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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TEFL Training

Lots of practical teaching time in front of paying clients. Mini lessons to get rid of teaching jitters and practice lesson planning. Improvisational teaching to show the value of being prepared. Academic writing assignments to ground understanding of English grammar. Rigorous program with a semesters worth of work in four weeks. Excellent feedback and engaging instruction. A skill gained for life and travel. MacKenzie carried the show being available and helpful everyday. Antigua is a beautiful place to study.

  • Supportive Staff
  • Beautiful Location
  • Practical Teaching Experience
  • Rainy
  • Lots of work
  • Expensive
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Legitimate program, great experience

I just finished the 4 week program and it's been a good experience. Cusco has been a great city to live in and I will be staying around to work for Maximo Nivel as a teacher after being certified. The staff is very friendly and there is so much to do and enjoy in Cusco and the rest of Peru. I enjoyed my time in the program and the instructor was very good. Because the course is condensed into 4 weeks there is a lot of work you have to do, especially towards the end. The TEFL certificate is a legitimate international certificate you can use to work anywhere in the world.

  • legitimate
  • good experience
  • friendly staff
  • somewhat disorganized
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Cusco Construction Volunteer

The experience was absolutely amazing! We worked construction on a school and the volunteer program was more fun than I could have ever imagined. Marco was our foreman and we felt like we created a true bond with him and the other volunteers we worked with. We took advantage of the activities provided through the volunteer website and could not have more fun. Everything was extremely planned out and we had drivers for each activity which was great and saved us the stress of having to set up those up. Thank you for everything Maximo!

  • Unique Culture
  • Ease of planning and available activities
  • Food options
  • Pollution
  • Breathing in dust and other harmful particles
  • Some aspects were a bit commercial, expected though for a tourism city
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A Fantastic and Fully Immersive Program!

I came to Antigua with essentially no spanish skills, and each day my confidence grew. I am leaving with more to learn but a strong foundation to work from. The teachers were patient and understood the diverse learning needs of the students. They are friendly and use real world concepts to help apply language skills. Every interaction with the staff was supportive and helpful. I stayed with a host family and the experience was both humbling and so rewarding. I am sad to leave, and plan to return to in the future without a doubt that I will use Maximo Nivel again!

  • Fully immersive
  • Supportive
  • So fun!
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Memorable experience!

My experience with living in Costa Rica was one that I will never forget. I ate delicious food and stayed with an amazing host family. Participating in the TEFL Program at Manuel Antonio was great, too. I met wonderful people, who I now consider lifelong friends, and learned new techniques for teaching English. My trainer, Jackie, made sure we stayed on top of our work and did our best when it came time to teach our lessons. The staff at Maximo Nivel welcomed me and were supportive throughout my program. Thank you for a memorable experience!

  • Maximo Nivel had a spectacular view of the ocean.
  • I enjoyed great food from my host family and from the free cooking classes.
  • The staff at Maximo was super friendly and supportive.
  • There was too much work crammed in a short amount of time.
  • We used a lot of paper because there was no technology.
  • We never taught children/teens but only focused on adults.


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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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