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

Spanish Immersion

Merci de m'avoir appris l'espagnol. En une semaine j'ai deja fais beaucoup de progres. Avec 6 h par semaine:

Petite recomendation : utiliser d'autres support que le livre pour les cours comme des supports numeriques.


Thanks for teaching me Spanish. In one week I have already made a lot of progress. With 6 hours per week:

Small recommendation: use other media than the book for the courses such as digital media

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Customized Placement

My internship was overall an incredible experience and helped me accomplish the major goal I had for my gap year as well as prepare me for my future at University. My main goal was to become fluent in Spanish and throughout my internship, even though most of the staff and students who I worked with were able to speak English, I spent every day speaking only Spanish. It was difficult at first given the whole new set of technical vocabulary I had to become accustomed to, but everyone there was very patient and committed to my practice of Spanish. Additionally, the teachers at Maximo Nivel are truly great. From reviewing the basics at the beginning to correcting minute details later, the teaching staff has always supported me in and out of the classroom. So grateful to have had the teachers I did during my time at Maximo. This internship was also very helpful in terms of my growth and development in the career field I am most interested in. I was able to not only expand my knowldge but also apply it first hand. So, as an accepted and incoming freshman engineering student, this program was extremely beneficial. I learned and experienced so much, from working with the well-qualified and passionate staff to operating world-class machinery there. I am so grateful to Maximo Nivel for everything. From classes to my internship and everything else in between, my experience at Maximo as a whole has really impacted me.

  • Dedication to practicing Spanish
  • Experiencing the real world of engineering
  • Learning from great people and great resources
  • The daily commute to get there is very tiring
  • The pandemic affected the social environment
  • Not knowing where I was going up until my very first day
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sea turtle consevation Playa Junquillal, costa rica

Overall awesome program would highly recommend to anyone who wants detox from society and to spend lots of time in nature. would recommend to go directly through the local project "Verdiazul" as its way cheaper than maximo nivel or IVHQ, only 35 usd per night. Junquillal is a very quite small town which is where my program took place, all the locals are very friendly and happy, including the program leaders Valerie and Danny. Really nice opportunity to get a taste of real pura vida in costa rica so come with an open mind and be ready to be uncomfortable at times. Good luck.

  • beautiful nature
  • very active lifestyle (lots of walking)
  • many people from all over the world to connect with
  • was very expansive to go through IVHQ and maximo nivel (cheaper directly with verdiazul)
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TEFL certification

Challenging, yes. Absolutely invaluable for those who want to become competent, compassionate TEFL teachers, YES!

With Costa Rica's Pacific Coast as the backdrop, this institute dedicates itself to producing quality teachers for non-native speakers.

You will work hard, be challenged, and grow exponentially. Course instructor Jackie, along with the institute's admin staff, does everything possible to help a student succeed.

With daily class, nightly readings, research papers, projects, and practical lessons, you may feel ill-equipped for the task at hand. If you accept the challenge and all the support that goes along with it, you will come out at the end having grown in more ways than you can imagine.

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If you're thinking about doing a TEFL course, absolutely do it with Maximo Nivel. Jackie, the TEFL trainer, was nothing short of amazing. She is passionate and enthusiastic about her job, this was vital when going into something completely new.
They company has connections all over the world to aid with job seeking and making this a little less laborious; the support we received was unmatched.
Not to mention all the interesting people you get to meet from all over the world and different walks of life.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have done it sooner! I am so glad I took on this adventure and actually would not have changed the experience at all.


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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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