TEFL Certification in Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica

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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.

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/


based on 96 reviews
  • Benefits 9.5
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 8.2
  • Facilities 8.3
  • Safety 9.2
  • Instruction 9.9
  • Support 9.9
  • Value 9.5
  • Difficulty 8.4
  • Job Assistance 9.6
  • Instruction 10
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Housing 10
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Fun and knowledgeable

If you are in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica, Audra will make your experience in the class a really fun one! You will learn what you need to know in a very lighthearted way. It is not however without time constraint. Hours after class are required to fulfill your assignments and in spite of the beautiful view from the school, the days can be long. Overall I would definitely recommend this program!

How can this program be improved?
I believe there were a lot of handouts that could have been organized and bound and given to each student as a part of their books.
Yes, I recommend
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This program has evolved my life in a remarkable way. Audra is such a gem! Her spirit is so abundant and uplifting. The amount of support offered during this challenging course is unreal! Audra often stayed after hours to help us with any complications. She answered any questions we had through all hours of the night. I am thankful for the relationships I developed with my peers and the whole staff.
Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica changed my life!

Yes, I recommend
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TEFL Course, CR

The TEFL course was challenging and rewarding. The instructors are passionate about their work and offer practical classroom solutions and advice. Through various teaching practicals, observations, and feedback, the instructors create a very hands-on environment. Because it's a 4-week course, the workload seems condensed, but it's very manageable. The most rewarding part is seeing the students understand the material and knowing that they are ready for the next step. Overall, it's a great way to gain teaching experience, learn new techniques, and work with amazing individuals in the classroom!

How can this program be improved?
I paid before program changes happened on the website. I later learned that some of the included amenities (spanish classes, wifi) were modified so that they weren't included in the program fees. It would have been nice to know about these changes so I could have budgeted better.
Yes, I recommend
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TEFL Course, CR

The program is a great way to start a new career or continue practicing a current one. The class is a rewarding experience. The Maximo Nivel website and course-enrollment staff could be more clear. I applied in December, and details were changed in January AFTER I had already paid. This meant that several of the "included program details" I was previously guaranteed did not happen, which can be frustrating on a budget. However, the course itself is really helpful to understand the techniques and tools to teach English as a foreign language!

How can this program be improved?
The Maximo Nivel website and course-enrollment staff could be more clear. I applied in December, and details were changed in January AFTER I had already paid. This meant that several of the "included program details" I was previously guaranteed did not happen, which can be frustrating on a budget.
Yes, I recommend

TEFL Manuel Antonio

I loved taking my TEFL in Manuel Antonio! It is such a beautiful location and Maximo Nivel is such a great company. I learned so much through the course and loved my teacher, Audra knows how to keep you engaged and looking forward to your next class ! The staff is great and provide a really friendly and comfortable enviornement. I recommend this program to anyone who loves to travel and enjoys new experiences and truly has a love for teaching ! I loved it!

Yes, I recommend
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Amazing Hybrid Program

I did the hybrid program, which involved me doing readings and assignments with the assistance of my instructor and joining the class for the final 2 weeks. This flexibility really worked for my schedule. Manuel Antonio is an adorable beach town that was a great place to relax at after the rigorous training every day. My host mom was so amazing and accommodating and I cannot speak highly enough of her cooking. Be prepared for a lot of intense work that improves you so much as a teacher. I learned so much and it was totally worth it and I feel extremely prepared.

Yes, I recommend
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Great Experience

The TEFL class at Maximo Nivel in MA is amazing—Manuel Antonio is gorgeous. Our TEFL trainer Audra was caring, perceptive, funny, helpful, and awesome. It was also a joy getting to befriend some really remarkable classmates. For anyone out there considering taking the plunge and coming to Costa Rica –especially to anyone who is feeling intimidated by the prospect of teaching and being in a foreign country— I was also nervous. It turned out to be a great experience. I'm very grateful to my classmates, Audra, and all of the people who came to participate in our lessons. Highly recommend Maximo to anyone wanting to try/ learn something new. It will be a brilliant adventure. ☺

Yes, I recommend

Costa Rican Adventures of a TEFL Teacher

Maximo Nivel was above and beyond what I expected. t. Maximo Nivel has done their due diligence in choosing these families that are selected for host stays. My host family is my family now. How many people do you know that can say they have strangers coming in for months at a time to live with them. I am so grateful for my new brothers sis and parents. It was a perfect fit. The real reason that this program was so amazing was because of the amazing teacher I had. Audra was amazing and really made this program and experience awesome. I used to be in the corporate world and didn't have the faintest idea of what the life of a teacher really consisted of. I can now make great lesson plans, know how to really teach information without just narrating to the students. She went above and beyond to convey the course material in a fun and challenging way. I really enjoyed being able to be molded into the teacher I have become and can't wait to add in more of my flare to the amazing blueprint she thought I would respond to as a student. Defiantly not her first rodeo! So if you are on the fence on whether or not this kind of course is worth it, Take that leap of faith and see how well you are paid back with confidence in having the knowledge to go farther. The only thing you can never waste your money on is traveling. Having this amazing course under my belt now is proof of that and an added bonus!

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I have to suggest is that they give the students a little more information on the host families they are with. I know I fell in well with mine but, I had no idea where i was going until I landed in Costa Rica. So that in itself is a little stressful when you are moving to a foreign country for a month.
Yes, I recommend
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Pura Vida!

When I first started looking for a school that would meet my needs, Maximo Nivel kept popping up in my search inquires. I decided to delve a little further into this program, and I am so glad that I did. From the very start of requesting information, Julia-not sure of her job title, but she was a part of the international program and the reason I eventually choose Maximo Nivel, was very patient and very attentive with answering my many questions. Julia also arranged pick up for my arrival in Costa Rica, provided transportation to my prearranged host family, and was most generous at offering any continuous help if needed.
My first day at Maximo Nivel was no different than the great customer service that Julia had given me; the staff extended the same courtesies. The program at Maxmof Nivel is top notch. I was impressed at how much information was covered in only a 4 week span. The program from my perspective provided:
• Intensive classroom instruction
• An opportunity to observe the teaching skills and strategies by former students of Maximo Nivel
• Techniques to teach English without knowing the mother tongue of the students taught
• How to prepare thorough and in-depth lesson plans
• How to obtain and maintain classroom management
• The opportunity to teach non-English speakers from the community
• Continued support and encouragement
• Life time certification
Audra, the instructor that taught me, was highly knowledgeable, very enthusiastic and energetic. She kept things fun, yet she left no stone un-turned when it came to making sure each of her students was well prepared. I would highly recommend this program to anyone that is serious about wanting to make a difference in the lives of those who want to learn to speak English. Two of the nine students that were in my class had already accepted jobs upon their completion of the program.

Yes, I recommend

TEFL in Manuel Antonio

Taking the TEFL course through Maximo Nivel was so much more than I thought it would be! I did the 4 week program based in Costa Rica and I absolutely recommend taking you TEFL here. My instructor, Audra, was great. She really makes this intensive course fun and possible. The institute itself has most of the resources that you need, and if they don't have something, they'll help you find it somewhere else. The view from the school overlooks the ocean and the mountains and was one of my favorite places to relax. If you have any doubts about taking the TEFL course in Manuel Antonio, don't! They will answer all of your questions and you will definitely learn the key ESL techniques.

How can this program be improved?
More working computers in the computer lab.
Yes, I recommend

Wonderful Teaching Experience

This was a wonderful course! I am so glad that I took the TEFL certification course through Maximo Nivel. Audra was an absolutely incredible teacher--she made the content relevant and easy to comprehend. She was full of energy, which made the course a lot of fun, and she was also available for help whenever we needed her. I loved having Audra as a teacher! The practical teaching portion was invaluable. To be able to actually teach to real-life learners was a perfect opportunity to put the content into practice, and I think this is what really made this course stand out. It was a perfect way to spend four weeks learning!

Yes, I recommend
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Tefl with Maximo Nivel

I absolutely loved the TEFL program with Maximo. I am a first time traveler outside the US and had a little bit of cold feet at the beginning and voiced these concerns with Paula in San Jose and then was put in contact with Karen and Audra in Manuel Antonio. They were so patient and called me at home to discuss any worries I had and immediately put me at ease. I am SO glad I came and completed the TEFL program. It is a pretty rigorous course so make sure to keep up with your lesson plans and assignments but, at the end of the course YOU WILL feel prepared and excited to enter the wonderful world of teaching English.

You get a lot of great feedback and guidance and you get 10 hours of practical teaching experience which automatically puts you ahead of the game when looking for jobs. The location is gorgeous, you do get to enjoy Costa Rica and see the sights on the weekends if you're caught up on everything. You become really close with your fellow teflers and Audra the trainer is thebomb.com She keeps class funny, light and really cares about your success as a teacher. She helps you find your personal strengths and plays to them. The other staff members at Maximo/Cosi are a delight. They always have a smile when they see you and are always willing to help you with whatever you need. I stayed with a host family in Quepos and they were so sweet and generous as well. You have many opportunities to speak Spanish and see hospitality and generosity at its finest.

Definitely recommend!! I will probably see about doing a volunteer program with them next year!

Yes, I recommend

No Regrets!

To say that Maximo Nivel was great, would be a huge understatement. From the moment I inquired about the course till my last days, everyone was extremely helpful and friendly. The course teacher, Audra, was outstanding! The course was intense, fun and very informative. I've gained the knowledge and skills I need to be teacher, and I can't thank them enough. My experience here has been one that will stay with me forever. I've gained some life long friendships and learned a lot about myself at the same time. Thank you so much Maximo!

Yes, I recommend
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A fabulous experience!!

I had the best time ever in Manuel Antonio taking the TEFL course! It was one of the best decisions of my life! I made so many new friends and together we made so many memories to last a lifetime, and on top of that I'm now TEFL certified! My teacher, Audra, is what made the course as great as it was! I had so much fun learning with her and looked forward to class each day. I fell in love with this country, this lifestyle and never want to leave! 100% recommend this program to anyone considering it. PURA VIDA

Yes, I recommend
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Life Changing Experience

I can't find the words to describe how wonderful my experience in Costa Rica was...
First, I would have never thought that I would feel ready to teach after only a month of training, but the TEFL program with Maximo Nivel is very complete and the TEFL trainers are extremely competent. Without my trainers, Audra and Dani, I would have never acquired the skills and confidence to teach in such a short period of time. Even though the course is intense, it is all designed to train you properly and is certainly not a waste of time.
In addition, Audra is very serious about providing assistance for job search to newly TEFL graduates. She will go out of her way to make sure that her students get the best opportunities. The rest of the staff was also fantastic and did an awesome job planning my trip. I was given great customer service before, during and after my stay in Costa Rica.
I was also fortunate to share this experience with wonderful fellow TEFL students. I'm certain that we'll keep in touch and go visit each other in different parts of the world.
Finally, living in Manuel Antonio is just like living in paradise. The beaches are wonderful, there is good food, and the people are very welcoming.
To summarize, it would be completely irrational for anyone interested to walk away from this TEFL program. I guarantee that it will go above your expectations!

Yes, I recommend


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