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Native Spanish Program—Costa Rica | Guatemala | Peru

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

Amazing learning experience

The pre-intermediate Spanish course offers a great opportunity to improve your language skills, while giving you enough free time to explore the country on your own. This was an amazing experience and the only complaint is that I did not have more time here.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Incredíble

Estudiar en Máximo Nivel y conocer Cusco fue una de las mejores experiencias de mi vida. La escuela es muy seria, organizada, con buena estructura, profesores y equipo muy capacitados. Espero volver a estudiar en Máximo Nivel o quizá participar de un programa de voluntariado. Les recomiendo!!! Cuánto a la ciudad no tengo palabras para decir lo que siento. Inolvidable!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Maximo Nivel Peru

I spent 4 weeks taking group classes and living in a homestay in Cusco. The experience was excellent! I have learned a lot of Spanish and feel confident in my ability to converse and communicate during the rest of my travels through Latin America. My hostess was great, we conversed in Spanish during meals and she made excellent Peruvian dishes for dinner.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Facilities

    7

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

Very helpful

I am a missionary here in Peru, and my organization wanted me to have a year (or almost a year) of study in Spanish. I teach pastors here, and so it´s very important to speak well. The school has helped me well to do this. I had four teachers during my time here, and each one taught me well in grammar and in speaking more naturally. I think that I have the tools to reach the level where I need to be.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Maximo Nivel Manuel Antonio

The school was excellent. The view from the school was breathtaking, the people at school were really helpful, the accommodation and my host mom was very very good, you can learn Spanish extremely fast, Manuel Antonio is a beautiful town and I really really recommend to anyone to live this amazing experience! Pura Vida!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Study by the beach

I have studied with Maximo Nivel two years ago and now visiting all of their locations to study. I learn quickly in the immersion classes and receive help from the staff whenever needed. I would recommend the school to anyone. Manuel Antonio is especially beautiful if you love the beach. Go to class half the day and the beach the other. Overall great experience.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Great experience

My Experience at Maximo Nivel was amazing. I completed both my Volunteering and Spanish programs in Costa Rica and it was by far the best experience ever. All accomodations and programs and atmospheres were great and I would definitely come back for another time and program. Thank you so much to the program leaders and the helpers for all of their great work.

Milanna Payie

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    8

Experiences in Manuel Antonio

I really enjoyed my experience in Manuel Antonio. I was first greeted from a representative from the school upon leaving the airport in San Jose. He shuttled me to the bus station and even helped buy my ticket. When my bus arrived in Quepos, my host mother was there to greet me. She went above and beyond to help me get acclimated and show me how to negotiate the bus schedule. I really felt at home and her cooking was delicious! It was a great way to get to know the culture. The staff at the school was very helpful and welcoming. They helped in scheduling extracurricular activities and answered any of my questions. My instructor was very well organized and every day she pushed us to learn! She also took a lot of time just getting our class to engage in conversation. There is plenty of time after class or the weekends to hang out at the beach or do one of the many excursions offered. The wildlife is unique and every were I went , the guides were very knowledgeable. If you are into extreme sports there is plenty of things to do. The people I encountered in Costa Rica are very nice and laid back. The “Pura Vida” lifestyle is true! I especially like that they are very environmentally conscience. I hope that this way of life continues for many years to come. I would recommend this school and place as a destination to anyone interested in meeting new people, learning a new language or gaining new insights.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Best experience in Manuel Antonio!

I am very happy I made the choice to attend COSI Maximo Nivel! I have learned to speak Spanish more quickly than I did at the University in my home town. When I was not happy with my host family, the girls at COSI quickly changed my accommodation. My host family is excellent and accommodating to my vegan diet. I am very thankful for Cosi!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

School

The School is awsome. You can learn a lot here. All the Stuff members are all really kind and nice. I had a really good time here in cosi.
I ve stayed in a host family. They were Amazing, kind friendly and the food was very good.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

Amazing experience

My stay in costa Rica with maximonivel was amazing. My spanish improved a lot and I met a lot of interesting, nice people. I now know more the culture and the traditions in Costa Rica thanks to my host mum and my teacher.
Thanks a lot for this amazing adventure !

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    N/A

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

Maximo Nivel experience

My program with Maximo Nivel was very helpful and fun and I learned a lot over only one week! Thank you for a great learning experience, I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to improve their Spanish!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Facilities

    9

  • Academics

    10

Learning more than just Spanish

Studying Spanish in Cusco, Peru was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. I learned a lot of Spanish, and the course materials they provide are great. The workbooks are better and more clear than the ones I use for Spanish classes in the United States. Every weekend was a new adventure. There are a TON of incredible things to do around Cusco. And if you walk around the plaza, you will come to find that tours are easy to come by. I learned a lot more than just Spanish at Maximo Nivel, and I would highly recommend it.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

A wonderful experience!

I studied at Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antionio, Costa Rica for 2 weeks. During my time there I took private Spanish lessons every day. My private classes at Maximo Nivel were incredible with a teacher who tailored the lessons to my learning style and truly helped me improve. I stayed with a host family and was able to continue to practice my Spanish at home - a true immersion! This program was the highlight of my summer and I would recommend it to anyone wishing to start learning, improve, or practice their Spanish. The staff and instructors at Maximo Nivel are all helpful, courteous and accommodating for whatever you need. The location in Manuel Antionio is a beautiful town which adds to this amazing program!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Learn a new language quickly

I had two separate teachers while studying Spanish at Maximo Nivel. Both were fantastic. I loved that we could come in and on some days, just practice speaking the entire time. I took both private and group classes, and they were excellent. The other student was at a slightly different level than me, but we wanted to take class together, and the teacher did a great job balancing our two levels. Everything my experience with Maximo Nivel has been wonderful. I love learning words typical to Guatemala, so I can better understand my local friends. It is amazing to see how quickly your language skills improve from only an hour a day immersed in it. My classes were completely in Spanish and it's no problem. I have learned significantly more by being fully in Spanish for the entire hour. I highly recommend the Spanish program.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Spanish class

I took Spanish classes here at Maximo Nivel in Costa Rica for 7 weeks. When I first got here I knew hardly anything. But now I moved from basic to intermediate level. My teacher, Hilda, was absolutely amazing and recommend it for everyone!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Spanish classes

Great teachers and staff at Maximo Nivel Cusco! I learned a lot during their native Spanish program. I would recommend it to anyone looking to learn Spanish. The teachers were helpful and knowledgeable and found different ways of teaching each day.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

La mejor experiencia que he tenido en mi vida.

Durante esta experiencia en Costa Rica he conocido a muchas personas lindas que sin lugar a dudas han robado mi corazon. Tambien, me enamore de San Jose porque pude aprender mas de la cultura y tambien pude ver muchos de los lugares historicos que se encuentran aqui. Sin lugar a dudas volvere para continuar con este aprendizaje.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Una experiencia inolvidable!

Si quieres aprender el idioma español de manera animada, tal y como se habla en la vida cotidiana, es la mejor manera! Los profesores de idiomas - todos hablantes nativos - son muy competentes. Y también fuera de enseñanza sofisticada, encontrarás una gran oportunidad para escuchar a español y hablar. Por ejemplo en la familia local, donde se está muy bien situado. ¡Más auténtico no se puede experimentar una cultura extranjera!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Facilities

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

Good

I had a great time with my experience at Maximo Nivel. I had a great teacher [Antonio] and I was able to learn and speak in spanish while I was there. Keep in mind, I was there for one month. I would recommend anyone who attends to do at least minimum 2 weeks there - as your first week will be you either reviewing what you have learned or starting from fresh. I also did a homestay, and my house mother was amazing!

Overall - I would recommend this program to anyone looking to learn how to speak and converse in spanish

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    N/A

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Intensive Spanish classes

I recently completed a one week intensive conversational Spanish class at the Maximo Nivel school in Manuel Antonio on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica. For 3 hours a day I interacted with the most patient teacher, Tay. As an advanced beginner, I would struggle to construct a sentence that could take me several minutes to express. She waited and then responded slowly enough that I could understand her. Tay tuned right into my level of knowledge. Somehow I found myself having interesting and informative conversations! The time flew by. The support staff at the school were always available and extremely helpful and encouraging. During my afternoons in the town I found myself having more and more confidence to speak in Spanish. Wonderful!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Maximo spanish classes

I took 10 months worth of Spanish classes with Maximo Nivel. One of the best decisions I have ever made! Amazing, supportive staff with good classes. My classes we very personalized and most of my teachers rally worked to get to know me as a student and as a person. I could not more highly recommend the classes I had through Maximo Nivel!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    9

A summer in Guatemala

I went to Guatemala this summer to learn Spanish and to have an incredible journey of sightseeing, cultural exchange, and self-discovery. I'm happy to say there is no better program for this than Maximo Nivel. Their friendly employees are highly attuned to providing you with the best experience you can have traveling. I'd highly recommend Maximo Nivel's program to anyone, especially if you've never been to Guatemala or Latin American more generally! I'll always have great memories with everyone I met and hope to return someday soon.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Spanish class

My experience studying Spanish at Maximo Nivel in Antigua, Guatemala has been excellent!! Without using any English in the classroom, my teacher is very easy to understand, and class is always so much fun! She makes sure we get lots of conversation practice, rather than just flying through the book material. We are able to take classes in small groups, so we have plenty of opportunities to practice speaking. I highly recommend Maximo for anyone who wants one-on-one experience learning Spanish.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

The great Spanish introduction

I have taken a few Spanish classes at Maximo Nivel in Antigua. I have had the privileged of being taught by two amazing Spanish teachers on separate occasions.
Aracely is one of them. She has the ability to make Spanish fun and interesting. I had a great time in her class.
Margarita is the second teacher I had the pleasure of meeting. She is an excellent teacher with a lot of patience for a slow student like me.
It is also worth noting that the administrative staff have been very accommodating and helpful.
Thank you for giving me the chance to learn some of the foundations of the rich Spanish language.