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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I love Maximo Nivel

I had to face my fear of speaking in front of more than 2 person :) and I totally conquered it. It took me about 2 weeks to get my mind settle in but once I did, I didn’t want to go back. The best part of this course was to learn all the information I learned about myself, like how many more skills I had no idea I had within me, and the classmates they were all awesome I would say this was so far our teachers favorite class due to the fact that we have had so many laughters together. It took me faith to make it to Costa Rica and it took me not giving up on this challenging course of 4 intense weeks, literally we had good times and we enjoy all of it but most of it we worked hard into earning our TEFL certification.
Please let yourself be challenge by this intense course and you will see how it will totally change your life! I love Maximo Nivel!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Honestly my biggest advice is…be open minded because this will definitely challenge you completely. Knowing to accept the things you can’t change and enjoy them as well is the best discovery you will always cherish.
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Amazing experience!

The TEFL course in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica exceeded my expectations! What really stood out was the help beyond the course. Specifically, mentors in my program helped me schedule an emergency dental appointment, and help finding accommodations after I missed my flight home!! I would definitely do the program again and recommend it any adventurists considering it!
My TEFL instructor, Jackie Bira, was great and made me laugh daily! The coursework was challenging, but I always had support and it was so worth it! An experience I'll never forger...I'm already ready to go back!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
All the nature & wildlife, especially the sloths!!
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GIFT yourself this Experience!

Taking the TEFL course through Maximo at Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica was a wholesome experience! I seriously don't think that I would have been able to get this experience if I had gone through another program. This program was rigorous! It's very challenging but the instructor Jackie Bria is with you every step of the way and cares about each and every one of her students. What's more the program does a great job of preparing you to teach right after you graduate with your certificate. Every week, you teach REAL students and in the final week of the program you practice teach every day! At first, this feels very nerve wrecking but by the end of it you gain so much confidence within yourself that you feel prepared to teach beyond.

What was your funniest moment?
Sharing personal HILARIOUS stories with my peers! In an effort to promote team building within the class, my peers and I shared stories together in a safe and intimate environment that was fostered by our instructor Jackie. Some of the funniest moments of my 4 weeks in Costa Rica was sharing stories with my peers.
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TEFL program

I would recommend the TEFL program through Maximo in a heartbeat. They were nothing short of supportive and amazing my whole time there! Don't be fooled however, the program takes a LOT of work however it is worth it! I had an awesome time and Jackie is the best possible instructor you could ask for. Maximo was great to go through because they offer you endless support and make sure that you feel comfortable. Even though the program is intensive, if you work hard and focus on your studies it isn't bad and is very worth it.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be prepared to work hard...the month of TEFL isn't an easy vacation. With that being said, the bonding that happens as a class is so fun and it's a great time!
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TEFL at Maximo Nivel

I really enjoyed my TEFL certification at Maximo Nivel. I had no prior experience teaching however, after completing the TEFL certification at Maximo Nivel I feel ready to take on the world of English Teaching. TEFL is a lot of hard work but the TEFL trainer Jackie is amazing, she is very reassuring and will have you feeling confident and ready to get a job teaching at the end of the program. The staff at Maximo Nivel were extremely helpful and accommodating to all of my needs. I highly recommend the TEFL certification at Maximo Nivel, not only are the staff friendly and amazing but Manuel Antonio is beautiful and there is plenty to do in your down time.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to the future travelers on this program is to work hard but also to make time for fun. When things start to get tough don't feel discouraged, keep your head up and you can count on Jackie to support you throughout the program.


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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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