as top-notch client service and great home base facilities.

Since 2003, our commitment to quality programs and great client service has made Maximo Nivel the leading study abroad and educational travel organization in Latin America. Our job is to provide you with great work-study-travel programs in a safe and supportive environment. We are here to make sure your experience is nothing short of excellent! The Maximo team is available 24/7, so please reach out and let us know when you need support or help along the way.

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Ready to work as an English teacher abroad? Register today for our award winning TEFL Certification in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Peru and apply for a special travel grant.


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Yes, I recommend this program

My experience with Máximo Nivel was more than I could have ever imagined. Karen is truly one of the best teachers I have ever had and the course itself completely exceeded my already high expectations. You really learn how to teach through Karen's methods of teaching you how to teach. My class quickly became my team and I could not have made it through the embarrassing/ stressful moments without them. There is so much more to this course than a TEFL certificate-- it is truly unforgettable. Thank you, thank you Máximo!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Standing in front of a full class for my first time through me for a loop, but the most amazing part of this program is the moment you feel yourself in front of the students. Your personality begins to blend in with your teaching and that is easily the most rewarding part.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I attended the TEFL training in Antigua, Guatemala in Dec 2019 and it was an amazing experience! The city was easily navigable, the classes were so helpful in preparing us to be ESL teachers, and the school even provided activities such as salsa dancing and cooking classes after hours that added some fun! I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to teach ESL. I have been teaching for a year now and using the game ideas, grammar knowledge, and class structures that I learned here. There is even housing options if needed with host families.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
While there, I got food poisoning and actually ended up in the hospital, but the school sent a representative to me (even though I was an hour away) and they stayed with me till I was better!
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Yes, I recommend this program

Maximo Nivel's TEFL program in Manuel Antonio went above and beyond my expectations. The location is absolutely beautiful and all of the locals are very friendly. All of the staff at Maximo were so kind and helpful. Karen is an amazing instructor and made class fun! By the end of the course I felt very prepared to teach and that the course was well worth it. I highly recommend this program to anyone who is considering getting TEFL certified. The practical teaching component with this program really sets it apart and is something you can't get with an online course.

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Yes, I recommend this program

I would highly recommend this program to any individual considering getting a TEFL certification. It certainly is intensive and requires hard work, but it is amazingly rewarding throughout. Karen Wilke, our instructor is such a friendly and experienced teacher that brings out the best of the TEFL students. She creates a classroom environment that is unique, collaborative and always interesting, and also is super helpful with providing feedback and helping with any other administrative concerns. On top of that Manuel Antonio its a beautiful place to live and would highly recommend!

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Yes, I recommend this program

I have absolutely loved my time with Maximo Nivel and especially here in Costa Rica! Maximo offers much-appreciated support every step of the way and made my time in Costa Rica unforgettable. Every aspect of the course was very applicable to teaching English and they even went the extra mile to prepare us for COVID teaching! I want to give a special shout out to my instructor Karen, she was always willing to help me and did so with a smile on her face. If you are someone who is thinking about becoming TEFL certified... Stop thinking and JUST DO IT!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to anyone thinking about this program is to go ahead and just do it. Becoming TEFL certified opens so many doors for traveling and there is no better program than Maximo! [There is also no better instructor than Karen and that is a hill I will die defending].


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I wanted an opportunity to change my career path from a dissatisfying corporate job to a rewarding career that can take me traveling around the world and enable me to gain cultural experiences in different diverse countries whilst helping others in learning a 2nd language to enable better job opportunities.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The Maximo Nivel program provided me with top quality information travel assistance, support staff and teachers who were extremely knowledgeable and made the whole experience extremely worthwhile.

They organized my volunteer program and also the accommodation at my host family, and assisted with holiday and activity options.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

If I were to do the course again, I would definitely choose a professional organization that is well-credentialed and respected like Maximo. It makes it so much easier having a strong support base and experienced team.

I would definitely allow for more travel time either before or after the course, so you can get to appreciate the country you are visiting.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

The program is very solid and lots to fit in every day, as it is a compact course.

Having said that, there were still afternoons off and a couple of free days to chill. And an average day consisted of about 8 hours at school with a mixture of theory and practical class observations and activities.

After school, you would generally need to do 2 hours of homework or reading.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

I guess my only fear was not finishing the course or not being able to do the assignments and lesson plans in time. But the course structure and support of the teachers was a huge benefit in allaying my fears. This made a big difference in my ability to manage the course effectively and get everything done.

Any last thoughts?

This is a really fun and rewarding opportunity. It is full-on but satisfying in so many ways. You learn so much about yourself and build up comradery with people from all over the world, with diverse backgrounds and age ranges. It will give you great confidence and belief that you can do whatever you want to set your mind to.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

What is your favorite travel memory?

Visiting Panama is definitely my most memorable travel experience. It was my first time traveling alone and I met a lot of new people. Seeing new places, experiencing a new culture and being by myself for the first time was amazing.

I participated in a lot of tours and activities and I learned a lot. This experience motivated me to keep travelling.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would love to be part of the Mini Adventure program in Guatemala. I have always wanted to go to Tikal and learn more about the Mayan Culture in Guatemala.

I feel the Mini Adventure gives you the opportunity to visit really nice places in Guatemala in a short period of time.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I feel proud of my team every time we happily adapt to last minute changes in order to make the participants experience be awesome and unforgettable.

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