TEFL Certification in Cusco, Peru

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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.

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.

Reviews

98%
based on 43 reviews
  • Benefits 9.6
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 8.2
  • Facilities 8.7
  • Safety 9.8
  • Instruction 10
  • Support 9.9
  • Value 9.4
  • Difficulty 7.8
  • Job Assistance 9.9
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Melissa
10/10

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
Kaitlyn
9/10

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.

How can this program be improved?
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
Ray
9/10

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!

How can this program be improved?
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.).
Yes, I recommend
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Jessalyn
10/10

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!

Yes, I recommend
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Natalie
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend
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Sydney
10/10

TEFL(on)

Recently graduated from college and being your typical 20-somethings with no desire to enter into the daunting real world, a few of my best friends and I opted to become TEFL certified and fulfilling our life long dream to live (and work) abroad together. Honestly, we didn't look into what the course entailed AT ALL and were completely blown away by how intensive and educational it was. I think it's safe to say we all learned more about the English language-specifically grammar, within the 4 weeks of class then in our 23 years of life combined. I know you're probably asking how is this possible, how can one learn that much in such a small amount of time? Well, let me tell you, the entire staff at Maximo Nivel is why. They religiously go above and beyond to help the TEFL students out and make them feel right at home. I've always been a very average student, not necessarily good but by no means bad, however the TEFL instructors expected the best of us and constantly pushed everyone to do their absolute best. Not to mention they made the class engaging and fun, always holding our attention and keeping the stoke levels very high. If anyone is debating taking the class I would strongly recommend doing so. On top of being a great experience and having guaranteed job placement for the rest of my life, the Maximo team makes it clear they will always be there to help. Whether it has to do with TEFL or you just simply need some pearls of wisdom about life-they've got your back.

Keep calm and TELF on.

Yes, I recommend
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Monica
10/10

Amazing Course - Fantastic Instructors!

The TEFL course at Maximo Nivel not only prepared me to be a teacher - but also gave me life skills I will forever carry with me. The staff was nothing but helpful and the training I received was one of the best experiences of my life. I had the greatest time and fully recommend this TEFL course to anyone!

Yes, I recommend
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Matthew
10/10

TEFL / TESOL Certification at Maximo Nivel

I had a blast getting certified at Maximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru. Despite the long weeks, my trainer (Claudia) never ran low on energy and kept the course interesting and fun. The key to the training was a week of real teaching towards the end of the course. Done using real paying students, this week gave me a chance to apply the techniques learned in class and fine tune them. Claudia observed all my classes and provided vital feedback. This cannot be done using and Online Course. I highly recommend the program for anyone wanting to teach ESL abroad.

Yes, I recommend
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Beth
10/10

Amazing Experience

The TEFL course at Maximo Nivel might be comparatively expensive, especially when looking at internet courses, however it is most definitely worth it. The month is intense, but it flies by in a haze of fun and games. I always looked forward to going to classes, and I take this as a sign of educating excellence. The instructor Claudia has already been mentioned in other reviews and I have to agree with what has been said. She is absolutely amazing, the original rockstar. The content of the course also matches this high standard. In only four weeks Claudia moulds regular people into ESL masters. A highlight is the six hours practical teaching included. By having real experience applying the techniques learnt I was well equipped when it came to teaching after TEFL. Real teaching as part of the TEFL course is an invaluable learning curve that I am incredibly grateful for having.

By studying TEFL at Maximo Nivel you benefit from other aspects of the school. It is possible to take Spanish classes (although this might be tough with the TEFL workload and schedule), have a tandem partner, and go to the weekly salsa classes. However for me the jewel in Maximo Nivel’s crown was the international office. They not only help sort out accommodation but will call out the school’s very own doctor to the school for you, change money and answer any questions you have in general. If you need anything, they are there for you. This safety net was instrumental for ensuring an easy transition to life in Cusco. During my time in Cusco I met other people who were volunteering with other agencies without such great support and it most definitely seemed like their time in Cusco had more bumps in the road.

TEFL is a wonderful experience providing a solid foundation of teaching skills and Maximo Nivel is the ideal school to study in. I would highly recommend Maximo Nivel to anybody considering doing TEFL.

Yes, I recommend
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Taylor
10/10

Go to Maximo!

My experience at Maximo Nivel was wonderful. I didn't really know what to expect going in, but ended up learning more than I ever thought was possible in such a short period of time. I am about to start teaching ESL classes and I'm so happy that I decided to go to Maximo to complete my TEFL certification beforehand. Our instructor, Claudia, was awesome. Sometimes the days were long and the workload was heavy, but she really kept things fun and engaging. From receiving instructor feedback, to observing my fellow TEFL students, to getting practical teaching experience, Maximo went above and beyond. I would recommend the TEFL certification at Maximo to anyone and everyone.

Yes, I recommend
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Mark
10/10

Great Course!

This course was incredible. Claudia was one of the best instructors I have ever had the pleasure of taking. The long class hours, 6 hours a day, flew by with Claudia at the helm. The administration were easily the most friendly and approachable administrators I have ever encountered in an academic setting. I would highly recommend this program to any one looking to get Certified in TEFL. Added bonus it's in Cuzco which is an amazing city.

Yes, I recommend
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Alexandra
10/10

Amazing, challenging & rewarding TEFL experience!

I took the TEFL certification at Maximo Nivel in May-June of 2015. It was an amazing, challenging & fulfilling experience. While I expected the course to be difficult, I had no idea of the breadth of teaching philosophy we would delve into. The course covered at length the unique & tailored core teaching philosophies of teaching English as a second language, as well as providing a ton of hands on experience (the very best part was getting to teach & learn from, actual students @ Maximo). Our instructor, Claudia, was one of the most invested teachers I've had in my life and her enthusiasm and commitment to the students of our class really pushed us all to be the best we could. To be clear, this is an intensive course-- you will work hard to earn those 150 hours towards certification-but you will emerge on the other side with your certification in hand, all the better of a teacher for it! The staff, students & teacher of Maximo Nivel all contribute to a warm & fruitful learning environment that I would recommend to anyone interested in pursuing teaching English.

How can this program be improved?
My only recommendation is that anyone interested in pursuing TEFL certification understands that this program IS intensive and any student needs to allow for ample time & space to delve deep into the learning process. All that said, the payoff & experience is well worth the time & effort required!
Yes, I recommend
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Eric
10/10

Enjoyable, Challenging, Supportive

I attended Maximo Nivel's TEFL Training course from May-June 2015, and I highly recommend it. The staff and support system for students is excellent. They have a team of "fixers" dedicated to making housing and day-to-day living issues run smoothly for students and volunteers. The international office staff are also a great resource for social activities and advice on where to eat, drink, and catch a show or cultural event- not that you'll always have time.

I can't say enough good things about my instructor, Claudia. She is an incredibly patient, dedicated, and fun presence in the classroom. You couldn't hope for a better model for a competent and capable teacher who truly enjoys their work. If you come willing to work and apply the techniques, you'll learn a lot.

The program is vigorous, comprehensive, and still manages to be fun. Don't expect to have a typical vacation experience during the course- there's lots of projects, planning, homework and assigned reading cutting into your free time. I did come to know and love the city of Cusco, and it's a great mix of deep local culture with touristic convenience. Have a few extra weeks budgeted after the program ends to explore Peru!

How can this program be improved?
Maybe schedule social activities tours, etc. when there's less work to do- but when is that?
Yes, I recommend
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Tara
10/10

A perfect mix of fun and hard work to achieve your goal of becoming a real English teacher!

I was pleasantly surprised by the course as our trainer (and friend) Claudia made the content so much more fun than I expected! She kept us entertained with games, funny anecdotes and embarrassing stories throughout, whist constantly modeling the critical ESL teaching techniques during class.

During the month, we also bonded as a group, and I have made some great friends for life in the Tefl classroom. The course was really challenging at times, and we went though our highs and lows- always supporting and learning from each other along the way! The first time teaching an actual class was very nerve racking, but over the month we built the skills and confidence to get up in front of real students and teach!

Cusco is an amazing city, and I'ts likely that during your month stay you will fall in love with the place and want to stay longer! Luckily At Maximo there are many opportunities to stay after the course to teach English, learn Spanish or volunteer in the community. Something which I also highly recommend if you have time!

Overall it is a great company and I was very pleased with the course. I now feel ready to go out into the real world and teach English at all levels! And not only is it cheaper and more exciting than studying in your home country, but it gives you a chance to live in the amazing city of Cusco for a whole month (maybe with a job opportunity at the end if you work hard!)

The staff at Maximo are very knowledgeable and they can help out in all areas such as accomodation, restaurant recommendations, or any thing else you may need. There are also many fun and free activities such as salsa and cooking classes, group tours and nights out throughout the course for you to enjoy! The 'TEFL toast' on the last day way the perfect way to celebrate making it to the end of the course with an amazing buffet, drinks, and karaoke!

The trainer also offers lifetime guidance and assistance, meaning that you can come to her for help with job applications and CV writing in future years! I guarantee you won't find a more fun and dedicated TEFL trainer anywhere else! She was a great role model and I feel that everyone in our class now aspires to be a great English teacher like Mama Clau Clau!

Yes, I recommend
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Mulk
10/10

Don't Wait

If you want to invest you money in education and get something in return take the Maximo Nivel TEFL course in Cusco,Peru. Only with four weeks time you will become a well-trained and prepared English teacher ready to conquer the world. This TEFL course is by no means a vacation. You will have to work hard and put in all the energy you can but it is well worth it. You will have a supportive staff that is at service almost 24/7 and Mama Clau Clau who will give you a laugh every step of the way. I highly recommend this TEFL course to anyone who is looking for a program in which they will learn and apply the teaching methods. Maximo Nivel is fun filled environment surrounded with enthusiastic students, staff and workers. Also to mention, you have free salsa lessons, cooking class and many activities that will get you hooked. You won't regret it. You money will be put to good use. I am a university graduate with many thousand dollars in debt but I traveled half way across the globe to do this TEFL course. I say don't too hard, just DO it.

How can this program be improved?
- Better internet connection
- Cheaper accommodation options
Yes, I recommend

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Máximo Nivel (Maximum Level)—The Intercultural Center of Latin America

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...