• Costa Rica
    • San José
150 hours
Training Type

Program Details

Teaching Practicum
Job Placement
Apartment Host Family Hotel


Starting Price
$1,700 USD
What's Included
Activities Airport Transfers
Nov 07, 2019
Jul 23, 2021

About Program

Become a certified English teacher by earning a TEFL certification with Maximo Nivel on the beach in Manuel Antonio. TEFL Certification is your passport to living and working as English teacher anywhere else in the world!

The 4-week/150-hour certification program includes more than 15 hours of practical English teaching and observation of experienced teachers. Groups are small with 2 to 14 people.

The TEFL Program consists of 12 modules:

- Learning & Teaching Theory
- Lesson Planning
- Class Management
- Critical ESL Techniques
- English Grammar I
- English Grammar II
- Teaching Grammar
- Teaching Vocabulary
- Teaching Speaking & Writing
- Teaching Listening & Reading
- Teaching English with Games
- Assessing & Testing Learners
- Introduction to international English exams: TOEFL, IELTS, and Cambridge

Maximo Nivel is internationally accredited and the Maximo Nivel TEFL Certificate is accepted by institutes, language schools, and universities around the world.

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Program Reviews

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TEFL Certification at Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica!

I absolutely loved my experience with Maximo Nivel and would recommend the program to anyone with a passion for education and travel! The staff is extremely enthusiastic about education and work hard to ensure that the teachers that come out of their program are prepared and knowledgable. My TEFL trainer, Jackie Bira, made the experience even more rewarding- her love for the company and all of us taking the certification course was evident through her hard work and constant motivation! If you are at all interested in getting TEFL certified, do it through Maximo Nivel!

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TEFL Experience

This 4 week program was an amazing experience. While the course was rigorous, the Maximo Nivel team could not be more supportive. I gained so much insight into the ways in which an ESL classroom works, and I could not imagine having a better trainer than Jackie. She led our class with enthusiasm and made every student feel comfortable expressing themselves and asking questions. Throughout the TEFL course, Jackie made a diligent effort to thoroughly explain all of the material while making the class enjoyable. I absolutely recommend this program!

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Keep calm & TEFL on :)

I completed the HYBRID program (2 weeks online, 2 weeks in Manuel Antonio, CR). The online program was intense and would only recommend to someone who "thrives" on online learning. The two weeks in person were great. A lot of hard work, wonderful classmates and a fantastic teacher, Jackie. The program is definitely intense but well worth it. The experience cannot be justified by words and it has greatly influenced my life. The Manuel Antonio institute sits on the top of a hill and provides the most fantastic view. The staff at the institute were always friendly and helpful. :)

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I wish I had been in person for all 4 weeks. Nothing replaces being in an actual classroom and having in-person support of classmates and your teacher. If you do have to complete the hybrid version, schedule a standing meeting with your teacher for check ins.
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An Amazing Experience

I wasn't sure what to expect, but am extremely glad I decided to take the TEFL course and come to Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio. The course is a challenge, but the support and guidance of Jackie, the TEFL trainer, made it fun, engaging and an invaluable experience. The institute itself is welcoming and friendly (the view of the ocean is also incredible). I enjoyed going to school every day and the four weeks of the course flew by. If you're on the fence about going, just do it! It is worth every penny.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment was the first day of Practical Teaching. I had never taught a 55 minute lesson and was extremely nervous. My trainer Jackie was very supportive. She answered all of my questions about teaching and cheered me on throughout the lesson. The lesson was terrifying, but also incredibly rewarding. Afterwards I felt great and excited to do it again.
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The Maximo Nivel TEFL program: A Whirlwind of Adventure!

The TEFL program at Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio has been a roller coaster ride to say the least! However, I grew as an ESL teacher as well as an overall educator from the experience. Many skills that are taught in the program are transferable to other fields in education. As a world language teacher, I found these teaching practices to be very useful. I will try them with my students in the upcoming school year! In addition, this was an immersive experience where I got to learn about the local Costa Rican culture and practice my Spanish with the staff at Maximo Nivel as well as people Quepos and Manuel Antonio! I highly recommend this program and, specifically, Jackie as an instructor! Jackie's classes are highly interactive and engaging. She is just an overall fun person to learn from and be around! Jackie's instructional style made material that was not always interesting engaging and exciting. If you are thinking of getting a TEFL certification abroad, I highly recommend Jackie at Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio!

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment was during practical teaching, when asking students for the correct answer to a question, one of my students, who loves to participate, kept making exaggerated gestures to indicate which answers were correct.
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Wonderful experience!

Doing TEFL at Manuel Antonio was such an amazing experience! Everything exceeded my expectations! The location of the institute is beautiful, the atmosphere so friendly and welcoming that you instantly feel at home and part of the team, and the teaching standards are really high! The programme is very intense and demanding, but you get all the help and support you need from the friendly and easily approachable institute staff. The best part of the training was my teacher Jackie who inspired me every single day – not only through her competence, expertise and professionalism, but also through her humour and creativity. Jackie has been a true role model for me, who in a unique and patient way combines both challenge and support while teaching. It was really tough at times, but Jackie’s genuine care and interest in our progress, her empathy, insight, and passion for teaching, kept us all going. I have learned from her that good teaching is not only about being a language expert, but also a mentor and a role model, who guides, motivates and encourages a life-long passion for learning. Thank you so much Jackie! Thank you Maximo Nivel!

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Life Changing Course

This was the most life-changing course I’ve ever taken. It was difficult and intense, even for a college graduate. However, I appreciated the loads of support I received from my TEFL trainer, Jackie, and my fellow TEFLers. We now all have teaching experience, international experience, and a hefty portfolio. I came into this course with no intention to get a job in teaching after graduation, but I’m seriously considering switching careers and becoming an ESL teacher now. Thank you so much Maximo Nivel!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
During Practical Teaching Week, the WiFi went out for a few minutes while I was teaching class. I was so anxious to hop back on, but the students were waiting for me and we continued on with the class:) Keep calm and TEFL on as Jackie says!
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Amazing Experience

My time in Manuel Antonio with Maximo Nivel was amazing! I had Karen and Jackie as my TEFL trainers and they were an amazing duo thoughout the program. I felt like I got so much real experience and I felt very prepared once we initiated with practical teaching week. I actually also got a job in Guatemala with Maximo! I am living out a dream and I am so thankful for everything I learned during my TEFL class. ALSO, Manuel Antonio is beautiful and the institute looks over the ocean. I mean, it doesn't get better than that!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
I went to the Manuel Antonio National park and saw 8 sloths and some even had their babies on them! It is so amazing to see and I recommend paying the extra for a tour guide because finding these animals is an art form.
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Questions & Answers

Apart from what the others have already suggested, I would also advise that any travel you intend on doing, you are prepared to leave until you've finished or to start beforehand. Manuel Antonio is a beautiful place, and you will certainly have beach time. But don't be fooled! The classes are intensive and require outside-the-classroom prep time. Good luck and have fun!

Thanks so much for your reply. I'd love if you could connect me with them! I'm going to be studying at Maximo in January 2017 and am very keen to teach :)

I would definitely recommend a laptop. You'll need it to work on assignments and lesson plans out of class. The building can get pretty hot, so being able to relocate to cooler locations is a must. Regarding clothes, I wore decent shorts and collared shirts for the classes. For interviews, I would recommend something more business casual.

The cost of the program varies by location and what type of stay you prefer (apartment, hostel, or homestay). I have added a link to the estimated program costs below that you may find helpful. In general, the cost will be somewhere between $2000-$2500, not including your flight. http://www.maximonivel.com/tefl-tesol/prices/