• Guatemala
    • Antigua
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/TESOL Certificate
– Letter of recommendation
– Lifetime job-finding assistance
– Guaranteed Job Placement
– Free Tandem Conversation Program
– Free office-wide WIFI
– Free Salsa dance classes
– Free 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
Jun 19, 2023
Mar 19, 2024
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About Program

Become a certified English teacher by earning a TEFL certification with Maximo Nivel in Antigua, Guatemala. 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 usually 2 to 14 people.

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

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Diversity & Inclusion

LGBTQIA+ Support

At Maximo Nivel, we deeply value diversity in all its forms. We maintain an open-minded approach, recognizing the significance of varied perspectives, intelligent discourse, and the transformative power of a positive mindset. We warmly welcome and respect individuals from all backgrounds, irrespective of politics, gender, gender identity, age, race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Whether it’s volunteering, Spanish immersion, TEFL certification, international internships, university courses, or GAP year experiences, members of the LGBTQIA+ community are wholeheartedly invited to participate in our programs.


Ethical Impact

At Maximo Nivel, we work in close partnership with our local communities in Latin America to ensure that volunteer projects align with genuine local needs, fostering meaningful and relevant impact. We emphasize sustainable initiatives designed for enduring change, rather than short-term interventions. By promoting cultural sensitivity, we facilitate enriching exchanges rooted in mutual respect, and our commitment to local employment further integrates and supports the communities we serve.

Program Highlights

  • Guaranteed Job Placement
  • Accredited certification accepted worldwide
  • Highly qualified TEFL Trainers
  • 15 hours of practical teaching and observation
  • Lifetime job-finding assistance

Program Reviews

4.99 Rating
based on 155 reviews
  • 5 rating 98.71%
  • 4 rating 1.29%
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  • Benefits 4.8
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.95
  • Facilities 4.9
  • Safety 4.85
  • Instruction 5
  • Support 5
  • Value 4.85
  • Academic Rigor 4.55
  • Job Assistance 4.9
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Yes, I recommend this program

Wayne was exceptional teacher of TEFL

To put it simply- Wayne is a remarkable teacher who truly cares about the growth of his learners. He was very well organized and explained the concepts professionally and with a good amount of humor which kept us laughing and learning.

He taught one class to us on Japanese in order for us to see the importance of the techniques and that we could truly learn some of a new language without knowing anything beforehand. This was an eye-opening experience and provided an important perspective that I kept throughout the class.

What was your funniest moment?
My funniest moment was having to elicit the word "flushing" and I pretended to go to the bathroom in front of the whole class.
  • Organization
  • Professionalism
  • Materials
  • Not able to do other activities for fun during class.
5 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Wonderful introduction to TEFL

I had a wonderful experience obtaining my TEFL license with Wayne and Maximo Nivel. I couldn't have asked for a more supportive or properly challenging environment. I felt I was able to learn and grow at a pace that was appropriate for my comfort and abilities. The coursework is set up such that TEFLers can get real experience in front of students, which was a huge boost to my confidence. If I didn't have the opportunity to stand in front of students and teach, I don't think I would feel nearly as capable as I do now.
If you're looking to become an English teacher, it would be responsible of you to enroll in this program. You'll be a better teacher for it.

  • Wayne is amazing
  • Maximo's Staff is fantastic
  • Practical Experience!!!
8 people found this review helpful.
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TEFL in Antigua

I thoroughly enjoyed the TEFL program through Maximo Nivel in Antigua, Guatemala. The area was beautiful and the facilities were nice. I also enjoyed having so many options for activities to do while attending the program, such as Spanish classes, hiking tours, etc. However, the course requires focused attention, especially during the last two weeks. Yet every minute spent in the course was very valuable and enjoyable thanks to the TEFL trainer, Wayne. He made the course an excellent and rewarding experience. He is an excellent instructor and will really push you to improve your skills and be the best teacher you can be. If you are serious about improving your skills as a teacher, I highly reccomend Wayne and the course at Maximo Nivel.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
If you are coming into the program and expect to have a lot of free time to do other things, you will likely be disappointed. The course is not a vacation; it will require your full attention, particularly during the last two weeks. If you want to explore surrounding areas it is best to plan to do this during the first weekend or after you complete the course.
  • Excellent instructor/staff
  • Great learning experience
  • Very fun
9 people found this review helpful.
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TEFL in Antigua with Wayne.

As someone interested in gaining experience and tools for teaching English, this program was perfect because I learned and practiced applying the techniques and methods with real ESL students. Our instructor Wayne taught us using the techniques we were learning and made the class very interactive. We observed other teachers. We learned from each other in class, and from teaching ourselves in our practical teaching week. More than theoretical knowledge it is practical and experiential. Maximo does a good job of providing opportunities for cultural immersion and social interaction.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be ready to be occupied doing different tasks in short periods of time: reading, class participation, written assignments, +5 hours of class observations, lesson planning, teaching at the very start, and teaching for an entire week.
  • Hands-on experience
  • Good instruction
  • Nice place of cultural immersion
10 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Truly life changing

I was not sure about TEFL or teaching English before I started this class. As the weeks went on I realized that I actually like teaching English. I don't think I would have felt this way if it weren't for the wonderful program and teacher at Maximo. I have learned soo much in this class, not only about teaching. Living in Antiqua is wonderful, the people are nice the food is grate, and it's soo beautiful. Experiencing a new culture is what tip this experience over the edge and made it truly wonderful.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The first day of PTW was nerve-racking. It felt like I was dying and that I would surely fail but just know the first day is always the worst and it will be ok.
  • The teacher and administrators are always there for you
  • It is a lot of work
10 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Forever grateful to Wayne!

I am confident that I would not have had the same experience if Wayne was not my TEFL trainer. He made the course incredibly enjoyable and I benefitted from it greatly. He may have the best content knowledge that I have ever seen displayed by an instructor. If you are thinking of getting your TEFL certification, you absolutely have to get it with Wayne. TRUST ME! He is also so selfless and even though he has an incredibly busy schedule, he always makes time for his students and is always available to give advice or lend a listening ear. Can't thank you enough Wayne!!!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Work hard, but enjoy your time here. It goes by fast.
9 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Wayne: The TEFL Teacher Extraordinaire

Wayne is an absolute gem of a TEFL teacher, and I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have had the opportunity to learn from him. His teaching style is nothing short of amazing, characterised by a perfect blend of humor, energy, and friendliness. Each lesson with Wayne was a delightful experience, filled with laughter and enthusiasm. His ability to make learning fun and engaging is unparalleled, as he effortlessly transforms even the most challenging topics into enjoyable learning adventures.

What truly sets Wayne apart is his genuine warmth and dedication to his students' success. From the moment I stepped into his classroom, I felt welcomed and supported. Wayne goes above and beyond to create a nurturing learning environment where every student feels valued and encouraged. His passion for teaching shines through in every interaction, inspiring us to strive for excellence and reach our full potential. Without a doubt, Wayne has had a profound impact on my TEFL journey, and I am immensely grateful for his guidance and mentorship. If you're looking for a TEFL teacher who not only excels in the classroom but also leaves a lasting impression on your learning experience, look no further than Wayne.

  • having an amazing TEFL teacher
9 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Thank you Wayne!

I am so grateful for this experience. The TEFL certification opens so many doors that I am excited to explore. Although the course is partly focused on grammar which can be slightly dull, the TEFL trainer Wayne made every day so engaging, fun, and relevant. I swear he could be a famous actor because he applies his theater skills to make every day so hilarious and interactive. He also cares so much for every single one of his students and is always available to support and help you. He also helps improve your teaching techniques because he strikes a beautiful balance between critical feedback and a supportive shoulder to lean on. THANK YOU WAYNE!!! We will all miss you dearly.

What was your funniest moment?
I think the funniest moments were Wayne's funny accents he did, especially his American. Also, his acting skills in general just cracked me up so much. He had my laughing every single day.
  • Having Wayne as my instructor!!!
  • The people I met along the way!!
  • The beautiful sites of Antigua!!
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9 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

I'm in the states right now....but looking forward to heading to Cambodia to teach at a school there. I was teaching for Oxford Language in Guatemala since 2 weeks after my certification.