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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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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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 this program
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Doug
10/10

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.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Tanja
10/10

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!

How can this program be improved?
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.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Jocelyn
9/10

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.

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

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!!

How can this program be improved?
I wouldn't change anything!
Yes, I recommend this program
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Hannah
10/10

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.

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

Great TEFL Course! Highly Recommended!

I just completed the TEFL Certification course in Cusco Peru at Maximo Nivel. I had a great experience. The quality of the school and the helpfulness of the whole staff exceeded my expectations. Karen is a great TEFL trainer and makes the course fun and interesting. All of the people at the school were positive and created a great atmosphere. In the TEFL course you will have the opportunity to teach local ESL students right away. This is a great learning experience and I learned more about teaching and the English language than I could have imagined!

In addition to the school, Cusco is a beautiful city! Highly recommended.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Mary
10/10

Check Out Maximo Nivel's Awesome TEFL Program in Cusco, Peru

I just completed Maximo Nivel's Hybrid TEFL program in Cusco, Peru, and what an awesome experience it was! After teaching English at a Canadian college for over 27 years, I decided I'd like a TEFL course to support me in volunteer teaching in retirement. I did much of the academic portion of the program at home, and then completed the practical teaching portion in Cusco. It was an all around superb experience for the following reasons. First, it was a small group of 5 students, so we had time to get to know and support each other. Every day we worked closely together, completing assignments, observing classes and practicing the ESL techniques with each other. Our instructor, Karen Wilke was as good as you can get in terms of sense of humour, support, teaching expertise and creativity. She consistently displayed all the characteristics of an excellent mentor. The support staff at Maximo were top-notch as well. They were always there to answer questions, provide info and to check up on as daily as to whether we were happy with everything. At the end of the course we had a small grad party followed by a hilarious karaoke outing. I can't say enough my awesome experience with Maximo Nivel.

How can this program be improved?
Provide a warmer and brighter classroom to work out of.
Yes, I recommend this program
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wanderlust77
9/10

Amazing TEFL Experience!

My experience at Maximo Nivel has been fantastic! The TEFL course definitely prepared me really well for teaching students all around the world. My TEFL instructor was the best teacher and the course would not have been the same without her. I learned so much from her, my peers, current teachers at Maximo, and from practical teaching week! Maximo also helped me with the job search (and all 16 of the students in my class ended up with jobs in Peru during or after the course), as well as with the apartment search among many other things. I am so glad I decided to come to Maximo in Cusco, Peru for the course. Also, Cusco is a great city to explore and there is so much to do here! I highly recommend doing your TEFL course at Maximo Nivel in Cusco!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jason
10/10

Freakin' awesome

Ah TEFL, a great course an amazing experience and full of so many laughs! I really did not know what to expect when signing up to the course but I was pleasantly surprised. Karen my TEFL tutor was amazing! Great at her job and always had time to help you with any problems, she works super hard and clearly cares so much about her students. All the staff at maximo are super helpful and friendly. Overall i really enjoyed the TEFL course and I learnt so much. Freakin' great course!

How can this program be improved?
TEFL is a backdated course so towards the end you doing a fair bit of work, I never thought in my life I would ever be doing school work on a saturday. Although the course is backdated realisticly I am not sure if there is any way round this problem. Another minor problem is that there is some days with excercises that seem like filler.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Anna
9/10

I highly recommend TEFL in Cusco!

TEFL in Cusco was a truly life changing experience. It gave me the practical skills and the confidence to teach English in any country no matter the local language. I found the program extremely thorough, and I would highly recommend it to anyone looking to change fields, or who just wants an adventure abroad. The week of practical teaching and intensive guidance on creating lesson plans left me feeling more than prepared to teach my own class.

How can this program be improved?
If I had to change one thing it would be making TEFL a little shorter. As many practical elements that the course had, it also had some filler content that I felt the course could do without. For instance, I would have preferred the last few days to have been strictly about practical teaching techniques and material. I felt that that learning about International exams, as interesting as it may be for some, was somewhat unnecessary for me.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Carl
9/10

Maximo for Me

I was really nervous when I first arrived, because I had already missed the first day due to flight mix-ups. So I walked in and there were two people in the room, my teacher and fellow student. I got to know them really well. The class was hands on from the beginning. I remember in the first few days I was up giving practice lectures on the board and I taught the macarena to some students at the end of that week (they already knew it, but the students played along). The TEFL course at Maximo was a great experience. All of the staff were extremely supportive and friendly. The night scene is a worthy one as well if you can find the time.

How can this program be improved?
the food was a bit salty, but my host nanna was so stubborn.
Yes, I recommend this program

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