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 75 reviews
  • Benefits 9.4
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.7
  • Facilities 9.7
  • Safety 9.4
  • Instruction 10
  • Support 9.9
  • Value 9.8
  • Difficulty 8.5
  • Job Assistance 9.6
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Shonagh
10/10

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
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Kimberly
10/10

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
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Thomas
10/10

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
M Catherine
9/10

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
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Corey
9/10

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
Charlotte
10/10

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
Michaela
10/10

Amazing

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
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Merecia
10/10

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
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Dakota
8/10

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
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Gabriel
10/10

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
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Clay
10/10

Tefl/tesol corse in Antigua

Absolutely loved my course! Admittedly I was a little skeptical about a month long course that can certify you to teach English. However Maximo and my instructor Audra challenged me everyday, helped me to gain valuable teaching experience, and gave me invaluable advice on going out and teaching in the world! Would recommend to anyone.

Yes, I recommend
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Brandi
10/10

Amazing Experience

I came into the TEFL program as a teacher, and it challenged my teaching strategies right from the start. The class is intense but at the end you are better then when you began. I greatly appreciated the mini lessons and practical teaching, as it allowed me to grow the techniques that were being taught. I will admit at times I felt overwhelmed, but the staff is more then accommodating and are always available to help you. The instructor, Audra, was always bubbly and entertaining and taught the course using the techniques being taught. The ability to observe other teachers in action was also very helpful, as it allowed you to see the techniques in action as well as consequences of not using them in the classroom setting. I recommend this program for any level teacher. I also utilized the host family option and was very pleased with the accommodations and the family was more than welcoming. The location of Maximo was great for walking to various restaurants and staff at Maximo were always recommending places to visit or sites to see.

Yes, I recommend
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Guy
10/10

Great program in the heart of a wonderful city

I took the TEFL certification course at Maximo Nivel in Antigua in August of 2015 with Audra. The TEFL certification course itself was excellent. Audra was thorough with the information, but also made the class interesting and engaging. She was also always available to answer any questions. The rest of the Maximo staff was also eager to provide assistance in any way possible, from printing documents to recommending activities or places to eat for the weekends. Both Maximo buildings in town are great locations, and less than a block away from one another. Antigua is a fantastic location to take a TEFL certification course because of the myriad of restaurants, bars, and foreigners from all over the globe. I would also recommend the host family home stay while enrolled in the program. I have not heard a single complaint from any of my classmates or former TEFL students about their experiences with a host family.

How can this program be improved?
More time practical teaching.
Yes, I recommend
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Danielle
10/10

TEFL Certification Course

My teacher and this course was everything I had hoped for and more! I decided to take this course in Antigua because I was actually here on vacation with family and fell in love with the city and wanted to do something that would help my career. My teacher was outgoing, upbeat, and was always available for help. Though the course was a lot to take in and there was a lot to do, Audra made it seem like a walk in the park and made it way more fun with her personality and humor. Thanks Audra!

Yes, I recommend
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Carola
10/10

TEFL in La Antigua!

I came to Antigua to study TEFL with Maximo and I absolutely loved it. Audra, our TEFL teacher, was not only very prepared but made us feel comfortable from day one.

Because I´m Mexican I thought it was going to be harder for me to get the hang of it. The TEFL program is organized in a way that everything just sort of fell in place.

I chose to study in the classroom over the online or hybrid courses because

I wanted the interaction with other students and the mini lessons and practical teaching experience.

An advantage of pursuing TEFL Certification with Maximo Nivel was being able to teach Guatemalan English learners versus not having this experience in the United States or Canada.

Yes, I recommend

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