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 47 reviews
  • Benefits 9.6
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 8.2
  • Facilities 8.7
  • Safety 9.8
  • Instruction 9.9
  • Support 9.9
  • Value 9.2
  • Academic Rigor 7.9
  • Job Assistance 9.8
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Kimberly
10/10

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!!!!!!!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Lindsey
10/10

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!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jennifer
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Emma
8/10

STRENUOUS TIME CONSUMING AND FUN

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.
COME TO PERU ITS AMAZING !!

Yes, I recommend this program
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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 this program
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 this program
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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program

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