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 86 reviews
  • Benefits 9.4
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.7
  • Facilities 9.7
  • Safety 9.4
  • Instruction 9.9
  • Support 9.9
  • Value 9.7
  • Academic Rigor 8.5
  • Job Assistance 9.5
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Manon
10/10

Well worth it!

I wasn't too sure what to think of the TEFL course before arriving in Antigua but the Maximo staff are welcoming and look after you very well. The course is tough and demanding but as long as you are prepared to work hard and want to do well, you will have no problems. My teacher, Audra, was so great...she has so much energy, is dedicated to her students and is hilarious. I highly recommend taking this course with Maximo Nivel as you are well looked after, you can meet all sorts of people and you are sure to have blast! It is well worth having the TEFL certification whether you are travelling or not.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jesse
10/10

I learned so much!

As a Spanish teacher in the United States, my primary reason taking this course was to gain experience teaching my own native language abroad. I gained this and MORE from Maximo Nivel! I learned many techniques I can put into practice in my Spanish classroom, as well valuable information about the TEFL profession around the world. Additionally, I feel confident that if I ever decide to seek employment abroad, the many wonderful people at Maximo Nivel will be there to assist me in my job search. My TEFL instructor, Audra, was FABULOUS! If you are interested in TEFL and teaching in beautiful Latin America, I highly recommend that you choose Maximo Nivel!

How can this program be improved?
Nothing!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Juliet
10/10

Taught me a thing or three

The four-week Maximo Nivel TEFL course was a challenging, rigorous, well-worth it experience. As a mid-career English teacher, I figured I would know most of the information and have little problem with the practical teaching. But I did learn a lot and improved my practice in the process. I have new techniques to add to my classroom repertoire. Everyone can learn from this class regardless of his or her background . And Audra, the TEFL trainer, is just terrific!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Emily
10/10

It was awesome!

We just completed our TEFL training course for June/July. I really had no idea what to expect about the course. I had read online reviews of other courses and none of them seemed that great and didnt offer practical experience. Maximo has a wonderfully developed program and I have learned so much over these past 4 weeks. I truly feel confident to go out and teach English! Our teacher, Audra, was also fabulous. She made the class so fun; I haven't laughed that hard in a long time. Our entire class (all 14 of us) got so close and we all just had a blast with each other. I recommend this class to any and everyone! There is so much to be learned and it is a wonderful experience!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Julien
10/10

TEFL Certification Course

The TEFL program through Maximo Nivel is fantastic. Everything about my experience, from the class, instructor, program was extremely professional and fun. The class was rigorous but the instructor was able to make it incredibly fun. We were in a big group for them--14 people but we've heard that they of classes of 3 or 4. As a person who just completed my degree in mathematics and education, my decision to take TEFL was influenced by my decision to apply to the peace corps (I was accepted while taking the course). I'm 100% positive this course has prepared me for my time abroad.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Liliya
10/10

WOOOHOO!!

SO much fun! And SO rewarding! =D Be kind to the world and it shall be kind to you! =D I found myself in Antigua, Guatemala, and lets say the rewards were PLENTIFUL! My teachers were INCREDIBLE!! The staff was extraordinary, the people gracious and lovely. Pretty much, I would ask what is stopping you? Go. Everyone is willing to help! And in the end... You only live once. May as well experience new things, and take up new challenges! =D Cannot boast enough about Maximo! Thank you to the stars and back!!!!!!! =D

How can this program be improved?
Umm... What a good question! =D=D

I would change:
Eh.. clearly this is not my area of expertise. =P
It was wonderful...

I would change....
Some ENGLISH rules..
Hahahha =D
Yes, I recommend this program
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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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