PROGRAM TYPES

CONNECT WITH US

TEFL/TESOL Certification—Costa Rica | Guatemala | Peru
MAXIMO NIVEL participants MAXIMO NIVEL participants

TEFL/TESOL Certification—Costa Rica | Guatemala | Peru

Overall Rating

1/ 10

  • Host School or Placement

    N/A

  • Living Situation

    N/A

  • Compensation & Benefits

    2

  • Support Services

    1

  • Day to Day Life

    5

  • Community

    5

Beware

In my time as an English Teacher, I came to realise we were offered less benefits than those awarded under Peruvian law. If you missed a class due to illness they would deduct $5 from your monthly payment which is actually more than what you earn per hour. Management were aggressive towards anyone with a complaint - Especially the owner. They fired people at will, but if you left early (you only had a non-binding verbal agreement) you would be outcast and treated poorly. This is why many teachers chose to quit on the spot. Within Peru, you can find jobs with a comparable salary (after taxes) - why is this good? You get a legitimate visa and you have access to public healthcare.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    10

  • Job Search Guidance

    10

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

TEFL course in Cusco is the best!!

I had a great time studying and learning in the TEFL class in Cusco. My classmates were amazing and the course itself was challenging and very rewarding. Our instructor Sean made the course fun and interesting. He was always available, always willing to help and I couldn't imagine a better teacher. Sean lives for it and you can see that through his dedication. I would recommend this course to anyone interested in languages, teaching, or travelling. What an adventure it was. I had a blast throughout the whole course, and you will too!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    10

  • Job Search Guidance

    10

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

The Journey

I would like to start this by saying that I had a lot of fun. Karen Wilke will always be important in my life. Karen is the most amazing teacher I ever had in my life. It was a pleasure to be in your class, Karen. Thanks to Maximo Nivel for such a nice service.
Thanks, Maximo Nivel.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    10

  • Job Search Guidance

    10

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

Great program

Audra is a remarkably good instructor! Great personality, engaging, and gets the most out of her learners. The curriculum is well thought out and will definitely set you up to succeed after the class. And boy is it a beautiful location! I couldn't be happier!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    10

  • Job Search Guidance

    10

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

TEFL Maximo Nivel

Getting my TEFL certification in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica was one of the most incredible experiences I have had thus far. When I first got here, I was terrified. I was homesick and didn't think I could stay abroad. However, on the VERY FIRST DAY, my instructor (Audra) noticed I seemed upset. She asked if I was okay and then asked me to go in her office. I started crying to a person I didn't even know, yet I felt perfectly comfortable doing so. She reassured me on EVERYTHING I was feeling stressed . I felt so much better knowing I was in a place where everyone genuinely cares you and your successes. I have never felt more supported in my life until I got to Maximo Nivel. Audra was the best instructor anyone could ever ask for. She taught us so much and made it fun in the process! I looked forward to coming to class every day, because I knew I would enjoy myself and I would grow as both a teacher and a person. If you are even considering doing this program, JUST DO IT! There is always going to be something holding you back from an experience as new as this one. But I promise, you will not regret it. If anything, you may regret not doing it. Take it from someone who was absolutely terrified and unsure if they even could do this. Let me tell you, you can do this and you will be so happy you did! Thank you Maximo Nivel for the memories, job opportunities, friends, and growth I have experienced while being here! Pura Vida :)

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    10

  • Job Search Guidance

    10

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

Chance of a life time

The TEFL program at Maximo Nivel is worth every single penny. You are greeted with friendly faces from the staff, and that support continues throughout your stay in Peru. They go above and beyond to make sure you're comfortable, and have all the resources you need to succeed. I would confidently recommend this program to anyone. If you are interested in pursing a TEFL degree - PICK MAXIMO!! You will not regret it, and you will also fall in love with Cusco, Peru.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    9

  • Job Search Guidance

    10

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

Dynamic trainer + beautiful location = excellent TEFL course

It's hard to imagine a more effective TEFL trainer than Audra Wooldridge. She was able to support our class and maintain high engagement throughout this intensive course. She was an excellent model for the strategies and techniques being taught both in the TEFL classroom as well as the ESL classroom. She also was available to offer useful advice and recommendations for job searches around the world. With her support, I was able to secure a job in Guatemala with a start date immediately after my certification.

Additionally, Karen and the rest of the staff at COSI were always kind and super responsive to student needs. The building was clean, with a beautiful view, and some of the rooms had air conditioning. The large iguana that lives outside the school also provided some visual entertainment during long classes. Overall, this was a wonderful experience and I am glad that I choose COSI Manuel Antonio to get my TEFL certification.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Published Content

    9

  • Job Search Guidance

    9

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    9

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    8

  • Course Instructor

    10

Informative and fun!

Audra is on her game! She is extremely high energy, funny, knowledgeable, and makes the information palatable even when you have been sitting in class on those very long grammar days. There were a lot of handouts and it would have been very useful for the school to have the foresight to organize those into a bound notebook for each student upon arrival.
The view from the school in Manuel Antonio is amazing and although the free time is not exactly what I thought it was going to be, you will have enough time to enjoy the beaches and surrounding towns. I encourage you to do your due diligence before arriving and ask specific questions, especially if you are staying in student housing (is there hot water, is the internet/water reliable, which houses have air, etc). Or, simply look for something on air bnb (but ask the same questions and don't pay everything up front).
Overall the experience was one that I would recommend!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    9

  • Job Search Guidance

    10

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    9

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    8

  • Course Instructor

    10

TEFL with Audra Wooldridge

This was a very challenging course! Audra could not have done a better job at teaching us the necessary information and pushing us to go further. She is truly an excellent TEFL trainer and ESL teacher as well! Her assistant Laura is also delightful! The rest of the COSI/Maximo Nivel staff here in Manuel Antonio is also very friendly and willing to assist at all times. I will say that the conditions for learning in the COSI/Maximo Nivel building in Manuel Antonio are less than optimal. Make sure to bring your own laptop as the internet is very spotty on the computers here at the school. Also if all computers could directly access the printer it would make everyone´s life easier as we have a lot of printing to do during the course. Lastly, it would also be nice if the large classroom we held our course in would have been air conditioned as it tends to get warm during the day. With all that said, this has been a very challenging but enjoyable course, Audra is a very effective teacher and I highly recommend her!

Ian Wiggins

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    10

  • Job Search Guidance

    10

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

Life changing

Become certified to work practically anywhere in the world! I have left this course with the confidence to go anywhere and I am excited to see the world, and get paid doing it.
This course gives you the advantage of earning teaching experience, which is highly desirable amongst employers. Teaching is truely an amazing experience, and my instructors Audra and Dani were the best teachers I could have asked for; the best in the world? Possibly.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    9

  • Job Search Guidance

    9

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

Great and unforgettable!

Joining Maximo Nivel TEFL program in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica was one of the best choices in my life. This was probably one of a very few trainings that was worth the money spent. It is far from the presentation based and dull courses that I would normally get. Starting with very energetic and passionate trainers, Audra and Dani, through relevant and thorough content and finishing with amazing opportunity of practical teaching. If you have any doubts, don't! You will not regret choosing this course!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    10

  • Job Search Guidance

    10

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

Amazing!

Thank you so much, I have loved it, met amazing friends and also the teachers are so supportive and kind and are there for you every step of the way, wouldn't change this experience for the world! Best course ever. Love chloe xxxxxxxx :)

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    10

  • Job Search Guidance

    10

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

Thinking TEFL? THis is the place!

This course turned my world around 360! With the training that I received at Maximo Nivel during the course, I gained valuable knowledge and instruction on how to teach English as a foreign language. I am now teaching English a two universities in Colombia and I owe it all to Maximo Nivel. Extremely professional and a hell of a lot of fun!

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Published Content

    N/A

  • Job Search Guidance

    8

  • Quality of the Course

    9

  • Practical Experience

    9

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    9

  • Course Instructor

    9

Great experience in Quepos/Manuel Antonio

I recently completed the 4-week TEFL/TESOL certification course with Maximo Nivel and am very happy I chose to get my certification through them!

Audra, the lead trainer, is an absolute professional and very good at what she does. She was knowledgeable, brought great energy to the classroom, and was always very helpful. The rest of the staff at Maximo Nivel were also extremely friendly and accommodating. No matter what issues you may run into, they will be ready and capable to help you out.

The course is definitely a bit intense, but I absolutely feel prepared to step in front of a group of English learners to teach. This course is well worth the time if you are committed to teaching English abroad.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Course Instructor

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Job Search Guidance

    10

  • Published Content

    10

Claudiaaaaa

Claudia was definitely the highlight of the course for me! She shines in the classroom and makes the course not only bearable, but tons of fun! The course can get a little difficult at times, but her availability and helpfulness definitely keeps you afloat! She is a great role model teacher to have- I know I certainly want to be a teacher like her.

Along with Claudia. the facilities and staff are all very helpful and supportive and readily available!

Great value for all that's included! I highly recommend this course!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    10

  • Job Search Guidance

    10

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

TEFL is awesome!!

My TEFL experience was amazing in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. I enjoyed every minute of it. The location itself is beautiful and being able to go down to the beach after class was great! One of the best beaches in Costa Rica. The school overlooks the ocean and the institute itself is awesome. All the people that work there are very helpful and friendly. The TEFL trainer Audra Wooldridge was beyond amazing. She is very energetic and passionate what she does and she makes every class very exciting. She is one of the best teachers I have ever had and I wish we had more than 4 weeks together. Get your TEFL certification through Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio!! You won't be disappointed, I promise! It is well worth the experience.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Published Content

    9

  • Job Search Guidance

    9

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    9

  • Course Instructor

    9

One of a kind in many ways

It was quite a journey. Aside from a few bumps on the road, everything worked out well with Maximo. The instructor was awesome beyond description and materials mostly enjoyable. Do not think going 50% on this course, as you will be challenged as a teacher and a person, but only for the sake of your competency and developing you for TEFL.

Manuel Antonio is a stunning location to travel to, and the locals are very friendly and open. Four weeks went by quickly for me, thanks to the wonderful people in and out of the classroom. COSI/Maximo staff was always ever so helpful and all smiles around the clock.

I enjoyed everything from day one to final moments. It is an amazing experience, but you need to work for it.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    N/A

  • Job Search Guidance

    9

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

TEFL certification in Cusco, Peru

This program was awesome! I loved the community Maximo Nivel was able to create and it made studying in a foreign country so much better. There were so many good parts of this course, but the highlights were definitely the amazing instructor (Claudia), the practical teaching, and my awesome classmates! I highly recommend this program.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    10

  • Job Search Guidance

    10

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

Maximo nivel TEFL course Cusco

I wasn’t expecting the high energy I experienced on this course when I signed up. I knew that it would be very intense, and it was, but the Maximo Nivel team were so supportive and encouraging, and I genuinely had so much fun with my teachers and my class. I don’t think I’ve ever taken such a high quality course, where every little detail is taken into account. The teaching style was excellent: clear, fun and really didactic, and there were a lot of opportunities to practice teaching. I definitely recommend taking the TEFL course with Maximo!

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    10

  • Job Search Guidance

    8

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

Maximo is GOLD

I had such an incredible experience with the TEFL program at Maximo Nivel. The International Office was so helpful with everything from my coursework to making sure I was settled and comfortable in my private apartment. My TEFL Instructor, Claudia, was so knowledgeable and pleasant. She made the whole experience so simple. Even though the coursework was heavy it did not feel so stressful because the entire staff was readily available for any questions or concerns. I bonded with my fellow teachers and I am so happy to have taken this course.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    N/A

  • Job Search Guidance

    9

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

I 100% recommend doing your TEFL certification at Maximo Nivel

I have nothing but positive things to say Maximo Nivel's TEFL program. Coming from a teaching background I did not expect to learn much. But Maximo went above and beyond all my expectations. I was impressed with their organization and the intensiveness of their course. Administrations was so informative and willing to help. The instructor, Claudia really knew her stuff and made the class super enjoyable.

I know I have a strong foundation and all the necessary EFL tools to be an effective English teacher because of Maximo. Due to their constant and thorough feedback I learned everything I needed to confidently start teaching English immediately. I feel so grateful to have gone through their TEFL program.

I 100% recommend doing your TEFL certification here if you are serious teaching in a foreign country.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    10

  • Job Search Guidance

    3

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

TEFL

In these past four weeks I have mastered more than I ever thought possible. I have learned such valuable skills that will definitively be put into use during my teaching career. My expectations of this course were more than exceeded, and surely gave me the necessary confidence and skills to teach English anywhere in the world! It still sounds a bit unreal to say this, but I am officially a teacher, something I never thought could be possible. All thanks to "Mamma Clau Clau" and Maximo Nivel.

I was really nervous starting out since I did not know what to expect of this course and how it could be possible to learn to teach English, with all its grammar and theory in four weeks time. Then I got introduced to the 4 critical ESL techniques which are basically the heart and soul of teaching English as a foreign language. These techniques were introduced to us by "Teacher Claudia" and frequently used and CCQd throughout the course.

The practical teaching part of our course started right away with a 20 minute mini lesson on Fridays. Just the thought of teaching had me terrified in the beginning but I quickly realized that teaching is actually fun and not something to be scared of, especially if you're prepared for you class. These mini lessons really helped me prepare myself for the practical teaching week. The feedback after the mini lesson was extremely helpful. I learned that it is "ok" to make mistakes in the beginning since they actually help you realize what your strengths and weaknesses are, plus areas that need improvement. Observing my classmates teach their mini lessons was extremely helpful as it allowed me to see different teaching techniques and styles plus how to deal with situations that could go wrong and teaching under pressure.( how they handle it)

I also observed five different teachers and five different class levels at Maximo Nivel on which I had to write observation critiques. This allowed me to see a variety of teaching styles, identify strengths and weaknesses and gain ideas for objectives, games and activities that I will be able to use in my future classes. "Teacher Claudia", without a doubt, the best teaching I observed throughout my course. The way she taught us to teach English is beyond amazing. Never had I thought I would be able to teach and just through observing her teach us, as well as the warm up teaching during our mini lessons left me inspired, with loads of new teaching techniques and ideas.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    N/A

  • Job Search Guidance

    10

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

Have a pen and travel!

Just bring your open mind, a pen, and something to write on and you're set for a journey that is productively challenging, socially rejuvenating, and culturally exquisite. Keep record of all you do because it will carry you into future careers and travels.

Overall Rating

9/ 10

  • Published Content

    8

  • Job Search Guidance

    8

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    9

  • Course Instructor

    10

Comprehensive and challenging course

Maximo Nivel packs an incredible amount of information and skill building into a four week program. I received an in-depth refresher of English grammar, invaluable teaching techniques and classroom management skills, and, most importantly, many opportunities to practice everything in a real classroom with real English learners. The course even included a seminar on finding a job abroad, writing a CV, conducting interviews, and reviewing contracts. The instructor not only provided all of this with the deepest knowledge and genuine enthusiasm - she unerringly modeled these techniques as she taught them. The school encourages teachers to strictly maintain an English-only classroom, which is not only a better way for your students to learn, but also allows you to teach English to speakers of any language without needing to speak their native tongue. Having successfully completed this course, I am now entirely confident in my ability to construct a curriculum, plan lessons, and teach English effectively at any level, in any country. The course was challenging and a lot of work, but very informative and provided invaluable experience. Expect to stay up late writing papers, observations and lesson plans, and expect to receive critical feedback after your practical teaching hours. By the end of the course, you've truly earned your certification.
The classroom experience alone was worth the price, but the course came with many additional benefits. The facilities were excellent and centrally located in Cusco's Centro district; internet and printers were always available and the school had its own cafe. The cost of the program includes lifelong job finding assistance which comes in very handy when on the job hunt. Finally, despite the rigorous coursework, I had time to travel on the weekends and bond with my classmates.
Overall, a fantastic experience and definitely worth the money.

Overall Rating

10/ 10

  • Published Content

    10

  • Job Search Guidance

    10

  • Quality of the Course

    10

  • Practical Experience

    10

  • Pre-Enrollment Advice

    10

  • Course Instructor

    10

Maximo Nivel - Cosi

This was the best experience! Our trainer was phenomenal and the staff was amazing! Everyone was so helpful! Always willing to help, friendly, positive, energetic, and simply a great environment! Definitely the best program! I would highly recommend it to anyone! Plus, you can't beat the view from campus :D