TEFL Certification in Cusco, Peru

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Rainbow Mountain
My ELL class!
Hiking to Rainbow Mountain
The Salt Mines with my TEFL classmates.
My students and me during my week of practical teaching
Tefl toast!


Become a certified English teacher by earning a TEFL certification with Maximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru. 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.

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Popular Programs

The 4-week 150-hour onsite course in Peru is one of our most popular destinations and TEFL courses. The TEFL program in Cusco usually ranges from 8 to 15 participants. Our language-training center in Cusco has a very successful ESL program and the ESL classes you teach during your course average 10-12 English students. Due to the high altitude of Cusco, be sure to dress in layers—stay casual for your TEFL classes, but bring more professional clothes for your teaching practice.

Questions & Answers

Hello! Our TEFL course is 150 hours total. This includes 100 hours in class, 6 hours observing other teachers, 6-8 hours practical teaching, 37 hours assigned reading, lesson planning, and Grammar Paper and Personal Development Paper. Please note that the course is intensive and tends to be the participants' main priority. Most students find that they dedicate the majority of their day to the...

Here's the link to the website page that breaks down housing by week and price! http://maximonivel.com/tefl-tesol/prices/

You can find all of the program dates here: http://maximonivel.com/tefl-tesol/program-dates/

The cost is $1700 but if you volunteer with the Maximo Nivel program before or after the TEFL course you can receive a $700 discount. Classes are offered once a month and start around the third week of the month.


based on 53 reviews
  • Benefits 9.6
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 8.2
  • Facilities 8.7
  • Safety 9.8
  • Instruction 9.9
  • Support 9.9
  • Value 9.3
  • Academic Rigor 8.4
  • Job Assistance 9.7
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Yes, I recommend this program

Worth it

The staff here is great, really goes out of their way to make sure you are comfortable in Cusco. I had some issues with the water heater in my apartment and told the Maximo staff and within the day it was resolved. They will work with landlord or host family to make sure you are never lost in translation which is extremely helpful. I speak some Spanish but am easily overwhelmed by technical details, and so their help was much appreciated.

The course itself is not very difficult, just requires that you put in the effort to keep up with the reading and a few papers. Even though you might be a native speaker you will definitely realize there are a lot of aspects to grammar that need a bit of study to wrap your head around (looking at you, conditionals).

I never felt lost in the class because my teacher (Sean Barter) was absolutely fantastic and very engaging. Definitely one of the best teachers I've ever had and if the other teachers are of the same caliber I wholeheartedly recommend the program. My own class was great. Sean worked to make sure we as a class were cohesive while providing plenty of indivual assessment and was available pretty much all the time. You should sign up! There's a lot more they offer than just the TEFL certification so there will be a lot to keep you occupied. It was a well spent month.

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Máximo for the win

I just finished my TEFL course and it was great. I did the hybrid course and I was a little afraid I'd be behind the rest of the class by the time I got down to Sorh America, but Claudia was really great about catching me up and making me feel apart of the group! We were really drilled on teaching methods by seeing them in action (via Claudia teaching us kinestetically, auditorioly, and visually ALL at the same time) and when it came to practical teaching week, the encouragement of everyone at Maximo Nivel was constant. I definitely feel prepared to take on teaching English and the only thing that would've made this program better is if I had more time to practical teach because it was a lot of fun! Definitely recommended taking TEFL course at Maximo because their teaching methods are on point and are all about giving the power to the students.

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A great experience and a great education

The TEFL course at Máximo Nivel was an incredible experience - I expected a lot, but my expectations were exceeded in every way. It's hard work, but the most beneficial month you'll spend doing anything if you're interested in travel, learning new things, and meeting new (and amazing) people. My classmates were a wonderful group of people: everyone was so different and interesting in their own way, but we shared such an incredible bond throughout the program - which made the coursework a lot easier! The inspiring atmosphere was undoubtedly generated by Claudia, our TEFL instructor, whose enthusiasm and wisdom rubbed off on us all. In fact, everyone at Máximo encourages such a positive vibe that you can't help but have a great time studying there. I can't believe how much I learned, and how much I achieved, in such a short space of time. And I can't think of a better place to have done it. Cusco is a fascinating, vibrant, and totally livable city. Once you've acclimatized to the altitude, you'll never want to leave.

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Approaching 50 And Time For A Change!

What an eye-opening and amazing experience! Having been out of the "educational system" for over 25 years and as an adult professional, I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I signed up for Maximo in Cusco. I had lived and travelled outside of the US in the past but it had been a while since I had done so for any extended period of time. I knew that I would be challenged, but was looking forward to the opportunity to doing something outside of my comfort zone. With my husband and younger son back in the US, I hopped on a plane to a new adventure and am so very grateful that I did. The course was difficult, but not impossible. Claudia was an amazing, patient, and encouraging instructor who definitely knows a thing or two about teaching English. She was attentive to each person's style of learning and recognized that we had all come from different backgrounds and situations and was extremely respectful with regard to this. With her support, and that of the Maximo staff and fellow TEFL'ers I feel confident in putting my newfound skills to use in the near future. The weeks went by quickly and in the end I was sorry to say goodbye to my TEFL family and the beautiful city of Cusco ( tears were shed). Although TEFL was time consuming, there was time for fun as well. I had the opportunity to visit such sites as Rainbow Mountain, The Sacred Valley, other Incan ruins around Cusco, and Machu Picchu (via the Inca Trail). Cusco is a very safe city and I had absolutely no difficulty getting around on foot or via public transport. Maximo is in a perfect location, blocks from the Plaza de Armas. I chose to live in an apartment rather than do a homestay or hostel. It worked very well for me. Again, very safe and within walking distance of the school. I would recommend this program for anyone who wants to make a difference in someone's life by becoming an English teacher. Whether you choose to use your certification in your home country (which I will be doing for the time being) or abroad, I am sure you'll find that your life will forever be changed. I am excited to move forward into the next chapter of my life with this newly gained skill. Thanks Claudia and Maximo Nivel!!

Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL Certification - Maximo Nivel - Review

A few months ago I was in Peru and wasn't sure what my next step would be. I had quit my job and had never thought about teaching English, but a friend mentioned her experience with Maximo Nivel. It sparked my interest and I decided to take the course. It exceeded any expectations and was truly a wonderful experience. It wasn't a course that you sat around and joked the whole time, we had in class practice and a full week of practical teaching. Teaching English wasn't as easy as I thought, but our teacher Claudia was there for us throughout the whole course and even made our Grammar lesson fun. I would highly recommend Maximo Nivel and Claudia as a teacher if you're looking into a TELF course in another country.

Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL Certification in Cusco with Maximo Nivel

The TEFL training program in Cusco, Peru with Maximo Nivel was AMAZING. The instructor (Claudia) was one of the best teachers I've ever had, the staff was great, and we were given every possible resource. I definitely felt that I learned a lot and that it was well worth my money. Would highly recommend the program and absolutely loved my experience here at Maximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru. Also seriously Mama Clau Clau is the best

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Take the TEFL course at Maximo Nivel

I loved my experience at Maximo Nivel. The staff was always super helpful, like above and beyond with everything and always had a smile on their face. The instructor Claudia was engaging, passionate and incredibly knowledgeable. Class was super fun and flew by. She was always available to help us, long and flexible office hours and responded to emails quickly. I learned so much from this course and am such a better teacher because of it. They also helped me get a job and an apartment in Cusco after the program was over. Highly recommend getting your TEFL certificate at Maximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru!!!!!!!

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TEFL Certification at Maximo Nivel

I really enjoyed the TEFL Certification course at Maximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru. My TEFL Certification instructor was energetic, funny, engaging, and inspiring. She challenged us to think creatively and broaden our knowledge, but she also made us laugh everyday. I never knew that learning to teach English could be so much fun! My experience at Maximo Nivel has given me a new perspective on teaching by helping me to take the perspective of the English Language learners. The techniques I learned have proven to be really beneficial to the progress of my learners. The environment at Maximo Nivel was very supportive and the content was quite practical. I liked how the course was very hands-on and how we began teaching English Language learners during our first week of the course. Additionally, the practical teaching week was very informative and helpful in terms of my professional development. The staff at Maximo Nivel helped me find a job and answered my questions about teaching English in different countries. Further, Iiving with a host family was a very positive experience for me. I felt like I was part of the family and I learned a lot about Peruvian culture. It was also a great opportunity to practice speaking Spanish! Lastly, I made amazing friends in my course who I will never forget! I would definitely recommend the TEFL Certification course in Cusco, Peru!

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Great Program

Maximo's TEFL program in Cusco, Peru is topnotch!

I went to the program already having taught in a volunteer capacity for a few years, but learning the techniques in this course have completely changed my teaching style. Our instructor, Claudia, was fun and engaging, and she taught us using the same techniques we were learning, which helped cement them in us. She will also serve as a lifelong reference for us. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in earning a TEFL certification. Come prepared to spend a lot of time on the coursework (the work is not difficult, but it's a lot to do in a short period), but you will get so much out of it.

The school itself was also much bigger than I'd expected! They had a full team in the International Office to help with whatever we needed, from recommending weekend tourist destinations to giving us change for our large bills to helping us brainstorm ideas for practical teaching. I was also impressed because every single Peruvian I met in Cusco knew about Maximo Nivel, and many of them were taking courses there. Maximo has an excellent reputation within the city.

Lastly, Cusco is a jewel. Come prepared for the cold, but prepared also to be amazed by the rich culture and history.

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Coming into the TEFL program, I had read that the program was a lot of work for the small amount of time. I did not think much of it, I had just finished college in May and I was used to the strenuous classes and semesters. However, by the time I arrived in Peru and started the first week of class, I realized that, because of the summer, I was out of the routine of school. However, with the TEFL program I had only a month, and sometimes only a week, to complete assignments and lesson plans. For me, this was good because I was not able to, nor afford, to push off assignments till the last minute.
With our teacher, Mama Clau Clau, I have witnessed the epitome of a quality teacher. She creates excellent rapport wherever she goes and teaches her students quality information. Mama Clau Clau does not give up on her students when teaching, if you do not understand something she will do everything in her power to make sure you understand the concept. The Queen of CCQ and Grammar Goddess will stop at nothing to make sure you have the correct tools and resources to succeed. She is at your beck and call 24/7 (really? Wow), although she is human so give her a couple hours/days to respond.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Best decision I've ever made!

I spent over a year researching different TEFL certification programs and am so thankful that I found Maximo Nivel's program in Cusco, Peru. The support I received from the entire Maximo staff and most importantly the expertise and skills that I learned from our TEFL trainer, Claudia, completely exceeded my expectations. I will always be grateful for my experience at Maximo and would recommend the program in Cusco to anyone looking to get TEFL certified!

Yes, I recommend this program

Keep Calm and TEFL On!

The TEFL course was phenomenal in Cusco Peru. Claudia was an amazing instructor that taught, how she expected us to teach. This made it effortless to learn how to be a great TEFL teacher, seeing an example of it every day! Although very rigorous and intense, the course work is relevant and pushes you to really understand the content. I loved the amount of practical teaching and incredible feedback.

What would you improve about this program?
Provide the opportunity to opt out of class time devoted to recruitment and job placement, for participants that already have a job and aren't interested in those opportunities. The extra work time instead would have been greatly appreciated.
Yes, I recommend this program

Expectations Exceeded!

I came into this program thinking it would be a breeze and that I just needed the certificate to get a job teaching English. However, the methods and techniques that my instructor covered were far more in-depth than I had anticipated. This TEFL course consists of a lot of critical thinking based approaches to teaching and getting the learners to think for themselves. It's how I always wanted to approach education and knowing that this course fulfills that aspect was a huge motivational influence for me that I'm moving in the right direction. Also, the instructor is by far the MOST fun teacher I've ever had and I've had a lot of great teachers, so it's saying a lot! Mama Clau Clau rocks!

What would you improve about this program?
The pre-departure staff for clients need to provide more information and make sure ALL their clients have an online profile. In addition, the welcoming team for clients should be based in the country of the program, not in a different location. Otherwise, the welcoming team should provide names to the clients of in-country representatives that they can get in contact with. Lastly, the use of third party companies is wasteful for the client ($500 additional) when the company can be contacted directly. Expand the marketing team (i.e. Social Media presence: Snap Chat for up-to-date stories of volunteer work, Instagram for highlights, Twitter for updates, Facebook for information, etc.).
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Maximo is Awesome!!

If you're considering TEFL with Maximo, DO IT! It is a very challenging but rewarding experience and the instructor makes what would be potentially dry material unbelievably fun. The instructor is one of the best teachers I've ever had in any classroom. The entire staff at Maximo is very friendly and helpful and are committed not only to a great TEFL experience but a great experience in Cusco in general. In addition to the TEFL course, I was able to participate in salsa lessons, Spanish lessons, and cooking lessons which were all fun! Thanks for everything Maximo!

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Cuy, Altitude, & Living... Oh My!

This was intense and challenging in so many ways, but very well worth it! The teacher was one of the most knowledgeable and passionate I have ever had. It was a breath of fresh air to learn from and with her. My home stay was perfect! They cared so much for my well-being and were amazing to immerse myself with. It was great to be in Cusco as a way to not only see a beautiful part of the world, but be productive in my career at the same time. I have returned home more open-minded, better prepared to serve my students and teachers as a high school administrator, and with a family back in Peru that I know I am always welcome back to.