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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Yes, I recommend this program

I was looking to do my TEFL certification in person, instead of online, especially after a year of working/quarantining during the pandemic. I appreciated they were pretty affordable, helpful from the start, answering all my questions promptly, and I would be able to travel to Costa Rica (again) safely and fairly easily Though the housing wasn't exactly what I was expecting, I was able to adapt and not let it effect me, other than my initial anxiety upon arriving and coming out for dinner to a huge group of people. As far as the school is concerned, we had 2 incredible instructors, Jackie and Claudia... there are not enough adjectives to describe them. They had incredible rapport, energy, compassion, knowledge, enthusiasm and were more than patient and helpful. I felt like I could talk to them about anything (in a safe space) and they never got frustrated with us. There were definitely some tough love moments, but it was always balanced with compassion and empathy. The course is REALLY HARD and will challenge you maybe more than you expect, but it's worth it! Manuel Antonio and Quepos are beautiful, you will have some time to do things you want to do and explore, if you keep up with your work, and the people of Costa Rica are beautiful and Pura Vida!!! I am so thankful and blessed to have been able to give myself this gift and I feel if you are looking for a program, this is it!

What was your funniest moment?
Oh my gosh... there were so many... we definitely bonded as a class and had some great memories, living as a family for 4 weeks in and out of school... but one of my funniest moments was when I was in my last day of practical teaching. I was the last person to teach for the day, the anchor... and then we could all graduate and celebrate. There was a wicked storm that words wouldn't do justice to and I was having all sorts of technical and hearing issues. I changed rooms, I made the mest of it and I tried my darndest to "keep calm and TEFL on"!!! When I was in my feedback with the teachers, they were commending me on diong my best to teach in exceptional circumstances and they asked if I ever actually lost WiFi or not? I said, "No, my computer kept reading 'connection unstable' and I thought, me too WiFi, my connection is unstable also... I get you... sympatico!" :)
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Yes, I recommend this program

As many people in their 20s, I am confused what is my purpose in life. Somehow life took me to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica for Maximo's TEFL program. The course itself is very demanding and time consuming BUT absolutely worth it! ! I started very uncertain because I am not a native speaker so my confidence was at the lowest point possible at the beginning of the course. Their method of teaching us how to teach is incredible so by the end of the course I gained so much knowledge, confidence, but most important - I found my purpose in the most rewarding job - teaching. We had awesome instructors - Jackie and Claudia made every single day so fun and exciting! They always had our backs and never let us fail! The entire Maximo staff is so nice and helpful :)
Throughout the course you meet so many beautiful people, you connect with your students and you become a Team with your classmates because you share all these embarrassing but unforgettable moments of your first hours in the classroom together. If you want to do the TEFL program, I highly recommend you to do it in person - 1. You will never get this learning experience from the comfort of your home (it's HUGE difference) 2. Traveling to another country and diving into absolutely different culture is such a valuable experience! Also Costa Rica is gorgeous! ^.^

What was your funniest moment?
The first few times when you face your students in the classroom and you have to pretend you know what you are doing
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Yes, I recommend this program

I debated doing the online vs. the onsite TEFL certification training for some time. I’m so glad that I chose onsite and especially Costa Rica (Manuel Antonio). The training was intense and it pushed me. I think it would have been impossible to be pushed this hard with online training. Given the long hours of classroom training followed by long hours of homework and lesson planning, I was very happy to have an ultra-nice location and environment in which to work and study.

Jackie and Claudia were superb teachers. They made me learn, study and teach in front of students right away. They made me uncomfortable, but they also made me realize that I could do it. I watched my fellow TEFLers experiencing the same things that I was experiencing, which lessened my anxiety and made the class a close-knit unit.
I highly recommend Maximo Nivel for TEFL and I wouldn’t trade the experience at Manuel Antonio for the world.

What was your funniest moment?
There were too many funny moments to mention. We learned to laugh at ourselves and our mistakes and each mistake was a barrel of laughs.
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Yes, I recommend this program

In addition to its incredible scenic setting overlooking the ocean and rolling green hills, the TEFL Certification training program at Maximo Nivel’s campus in Manual Antonio, Costa Rica, is top notch. I learned so much from our awesome teachers Jackie and Claudia. Their dynamic synergism was palpable and extremely effective in a classroom. They are truly the Ultimate A-Team. Inside the classroom, Jackie expertly delivered content with sincere enthusiasm, all the while role modeling the critical teaching techniques and keeping us engaged. Outside the classroom, Jackie and Claudia were both incredible in helping us with lesson planning and effective delivery. They were always available, whether in person or via email, and exceptionally timely with responses as well as feedback. I feel so very fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from these two amazing young women. I recommend the Maximo Nivel TEFL Certification Training Program 100%.

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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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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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