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 105 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
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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 this program

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 this program
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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 this program

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 this program

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 this program
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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 this program

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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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Exceeding all expectations

This experience has exceeded all my expectations! The people I've met and the support I received through the course from the friends I made and the instructors Audra and Dani and all the other amazing staff. It was intense and challenging at times but so rewarding! I truly feel that I am prepared in the best possible way to step into the world of teaching. Thanks so much for all the beautiful moments, I wouldn't want to have missed it for the world!

Yes, I recommend this program
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It's my last day of the TEFL course in Costa Rica and it's so bittersweet. The days have been long and hot, but the challenge was so worth it! I've met incredible people and learned so much in such a short time. I can't wait to put my skills to use!

My TEFL trainers Audra and Dani were amazing and truly made this experience what it was. They have really inspired me! I've made lifelong friends and I am so happy that I completed this. It has opened so many doors for me already.

How can this program be improved?
It was phenomenal. Housing accommodations were great, people were great, the town is easy to navigate and safe. It was all wonderful.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Life Changing

The course in Manuel Antonio is taught by two of the best people I have met on this planet. Audra and Dani are two genuine human beings that take their passion for their jobs to a new level. They find a way to connect with everyone on a deep level, and want to see you succeed as much if not more than you do. They believe in you even if you don't believe in yourself, and will help you though anything. Never once did I felt a lack of support or advice. They practice what they preach and create an environment where you are feel comfortable failing. If you pass the class and want a job you will find a job hands down. I got emails from Audra at 9 PM on a Friday night concerning job opportunities. Outside of the classroom they took the time to educate us on Quepos/Manuel Antonio, and how to take advantage of all the best spots. I was terrified to come to a country I barely spoke the language and had no friends in. Now that the month is over I feel shocked at how fast it went and saddened that it is now over. But I will never forget the friends made and the laughs had. This experience has been life changing and will be something I remember long after I forget my name. Life, Love, and TEFL.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Sweaty, sweaty TEFL

There really aren't enough good things I can say about both Audra and Dani. Right off the bat, Audra was incredibly engaging, full of humor and wit, and has an incredible textbook like knowledge of TEFL and grammar. She made roasting in class every day an absolute pleasure. Dani is one of the most patient, kind, and knowledgeable teachers I have encountered. She is full of life and is one of the kindest souls I know. Both Audra and Dani have hearts of gold, and are amazing teachers, TEFL trainers, and human beings.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Just Do It

This was an absolutely amazing program. The institute, the teachers, my peers were all wonderful. I had a job by the end of the 3rd week of the program, and I feel fully prepared to started teaching in couple weeks. It is certainly as intense as it is advertised, but the support system is great. My host family was excellent and I even had another TEFLer living with me. I'm excited to see where everyone goes next, and I have certainly found life long friends here. Living by the beach didn't hurt either. If you've ever thought about teaching in another country, just do it. By the end of the program, you'll definitely know whether or not it's the right fit for you. I couldn't say better things about my experience here.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Really worth it!

This program is mazing. Starting with highly positive and energetic trainers (Audra and Dani), through relevant and thorough content and finally finishing with unforgettable practical teaching experience. You get to teach locals for 3x20min and 5x60min throughout the course and it gives you the necessary reality check and confidence boost. Course doesn't seem boring or too long/short at any time. Staff is really professional and helpful. Definitely a great experience and worth the money! (Although, it would be nicer if it was a bit cheaper.) Don't hesitate and sign up!

How can this program be improved?
Books at times seemed outdated and should be replaced as soon as possible.
Yes, I recommend this program


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