• Costa Rica
    • San José
    • Playa Blanca
150 hours
Training Type

Program Details

Teaching Practicum
Job Placement
Apartment Host Family Hotel


Starting Price
Price Details
Airport pick-up
Program and safety orientation
Walking tour
Official TEFL Certificate
Letter of recommendation
Lifetime job-finding assistance
Tandem Conversation Program
Office-wide WiFi and computer lab
Salsa dance classes
Cooking classes
Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
Institute is open 7 days/week
Emergency contact number 24/7
What's Included
Activities Airport Transfers Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance
Feb 15, 2022
Jun 13, 2022
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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.

The TEFL Program consists of 14 modules:
1. Approaches to Learning & Teaching
2. Critical ESL Techniques
3. Class Management
4. Lesson Planning
5. English Grammar Review 1
6. English Grammar Review 2
7. Teaching Grammar
8. Teaching Vocabulary
9. Teaching English with Games
10. Teaching Speaking & Writing
11. Teaching Listening & Reading
12. Assessing Learners
13. Introduction to International English Exams
14. Practical Teaching

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 Highlights

  • Accredited certification accepted worldwide
  • 15 hours of practical teaching and observation
  • Teach real ESL classes
  • Continuous coaching during TEFL course
  • Lifetime job-finding assistance

Program Reviews

9.84 Rating
based on 212 reviews
  • 9-10 rating 96.7%
  • 7-8 rating 3.3%
  • 5-6 rating 0%
  • 3-4 rating 0%
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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 9.5
  • Academic Rigor 8.9
  • Job Assistance 9.6
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Yes, I recommend this program


Doing this program was the best idea I had in all my six months abroad.
The work is rigorous but it definitely prepares you for a career as a teacher. In four weeks you are given the absolute best in terms of materials and knowledge needed to become an ESL teacher. I grew in ways I never could have imagined that I would and ways I definitely needed to. The coursework is not difficult, it is just fast paced and rigorous. This is not a program for those that are not motivated. Trainer Jackie is a true gift to the program and I could not have survived without her.

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Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL review

Amazing course!! I was unbelievable how much I learnt and produced in 4 weeks, super organised course, thought out and we really covered everything that we needed to become a TEFL teacher. Jackie my TEFL trainer is incredible, she is inspiring, supportive and knowledgeable in every area! The course was tough but I was never bored!! I would definitely recommend! I feel totally prepared to go out into the world as an independent teacher whilst knowing I still have academic support whenever I need it! :)

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Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing TEFL course!

What an amazing experience I had at Maximo Nivel!
This TEFL course definitely warrants a lot of hard work, but the quality of teaching, staff input and excellent facilities make it all worth it.
If you are willing to put the effort in, you will both come away with the experience of a lifetime in one of the most beautiful countries in the world and develop teaching skills that anyone can benefit from; from the very beginner to most experienced teachers. Everyone can take something away from this course.
It’s intense, but 100000% worth it. You won’t regret studying TEFL here in Manuel Antonio. Thank you Jackie and Maximo!

  • Teaching
  • Facilities
  • Job Assistance
  • A LOT of work
2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

This program changed my life for the better

I loved the TEFL certification program at Máximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio. The program is rigorous and it’s definitely not a vacation, but by the end of the four weeks you will definitely look back and realized you earned a lot more than a certification. For me, I learned many life lessons, made life long friends, and had an experience that changed my life forever. If you have a passion for teaching, for experiencing a new environment, and for expanding your world view, then this program is definitely for you and I promise you will love it.

  • Great value for price
  • Excellent staff and students
  • The perfect expat location in Costa Rica
2 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome Experience

This course was nothing short of a challenge. It was very rigorous and pushed me out of my comfort zone on a regular basis. But wow, did I learn so much. My instructor, Jackie, is an incredible instructor and will push you and support you throughout the entire course. This is something you will finish in 4 short weeks, and genuinely feel prepared to effectively teach english as a foreign language. I highly, highly recommend this course to anyone looking to truly learn effective strategies of teaching English.

The entire Maxio Nivel team was welcoming and made the school feel like a second home. I can't thank them enough for the entire experience!

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

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.

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


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


If you're considering completing the Tefl course, I highly recommend that you do with Maximo Nivel, Manuel Antonio. The course is intense, but absolutely worth it! The trainer, Jackie, is brilliant, full of energy, highly skilled, knowledgeable and gives all of her students 110%. She really does go that extra mile to ensure her students are well supported throughout the course.
All the staff are supportive and friendly.
Everything from the airport pick up, host family stay are all extremely well organised.
I can't thank Jackie and all the staff enough.
An amazing experience

11 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/