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 80 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
  • Difficulty 8.4
  • Job Assistance 9.5
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Holly
10/10

Maximo TEFL

I am so happy I completed the TEFL program through Maximo Nivel. It was a very challenging and rewarding experience throughout. I learned more than I ever thought possible prior to signing up and feel more confident as a teacher. The lessons I learned I will take with me both in teaching and in life. Audra and Suzanne were both great enthusiastic teachers and often coaches who helped to bring out the best in everyone. Antigua is a delightful town that is both cozy and full of activity. I highly recommend taking TEFL through Maximo in Guatemala.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Rocky
10/10

Challenging, Demanding, Intense...but Worth Every Effort!!

The TEFL program at Maximo Nivel was one of the most professional courses I have every attended (and that is a LOT of courses). I am 66 years old, have a bachelors and MBA and am a retired USAF Colonel. This course will challenge you, no matter what your background. The instructors were first rate and packed in the content, while keeping the course active and fun. We laughed (a lot), but we worked really hard, too. The amount of course work was intense, requiring many hours outside the classroom to be prepared and to complete the reading and writing assignments. The course culminated with practical teaching, and that is where the long hours and hard work paid off. Seeing the response from your students in a real classroom situation cemented the value achieved by taking the TEFL course. If you are thinking about teaching English abroad, there is no better place to take the TEFL course than Maximo Nivel in Antigua, Guatemala. The city is awesome and I stayed in an apartment (vice a home stay), which worked out perfectly for me. I highly recommend Maximo Nivel and the TEFL course they provide.

How can this program be improved?
I think the program could benefit from an extra week of time to spread the activities and requirements over a more manageable length of time. That said, sometimes the pressure and intensity helps galvanize the learning process and also in some ways can serve as a winnowing tool.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Brynda
10/10

100%YES!!!

My experience was above and beyond all expectations of certifying with TEFL.
The lead instructor, Suzanne, the assistant instructor, Audra, the director, Sarah, and the whole office staff was exceptionally supportive of each of the student teachers and students. They truly wanted each of us to succeed, without giving us an easy break.
It was hard work, which made me appreciate my education and training. I feel very capable in my ability to teach immediately after graduating.
The bottom line ...fun! The instructors went above and beyond to include education with the joy of learning.
If I had it to do over again, I would choose this...100%. (Yes, even the grammar!)

Yes, I recommend this program
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Carrie
10/10

Maximo is the place to do TEFL!

The TEFL certification program is intense. Anyone who has done it will tell you that. However doing it at Maximo in La Antigua makes the intensive program a wonderful experience. The lead trainer, Suzanne and assistant trainer, Audra are experienced, enthusiastic and supportive. They made the course fun and interactive. Plus they model the same techniques that they are teaching--reinforcing daily the TEFL techniques that are brand new to the majority of people who have never taught ESL before.
In addition, La Antigua is a wonderful place to study. The climate is perfect, there are lots of things to do, and the landscape is beautiful.

How can this program be improved?
Make it a 6 week program--but apparently 4 weeks is the international standard. So anyone taking this program just needs to suck it up for the 4 weeks.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Stephanie
10/10

TEFL certification coursen awesome experience

I learned a lot o useful teaching techniques in the TEFL program. Its location in La Antigua makes it a pefect place to study. It is a challenging experience but the most rewarding one!!! I had a great time and although it is an intensive course I think the teachers are well prepared and they make learning easy and enjoyable. I highly eecommend this place if you want to get your TEFL certificate, you wo't regret it. Thanks to Maximo Nivel for making me feel welcome and for all your support, the staff is the best and to my TEFL instructor Suzanne who is very knowleadgeable and has a unique amazing way of teaching.

How can this program be improved?
The course lasts a month and the content here taught is extensive therefore i recommend making it a 2 month program.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Won
10/10

Great program!

This program was much better than what I expected! I learned a lot and the esl techniques that I learned are extremely useful! The location and trainers were amazing too! It was a great experience achieving my goal in a nice environment and with great people! Strongly recommeded!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Emily
10/10

Amazing program in an amazing place with amazing people!!

I took TEFL in Jan-Feb 2015. Not only was the location of the program beautiful, but the people here are so beautiful as well. I ended up getting my own one bedroom apartment which was extremely helpful for studying. I would walk to school at 8:30 am and get a smoothie or fresh orange juice from a fruit stand along the way. I have become very well acquainted with this beautiful city, and even considered a regular at some places. I am very sad to be leaving.

The course itself was also amazing. In Antigua the classes are generally smaller, which makes for a more personal experience and gives you the opportunity to REALLY learn what you are there for. I evolved so much as a teacher in my 4 weeks at Maximo, and I wouldn't trade the experience for anything in the world. AMAZING! DO IT!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Ronnie
10/10

Take TEFL

I volunteered with Maximo Nivel for 1 week in February and fell in love with Antigua. I moved back to Antigua in November and was feeling lost about my next steps. I knew I wanted to help the community further but wasn't sure how. With the help of the awesome girls from the office, Jean & Corinne I signed up for TEFL and took the leap of faith. I learned so much more than I thought possible in just one short month and now I feel incredibly confident to go out and start teaching the world. Maximo is probably the most organized company in the game. I was shocked with the amount of support they offered me in between my projects. Suzanne is the best TEFL trainer to date. If you're thinking about taking the course, stop and just do it to it.

How can this program be improved?
More snacks
Yes, I recommend this program
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Amy
10/10

TEFL Experience

My experience at Máximo was great. The staf was always helpful and the facilities were beautiful and clean. Most importantly, I really feel confident that I've had sufficient training to begin a career as an English teacher abroad.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lucas
10/10

Learn to elicit with volcanoes!

My TEFL program in Antigua was all that I could ask for and more. The staff at the international office were very welcoming and informing. If I ever had a question about my staff, the girls at the front desk always had an answer and a smile.The TEFL program is very informing. I had no previous teaching experience before partaking in the Maximo course in Antigua, but after my week of practical teaching, I am confident in my ability as a teacher. I highly recommend this program to all who are interested.

How can this program be improved?
The only downside of this program was that internet at my homestay was an extra charge. I did most of my work at the Maximo office, so this was not that big of a problem, but it would have been more helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Boldi
10/10

Very Informative and Fun!

Classes were a blast everyday! The teacher was really helpful and energetic. As long as you stay caught up with your work it's not too overwhelming. You have lots of material to help you along the way as well. The rest of the teachers teaching on site are also very helpful and super kind. The city was great and the host family was amazing. ALL the staff were amazing as well!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Brent
10/10

Go Maximo!

On a motorbike in Laos one day near the Chinese boarder I decided to get certified to teach English as a second language. To give the gift of communication. Throughout the rest of my time traveling in Southeast Asia I researched programs for TEFL certification - everywhere from Indochina, to South America, to Europe, etc, etc. I knew what I wanted: Spanish Speaking Country, Job Opportunities, Supportive Staff, Good Materials, A good Community, good living conditions, and of course, a beautiful place. My brother recommended Maximo to me having volunteered with them in Cusco. So one morning under the shadow of a Durian statue in Southeastern Cambodia I put down my deposit and signed up for Maximo.

From the start the program was streamlined, efficient, and welcoming. My travel from Guatemala City to Antigua was painless. My accommodation and host mom were wonderful - Sandra was a great cook and a good companion. Maximo provided just about every opportunity I could hope for: travel advice, job advice, immediate placement upon completion, and a rigorous course. This program isn't half-hearted or lazy in its pedagogy - Suzanne Harle, my TEFL trainer, is a gifted instructor with the kind of genuine passion and serious expertise necessary to prepare anyone to teach English who is willing to put the necessary time into it. You simply must commit to doing real work all the time and trust Suzanne completely, in everything, all the time. Which is good, because she is always right. Thankfully, it is fun and instructive - what a combination!

The educational strategy is immersive and reflexive. You are taught to teach in the style that you will be teaching in. Effectively, you get a great example(Suzanne) and then the opportunity to build up, step by step, to becoming that wonderful example. You feel yourself learning. You remember the techniques. You rely on what you've learned. And you teach. You actually teach.

The staff in Antigua are all wonderful and knowledgeable as well as realistic and forthright. You are your only biggest obstacle, however, if you buckle down you will be rewarded with a new skill and a great network, and maybe even a new vocation.

The surrounding area is magnificent: looming volcanoes, pristine lakes, lush coffee plantations, and at the heart of historic UNESCO certified Antigua, full of a chromatic smorgasbord of shopfronts and beautiful, ruinous Spanish Cathedrals. It is lively and frenetic in the city, small but quaint, with a good community of teachers, expats, locals, and others to converse with and learn from. Guatemalan culture is great. Delicious food, music, and feelings all around.

It isn't the cheapest program around, and it is difficult and rigorous. But this is all good. You get what you pay for. There is nothing janky. You are not misinformed. Materials are available, everyone is willing to help, and there is a strong sense that you are taken care of personally and sincerely. There is also the strong sense that Maximo is constantly interested in its own improvement(while I was there they were installing an entire new computer lab for their students to use) which is really refreshing and positive, and speaks to a genuine care for their project and those that use their services.

I highly recommend the TEFL Certification at Maximo Nivel in Guatemala! What are you waiting for?

How can this program be improved?
I think the program would benefit from ensuring that TEFL Certification courses had at least 4 students per class.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Maddi
9/10

TEFL in Antigua

Great program! The staff is super friendly and helpful; they were able to help me with everything I needed. The TEFL class is intensive but interesting and rewarding, also fun! The practical teaching week is a great way to get some experience. Antigua is an amazing city, especially for those who like to explore; there are volcanoes and mountains all around that are available to hike. I would definitely recommend this program!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Eileen
10/10

Maximo TEFL - May 2014

Maximo Nivel provided an amazing TEFL experience. From my accommodation to staff to the actual course, I felt that I was learning and getting the most for money. I could not recommend Maximo more! The staff (a combination of locals and ex-pats) are incredibly welcoming and want nothing but your success.

The TEFL course itself was challenging but Suzanne led with great vigor and a smile. I never felt like my time was being wasted or that I was being duped. The hands on aspect of the course is priceless and actually getting to teach in front of students is imperative. Practical teaching week was both scary and thrilling!

If you are looking for the THE TEFL experience, look no further than Maximo Nivel!

How can this program be improved?
I would love to get two weeks of practical teaching under my belt.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Kristen
10/10

A Wonderful Experience in Antigua!

Although I had experience in the educational setting, as I had taught in a special education classroom for four years, I was not familiar with the practice of teaching English as a foreign language. I discovered Máximo Nivel online and decided to take the TEFL course in Antigua. During my time at Máximo I was able to learn a lot from the experienced staff. They introduced me to the whole new world of teaching English. Through observations as well as a week of practical teaching experiences I was able to put many of the techniques and skills I learned into practice as well as improve throughout the course from constructive feedback from my teacher. I now feel like I have a better grasp on the world of teaching English. I have been able to implement some of the information and techniques as I have been teaching English for about two months now. I have also been able to stay in contact with the staff at Máximo and they have (and will continue to) provide suggestions or assistance as I continue on my journey of teaching English.

How can this program be improved?
The information and techniques I learned from this course were very beneficial, but I would have liked to have had a little more focus on teaching children. It is a very different concept as to teaching teens and adults. I am able to use the information and techniques in school settings with children as well, but teaching young children requires more hands-on activities at a different pace.
Yes, I recommend this program

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