• 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
Oct 16, 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

9.84 Rating
based on 195 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 96.41%
  • 7-8 rating 3.59%
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  • Benefits 9.5
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 8.2
  • Facilities 8.3
  • Safety 9.2
  • Instruction 9.9
  • Support 9.9
  • Value 9.4
  • Academic Rigor 8.8
  • Job Assistance 9.6
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Yes, I recommend this program

Well Worth It

TEFL training with Maximo Nivel far surpassed my expectations. The housing accommodations, staff, location, and instruction was incredible! Living and studying in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica has been a dream. My host family was very kind, and it was a great way to practice speaking Spanish. The accommodations were clean and the food was great! The course work is rigorous -as it should be- since it basically consolidates what could easily be a year-long collegiate level class into one month. Thanks to my incredible teacher, Jackie, and my other classmates, I feel prepared to go on and live my dream!

What was your funniest moment?
I really enjoyed the banter amongst our class. Over the course of a month, it is all but inevitable to become close to your classmates. I think one of the highlights, however, was a geography drawing competition between a Brit and an American...let's just say neither one is particularly good at drawing the United States...
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Yes, I recommend this program

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.
2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

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!!
2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

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.
5 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

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!
5 people found this review helpful.
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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.

6 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful course, wonderful people, wonderful place!

My TEFL experience with Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio was amazing! I learned so much over the month-long course, and found it challenging and applicable to real-life teaching situations. Our instructor, Jackie, was great at getting us to understand and internalize the content and was incredibly supportive as a teacher and human. Pablo and the administrative team were so helpful and kind. I highly recommend this program to anybody looking to do an in-person TEFL course (so worth it!) in a beautiful place.

8 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

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!

12 people found this review helpful.

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/