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Native Spanish Program—Costa Rica | Guatemala | Peru
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Native Spanish Program—Costa Rica | Guatemala | Peru

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.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

A great place to learn Spanish

I have taken both private and group Spanish lessons with Maximo Nivel, and I have completely enjoyed both experiences. Before leaving the U.S., I was taking Spanish courses but never felt like it was clicking. As soon as I began taking courses abroad with Maximo, I started having my "aha" moments. Taking courses in a Spanish speaking country, and with a program such as Maximo has really increased my ability to understand and utilize the language. The Maximo style of teaching is really helpful for learning another language. I now feel much more confident in my Spanish, and feel comfortable using it on the streets. Thank you, Maximo!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

I'm going the distance

Having been to both Maximo Nivel Peru and Maximo Nivel Guatemala, I can attest that everything these facilities and the way they run is top notch. In Antigua, as soon as you walk into the office, you are greeted with a lovely staff who really actually want to help you with whatever you need. Nancy and Andrea in particular helped me tremendously when I lost my debit card and needed to get a new one shipped to me from the U.S. I don’t have experience with Spanish classes in Cusco, but in Antigua I know that they don’t mess around. My teacher Margarita is like a drill sergeant when having the class practice the material in repetition at a fast pace to make sure we fully understand everything. This was intimidating the first day of classes, but the more I was challenged the easier things became as days went on. As someone working in Antigua, I have found myself using and practicing the Spanish that I learned in class as soon as I exit the building. This truly is an awesome cultural and language immersion experience.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    9

The paragon of patience

The brilliance of the Spanish tutors at Maximo Nivel, where I studied one-on-one, was two-fold. First, as I am nearly devoid of talent for learning languages, my teachers (two, individually) were extremely patient. Their lessons were paced to my slow intake, and abiding my mistakes in a thoroughly professional manner, while fostering a relaxed mood, and in no way ever -- fear of fears -- making me feel stupid.

Second, I found it remarkable how the teachers tuned into my learning style and adapted. This certainly personalized the experience, with the result of many "oh, I get it now" moments.

Otherwise, this company is very welcoming, good facilities, support, and of course, Antigua is a jewel, not to be missed.

Huge thumbs up.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

Spanish course at Maximo Nivel

I attended a three-weeks course of Spanish, intermediate level. It was a very pleasant experience and I could improve quickly my knowledge of Spanish. Beside the 4-hours per day classes, I could practice a lot making conversation with Guatemalan english students, which are native Spanish speakers. It was a great way to learn Spanish and meet new people.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Great Program!

After extensive research into language immersion programs we chose Maximo because of their professional website, quick responses to our emails with questions and online reviews. We are very happy that we did. There are things we would do differently should we chose to do a language immersion program again - but we will go with Maximo - or one they recommend if they don't have a program in the area we want to go to. They are very professional and supportive - they encourage you to ask questions and bring them any concerns immediately. We loved our home stay and have made life long friends. The last week we were there we traveled through their recommended agency and appreciated that Maximo kept tabs on us and confirmed that we had a good time. We are an older couple and this was our first study abroad language program.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Great choice in La Antigua

Great experience! I had a private class with an attentive and knowledgeable teacher and I can't say enough positive things Nancy at the desk. The rest of the administration was professional and organized too. Plus, my home stay was first rate!!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    2

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

  • Community

    N/A

pura vida es verdad!!!!

Die Schule war sehr gut - hat grossen Spass gemacht! Die Lehrerin Julia ist grossartig und macht mehr als man erwarten kann! Das Erlben einer Familie war sehr schlecht, da es keine war! Das Essen war sehr maessig. Viel besser haben wir in der Schule gegessen!
Aber zur Lehrerin wuerden wir jederzeit wieder zurueck kommen.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

I love COSI!

My experience studying at COSI in Manuel Antonio has far exceded my expectations. My host family in Quepos was incredibly welcoming of us even with my limited knowledge of spanish. The program at COSI is very well-rounded and is designed to cater to your level of spanish. The teachers are wonderful, well-trained native speakers and they will definitely improve you spanish in no time. The directors, Barbara and Karen, at COSI are fabulous at their jobs and will make sure you will have the best time of your life in Costa Rica! Pura Vida :)

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Me Encanta

I had a blast at COSI-Máximo Nivel. I couldn´t of had a better experience in Costa Rica. Everyone involved in the program were super friendly and extremely accomodating. They were very knowledgeable of all things Costa Rican and my teacher taught me a lot of Spanish in my short time here. I loved it so much and I would recommend it to everyone of all ages and levels. Pura Vida!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    N/A

PURA VIDA

das program, die schule, die lehrer und die unterkunft sind sehr gut.
ich wuerde oder werde auf jeden fall wieder kommen!

The program, the school, the teachers and the accommodation were very good.
I would and will definitely come again!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Facilities

    10

  • Academics

    10

Learning Spanish to enhance one's career

Cosi was a well organized and professional learning experience. The teachers were well qualified and the administrative staff was amazingly helpful which made the entire trip run smoothly. After just one week of class I felt more confident with Spanish comprehension and verb usage. I highly recommend Cosi- Manuel Antonio. Thank you Barbara, Jennifer, and Karen.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    9

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    10

Intense Spanish Immersion

I came to Cusco, Peru with zero Spanish experience and the intention to learn as much as quickly as possible. I spent one month studying in both group and private classes for 6 hours per day.

Everything my experience at Maximo Nivel was absolutely top-notch. I had friendly, laid-back, and knowledgable teachers who made learning Spanish interesting and fun. We would take excursions once a week around Cusco to museums, restaurants, and spots around the city to use what we learned in a practical way.

My homestay was amazing. I was fortunate enough to live with a very friendly, loving family who really rounded out my entire experience. The food was good, the accommodations were very comfortable, and I lived with a group of other amazing students and volunteers.

The administration at Maximo Nivel were friendly and accommodating, as well. You really felt valued and remembered, not just another student customer, while at the school. They also offered a ton of extra-curricular activities and opportunities to improve your Spanish and learn a bit Peruvian culture.

I would highly recommend the program to anyone who is interested in taking their Spanish to the next level, and am considering studying at one of their other schools Central America.