TEFL Certification in Cusco, Peru

Video and Photos

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

About

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.

Reviews

98%
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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Sydney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Monica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Matthew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Beth
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Taylor
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Mark
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

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Alexandra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
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!
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Eric
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe schedule social activities tours, etc. when there's less work to do- but when is that?
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Tara
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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!

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Mulk
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

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.

What would you improve about this program?
- Better internet connection
- Cheaper accommodation options
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Doug
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

TEFL Class is great

The TEFL class at Maximo Nivel was fantastic. The techniques taught and the skills acquired surprised everyone in the class. Karen did an amazing job presenting the material and keeping every class fun. She helped us all develop our teaching skills and apply the methodologies we learned. The practical teaching to real students was most valuable for practicing what we learned and building our competency and confidence. I would highly recommend the TEFL class at Maximo NIvel.

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Tanja
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Very professional and fun!!

Doing the TEFL course at Maximo Nivel (Cusco) was one of the greatest experiences of my life. Our TEFL trainer was amazing, so much fun and very professional. She really inspired each one of us. The course was pretty intense, especially near the end, but absolutely achievable if you worked hard, and every hour of TEFL was useful. The whole Maximo Team was more than helpful. It's been absolutely admirable to see how hard they work for each student and each volunteer. I would highly recommend both studying and volunteering at Maximo Nivel!

What would you improve about this program?
I really couldn't think of any improvement, the quality of the course and the support of the team couldn't be higher to my opinion.
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Jocelyn
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Become Batman!

I was not sure what to expect upon arriving to Cusco, I had just graduated college and was looking for a change of pace. Maximo Nivel, without a doubt, made the transition smooth and effortless with their warm welcome and helping hand. The actual TEFL course was damn near worth every penny (it was a pretty hefty penny to spend) because not only did my instructor Karen make a teacher out of a scientist (I became Batman!) but also because I was genuinely inspired thoughout the process. I now want to do the same for my students as they attempt to master English. In summary, I am so happy I decided to move to Cusco and teach English. I would highly recommend the program to anyone with the courage to take on the world.

What would you improve about this program?
The cost of the program was very high, I think that has to do with either taxes or drive for profit. However, both are experienced no matter where you are in the world. The food selection should be elevated. The internet connection is not 100% reliable, but that's Cusco for you. Also, I would increase the challenge of the course a bit. I love one, but the course-load was more time consuming than anything.
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Tanya
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

BEST decision I've ever made!

I am so glad I decided to pursue my TEFl certification with Maximo Nivel. My expectations in regards to every aspect of this experience, were exceeded. The staff is extremely helpful and are there for you for anything that is needed. Karen is the GREATEST teacher! Not only will you learn so much from her, but she makes the class so much fun and interesting. I would highly recommend to anyone that is thinking about getting their TEFlL to go through with the program and to do it with Maximo Nivel!!

What would you improve about this program?
I wouldn't change anything!
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Hannah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best choice I've ever made

Karen was the best TEFL trainer ever! I got a job within weeks of arriving. I can't believe how much I learned in the short period of the course and I couldn't be happier! Made lifelong friends, as well.

What would you improve about this program?
More food options in Maximo and better host family placement (I was in 2 because the first didn't work out). Also, keep the bathrooms working at all times.