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.


based on 80 reviews
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  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.7
  • Facilities 9.7
  • Safety 9.4
  • Instruction 9.9
  • Support 9.8
  • Value 9.6
  • Difficulty 8.4
  • Job Assistance 9.5
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*Living the TEFL life*

First I will say to ANYONE that is considering becoming TEFL certified-- DO IT! Whether you are considering a career change, feel your life's lacking fulfillment, or just ready for a new adventure the TEFL course is your answer to ALL of the above.

I was working a job I hated, felt completely unfulfilled in life and knew there was more to life than what I was doing. After tossing around the idea and reading countless reviews I made the jump and it was the best decision I've ever made. I researched many schools and decided on Maximo Nivel in Antigua Guatemala. The city is bustling with culture, beautiful architecture and let's be honest... who doesn't want to look at a volcano while they drink coffee and work on class projects?

My TEFL trainer was Karen and to be honest if I had anyone else I don't think I would have enjoyed it nearly as much. The course is not easy but Karen made every class fun and could turn even the most boring of subjects into something anyone could enjoy. She truly cares about all of her students and wants to see them be the best teacher/person they can be. She is the BATMAN of TEFL trainers!!!!
I graduated and am now teaching here in Guatemala and could not be happier :)
So I say... if you're thinking about making the change..DO IT!

Yes, I recommend this program
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I have been both a volunteer and a student with Maximo Nivel spending over 11 weeks working side by side with their programs and administration. Throughout my time in Guatemala, I was consistently given the support I needed to be beyond successful in my day to day tasks. Our TEFL trainer, Karen was out of this world. Class started around 9 am everyday and continued till about 4 pm with a 1 hour lunch break, giving you ample time to explore the local restaurants, market, and roam the beautiful cobble stone streets.

Going into the course, I had zero knowledge of where to start teaching had I been tossed into a classroom without training. Karen took the time to go at the pace of the students in her class, going into more detail and ensuring our total understanding. This intensive 150 hour course provided me with the knowledge and the confidence to be able to enter a class room with ESL students whom speak little to no English, create both daily and weekly lesson plans, and the confidence to toss everything I had planned out of the window in any scenario.

Antigua Guatemala is the most beautiful place on this planet. Although Guatemala has a reputation to be very dangerous, Antigua is a very safe place to walk around during the day and in groups at night. There is always something to do here in this vibrant city including hiking volcanos, surfing, night life, touring Guatemala City, taking a chicken bus, exploring the many different markets, and studying with Maximo Nivel.

Yes, I recommend this program
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So glad I chose this one!

Karen (the TEFL trainer) is an awesome teacher! She makes the class fun, prepares you for teaching, and is a wealth of knowledge.

I received an undergrad degree in education and I still learned a ton and feel much better prepared to teach English.

I really appreciated the organization of Maximo Nivel and I think it’s hard not to fall in love with Antigua.

I looked into a lot of different programs for TEFL and am really glad I chose this program!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Nothing to worry about

I would really have try hard to thing of anything negative to say about my experience with Maximo Nivel in Antigua, Guatemala. Everything was fantastic. The staff, students, classmates, location, volunteers. I have nothing negative to say about my time with Maximo. Massive shout out to our TEFL teacher, Karen, who is a simply remarkable teacher as you will experience if you choose Maximo in Antigua.

Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL in Antigua

Doing my TEFL in Antigua was a great decision! If you want to teach, they really help you a lot. There is a lot more to teaching than meets the eye and Karen and Molly make sure you get in there. Especially their help through the practical teaching week is very important! It really sets up you to know what you need to work on to be ready to teach in a longer term setting. Also, Antigua is beautiful and so comfortable. Its safe, beautiful, and there are constant cultural events!

Yes, I recommend this program

A magical setting to take TEFL!

Not only is Antigua a beautiful city but the people you'll meet here are incredibly welcoming. The food is super tasty and there is a huge variety of activities going on every week, including hikes up volcanoes, live music as well as a huge choice of tours. You will be guided through the course by Karen, who is absolutely amazing! You will gain practical teaching experience and very helpful feedback to help you develop your techniques. You really will have a journey of a lifetime!

Yes, I recommend this program
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just do it!!!!!!!!

I just graduated from the TEFL course here in Antigua. After four and a half weeks, it breaks my heart to have to leave. The salsa dancing here is unbeatable, the food is reasonably priced and incredibly delicious. Check out the homemade, freshly grilled tortillas sold just about everywhere. This course made me fall in love with teaching. It was very hands-on and practical. I feel prepared to teach English anywhere! Job finding assistance was amazing. Also, shout out to Karen, the best TEFL trainer in existence.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Antigua - TEFL Course

Amazing town, Antigua! It's a very lovely place, especially to do a TEFL course. The TEFL course at Maximo is by far the best in terms of support, before and after the course, and the practicality of it. It's an intense class to say the least but it also prepares you the most. You do everything from observing actual teachers to getting a classroom of your own! You are truly prepared when you're finished. Kudos to Karen, our teacher, it was a great time. Knights of the TEFLar unite!

How can this program be improved?
If the class had been a bit slower/longer I wouldn't have been so stressed. However, I did get sick the first week and Karen was great in encouraging me to finish up! Loved the course!
Yes, I recommend this program
M Catherine

Rock Star Team

I live here. Yep. I was not looking for an overseas adventure. I knew about Maximo Nivel for several years. I'd walked past the sign to get my TEFL certification and considered it, but never with any real plan behind it. My family has decided after 3 years of living in this amazingly beautiful, serence, charming, delightful city and country, to relocate to Europe. I determined to get my TEFL certification before going as I knew I wouldn't have time in the first several months after relocating. And I finally had a plan. I've been acting and teaching theater for two years. Now I plan to offer theater classes to English language learners. Working on delivery, public speaking, dialogues (writing and performing), stage presence and all of that but with the underlying focus on moving their English up. I want to use acting to break through the fear of speaking. And to help creative people develop their voice. I am more than pleased with my decision to pursue my TEFL at Maximo Nivel. It was not easy. It was not a walk in the park. It was challenging and at times I felt I wouldn't get it, but with their support, teaching, and program, I did. Not only do I recommend Maximo Nivel, I really begin to express how phenomenal Antigua is. I came for a weekend and within 10 months, had relocated my family including 3 young children and a cat. It is a magical place. Discover it for yourself.

How can this program be improved?
Hard to say. It was at times an overwhelming commitment for me but that is because I have children here, they were starting a new school year, I had parents' nights and dinner events and birthday parties to attend and to plan. If you are coming for the class, it is very doable.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Flowers of Guatemala or Words the start with X

Taking this training course was ultimately rewarded by a 10-year-old boy who came out of the back of a classroom and spelled "xylophone" on the board. How, I'm not sure, but certainly the teaching methodology imparted to me by the TEFL course at Maximo Nivel was a large factor in that near-magic moment when you see a student's eyes widen in recognition that he or she has the answer to a question in a language they are just learning.

I'm certain most of the credit for this little victory is owed to my TEFL instructor Karen. She has a florescent intellect and energy, which you cannot help but want to emulate and cast upon your future students. (Within a week of completing this course I was offered a job, and now have 138 students, and one can spell xylophone.) Fun. Inspiring. Rewarding.

Yes, I recommend this program

Smiles, Volcanoes and TEFL awesomeness!

Guatemala is a country I had never heard of before, I wasn't aware of its existence and would never have thought about choosing it as a place to visit nevermind relocate to Antigua for a month to complete my TEFL certification. I am so glad that I chose Maximo Nivel to complete my course, it is an experience I will cherish forever! Antigua is a beautiful place with cobbled streets, gorgeous buildings and the happiest people I have ever encountered. There isn't a day I can't recall walking down the streets from my home stay to Maximo without seeing a smiling face or being greeted warmly. As for Maximo I can't praise the staff enough for the help while being in Antigua, whether it was to do with the course or what I should do in my spare time they were more than happy to help. Karen Wilke was my TEFL trainer while at Maximo Nivel and she is an amazing woman with a huge passion for education that she passed onto all of my peers on the course, the topics were covered in detail but that didn't mean the lessons were boring, they were far from it, from learning on the terrace of the Maximo building with the view of the Volcanoes in the background to getting up out of our seats and dancing the classes were full of laughter and learning! The practical teaching week was definitely the highlight of the course for me with great feedback and support provided for every lesson. I can't thank Karen and the Maximo Nivel staff for making my experience of Guatemala an amazing one!

Yes, I recommend this program


When i joined up for this course I was really scared. I didn't enjoy university and I was scared of the month of training. However, this course is amazing. There is help every step of the way and our teacher was fantastic. The feedback really helped during the lessons and i just loved every moment of it. I had taught before but this was completely different to every other lesson I had taught. It was hard to get used to at first!

Yes, I recommend this program
Merecia Lewis

One Month in TEFLtopia

My TEFL course in Antigua, Guatemala through Maximo Nivel was more than I ever hoped for. I expected to work hard for a month, get my certification, and then get to the fun part...that was not the case. Every day was fun in my class, and that is hugely in part to my teacher, Karen Wilke. She truly loves whats she does, and she will do whatever she can to help you succeed. I also was lucky enough to come away with new friends that I will keep for life. Every class is different, and of course, so are the people, but if you are looking to do the TEFL course, I promise you won't regret doing it with Karen. The month will fly by, and before you know it, you will be holding your certificate, as well as countless new memories to cherish. One of the best decisions I've made, so don't be afraid to take the plunge :) Pirates of TEFLtopia for life!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Prepares you for real teaching!

The TEFL/TESOL course at Maximo Nivel, Guatemala is an excellent program located in the beautiful city of La Antigua. Audra, my trainer, is an amazing teacher who pushes her students to do their best and succeed, and the other staff at Maximo Nivel are always there to help and support their clients. The course itself involves a great deal of work, seeing as it is only a month long! However, from the first week onwards you'll begin to receive practical teaching experience with detailed feedback and guidance in how to improve. Having completed the course, I feel ready to begin teaching ESL and have confidence that I can get jobs all over the world with Maximo Nivel's generous assistance and letter of recommendation. This course really is worth it!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Loved this experience

TEFL is not an easy course. The course will consume four weeks of your beautiful life in Antigua, Guatemala. But after earning the TEFL/TESOL certificate and taking advantage of the Maximo resources, you will be able to teach ESL anywhere in the world.
I had the great fortune to be taught by one of the best instructors I have ever had in my life. At first I was taken aback by the energy that Audra brought to the classroom, but I found out after two days that this energy sparked all of her students to increase their energy level. Audra will make you laugh and learn at a comfortable pace for 6 hours a day. She is an inspiring teacher; she makes sure all of her students get the most out of their TEFL experience. For me, there is no doubt; the huge effort was worth it.

Yes, I recommend this program


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Máximo Nivel is a family-owned, social enterprise founded in 2003. Our three intercultural centers are locally-based organizations focused on international education and cross...