TEFL Certification in Cusco, Peru

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Rainbow Mountain
Hiking to Rainbow Mountain
The Salt Mines with my TEFL classmates.
My ELL class!
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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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.

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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.

What would you improve about this program?
Provide a warmer and brighter classroom to work out of.
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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!

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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!

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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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.

What would you improve about this program?
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.
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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.

What would you improve about this program?
the food was a bit salty, but my host nanna was so stubborn.
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Zero Regrets

I have nothing but great things to say about the TEFL program through Maximo Nivel in Antigua. I should add that my original purpose for going to Antigua was to volunteer. It was after I heard several people rave about the TEFL program at Maximo that I decided to join the bandwagon and my oh my am I glad I did. Maximo's program not only provided excellent resources and support for me to develop my growth as an English teacher, but they left me feeling confident to jump into the international teaching world. They do a good job keeping the class sizes small so each student gets the individual attention he/she needs and there are many opportunities to apply what you've learned to an actual class of ESL students. The entire staff at Maximo in the Antigua location (I can't speak for Peru or Costa Rica since I haven't been there but I'm sure they're great too) treated every single TEFL student like a VIP member. While you're in your TEFL course at Maximo Nivel in Antigua, Guatemala, you'll notice that you've joined an intimate community. I wouldn't change the experience for anything.

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Máximo Nivel TEFL Program in Cusco, Peru

I completed the TEFL Certificate program with Máximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru in May of 2012. It was an excellent experience for me, and Máximo is a first class organization. They were accommodating and helpful when I was new in Peru. They organized a home-stay for me and helped me find my own apartment when I was hired as a full time ESL teacher (after the TEFL Course). The TEFL trainer in Cusco is phenomenal, and you'll learn more about teaching ESL from her than you could ever imagine. I 100% recommend this program to anyone who seriously wants to be an ESL teacher. The TEFL Course is grueling, but it's fun and it's definitely worth it. Teaching ESL with Máximo has been one of the best experiences of my life.