TEFL Certification in Antigua, Guatemala

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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 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

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.

Reviews

99%
based on 83 reviews
  • Benefits 9.4
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.7
  • Facilities 9.7
  • Safety 9.4
  • Instruction 9.9
  • Support 9.8
  • Value 9.6
  • Academic Rigor 8.4
  • Job Assistance 9.5
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Asja
10/10

TEFL- instructor Karen rocks!

Thanks to my instructor Karen the TEFL- course was so much fun. She is so energetic, lovely and encouraging. It’s amazing to realize how much we learned in just 4 weeks. I especially liked the perfect balance between theory and practical learning. The last week we got the opportunity to teach a class everyday. Karen gave lots of feedback as she observed every class. I also loved all the people who worked at Maximo Nivel and of course it was a pleasure to live in Antigua for a month. If you are in doubt, don't doubt any longer... This TEFL- course has everything what you can possibly look for!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Carlos
10/10

WOW

Such a great experience. The environment is so awesome. I learned so much and I am already a certified teacher before I came here. You cannot beat the location or the experience. Karen is an absolutely amazing Instructor. Her energy and love for teaching is contagious. Thomas is the steady headed Director who made you feel at home and comfortable being here. You will leave here with so much knowledge and with an appreciation for the mission here...to HELP. Absolutely recommend this for those who have the fire in their heart to help others and to teach...and hey, it doesn't hurt that the pace is located in one of the most beautiful towns in the world....and in one of the beautiful countries of the world!

How can this program be improved?
Better accommodations for the students. Hostels are nice...but sharing restrooms and rooms with strangers....eh
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kathryn
10/10

Great Decision!

Maximo Nivel's TEFL program far exceeded my expectations. It was a very organized, supportive, enriching and life altering experience! Maximo Nivel staff was awesome. I am especially thankful for my TEFL instructor Karen who exemplified all of the ESL techniques in her own teaching style. She was super fun and made all the content interesting. She truly cares about every individual in her course. I never learned so much in such a short period of time. I feel well equipped for ESL work and excited to travel the world! Guatemala is also an incredible place and I highly recommend travel and learning there.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Anne
10/10

TEFL in Guatemala

If you are looking for a fun and interesting way to become TEFL certified, this is it. The course is a month long and prepares you to teach right away. It is easy to get a job right after completing the course. The instructor, Karen Wilke, is very thorough in her instruction and makes the course interesting and fun. Antigua is a beautiful colonial city, nearby many other Guatemala adventures. It is easy to get to Tikal, Copan, Lake Atitlan, and elsewhere from Antigua. Maximo Nivel is a very organized program, and will support you in any way needed!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Katherine
10/10

Thank you Maximo Nivel

It was a dream of mine to become TEFL certified and to teach abroad for seven years. It took me a very long time to finally decide to do it, and a friend of mine told me about the training she had just gone through at Maximo Nivel; she said the course was very valuable and that the instructor was amazing. So I signed up at Maximo Nivel in La Antigua, Guatemala, and she was so right! I am thankful that I chose Maximo Nivel as my training facility. The four weeks of training were incredibly valuable and taught me so much. Karen is an incredible instructor, she excels at what she does and she is passionate about it! She brought so much energy and life to the class, she made us laugh so much, and she thorouhly prepared us for our new careers! Also, I chose the best country to receive my certification! Guatemala is beautiful and there is so much you can see and do here! Antigua is so beautiful with its colonial architecture and its scenic views of the surrounding volcanoes. Thank you Maximo Nivel and staff for helping my dream come true!

Yes, I recommend this program
Ashley
9/10

Right Move for Me

I just finished my TESL/TEFL course, here in Antigua, Guatemala. And I had an awesome time! Not only was my instructor informative and energetic, but Antigua was the best place I could have chosen to take the course. The cobblestone streets enchant you as Fuego erupts (in the far off, and safe distance). I especially loved the practical teaching component, which enabled me to practice all the things I had been learning. Thank you for an experience I will never forget!

How can this program be improved?
This program could be improved only by lowering their prices.
Yes, I recommend this program
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John
10/10

Best month of my life

The title says it all. I cannot thank the crew at Maximo, especially my TEFL Trainer, Karen Wilke, enough for my time at Maximo in beautiful Antigua. Not only did they make Antigua feel like a home to me, but they helped me become the best teacher possible. The friends I made, the the things I saw, and the culture that I lived in make my time at Maximo Nivel in Antigua, Guatemala one of the best best months of my life.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Christopher
10/10

Awesome Experience and and Exceptional Program

The TEFL certification course at Maximo Nivel in Guatemala was exemplary. The course instructor Karen is an inspiration and gives very personalized classes and feedback. The material for the course is well organized and makes understanding the critical ESL techniques understandable and clear. There are several opportunities throughout the course to apply learned material and teach real students. The final practical teaching week is one of challenges and growth, and you truly see your progress and abilities shine. Thanks to the wonderful staff at Maximo Nivel support to students is unparalleled. Everyone truly wants to contribute to your success. Lastly, Antigua is a wonderful place with amazing landscapes, cultures and people. I highly recommend this choice when considering TEFL certification.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tom
10/10

A Fantastic Experience

If you are considering tackling the TEFL experience, I strongly advise you do it in Antigua Guatemala. The instructors know their craft well and will tailor their message to your learning style. The teachers and support staff are incredible. Everyone works towards the same goal of helping you reach certification. Believe me when I say that the Maximo team really does genuinely care for you. Every person works hard to ensure your experience at the school is a positive one. Attending class here is well worth your time and money.

How can this program be improved?
It took me a little while to figure out how to pay for the course via the website. A bit more clarity on the web site would help.
Yes, I recommend this program
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A
10/10

Wish I could have spent more time there

I took the TEFL course as a hybrid student which worked great for me. I probably would not have been able to do it at all if it they hadn't had a hybrid option, however, I really wish I could have stayed longer! We had a great teacher and I learned a tremendous amount, both at home and in the classroom. Personally, I think I would have benefited by a little more in class practice, but who wouldn't? Overall I am incredibly thankful that the hybrid program was an option, and it worked out great with my job and budget. If you can take the full program though, do! And spend as much time in Antigua afterwards as possible!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Celeste
10/10

Becoming a TEFLar Knight

After a lot of thought I finally decided to take the TEFL course and it was the best decision I could have made. During the course I was living in Guatemala City and leaving behind two daughters, one who was 5 months at the time, the trip to and from Máximo Nivel was hard. But as soon as I got off that chicken bus and walked down the beautiful streets of Antigua I felt happy, happy to see my friends, happy to learn and happy to sit in Karens class.

The lessons were intense yet Karens way of teaching made everything fun and easy to understand. Each and every class was new and exciting, she took her time to teach and made sure we all understood. You can tell that Karen cares deeply about her students. I can not think of anyone better for the job, Karen is an amazing TEFL trainer and a wonderful person.

Máximo Nivel is a great place to get your TEFL certification, the staff is super friendly and they are always willing to help out. The facilities are always clean and the view from Casa II is beautiful. I miss drinking my coffee and getting my work done as I enjoyed the view of the volcanoes. Not to mention the night I got to see a volcano erupt, that was the night we had out TEFL Toast. It was the perfect way to end such a wonderful experience.

If anyone still has any doubts about becoming TEFL certified, I say stop thinking about it and come to Antigua!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Miles
9/10

TEFL at Maximo Nivel

It was a great experience at Maximo Nivel. The program was well instructed, fun, and fulfilling. The staff and teachers here are incredible. I strongly recommend this program here! The character and charisma in our room alone was a lot to handle. WE had one of the biggest classes that MAximo has ever had. It is such a great opportunity. Don't let this opportunity go, there's such a great chance to experience Guatemala, learn how to teach, and bond with fellow classmates.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Carol
10/10

Incredible Experience

I am not your typical TEFL-er. I am not in my 20's . I am not looking for a job to allow me to travel the world. Rather I am a retired anesthesiologist. In our community of Morristown New Jersey there is a tremendous need for someone to teach English to the many immigrants, so they can become productive citizens in their new country. Karen Wilke and Sarah were outstanding teachers. The course was packed with essential tools so that we could start teaching immediately upon completion of the course.. The key for me was that I was taught a method of teaching.and then was provided with ample opportunity to practice these techniques with actual students. A review of English Grammar was surprisingly essential!! As native speakers we give little thought to why we speak as we do. The Maximo Nivel organization provided great support and of course living for a month is Antigua, Guatemala in the winter was its own reward. Many students looking for jobs were hired on the spot I can not think of a better use for a month in your life.

How can this program be improved?
Very efficiently run, packed with information, which was presented in a memorable and extertaining way. I have no suggestions.
No, I don't recommend this program
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McKinzie
10/10

Best TEFL experience ever!!!

From the moment I chatted on the phone with Maximo Nivel's support team I knew that I was choosing the best place for my TEFL certification. Having had visited Antigua many times before, I was sure that Guatemala was the best location for me. I can honestly say that Maximo Nivel exceeded my expectations. The teachers, Karen and Sarah are beyond helpful, extremely educated in TEFL and more than anything, they want to see their students succeed!! Also, the support staff, administration, and my wonderful classmates made my experience spectacular. I will recommend Maximo Nivel forever!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Mariela
10/10

Come to Guatemala!!!

I just finished my Telf certification at Maximo Nivel Guatemala and the program is just fantastic!

Karen my teacher and Sarah her assistant did such a good job teaching, preparing and helping each and everyone in my group. Maximo Nivel is so lucky to have that quality of teachers on board, not only because they are saavy in the matter but because they have such passion for teaching others and such commitment to seeing everybody succeed. They for sure made the Tefl experience fun!

Doing Tefl in Antigua was such a treat. Antigua is such a cute colonial city. You can walk around everywhere, it has tons of yummy restaurants, plus a cool nightlife too.
I got to meet really cool people while learning about the art of teaching. The program is designed so that as you are learning, you are also putting into practice what you learn. For me that actual practical teaching experience was priceless. Not only because I was able to implement what I learned but also because I got feedback on how I could improve.

The professionalism and quality of service provided by Maximo Nivel was top notch. The staff was so well organized and so helpfull to all of us doing Tefl. Truly a wonderful team!! The school is beautiful, they have a cute garden where you can go eat, read or study. They also have a little shop on site if you want to buy snacks and a tour operator agent in case you need travel assitance. Plus the serve free coffee and tea all day!

Come to Guatemala! You will love it.

Yes, I recommend this program

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