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.


7950 NW 53rd Street
Suite 337
Miami, FL 33166
United States

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Yes, I recommend this program

I took the Maximo TEFL Program in Antigua and thought that it was an amazing experience. I loved taking the class and especially enjoyed the instructor Karen. Karen was amazingly supportitive of me throughout the course. I found this very encouraging and it really helped to keep me positive through the intensive practical teaching part of the course. This was definitely my favorite part of the course, as I learnt so much from the experience of it. I also really enjoyed interacting with my classmates during the classroom portion of the course, as they were so friendly and kind. Finally, I really enjoyed Antigua itself as it is an amazingly historical city with a very relaxed, laid back vibe. Because of this I really recommend this course to anyone wanting to take a TEFL course.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travellers on this program is to read as much as can about teaching, particularly Teaching English as a Second Language before you come as it makes understanding the teaching philosophy and methods of Maximo Nivel so much easier.
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Yes, I recommend this program

It has been a great experience! All the materials provided are so useful and truly accurate. Everything is really well-organized and the online course is so pleasant. It is a privilege to benefit from the program delivered by Máximo Nivel. You can really improve your teaching skills, become more creative as you prepare your class... In addition to this, it is an excellent way to reach teaching a language without knowing the mother tongue of the student - which can seem to be a big challenge, but MN makes it possible and in a very funny way ! Everyone would enjoy and would be passionate!

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Yes, I recommend this program

I took the Hybrid TEFL course in Antigua and absolutely loved it! Not only was our teacher amazing and extremely helpful, the course itself was organized and full of vital information and skills to become the best TEFL teacher. The Hybrid course involves two weeks online and two weeks in Antigua. The transition, for me, was very smooth and easy and Maximo Nivel is very accommodating. I also cannot recommend a better location than Antigua. The town is absolutely stunning, the people are so kind, and everything is within walking distance. You will grow as an individual and as a teacher. I definitely would recommend!

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Yes, I recommend this program

There are several reasons why you should choose Antigua and Maximo Nivel for your TEFL Certification:
- Karen is the best trainer and mentor you can find. She is passionate, funny, goofy and a total grammar nerd that will make you love your experience and will guide you and help you every step of the way.
- Antigua is beautiful! You will get to learn how to be a teacher surrounded by volcanoes in the most picturesque town. On weekends, you can hike to the top of volcanoes, visit a replica of the shire, go to the beach, go to lake Atitlan or just chill and enjoy the beauties of Antigua!
- The certification itself: Getting TEFL certified will allow you to work in a lot of places and will open a lot of doors, especially if you are interested in traveling while doing so. You also get help from Karen and the Maximo staff to build your resume and support to get a job!
- The Practical Experience: You get to teach 3 short lessons and an entire week of practical teaching with a real class at Maximo!.
This experience has been amazing and I recommend it 100%!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would be less afraid of doing it, and would probably do it sooner!
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Luis Gabriel
Yes, I recommend this program

Hello to whoever is reading this, I am Gabriel as you read and I'm from the beautiful country of Costa Rica, non native speaker, but I love to speak in English. This time that I spent in Manuel Antonio was incredible. Meeting people form different part of the world, we all speaking English, communicating with each other with humility for the other people lives, and believes. I had just an amazing time, with beautiful sunny days, learning how to Teach English to Foreign Learners. The classes were delighltfully good, the way that Audra (the TEFL teacher in CR) taught us was excellent. She helped me a lot to open my perspective in how a person can feel what I had experienced when I learned the language. She recreate a lot of what it feels like. I think she is a the right person to teach you how to do it kindly. At the end teaching English is helping people. I hope that whoever who decides to come to my Costa Rica, come with open arms to learn what this country and the people can teach you.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you feel that you need it and you can have it, go for it. Go hard or go home.



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Alumni Interviews

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

Richard Lovegrove

Richard is a lover of life, including food, wine, travel, hiking, fitness and language to name a few. He has a passion for teaching and helping in the community.

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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