Maximo Nivel

Program Reviews

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Margarita
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I highly recommend doing an internship with Maximo Nivel. I was looking to get experience after taking the CELTA course and I got more than I expected. I had the chance to work with ACNUR-Cusco, who works in close collaboration with the government, other UN Agencies to assist refugees with protection, humanitarian needs, and community empowerment. I taught English at all levels to kids, teens and adults. My students learned how to assist virtual classes and I feel they excelled over the time I was with them. I really enjoyed teaching my students and hope others be inspired to take the challenge and give to those ready to learn. Maximo Nivel Cusco and all involved were there whenever I needed support.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I think it was that even though I was doing the internship virtually, I still felt very fulfilled teaching my students.
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Brendan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

In March 2020 (just before Coronavirus) I completed a hybrid TEFL cerfication program with Maximo Nivel in Antigua. I did half of the work and requirements on line at my convenience before going to Antigua to do two weeks of onsite work, joing a small group (5) of classmates. There, we all had the great opportunity to work under the tutelage of Karen "Boss" Wilkes and teach real life students who were enrolled in Maximo Nivel to learn English. The program is solid on many levels. - It is comprehensive, well structured. It is fun, supportive, and professional. Happy with my choice and that is only in part because being in Antigua for a month was awesome!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Hey it's not not terrifying to get up in front of students for the first time BUT you are supported, you are made (thankfully) to do it several times, and the students themselves are a joy!
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Maia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was a very well structured program that I believe everyone who really has the desire to connect with other people through a leadership role, like TEFL, is capable of completing this program. You learn so much through textbook and through experience. It’s a really fun program, you really bind with your classmates, Audra was an amazing mentor and teacher! This whole experience was amazing, from the staff and everyone you meet along your journey while completing this course are memories and teachings I’ll have forever.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don’t let anxiety stop you from going on this trip! It was an amazing life experience I will always keep.
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Lisbet
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This place has made me live a dream in a dream town! Not only is Antigua Guatemala the perfect site to live while becoming TEFL certified due to its undeniable charm and amazing hospitality, it also has the UPMOST QUALITY teacher/guide KAREN who held me by the hand through this journey. Although it is only a month course, and everything seems to go by quick, Karen makes sure we actually learn the material and techniques rather than just reciting a textbook to us . She provides the needed environment and skills needs for us to learn. I will always recommend anyone to choose Antigua Guatemala, which I am sure cannot compare to Costa Rica’s beaches or Peru’s Machu pichu

What would you improve about this program?
I would extend the time frame so that it can be longer than one month so that I can have the extra practice needed.
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Roxie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I could not have asked for a better experience than with MaximoNivel. I researched many programs, but liked the self paced program. Audra, my trainer, was right there with me the whole way. Her feedback was always helpful, giving me the best opportunity to pass the course with the skill set needed to become an effective teacher. Her support made the experience positive and challenging. I would highly recommend the program whether it be in class or online. The opportunities are endless with the training received!

What would you improve about this program?
Absolutely nothing! The experience and knowledge gained was more than expected.
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Sarah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved taking the online course! My instructor, Audra, was so helpful and patient with me. It was great that I could do the work on my own time and not feel rushed. I also loved the 6 hours of teaching via Zoom, as it was really beneficial in improving my teaching skills. I was a recent college grad when I started the course and by the end I was taking it while working a full-time job, so it's really adaptable for all kinds of lifestyles. I would absolutely recommend taking the online certification course if you don't have the time or money to go somewhere to take it!

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Adela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I ended up choosing to do the online TEFL course a couple months ago when I was in university and decided I wanted to teach abroad when I graduated. I chose the online course as opposed to in person because I needed the flexibility of staying in my city to finish school, and also the availability to work around other classes I was taking. It worked out perfectly! I had never written a lesson plan before the course and now I feel so confident and excited for the job I am starting in Cusco, the job Maximo Nivel and my instructor Audra helped me get!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was SO nervous for the practical training but my student was AMAZING and my instructor double checked my lesson plan which was really helpful!
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Tania
9/10
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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Rachel
9/10
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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Amanda
10/10
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!