TEFL Certification in Manuel Antonio Beach, Costa Rica

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The view!
The view!
March 2017
March 2017
Manuel Antonio
Manuel Antonio
Cooking class at Cosi
Sunset in Manuel Antonio

About

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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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/

Reviews

98%
based on 153 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
  • Academic Rigor 8.5
  • Job Assistance 9.7
  • Instruction 10
  • Support 10
  • Fun 10
  • Housing 10
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Roxanne
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience of my life

I went to Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica to get my TEFL, and it was one of the greatest experiences of my life. My professor was Audra Wooldridge who is such a brilliant, energetic, and compassionate human. She made the long classes a lot of fun, and she had such a strong passion for what she was doing. I cannot wait to teach English professionally and inspire my students the way she has inspired me. The workload was difficult and heavy, but now traveling to other countries and working in English seems easy because I am prepared. If you are thinking about doing your TEFL in Manuel Antonio, please do it. You will not find another teacher like Audra, and the culture of Manuel Antonio was welcoming and all around beautiful. I will never forget my afternoons at the beach and sunsets with new friends.

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d
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Fantastic Company

From start to finish you are incredibly well looked after. So well organised and ready to help. Audra is an amazing teacher - along with studying in paradise you get the best teacher your will ever have! I hadn't anticipated how much work there is, but it is do-able! Not a reason not to do the course. Obviously its very hot but nice A.C class room. Stunning views, doesn't feel like your'e at school...Very chilled way off life, great sense of achievement when you complete the course and you will be eager to get going - the job opportunities are real!Lots of information and assistance provided. All the staff here have been very friendly and helpful, always providing information of what you can do with your time off....I would recommend coming a week early or staying a week after the course so you can have a holiday! There isn't much time for chilling on the beach...!You wont regret taking this course. Well worth it.

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
You'll be surprised at how willing and involved you become with the work.
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Ellen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A wonderful experience

I just finished with this course in Feb and it was a fantastic experience. TEFL Trainer, Audra is an absolute joy! She is always filled with light and makes coming to class everyday, easy. Manual Antonio is not a bad place to have a backdrop either, incredible beaches, friendly people and lots to do! I am glad to have chosen this location, lots to see and the ocean is incredible. The chill environment in Manuel Antonio provides a great backdrop for homework, or a fun night out.
If you are debating this program, just do it, so worth the month and you have a blast doing it. You will have a great time with Audra and your classmates while learning all the skills and practices to become an incredible TEFL Teacher. Get certified and travel the world!!

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Alane
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Awesome instructor, awesome program!

I chose the Maximo Nivel program in Manuel Antonio because of a Facebook recommendation that said the instructor is AWESOME. (The fact that a glorious beach is just a 10-minute, 56-cent bus ride away didn't hurt.) And the instructor IS awesome -- Audra Wooldridge may be the best instructor I've ever been lucky enough to learn from in my life! Audra teaches TEFLers by expertly using the techniques that we'll use on our own future students, so we were able to experience first-hand how effective they are. Plus she is energetic and witty ... every day was exciting. I finished the program 1 week ago, have had 3 job interviews, and feel confident that at least 1 solid job offer will be made. If you're wondering whether the TEFL certificate is a worthwhile, I say it absolutely is -- esp if you train with Audra at Maximo Nivel!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be aware that many of the living sites don't have air conditioning -- pack very light cotton clothing, no polyester
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Ron
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL training course at Maximo Nivel, Manuel Antonio

Hi! My name is Ron and I just finished the 4 week intensive TEFL training course at Maximo Nivel! My instructor was Audra Wooldridge and she's amazing. I've never met a better teacher or trainer! She has a great sense of humor, very high energy and also is very patient and kind with the trainees. She helped me every time I had a nagging question or needed help with lesson planning! Manuel Antonio is a great little tourist town and Quepos, where I stayed is just a short bus ride away! If you like hot weather and lots of fun activities you won't be disappointed. You'll make life long friends too with your fellow TEFL trainers! I highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking of pursuing a career as a TEFL trainer!

Sincerely,
Ron van der Vis

What would you improve about this program?
I would make it 1 week longer for more practical teaching practice. I am a "slower rolling" marble and could have used the extra week!
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Julia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing

I am so grateful to have had this experience, and I was beyond thrilled that an opportunity like this is an option and it's available to all. It was definitely something that I have talked about doing something like this for so long, I finally came and conquered my fear of the unknown. It was an intense course packed into 1 month. But it was very well managed and the support was wonderful. The office staff and the trainer were amazing human beings. And I completed the course with pride. Not to mention the location of the school, such a beautiful location! The animals at the school made the experience even more exciting, I have a pet at home that is very much like my child and to be away from him for such a long time has been a little difficult but there was a resident cat Mamacita. Such a sweet cat!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Keep up with the work, don't leave it until the last minute.
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Romerito
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL review

I'm writing to thank Audra Wooldrige with (Maximo Nivel) for provide me with an excellent material and tutoring for the TEFL course. I enjoyed working online at my own pace. Once again the material was excellent and I felt that I learnt a lot. It was great to be guided by Audra Wooldridge. She was very good at giving feedback, she pointed out both the positive and negative aspects and suggested how to improve or change things. “I am grateful for all this course has given me. Audra inspired me, kept me on my toes and expertly guided me from an abject fear of working with non-English speakers, to totally loving it. Thanks again for all of your support, kindness, flexibility and for the most part being such a great instructor!

Romerito Coelho

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Caitlyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I Should Have Jumped Sooner!

I hope to give some details on my personal experience, and on things that I was looking for in a review before I did TEFL.

I only wish that I would have jumped into this opportunity & experience sooner than I did. I found out about TEFL about 3 years ago, and dreamed and planned...and dreamed & planned. The desire came back around a year ago as well, and for all of life's reasons it wasn't my time to go yet. THEN, November 2018 became official--I was on a plane to Costa Rica, had a homestay set-up in San Jose for my first night, where I woke up to find 3 lovely other students that would be on my journey with me. I would then travel off to Manuel Antonio to take my TEFL course with Maximo Nivel/COSI. Our instructor Audra was hands-down INCREDIBLE. She was not only very knowledgeable and educated but also extremely easy to learn from and get along with. I said it then, and I'll say it again, this course could have been real dang dry and boring, but not with the lovely, energetic, & hilarious prof. Audra in the room! Grammar & literally everything else was 'Fun, Fresh, & Frisky!' My 8 other cohorts and I effortlessly bonded with one-another and sometimes laughed 'till tears in class. This made it easy to retain the information we learned and it kept us engaged in the sometimes grueling 8 hour class days. I'm not going to lie, the course isn't for the faint of heart. It is solidly 150 hours of learning, 40 hour weeks of in-class work, time studying outside of class and a whole week of practical teaching that you will be so grateful for. IT IS SO WORTH THE WORK AND THE TIME. I've never been a big lover of school, but this is the most motivated and best effort that I have given to formal learning--it's the best kind. You will come out the other end alive, and more knowledgeable and experienced than when you went in. Audra doesn't let you go down without a fight (or you know, AT ALL).

I came to this course being shy, hating public speaking, not even sure if I wanted to teach, and not a clue with what I wanted to do with my life. I made it through, I made incredible friends, enjoyed my local Tico Family, loved the heck out of beautiful Costa Rica and I am so grateful that I had Audra and the entire Maximo team on my side, for support & encouragement throughout my month with them. It's very organized, goes like a breeze and there's always a staff member on the ground ready to help you & answer all of your questions.

If you're debating on this, and mulling over whether or not you should dive in and do it, my advice to you is JUST DO IT! And do it with the lovely Maxmio! Do it for me, but most importantly do it for yourself--chances are you won't regret it once you get past any fears you may have. And as they say....'You can do ANYTHING for 30 days!'

What would you improve about this program?
More communication before you are in country, more details of where you are staying, etc. Everything else was amazing!
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Zoe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Experience!

The TEFL course through Maximo in Costa Rica was one of the best experiences for me. Audra was incredible and made the course engaging and enjoyable. She taught bus so much in such little time, my classmates and I got stressed a few times, but Audra helped us to feel overwhelmed. Audra did a great job of making sure all of the students accomplished all the work and pushed us to be great teachers.When I finished the course I felt very confident in teaching and knew I would be able to find an amazing job doing what I am inspired to do.

One of my favorite memories from this course would be getting extremely close to the other students in my class and making life long friends. We struggled through and stressed about the course together, but we also finished and graduated the course together, which was such an amazing feeling to graduate TEFL with your new best friends. I never would have thought I'd get so close and share such amazing memories going to the beach and going to class with people I've only known for a month. Overall, this was one of the best experiences of my life and I couldn't have asked for anything different!

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Abigail
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Time of my life

TEFL through Maximo in Costa Rica was a life changer for me. My teacher, Audra, was incredible. She was extremely engaging and made the class not only fun, but we learned SO much, I read the reviews that said to be prepared for a lot of intense work – but even knowing that, the class at times felt like a roller-coaster. Through it all, Audra did a great job of affirming the students in her course, and also pushing us to see that we could do the work and be successful. I finished the course, and came out feeling like I had learned as much about what I could achieve as I felt confident in teaching. I am already using the certification to teach in a TEFL classroom in Costa Rica, and it is through what I learned from Audra that I am doing so well with my students.

Also, the location and setting of Maximo in Manuel Antonio was incredible. The people at Maximo and around the town were friendly and helpful. The scenery and wildlife were breathtaking – from oceans to monkeys to mountains to waterfalls, I felt like I was in a little paradise.

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Kathryn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing!

This course completely changed the direction of teaching I want to go in. I have an elementary certification and always thought that I would want to teach children, however after teaching ESL and teaching adults I realize how rewarding and exciting this area of education is. The course itself is fun and engagin and I learned SO MUCH. Audra is an amazing instructor and gives amazing feedback to ensure that we are prepared to teach once the course is over. I initially thought that sitting in a classroom for 8 hours in a day would be overwhelming considering I haven't been in school for a long time, however the time flew by everyday! I just finish this course last month and I'm so excited to start applying for ESL teaching jobs and travel the world. Thank you Audra and thank you Maximo nivel!

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Heather
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Serious Fun

This class was far more in-depth and effective than I could have ever imagined. While I did get a chance to enjoy the beach and rainforest, this was an intensive course that prepared me to teach English language learners. I already hold a master's degree in education, and I have about a decade's experience working in schools. But this course taught me techniques I've never before even touched upon. Audra is an incredible trainer. Her energy is unmatched, as are her wit and ingenuity. She and her assistant, Nicole, take the time to meet with trainees individually on a regular basis. She was incredibly clear about what she needed from us in terms of our assignments and practical teaching, and more importantly, she knew what we needed to do to best teach our learners. Finally, she made the course fun! If you are having trouble deciding where to get your TEFL certificate, the team at Manuel Antonio is the one to work with. Plus, the view from the school is beautiful (Pacific Ocean and mountains)--a toucan flew right up to me while I was on the school's patio! I can't believe this course was only four weeks long; it was such an immersive experience.

Grant
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great course

I had a really good time in manuel antonio. The course isnt easy, and you will spend lots of time doing work on assignments, leason plans, and teaching prep, but it is worth it. The course gives you 2 three day weekends we used to travel, and on other weekends hungout around the town or at the beautiful beaches/natural parks. Our instructor Audra was a blast, and really fun person who kept the class fun, interesting, but also laid back. She understood that this experience is about fun too! Overall, had a great time and will miss manuel antonio. If you want the best burger in town, go to the burger joint next to express burrito. Fabian will hook it up with an ultra.

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe more free time for traveling
Shaefer
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFLawless Month!

I enrolled in the TEFL certification course as a way to travel after college. But I ended up learning so much in just four, short weeks. For anybody interested in TEFL, Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio is the place to do it. The staff is amazing and Audra, the instructor, is the best! The class is challenging, mainly because of the great view from the building. There is a lot of work involved but you will have free time to enjoy the beach too.

Shaefer
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am leaving a smarter person

This month has been amazing and I learned more than I ever thought possible. I came in with little knowledge about TEFL and teaching and I am leaving with so much new information. I am blessed to have spent the month with Audra absorbing all of the new information and then the opportunity to have a week of practical teaching was amazing. The people that I spent the course with made everything so fun, even grammar week, and taking the course while in the jungle of Costa Rica was a huge bonus.