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TEFL/TESOL Certification—Costa Rica | Guatemala | Peru
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TEFL/TESOL Certification—Costa Rica | Guatemala | Peru

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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 :)

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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!

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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 :)

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Awesome

This TEFL course was everything I was looking for and more--- challenging, rewarding, informative and provided the practical experience I was looking for. The instructor , Audra, was awesome and she will always be "Awesome. Audra" to me. High energy and always positive with a solid background of how to teach English immersion style, she always kept the "you can do this" attitude with her TEFL students.

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Succeeded all expectations!

I took the TEFL course at Maximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru. It definitely succeeded all my expectations. My TEFL teacher Clau was amazing, her energy and great support made the intensive month go much easier. Even though the course was quite intensive, her lessons were so much fun to learn that it encouraged me to do my best and achieved much more than what I expected. I ended up gaining so much confidence and techniques that I feel absolutely prepared to teach English anywhere in the world. Its amazing how much one can achieved in so little time if you put the effort to it, and if you are in the right place with professionals that prepared you to be the very best.
The training and support was above and beyond. I'm more than thankful for taking this course and for having the amazing teacher/trainer that I had. Thank you Mama Clau!

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"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone." Neale Donald Walsch

I did not have clearly defined expectations for myself coming into the course as I do not have a teaching or academic language study back ground. I spoke with quite a few people TEFL courses and did a lot of research on the internet so the one thing I did expect was that a four week course including a week of practical teaching would be far better training than an on-line course that I could complete in two weeks at home with zero practical teaching. My expectations were far exceeded by Maximo Nivel and especially Claudia Behnke. I was fortunate to have some very hard-working and caring teachers back in school but I never had a teacher who loved teaching like Claudia. She gave 110% all the time and never held back. There were what appeared to me to be a full spectrum of learners in our class with a much broader range of challenges that I would have anticipated. From an on-line learner coming in half way through to illnesses and other incidents that took people out of the course and required incredible flexibility on Claudia’s part. To be fair, the entire staff exceeded my expectations. They were friendly, warm and never hesitated to stop in the middle of their busy day to help with whatever we needed at the moment. This included the teachers we conducted our observations with. They were more than happy to speak with us and answer any question we had their style and the level and character of their classes.

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Energy!

If there is one thing that I really took from the course was the energy that my instructors brought. First, Audra came in and got us all started, and then we heard that the new teacher, Karen would be stepping in. I was nervous, but Karen was an amazing teacher with lots of positive energy and BIG LOVE for her students. I have friends who are considering taking the TEFL course, and I will certainly direct them to Maximo Nivel!
Thank you for a wonderful experience... I look forward to teaching!
Elena

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Awesome TEFL course in Antigua

I am so glad I chose Maximo for my TEFL certification. My instructor, Audra, was an excellent teacher. She was so helpful, provided great constructive criticism and advice, and really just knew her stuff like the back of her hand. Antigua is also such a gorgeous town to study in with a wealth of wonderful cafes to study in with delicious coffee. The program was intensive but really fun. The staff at Maximo was also always friendly and helpful. I've already recommended it to friends back home who are also interested in taking a TEFL course.

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TEFL(on)

Recently graduated from college and being your typical 20-somethings with no desire to enter into the daunting real world, a few of my best friends and I opted to become TEFL certified and fulfilling our life long dream to live (and work) abroad together. Honestly, we didn't look into what the course entailed AT ALL and were completely blown away by how intensive and educational it was. I think it's safe to say we all learned more the English language-specifically grammar, within the 4 weeks of class then in our 23 years of life combined. I know you're probably asking how is this possible, how can one learn that much in such a small amount of time? Well, let me tell you, the entire staff at Maximo Nivel is why. They religiously go above and beyond to help the TEFL students out and make them feel right at home. I've always been a very average student, not necessarily good but by no means bad, however the TEFL instructors expected the best of us and constantly pushed everyone to do their absolute best. Not to mention they made the class engaging and fun, always holding our attention and keeping the stoke levels very high. If anyone is debating taking the class I would strongly recommend doing so. On top of being a great experience and having guaranteed job placement for the rest of my life, the Maximo team makes it clear they will always be there to help. Whether it has to do with TEFL or you just simply need some pearls of wisdom life-they've got your back.

Keep calm and TELF on.

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Amazing Course - Fantastic Instructors

The TEFL course at Maximo Nivel not only prepared me to be a teacher - but also gave me life skills I will forever carry with me. The staff was nothing but helpful and the training I received was one of the best experiences of my life. I had the greatest time and fully recommend this TEFL course to anyone!

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Best of the best

I did the TEFL program in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica and absolutely fell in love with this
Program and everything it. I learnt so much and actually wanted to learn!! I felt a part of cosi Maximo's community and was able to adapt really easily. I will highly recommend this experience. Very beneficial and fun!