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

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Academics

    8

Native Spanish Program

I stayed at Maximo for approximately 5 weeks for the Native Spanish Program and during that time I learned a lot and raised my proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking Spanish. The classes were intensive and could sometimes be pretty difficult but definitely worth it after seeing all of the progress that I have made since being here.

Aside from the classes, the staff and resources at Maximo were extremely helpful and having a travel agency located in the same building made it easy to meet other travelers and take fun trips around the area (such as Machu Picchu). I would definitely recommend the Maximo Spanish Program to anyone trying to learn the language.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Academics

    10

Spanish Immersion

I had an amazing time at Maximo learning Spanish. I came in with no knowledge of Spanish and within 4 weeks was able to progress up to level pre intermediate. My teachers were all wonderfully accommodating to my needs as well as their other students, the levels were appropriate, and classes were all interactive so I could practice my Spanish while studying in the book. The homestay accommodations were also really nice, and the host family was sweet. Staff at Maximo was really helpful with literally everything I could need,.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Facilities

    10

  • Academics

    10

I Highly Recommend Maximo Nivel

I took Spanish at Maximo Nivel for 4 weeks in Cusco and I absolutely loved it. The teachers are amazing and the staff is accomodating and super friendly. I feel much more comfortable speaking and understaning Spanish and I am planning to return for more! The international office exchanges money so you can have small bills which are easier to use for taxis, buses and other everyday purchases. They also have luggage storage which is very convenient. The overall experience is 5 stars. Not only did I get a first class education, I also felt at home. I miss Maximo already. Thanks for a wonderful experience.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Facilities

    10

  • Academics

    10

Brasileña en Cusco

Cusco é uma cidade incrível. Há muitos lugares para conhecer e comidas para experimentar. Viver Cusco através de aulas de espanhol na escola Máximo Nivel foi uma experiência única e cheia de magia. A equipe da escola está sempre disposta a ajudar os estudantes no que for preciso, e a localizaçao da mesma é excelente. Se pode fazer tudo andando, inclusive visitas grátis a museus. Minha experiência foi muito boa, recomendo!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Living Situation

    7

  • Facilities

    10

  • Academics

    6

Mi paso por el Perú

Fue muy bueno aprender español de una nativa, mejorar la gramatica y aprender expresiones locales, asi como practicar hablando. La familia me recibió bien y me ayudaron con direcciones y taxis. La cultura de Perú es interesante de aprender y hay mucha historia para conocer.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

Learning Spanish

i was in this school for 2 weeks and i learned a lot i can now talk to people in Spanish slowly but it is possible never expected that . In my class there were only up to 3 people so it was really learning fast. the Spanish teacher comes from lima and told us everything in Spanish, what helped a lot to speed up the learning process.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    6

  • Cultural Immersion

    5

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

Spanish language crash course

Overall a great experience. The staff was very helpful both in regards to the course but also in general support while visiting Cusco. The instructor (Roy) was fantastic and in just 2 weeks my Spanish abilities improved remarkably. I am also thinking of returning in a few months.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    9

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    N/A

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

I learned a lot

My stay in Maximo Nivel was very nice. I improve my Spanish very fast with my teacher. I stay just one week , so I recommend to stay minimum two weeks. My teacher was very fun and sympathetic. And have been only three in our class, so it was really good.

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    9

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Health & Safety

    9

I studied with Maximo for three months, great experience

Overall, I enjoyed my time with Maximo and I went from not speaking a word of Spanish (and never having traveled alone or to South America) to being conversational in Spanish. It felt like my home away from home and was a great resource for anything I needed. This includes the time I needed a dentist to repair a chipped tooth :)

Overall, make sure you get an email confirmation for your classes and homestay and if you have a complicated schedule with the office, always double check because sometimes things can fall through the cracks!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Facilities

    10

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    N/A

Great Spanish course!

I had a great experience at Máximo Nivel in Antigua! I learned a lot of Spanish in only one week, vocabulary and grammar, just by speaking Spanish with the teachers. My teachers were very kind and patient with me. I had two times two hours of private lessons per day, with in between a long break. Also there were lots of opportunities to do extra activities, I joined one Salsa class. Now I can use my Spanish for my travel around Guatemala!

Overall Rating

8/ 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Facilities

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

Enjoying school for the first time

I can´t tell you how much fun I had during my classes. My teacher Antonio knows how to keep a class alive. In al my 18 years of school this was really the first time I really enjoyed getting up early, going to school in the morning and learning Spanish! I don´t know how they do it at Maximo Nivel but they are always happy and smiling. If you got any problems or whatever, they will be there for you. And the most important: Mi español es mas mejor! Muchas Gracias Maximo Nivel, y especialmente Antonio!!!

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!