Volunteer for Sea Turtle Conservation in the Beaches of Costa Rica

San Jose, Costa Rica Wildlife & Environmental Conservation



Travel on a sea turtle conservation project in beautiful Costa Rica! Support local biologists and researchers performing important conservation work at turtle nesting grounds on either the Pacific or Caribbean coasts. A few of your tasks can include taking part in nightly beach patrols, tagging turtles, relocating nests into hatcheries, counting eggs and turtles, and much more. You also will be able to take part in a community outreach program.

You must be at least 17 years old to sign up. This program is best for travelers who are flexible and willing to take on different tasks depending on the season and project needs, as well as those who are physically fit and ready to live and work in a remote area. You do not need to know Spanish to apply.


Through your volunteer work in Costa Rica, you will help researchers and biologists to protect these animals, which are at risk of extinction. You will take an active role in conserving sea turtles’ nesting areas and helping to ensure their survival through nightly beach patrols to find nesting turtles, move eggs to hatcheries, tag sea turtles, and much more. Community outreach programs also help to educate locals about important conservation practices.

Field conditions

During this project, which last two weeks’ minimum, you can expect to work 5 to 6 hours a day Monday through Saturday. Your working hours will be split in two shifts, and shifts can take place during late nights or daytime. Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse countries in the world and is home to 5 of 7 different sea turtle species. You will be based on either the Pacific or the Caribbean coast, depending on the season and project needs.

Arrival and orientation

With locations in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru, you’ll get a unique taste of Latin America--literally. Upon your arrival to your chosen country, you will be greeted at the airport by your driver--they will be holding a big yellow, smiley face flag so you can’t miss them. Depending on the time of your arrival, your driver will either take you directly to your homestay or to the Maximo Nivel institute. Either way, you receive a thorough orientation at the institute where you learn the details about your project, tips about the local neighborhood, safety guides, culture, expectations, and project rules.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

Volunteers have the option of living in a homestay with a local family. Homestays are typically middle class households. All homestays are equipped with electricity, hot water, and wifi. You may share a room with another volunteer of the same gender. Volunteers of different programs are sometimes accommodated in the same homestay.

Families provide breakfast and dinner 7 days per week, and it is during these meal times when volunteers and families get to learn about one another. Lots of laughs are shared and cultural exchange is fostered.

Other accommodation options include dorms, hotels, and private apartments. Meals are not included with these options.


Volunteers can stay with a host family or in other accommodations.


from $552 USDper week

from $552 USDper week


What’s included

  • Program management

  • Emergency contact number 24/7

  • Free salsa dance classes in san jose

  • Free office-wide wifi and computer lounge in san jose

  • Letter of recommendation

  • Official certificate of volunteer service

  • Walking tour

  • Program and safety orientation

  • 3-4 hours per day of volunteer work

  • Breakfast and dinner 7 days per week

  • Dormitory style housing at turtle project

  • Host family accommodations (shared room) in san jose

  • Airport pickup

What’s not included

  • Personal spending money

  • Airport drop-off

  • Travel and tours

  • Daily transportation

  • Travel insurance

  • Flights

Start dates

Project start dates are every Monday, year-round.

Maximo Nivel is dedicated to providing an unforgettable travel experience to students, volunteers, and adventure seekers. Since 2003, Maximo Nivel has been assisting international clients with coordinating their vacations and gap-years in Latin America to include study abroad and volunteer opportunities. More recently, the organization has added internships, adventure and culture programs, scuba and yoga certifications, and more. Over 4,000 participants choose Maximo Nivel every year for their local, in-country presence, exceptional client support, community outreach and volunteer projects, and their free tandem-language exchange-program. Maximo Nivel has been featured in the Washington Post, Matador Network, and Huffington Post.


  • Stefani

    August 10, 2018

  • I spent my summer volunteering in Guatemala with the medical project. I was given the role of running the medical clinic in San Miguel Dueñas to work with the elderly and care for them during my time there. I organized the clinic and made sure all of my patients ...Read more

  • Tamara Hathorn

    August 03, 2018

  • Maximo Nivel was a great company to go through for volunteering. The staff is very helpful and understanding, and the facilities provide both at the main building and the homestay was much better than I was originally expecting. The value of the volunteering was a little disappointing, but the other ...Read more

  • kasey

    August 03, 2018

  • they were really welcoming and informative, they made me feel at home. I will remember this for the rest of my life

  • mihrab randhawa

    August 03, 2018


    August 03, 2018

  • Maximo is an amazing company! They took care of everything and ensured that we got a fun and beneficial experience.

  • Miranda Mingen

    August 03, 2018

  • I had an amazing experience here at Maximo Nivel and would definitely work with them again! Thank you for all the time here and the support that came with it!

  • Inigo Hohmyer

    August 02, 2018

  • Volunteering with this organization has been awesome. The time I spent here I will remember for the rest of my life

  • Juliana

    August 01, 2018

  • Tuve una excelente experiencia de voluntariado. El staff, el placement, los voluntarios y todo hacen un buen trabajo y se crea muy buen ambiente. Pude disfrutar mucho de mi proyecto y tambien aprendi mucho. Gracias!!

  • Tim Schulte

    July 27, 2018

  • My volunteer trip was an incredible experience. It was a great way to experience a different culture while making a meaningful contribution. I felt safe the entire time and I got the opportunity to meet and work with many great people.

  • Michelle Clapp

    July 27, 2018

  • Volunteering in Costa Rica has been an absolutely amazing adventure! I learned so much more than I expected by working hands-on with the assisted living home and the paramedics. I made life-long friends and have memories that will last forever. Huge shout out to the people at Maximo Nivel who ...Read more

  • Laura Domenichini

    July 26, 2018

  • In my project I worked with kids at Juan Pablo Segundo.It was a wonderful experience! Every kid gave me something. Everyone is unique and very special for me. I recommend this experience to every one. Now I take with me in Italy such as a great experience that will ...Read more

  • Jennet Wu

    July 26, 2018

  • A massive thank you to Maximo Nivel for a great experience in Cusco Peru. Even though my stay was a short one week I was able to meet so many different people, try local food and visit all the attractions in the area. The best part by far will have ...Read more

  • Siwen Rong

    July 26, 2018

  • It has been an amazing trip here volunteering for the teaching english program in a preschool in Cusco, Peru! The only thing I would have loved to change would be to have stayed and volunteered for a longer period of time. Going to miss the kiddos and every single person ...Read more

  • Nicole Richter

    July 26, 2018

  • I volunteered in Cusco with my two teenaged children and it was a great first experience. The facility is great, we liked the cafe and wifi. And the staff is very welcoming and helpful. Our homestay was terrific as well.

  • Kelly Sommers

    July 23, 2018

  • Maximo was very supportive with helping to make us comfortable in our 2 weeks here. Their staff is wonderful and I am so glad I met them! I want to return and continue on this journey volunteering.

  • Jessica Drebsky

    July 23, 2018

  • This was such a heart-warming, wonderful experience that I was able to complete with two of my amazing friends. Our project was incredible and it leaves me feeling grateful, blessed and fortunate that I was able to do what I love (teach) in such a beautiful country. Maximo Nivel was ...Read more

  • Stephanie Butera

    July 23, 2018

  • This experience was extremely rewarding. The students were so appreciative and I bonded with them so quickly. The Maximo Nivel staff was extremely supportive and helpful through the whole experience and made us feel comfortable and safe. The only complaint I have is the fact that this program is very ...Read more

  • Katy Johnson

    July 22, 2018

  • The staff and my host family were amazing. Would definitely do another volunteer trip with Maximo in the future, or IVHQ.

  • Mustafa Islam

    July 20, 2018

  • I came here to spend 8 weeks of my summer in the Panthera Sanctuary and the experience was worth every moment I was here. I gained valuable experience in regards to my college major path of Marine Environmental Science and have made so many memories that will last me a ...Read more

  • Nora Torrens

    July 20, 2018

  • Good people, great experience. Very welcoming, I feel like I have a second home in Perú Medical program great in Tupac Amaru.

  • Isabel Mota Carno

    July 20, 2018

  • Estoy muy contenta con el apoyo de Maximo Nivel en nuestras actividades. El programa de construcción ha sido espectacular con muy buen ambiente. En contraste, el programa medico no resultó tan bien debido a que en la pagina de IVHQ lo escrito no coinice con lo practico. Me esperaba mas ...Read more

  • Sergio Baez

    July 20, 2018

  • The experience was completely amazing, I learned a lot about the culture, the people and about the medical procedures in the country. My family accommodations were great and I felt at home from the moment I arrived. I completely recommend this experience to everyone who wants a taste of the ...Read more

  • Elise PRAGA

    July 20, 2018

  • great staff, accessible super easily and are really helpfull for everything we may need

  • James

    July 20, 2018

  • I spent 10 weeks in the Jungle Conservation project. It was amazing! I loved being on the Panthera Sanctuary site and the supervisors were excellent. I was able to learn so much about the Madre de Dios region, the animals and the agriculture of the region. Great experience and I ...Read more

  • Vonne Cook

    July 20, 2018

  • This program is fantastic! My daughter and I came to volunteer and learn Spanish. Maximo Nivel took care of every detail to make this an absolutely wonderful experience for us both. We met people from all over the world who came for the same experience. Our only regret is that ...Read more

  • Grace Romesberg

    July 20, 2018

  • I had a wonderful time her in Peru. I had lots of support from the staff and from my homestay. I encourage other young people to get involved with this program.

  • Zoe

    July 20, 2018

  • Maximo Nivel was always incredibly supportive. I had multiple special requests over the course of my stay, and they always found a way to make things work. I loved my project, and my homestay was better than a hotel in many ways! I would definitely recommend Maximo Nivel to a ...Read more

  • Alexa Wallert

    July 13, 2018

  • Whether you volunteer for a week of 6 the impact is worth it! This was my first time volunteering abroad and I would recommend it to everyone and anyone that wants to make a difference, experience a new culture, and meet people from all over the world.

  • Lottie Phillips

    July 13, 2018

  • I have just finished the most amazing three weeks volunteering and studying Spanish with Maximo Nivel (through IVHQ). My project was amazing, the support was constant and my overall experience was incredible. I would highly recommend volunteering/studying to anyone. It is definitely worth it.

  • Remi Samad

    July 13, 2018

  • i went to Cusco for a volunteer proogram of teaching english and Maximo Nivel made sure everything is very organized and the staff is very helpful in every aspect of the volunteer stay and project.

  • Drake Shafer

    July 04, 2018

  • I thoroughly enjoyed the clinic that I worked at. In my experience here I learned in order to make the most of your volunteer project it is imperative to take initiative and have the attitude of being enthusiastic and motivated to help asmuch as possible for whatever tasks you are ...Read more

  • Jessica Dorado

    July 03, 2018

  • My favorite part about this program is how much the TEFL instructor Audra cares about her students (not to mention her unwavering optimism). Despite how busy she is, she makes time for her students - both current and alumni. When Audra learned I was interested in teaching in Spain, she got ...Read more

  • Danelle Stanton

    July 02, 2018

  • I have only spent a few days in Antigua but I have had an awesome experience so far! The staff is friendly and willing to answer any questions. I highly recommend Maximo Nivel to anyone wanting to volunteer or learn Spanish!

  • Cezanne Bianco

    July 01, 2018

  • Maximo Nivel and IVHQ have both been so helpful throughout my experience thus far In Guatemala -I am so glad I chose Guatemala and I have had tremendous support since I have arrived. I was given specific instructions on who I was meeting and the volunteer house is not too ...Read more

  • Jazmin Batley

    July 01, 2018

  • Most amazing experience with maximo nivel on the panthera sanctuary project!

  • kristen kakoschke

    June 29, 2018

  • Experience of a life time! Met wonderful people and the staff were beyond helpful. The project I was at was amazing even with the little spanish I know. While I was here I was able to go on outstanding excursions with Maximo Nivels travel partner MJ who organized everything. I ...Read more

  • Elisandra Segal

    June 29, 2018

  • I have absolutely loved my time here at Costa Rica. I did the Special Needs Care project, and it was everything I hoped it would be. I am currently a speech therapy student, and I originally did this project to hopefully gain experience with speefch therapy. I was placed at ...Read more

  • Clarissa Topete

    June 29, 2018

  • Maximo Nivel was very helpful with providing information that I needed. My project location was ositos and that was a very wonderful experience. The satff and kids were super sweet and helpful!!

  • Kiri T

    June 28, 2018

  • I contacted Maximo Nivel and chose to complete my TEFL course in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica and I was thoroughly pleased with the professional nature of the language school. They made the process easy to follow and arranged a driver to pick me up from the airport, a host family ...Read more

  • Tom Hunt

    June 24, 2018

  • Really enjoyed the three weeks on the construction project. Met a lot of new people from different countries there and in the homestay. The Spanish classes I took were also beneficial and has helped me improve my vocabulary. Cusco is an interesting city to visit with lots of history and ...Read more

  • Sebastian smith

    June 24, 2018

  • The program was a great experience and very organized giving a unique program to volunteer abroad. I did the medical volunteering and Spanish class. Of all the other programs I looked at, they offered a unique program to get hands on medical volunteering where I was able to do many ...Read more

  • Catarina

    June 22, 2018

  • I really learned a lot while doing construction with Maximo Nivel! I would love to do it again!

  • Kate Gaines

    June 21, 2018

  • I had a really great time volunteering through Maximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru! I participated in the medical project and took Spanish classes. It was so helpful to have the support of Maximo Nivel in order to identify a project location, get to my project, and get help when I ...Read more

  • Ana Maria Balaoi

    June 21, 2018

  • The medical volunteering project of Clinic San Pedro supported by Maximo Nivel was extraordinary. The orientation team provided vital information about daily concerns like places to withdraw money, best restaurants to have lunch, places to visit. The accommodation that team allocated for me become my home for the period I ...Read more

  • Heather

    June 18, 2018

  • Choosing Maximo Nivel for my TEFL certification was one of the best choices I have ever made. The live chat from their website was super helpful in answering all my questions and I felt totally comfortable and easy travelling to Manuel Antonio. The course was great and my TEFL instructor ...Read more

  • Isa

    June 18, 2018

  • The TEFL program here is amazing! I really enjoyed the classes and had lots of fun learning how to teach English.

  • Ann Emilie Tjorhom

    June 18, 2018

  • TEFL COURSE REVIEWI had the choice between taking this course in Tucson, Arizona and Costa Rica. I'm soooooo glad I chose this location and this company. The view is gorgeous and the staff is even more beautiful... But really, they are all extremely helpful and attentive through the entire ...Read more

  • Tara Cartier

    June 15, 2018

  • This was my first time traveling to a new country alone, and Maximo Nivel helped to ensure I had a safe and amazing experience. The support from the office is great and they were open to answer any and all questions I had. Peru is absolutely beautiful and it was ...Read more

  • Bimbola Orikogbo

    June 15, 2018

  • I had such a wonderful time working at the zoo in cusco. Such a wonderful project with great staff.

  • Nelson Peterson-Hui

    June 15, 2018

  • Cusco is cool-sco and maximo nivel is mui bueno. Honestly, had a really great time, would do again

  • Madeleine Wawrzyniak

    June 14, 2018

  • I was a volunteer in Cusco Peru at a dog shelter and was genuinely in love with my time here. Everyone showed so much love and compassion, not only for me but for the animals! This has sparked my love of travel and was my first time volunteering internationally and ...Read more

  • Robert Underwood

    June 09, 2018

  • It was a very fun trip

  • Stephan R

    June 08, 2018

  • My daughter and I spent a week working with a 2nd grade teacher and her students. The -too short- experience was great: we were able to meet people with a different culture and this was very enriching. We are already talking about our next trip.

  • Chloe

    June 08, 2018

  • I had an excellent time at my project. The kids at my placement were incredibly sweet. My homestay was clean and welcoming, with excellent food provided for breakfast and dinner. I will definitely be doing this again.

  • Huntar Jones

    June 07, 2018

  • This has been an amazing volunteer experience, and I have met so many amazing people! I would recommend this to anyone!

  • Jacob Rosendale

    June 07, 2018

  • Maximo Nemo has been a great company to work with these past three weeks in Peru! I would 100% travel with them again.

  • Eric Chow

    June 07, 2018

  • The staff was very helpful in accommodating and directing me on what to do and where to go. I had a great experience with the given clinic as well as the spanish classes.

  • Eunchang Choi

    June 07, 2018

  • good experience and nice people

  • Eliza Brackenridge Jones

    June 07, 2018

  • really enjoyable experience would highly recommend to anyone!

  • Shannon Gonzales

    June 07, 2018

  • The program exceeded my expectations. I enjoyed the hands-on construction experience and felt like I made a difference. I felt genuinely immersed in the city of Cusco and the work I was part of.

  • Jillian Little

    June 02, 2018

  • I encourage everybody to volunteer through Maximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru. This experience was amazing and something I will share with my family members and friends. I met so many amazing people and my homestay was great. It felt like a home away from home as we did everything together ...Read more

  • Kate Stryczek

    June 01, 2018

  • I had a great experience volunteering with IVHQ via Maximo Nivel. My host family was amazing, I learned a lot at the clinic I worked at, and the people and town of Çusco were absolutely perfect. Everyone at maximo nivel was friendly and effective in helping me out. Thanks ...Read more


    June 01, 2018

  • Great group staying at Edy however,some rooms and showers better an others.

  • Claudia Passarell

    June 01, 2018

  • Maximo Nivel has made me feel at home here. My first day I was sick and they took me to and from the doctor. They made my experience hassle free and very enjoyable. I would recommend a program with them and will for sure look into doing another one in ...Read more

  • Jarrod Coppell

    June 01, 2018

  • very good.

  • Delia G

    June 01, 2018

  • I am just finishing my project in Cusco, Peru, today, after volunteering with children for 2 months. I am overly grateful for my experience and all the friends I made along the way. Maximo Nivel guided me through my project, has supported me with finding a good homestay and overall ...Read more

  • Natalie Srbu

    May 19, 2018

  • We were in Cusco for 2 weeks and it was absolutely amazing!! We volunteered through Maximo Nivel at a local zoo at the university and I couldn´t have asked for a better project to be apart of. You truly feel like your´e helping make a difference and the ...Read more

  • Dani Monsberger

    May 19, 2018

  • Overall great experience! A lot of friendly people who are willing to help at any time! The volunteer experience at the zoo was fantastic. The home stay family was very welcoming and accommodating to any food sensitivities/allergies we had! My favourite part of the trip aside from volunteering would ...Read more

  • Carol Lioubomirskaia

    May 18, 2018

  • Maximo Nivel was very accommodating to any concerns I had and the staff was amazing.Would love to volunteer with them again!

  • Anna LaSusa

    May 14, 2018

  • Great time, wonderful work!

  • Kevin

    May 12, 2018

  • A unique Experience that can only be offered in this wonderful location. I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone

  • Kareem

    May 11, 2018

  • Maximo Nivel did an excellent job facilitating my volunteer efforts. After a brief survey, they seem to know exactly what it is that I was looking for and how to go about feeling fulfilled as volunteers. It is pricey, BUT totally worth it!

  • Monourea

    May 11, 2018

  • Had an outstanding experience with Maximo Nivel medical campaign. Thanks for a wonderful time. Muchos Gracias!

  • Modesta

    May 11, 2018

  • I had an amazing experience being in Guatemala for the first time. Maximo Nivel made the experience worth while.

  • Hannah Condon

    May 11, 2018

  • Great experience! Support staff and communitites were super friendly and helpful throughout the entire experience! }}

  • Melodie Therrien

    May 11, 2018

  • This was my first time doing volunteering let alone going to a foreign country by myself and Maximo was there for me every step of the way. They gave me all the support i needed and made me feel welcome in this beautiful country. I want to thank every one ...Read more

  • Muriel P.

    May 11, 2018

  • I did a gap year with Maximo where I stayed here for 6 months and did pretty much EVERYTHING they had to offer including Spanish classes and TEFL certification. I had a blast! My host family was super nice and accommodating. The staff was very helpful and FLEXIBLE. They allowed ...Read more

  • Dianna Rowe

    May 10, 2018

  • Maximo is incredible! I have met so many passionate and motivated people here during my stay in Cusco- fellow international volunteers and Peruvian students alike. I have learned so much about healthcare, culture, and Spanish through every relationship I have made and I know these relationships will last SO LONG ...Read more

  • Michael D.

    May 05, 2018

  • This is a perfect opportunity for individuals to gain experience in any medical field they may choose. The hospitality and warm welcomes from the local people made this trip all that much better. I would recommend this to any group of students in our university. Our time here is something ...Read more

  • Nicole Ellis

    May 03, 2018

  • The people at Maximo were so helpful and supportive that they really made the trip! The homestay was amazing. There was a great atmosphere in the house with all the other volunteers and the food was amazing. I absolutely loved my project placement at the preschool and couln´t have ...Read more

  • Pratip Nag

    April 24, 2018

  • Our first hospital medical mission was super smooth thanks to the wonderful work and support of Claudia, Marco and team. They are the best!

  • Willow

    April 21, 2018

  • Thank you Maximo Nivel for the fun experience! I had an amazing time volunteering in Cusco!

  • Tim Arnao

    April 20, 2018

  • Maximo was more than accomodating during my time in Cusco. Whether it came to restuarant recommendations, program issues, and even a hospital recommendation when I was sick, the team at Maximo was very helpful and resourceful. I´d recommend Maximo to anyone looking to volunteer through a well organized and ...Read more

  • Stephanie Yost

    April 13, 2018

  • I greatly enjoyed volunteering and taking Spanish classes with Maximo Nivel!

  • Michael U

    April 13, 2018

  • 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 ...Read more

  • Emily Barbey

    April 13, 2018

  • I only did this project for 1 week so it was a quick placement. It was a very rewarding experience, though, because you can see your impact instantaneously. We worked with a group of about 25 children ranging in age from 6 to 26 at an orphanage. All with varying ...Read more

  • Allie Barbey

    April 13, 2018

  • i can´t believe our week with maximo is already over! it has been an amazing week here in cusco working at kusi wasi. the maximo staff was available for help from start to finish of this project and has been nothing but helpful and amazing. we had a great ...Read more

  • Emily Abriatis

    April 13, 2018

  • I volunteered through Maximo for 2 months and had a really wonderful experience and was really impressed. They really offer a lot of support and take care of everything, from airport pickup to finding the perfect host family to helping organize weekend trips. I got placed with an NGO in ...Read more

  • Sabrina Patel

    April 12, 2018

  • I really enjoyed my experience volunteering with Maximo Nivel in Cusco. All of the staff were very friendly and accommodating, and I felt safe the entire time I was here. Our host family, Ronald and Yeni, were amazing hosts and made sure that we were comfortable and well fed throughout ...Read more

  • Emma Hatanaka

    April 12, 2018

  • Maximo Nivel was a great organization to volunteer abroad with. I have wanted to volunteer abroad for some time and this experience was everything I hoped for. I not only got to work in a clinic in Zarzuela helping the staff and patients and learning about Peru´s medical system ...Read more

  • Anna Lynch

    March 24, 2018

  • A mi me gusta Maximo Nivel! Gracias para todos! Yo tuvo un buen tiempo!

  • Hannah Westhenry

    March 23, 2018

  • Maximo were amazing. I´ve picked up more Spanish then I ever thought I would, learnt how to survive peruvian traffic and met amazing people.

  • Eveline

    March 19, 2018

  • The TEFL Course was amazing! After 4 weeks I feel that I have grown so much - both as a person and as a teacher. Sean, the TEFL trainer, was incredibly knowledgeable, always offered great support and is just such an inspiring person! The course is intense, but you'll see ...Read more

  • Ryan Stewart

    March 16, 2018

  • So today it was with a happy but heavy heart 💓 that I bid farewell to the beautiful children of Añañau thanks 🙏 to them, their co-founder Ellen, the amazing teachers, the brilliant people at Maximo, the wonderful volunteers at this place it was a truly touching experience ...Read more

  • Martia

    March 15, 2018

  • My experience with Maximo Novel has been once in a lifetime. Getting my TEFL certificate although exhausting and challenging, was also extremely enjoyable. Audra made it all the worth while with her enthusiasm and desire to help each student do their best. Maximo also do their best to give as ...Read more

  • Christina Hoang

    March 15, 2018

  • I had an amazing time in Cusco, Peru, volunteering at a clinic and learning Spanish at Maximo Peru. The staff were very friendly and helpful. My host family was very kind and cooked delicious food for dinner every night. I learned a lot during my 3 weeks with Maximo and ...Read more

  • K.C. Rondello

    March 15, 2018

  • Had a wonderful time in Cusco with Maximo Nivel - project was interesting and rewarding, homestay was warm and welcoming, staff was friendly and knowledgeable. All around, a terrific experience. Gracias!

  • Mele Sanchez

    March 15, 2018

  • shout out to maximo nivel for the amazing accommodation and service these past couple of months...if anyone is considering studying or volunteering abroad, i highly recommend maximo! #MAXIMOPERU

  • Heather Molander

    March 12, 2018

  • The entire experience with maximo nivel was incredible. The staff was extremely friendly and helpful throughout the entire process. I am so thankful for the opportunity to work with them, and cannot wait to return!

  • Charlie

    March 11, 2018

  • This was the first time I had any kind of experience like this. I was looking for an option to both study Spanish and volunteer abroad when I found Maximo Nivel. I was hesitant because I did not know what to expect, especially when arriving in a foreign country where ...Read more

  • Katherine Allos

    March 08, 2018

  • I had the most incredible experience teaching English at Qosko Maki with Maximo Nivel. I am sad to be heading home so soon. This was my first project with Maximo Nivel and it will certainly not be my last. I already cannot wait to come back. Thank you for the ...Read more

  • Miia

    March 04, 2018

  • I've volunteered with Maximo Nivel twice now, in Peru and Costa Rica. Both times the organization was very supportive and provided interesting projects. Doing jungle conservation in Chontachaca was a really cool experience and working with olive ridley sea turtles in Ostional was the most amazing thing I've ...Read more

  • Sofia Sekelova

    March 03, 2018

  • I am very glad i decided to come to peru and volunteer with Maximo Nivel. I got out of my comfort zone and this trip has far exceeded my expectations. I highly recommend volunteering with Maximo and I am already planning my next trip. See you soon!Sofia

  • Lindsay B.

    March 02, 2018

  • Maximo Nivel's program in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica was one of the best experiences I have had. My homestay was fantastic and I truly felt that I became part of the family. The office staff is very helpful and very friendly, and my Spanish classes were fantastic. I worked ...Read more

  • Makayla

    March 02, 2018

  • I had a great experience getting my TEFL certification in Costa Rica. I am so excited to be able to start using my certification to teach.

  • Taylor Smith

    March 02, 2018

  • I did the TFEl program in Costa Rica and I loved it! The course was interesting and by the end of it I was so much more confident in my new teaching abilities. My instructor, Audra, was upbeat, funny and genuinely in love with her job. This made going To ...Read more

  • abasi bomani

    March 02, 2018

  • Today marks the end of my stent volunteering in Peru with Maximo Nivel. To put it simply I had a great time. I was fortunate to volunteer in the C.S Tupac amaru clinic and work beside great doctors. True resourcefulness is doing the best with what you have, and ...Read more

  • Nicholas Gentile

    February 28, 2018

  • Maximo Nivel´s TEFL program was, simply put, amazing. It was informative, challenging, and extremely fun. All my expectations were met in and out of the classroom. The TEFL trainer here, Sean, was highly adept at connecting with a wide variety of people and able to make everyone´s voices ...Read more

  • Travis Lacey

    February 28, 2018

  • TEFL at Maximo was a great experience! It opened so many doors for me and I learned so much! Sean was an excellent teacher, I enjoyed every class and Maximo was always there to help whenever I needed it. I highly recommend doing your TEFL at Maximo Nivel!

  • Logan Ryan

    February 28, 2018

  • Going to Cusco, Peru was something that I never thought I would do. I decided to leave my country to get out of my comfort zone and travel into a different country that would put me out of my comfort zone. I wanted to teach and learn Spanish at the ...Read more

  • Colleen Shannon

    February 28, 2018

  • Maximo Nivel has a great TEFL program. I learned more in the 4 weeks than I could have ever imagined. Not only do they have a great program but the international office helps support your stay in Peru. I highly recommend it!

  • Cassidy Capps

    February 28, 2018

  • I completed the TEFL course in Cusco, Peru. I only have good things to say about the facility and the instructors. Sean was the lead instructor and Yobi was his assistant. Are class was rather large and I never felt like that affected the quality. Sean and Yobi were terrific ...Read more

  • Benjamin McDonald

    February 28, 2018

  • One of the best experiences I´ve ever had was going through the TEFL program at Maximo Nivel in Peru. When I graduated with my certificate I was more proud than when I graduated college. The staff were extremely supportive and I learned so much. Sean is one of the ...Read more

  • Eleven

    February 23, 2018

  • The people over at Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica are very caring people. There are so many opportunities to help out around the country as well as opportunity to learn ! Working with Maximo Nivel is an absolute pleasure and i recommend to everyone!

  • Opia Hamilton-Delmas

    February 19, 2018

  • I just graduated from the TEFL course in Antigua, Guatemala two days ago and it was the most incredible experience. Karen Wilke was the best teacher I have ever had and everyone in my class were awesome. It was a lot of work but so rewarding and definitely worth it ...Read more

  • Libbie Silverman

    February 16, 2018

  • I spent a month in Cusco to do the medical volunteer project. Before this, I had never been out of the country. Maximo Nivel allowed me to feel safe and comfortable. My overall experience was amazing. Not only did I have a blast volunteering, I also enjoyed every second at ...Read more

  • Lindsey Ellington

    February 08, 2018

  • Thanks Maximo for my amazing time here in Cusco Peru! Pretty much everything was perfect the only thing was the food at my homestay was not always healthy for me being a vegetarian often I had only rice and egg. I loved working with the animals and Milagros, all of ...Read more

  • Anonymous

    February 03, 2018

  • someday i will volunteer with you guys

  • Jillian

    January 10, 2018

  • Maximo has been quite the experience for me. I took the TEFL course in Antigua Guatemala For starters the teacher (Karen) that led my group was amazing!!! Caring, patient, and extremely knowlendgable! She was there every single step of the way offering a helping hand, and giving great realistic advice ...Read more

  • Liz Sawle

    November 26, 2017

  • Who knew that taking a 4-week intensive course learning how to teach English could be one of the most fun, entertaining, enlightening, fulfilling experiences you could have?! Oh yes it was challenging, nay exhausting, at times, but the hard work pays off and the drained energy is replenished ten-fold when ...Read more

  • Alejandro Caballero

    November 25, 2017

  • TEFL certification at Maximo Nivel Guatemala was one of those experiences which memories will last in my mind forever. The course content was relevant and concise, very well structured curriculum to equip the students with the necessary tools to kill it as an ESL teacher abroad!! The staff was very ...Read more

  • Marco Cabrera

    November 23, 2017

  • Karen Wilke is not only a wonderful teacher, She is a wonderful person. Getting my TESOL/TEFL certificate was an amazing experience and is something I will take with me and remember for the rest of my life. Maximo Nivel was a great school to get my certificate. I would ...Read more

  • Karen Cooper

    November 17, 2017

  • Our construction project manager, Fredy, led by positive, joyful examples when dealing with issues on the project and allowing me to learn by showing me what was to be accomplished for the days work. HE then let the experience happen for me! The Maximal Nival organization operates professionally on every ...Read more

  • Alan Davis

    November 17, 2017

  • Maximo Nivel is a first class organization and made voluntering an excellent experience in Guatemala. I would recommend Maximo to anybody looking to volunteer in a foreign country as we had a wonderful time volunteering and also taking the spanish classes they offered. I had never volunteered in a foreign ...Read more

  • Aaron zupan

    November 17, 2017

  • 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!

  • Maria Skriver

    November 17, 2017

  • No matter if you are already a trained teacher or just discovered your inner teacher, allow youself this 4 week course with Maximo Nivel. It's intens, inspiring and simply fantastic. The staff here in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica are extremely professionel an will give you a warm welcome, and ...Read more

  • Frayne

    November 16, 2017

  • Truly worthwhile experience! The staff at Maximo Nivel really care and are all excellent. One of the best reasons to go to Maximo Manuel Antonio, besides the surrounding scenery, is the instructor Audra. She will work so hard to help you understand concepts and has great sense of humor. Makes ...Read more

  • Ron Moore

    November 15, 2017

  • Outstanding!!! Taught English to Bomberos....I am retired military so it was like coming home, good group of guys and girls, comradely. , nicknames. Spanish classes were excellent and Antigua was excellent, a little known secret, friendly people, great restaurants, good artisans and great chocolate and coffee. I would recommend school ...Read more

  • Carrie O'Toole

    November 14, 2017

  • I volunteered in Antigua Guatemala at a vet clinic. It was a life changing experience and I would definitely do it again in a heart beat. The people were so friendly & helpful.

  • Ryley

    November 13, 2017

  • I volunteered in the Senior Care program for 1 week in Antigua, Guatemala before switching to the Special Needs program. It was a lot of fun doing crafts with the older folks here, a good place to practice Spanish!

  • Deb Van Natter

    November 13, 2017

  • I have just arrived home from my first volunteer/cultural experience with Maximo Nivel in Antiqua, Guatemala. From beginning to end, my experience was excellent and exceeded my expectations. Too many favourite moments to mention, but a few include: working at the San Lucas daycare with the fantastic staff and ...Read more

  • Tani Shimizu

    November 08, 2017

  • My andean immersion experience was truly one for the books. From start to finish it was more than what I could have ever hoped for. The family that housed me was so sweet and I could not have asked for a better placement. This project truly allows you to delve ...Read more

  • Matthew Edwards

    November 06, 2017

  • Overall, my time volunteering in the construction of a new children's hospital clinic in Cusco has been incredibly rewarding and memorable. Process can be slow at times, but it is a fulfilling experience to see every step taken towards the construction of a new building. The people I worked ...Read more

  • Spencer

    October 31, 2017

  • Definitely one of the best volunteer groups I've been on on helping out at k pets changed the way I look at animals and seeing them more as humans then as petsthe staff was amazing and very friendly and always helpful and fun to be around thanks maximo for ...

  • J.R. Jasinski

    October 28, 2017

  • Huge shout-out to Maximo Nivel for providing me the opportunity to have such a memorable experience in Cusco. The team was always willing to help...whether it was first-day orientation, on-site visits, or just being there if I had a question...I knew I could count on them for any ...Read more

  • Holly Travis

    October 26, 2017

  • I have been volunteering with Maximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru, for the past three months and have absolutely loved my time here! I just graduated college and wanted to take a gap year before going back to school. I have several friends who took a similar break but spent it ...Read more

  • Emil Tjonneland

    October 25, 2017

  • I had an amazing time on my volunteer trip to Cusco and Manu. Spent 3 weeks in cusco doing construction great program and our host in town was really amazing. I then traveled to the rain forest doing reforestation work and it was amazing. I would recommend maximo as a ...Read more

  • Karim

    October 25, 2017

  • Fantastic Experience With Maximo Nivel Peru Teaching English!I volunteered with Maximo Peru in Cusco for 3 weeks teaching English in October 2017 and what an amazing experience it was!From the moment I arrived to the day I left I was given all the help and support I needed ...Read more

  • Eduardo

    October 22, 2017

  • I have only good things to say about the course that started on Sept. 25th and ended on Oct. 19th. The TEFL Certification course, Maximo Nivel team, specially Karen out trainer have proven to be a crew of professionals aiming to give their best insights of teaching, recommendations, tips, and ...Read more

  • Matt Smeltzer

    October 22, 2017

  • I graduated from the Maximo Nivel TEFL training last week, and am eager to comment on the high quality of my teacher. Karen Wilke is by far the most inspiring teacher I have ever had. She has a wealth of knowledge, and the ability to share it in a way ...Read more

  • Alissa Allison

    October 20, 2017

  • I went to San Jose, Costa Rica to volunteer at site specific to kids. This trip with Maximo Nivel was my first time traveling to a Spanish speaking country, and I could not have had a better experience. All of the staff was very supportive and my host family was ...Read more

  • Len

    October 20, 2017

  • As someone who didn't learn English as a first language, I have to say that the experience was wonderful. I didn’t come to Costa Rica to enjoy the beaches and warm climate. In fact, I moved here to help my family so when I heard about the TEFL ...Read more

  • Rachel Kacer

    October 20, 2017

  • 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 ...Read more

  • Cassidy Crippen

    October 20, 2017

  • I had the most incredible experience getting my TEFL/TESOL certificate in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica at COSI. My school had a warm atmosphere and all of the staff was supportive and kind. My teacher was the most delightful and helpful person, and made the experience that much better. The ...Read more

  • Katie Gonsalves

    October 20, 2017

  • This course was amazing. Audra's the world's greatest teacher and Costa Rica/Manuel Antonio is the bees knees. I cannot believe the amount we have learned and accomplished in this amount of time and I'm so thankful I found this course! The practical teaching hours were amazing ...Read more

  • Zach Blaney

    October 20, 2017

  • This course is a really fun and exciting way to learn how to teach TEFL. The employess are all extremely fun and helpful. The course was jam picked with information, and every single day was filled with good and useful information. Audra was an excellent teacher, eccentric and fun, and ...Read more

  • KW

    October 19, 2017

  • Hands down, one of the best experiences I have had. Audra is an AMAZING teacher!! She is so passionate about what she is teaching and it is incredibly contagious. I came into this program with very little confidence in being an English teacher. As I sit here writing this review ...Read more

  • Anna O'Callaghan

    October 14, 2017

  • Virgen del Socorro is such a progressive facility here in Guatemala. It has been a pleasure to work with the patients and to contribute even in a small way to their happiness in there day to day lives.

  • Nancy

    October 12, 2017

  • My trip with volunteering in the orphanges was life changing. Not only were the kids amazing but the staff at maximo checked in on me often and I never felt lost or worried for my health. Would really reccoment this experience and going through maximo nivel!

  • Kelly Watkinson

    October 12, 2017

  • Volunteering with Maximo in Antigua has been an unbelievable experience, eceeding all of my expectations. I couldn't have asked for a better home away from home with Patsy, Juaquin and Samuel making me feel like part of the family. I had the great privelege of working at Vetpro during ...Read more

  • Mackenzie Perry

    October 09, 2017

  • I had a great time from start to finish. Audra was amazing in every way. She was very passionate about her work and happy to help up find work after the program. I learned so much in such a short a time in ways that I never would have thought ...Read more

  • Shlomit Levy

    October 08, 2017

  • We came to La Antigua to volunteer in the medical field,travel and experience the community. With the assistance of Maximo Nivel and its helpful, supportive and upbeat staff, we had an outstanding adventure which had a valuable impact on our visit. Stating with the accommodation with a welcoming and ...Read more

  • Billy John Sales

    October 07, 2017

  • I conducted my study abroad trip during Spring of 2017. I initially wanted to go to Japan to study abroad but it was quickly filled to capacity. I was left with three choices: Morocco, Portugal, and Guatemala. Ultimately, I chose Guatemala due to my love and my desire to become ...Read more

  • Gustavo Macalpin

    October 06, 2017

  • Firefighters are kind people that give their life for the community. In La Antigua, Guatemala you can find a lot of people from different parts of the world. That being said, for firefighters is really important to learn some basic english, especially so they can approach to ask if someone ...Read more

  • Jasmine Summers-Evans

    October 06, 2017

  • Jardin de Amor:I spent 5 weeks volunteering as an english teacher at Jardin de Amor, and they were some of the best weeks of my life. The school and all of the people working there exceeded my expectations in every way. They are so welcoming, willing to help, and ...Read more

  • Gillian Carney

    October 05, 2017

  • Spending 7 weeks in Antigua was the perfect amount of time to complete all of the to-dos. Every weekend was a new adventure: whether it was hiking, going to the beach, spending time at Lake Atitlan or walking around the beautiful cobblestone streets of Antigua. Beyond the amazing location, the ...Read more

  • Margaret Wagner

    October 03, 2017

  • I absolutely loved working at Virgen del Socorro! The kids are absolutely amazing! The only issue I had with my volunteer work here was leaving. It felt amazing working with these children and I developed great and special relationships with them and even some of the workers at the site ...Read more

  • Sar

    October 03, 2017

  • I was in the daycare in San Lucas. I stayed in Etapa 2 everyday. The kids were absolutely adorable and the teachers were both so sweet in that classroom. Everyone that works there loves the kids and being there. It is easy to tell by their attitudes and the various ...Read more

  • Cora

    October 03, 2017

  • I loved my time here, I wish I had had longer! The program was a great, safe way to meet a group of interesting people while travelling alone. I partook in the Medical program here, and appreciated the opportunity to get hands on with such a different healthcare system than ...Read more

  • Lorena Ortega

    September 18, 2017

  • By far, this was one of the best experiences ever! In just one month, I learned so much about teaching English, how I can help others succeed, how this certificate benefits, and I also learned a ton about myself. Maximo Nivel in Costa Rica was everything I expected and more ...Read more

  • Madalyn Dalley

    September 18, 2017

  • I can't say enough positive things about Audra and the rest of the Maximo Nivel staff. Even though this course is short and sweet, I feel that I am leaving with the skills to command my own classroom. Audra worked tirelessly to help each student, and provided in-depth feedback ...Read more

  • Janeth

    September 14, 2017

  • Audra and Laura are amazing teachers! The course is intensive but these ladies make it fun! Also the staff at Maximo Nivel are wonderful and always willing to help with anything! The location can't be beat as you are right next to the beach! I would definitely reccomend this ...Read more

  • Maryrose Wwlsh

    August 19, 2017

  • I'm a TEFLer thanks to Maximo NivelI'm a certified elementary teacher in the United States, so when I tell you that this is the best teacher training EVER I know what I'm talking about. From the incredible host family accommodations Maximo Nivel found for me, to the ...Read more

  • Erica Brough

    August 19, 2017

  • One definitely must earn it, not just receive it. The material was thoroughly presented in an effective manner. Days were packed with class time, homework, reading material, and lesson plans. My teacher, Audra, was impressive. Not only was she clearly an expert at teaching grammar, she made it fun. She ...Read more

  • Jasmine

    August 18, 2017

  • This course was very detailed, intense, and prepares it's participants to teach English effectively! The instructor and staff are very kind, helpful, and attentive to all students' needs! The experience was very fun overall, and is held in a very beautiful setting in a well organized environment. The training ...Read more

  • Christina B

    August 18, 2017

  • My experience with Maximo Nivel was absolutely wonderful!! The staff is extremely friendly and helpful and our TEFL trainer/director, Audra, was a 12 out of 10!! She cares so much about her students and wants them to succeed. This course is a lot to cover in one month, but ...Read more

  • sabrina

    August 17, 2017

  • I took the accelerate hybrid program at Maximo Nivel, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. I thought it would have been hard to catch up with my classmates but thanks to an excellent TEFL trainer I was able to understand everything I missed in person. Audra's classes were fun, exciting and ...Read more

  • Rose

    August 16, 2017

  • 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 ...Read more

  • Kate Ford

    August 07, 2017

  • This program has evolved my life in a remarkable way. Audra is such a gem! Her spirit is so abundant and uplifting. The amount of support offered during this challenging course is unreal! Audra often stayed after hours to help us with any complications. She answered any questions we had ...Read more

  • Anne Linders

    August 03, 2017

  • If you are looking for a fun and interesting way to become TEFL certified, this is it. The course is a month long and prepares you to teach right away. It is easy to get a job right after completing the course. The instructor, Karen Wilke, is very thorough in ...Read more

  • Michaela

    August 03, 2017

  • The TEFL course was challenging and rewarding. The instructors are passionate about their work and offer practical classroom solutions and advice. Through various teaching practicals, observations, and feedback, the instructors create a very hands-on environment. Because it's a 4-week course, the workload seems condensed, but it's very manageable ...Read more

  • Katherine Radford

    July 27, 2017

  • It was a dream of mine to become TEFL certified and to teach abroad for seven years. It took me a very long time to finally decide to do it, and a friend of mine told me about the training she had just gone through at Maximo Nivel; she said ...Read more

  • Catrina

    July 21, 2017

  • I did the hybrid program, which involved me doing readings and assignments with the assistance of my instructor and then joining the class for the final 2 weeks. This flexibility really worked for my schedule. Manuel Antonio is an adorable beach town that was a great place to relax at ...Read more

  • Ian Wiggins

    July 21, 2017

  • 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 ...Read more

  • Anyssa

    July 19, 2017

  • Receiving my TEFL Certification through Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio was one of the most enriching, rewarding, amazing experiences of my life! I had an absolute blast every single day in my class and went from zero knowledge on how to teach English to teaching hour long lessons in four ...Read more

  • Elizabeth

    July 19, 2017

  • This a great TEFL program in Manuel Antonio, CR. Audra, the instructor, is phenomenal at her craft and makes the hours of classroom engagement enjoyable. The school sits atop a mountain and your views of the Pacific Ocean from the classroom are spectacular (and make it somewhat difficult to focus ...Read more

  • Irma

    July 14, 2017

  • Maximo Nivel was an overall great experience. The staff is extremely nice and the project was fun! The kids were adorable and friendly. My host mom was the absolute best and cooked great Costa Rican food! HIGHLY recommend volunteering.

  • Taylor

    July 14, 2017

  • Maximo Nivel was a great organization to volunteer abroad through. They were all very supportive and provided a welcoming environment. I would strongly recommend volunteering through Maximo Nivel!

  • Skyler

    July 05, 2017

  • I volunteered in Guatemala for five months straight out of highschool and it was without a doubt the best decision of my life. The volunteering was absolutely amazing. I worked at two different places while there, one a exotic shelter and the other a vet clinic, both of them were ...Read more

  • Kelsey

    June 27, 2017

  • We were impressed with how organized the projects were and how the layout of the facilities and the host family was. We were really happy with how everything turned out and would come again. Feel free to email me with any questions!

  • Felisa

    June 17, 2017

  • When I first started looking for a school that would meet my needs, Maximo Nivel kept popping up in my search inquires. I decided to delve a little further into this program, and I am so glad that I did. From the very start of requesting information, Julia-not sure of ...Read more

  • Ayanna

    June 17, 2017

  • Taking the TEFL course through Maximo Nivel was so much more than I thought it would be! I did the 4 week program based in Costa Rica and I absolutely recommend taking your TEFL here. My instructor, Audra, was great. She really makes this intensive course fun and possible. The ...Read more

  • Ashley Barnes

    June 16, 2017

  • This was a wonderful course! I am so glad that I took the TEFL certification course through Maximo Nivel. Audra was an absolutely incredible teacher--she made the content relevant and easy to comprehend. She was full of energy, which made the course a lot of fun, and she was also ...Read more

  • Caroline J

    June 15, 2017

  • I absolutely loved the TEFL program with Maximo. I am a first time traveler outside the US and had a little bit of cold feet at the beginning and voiced these concerns with Paula in San Jose and then was put in contact with Karen and Audra in Manuel Antonio ...Read more

  • Maggie Wilson

    June 15, 2017

  • My time in Manual Antonio was amazing. I got to explore many of the local attractions and experience life abroad in Central America for 4 weeks. The teacher was phenomenal; incredibly energetic and fun. I would recommend anyone with a desire to travel and learn to try this course for ...Read more

  • Sanne

    June 11, 2017

  • Absolutely loved Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. I did the on-site course (4 weeks) and would most definitely recommend it. Audra is an incredible teacher, the staff is really nice and helpful, and I feel that I can truly say now that I am ready to start working ...Read more

  • Kirsten

    June 05, 2017

  • I have a teaching license and was teaching English to newcomer adults for about a year before attending this course. However, because my classes were so basic I didn't have much experience teaching grammar, so I decided to take this course. I did the hybrid option (2+ months online ...Read more

  • Denise

    June 02, 2017

  • Both the international team and the tutoring team were friendly,supportive and encouraging. There was always someone to ask questions of and to receive support if it was required. Classes were informative and fun and the small group size allowed more individual learning and an opportunity to bond as a ...Read more

  • Whitney

    April 21, 2017

  • I had the best time ever in Manuel Antonio taking the TEFL course! It was one of the best decisions of my life! I made so many new friends and together we made so many memories to last a lifetime, and on top of that I'm now TEFL certified ...Read more

  • Nathaniel

    April 18, 2017

  • This is an awesome TEFL course that I highly recommend. Audra was my teacher and she does an excellent job of making things fun as well as informative. I came from a teaching background, but Audra definitely took my core skills and improved upon them while teaching more specific TEFL ...Read more

  • Jennifer Herrera

    April 05, 2017

  • I just finished my TEFL course and it was great. I did the hybrid course and I was a little afraid I'd be behind the rest of the class by the time I got down to Sorh America, but Claudia was really great about catching me up and making ...Read more

  • Ricki

    March 30, 2017

  • If you have ever wanted to travel to a 3rd world country and make a difference in the lives of the people who live their, this is the program for you! I had so much hands on experience and got to meet so many other incredible volunteers and employees at ...Read more

  • Evelyn Rosendahl

    March 30, 2017

  • I had an amazing experience volunteering through Maximo Nivel. They made special arrangements for me to work around my school year and offered full time support. I volunteered at a daycare and got to work mainly with the babies, not only did I learn new skills and gained experience; I ...Read more

  • Lewis Ashman

    March 28, 2017

  • The TEFL course at Máximo Nivel was an incredible experience - I expected a lot, but my expectations were exceeded in every way. It's hard work, but the most beneficial month you'll spend doing anything if you're interested in travel, learning new things, and meeting new (and ...Read more

  • Allie

    March 27, 2017

  • I had such an incredible time doing the medical volunteer program through Maximo. My group only spent 10 days in Peru, and did a week long volunteer project, but I feel like I got so much out of the experience. Several fellow nursing students and I spent five days working ...Read more

  • Carrie Sachse-Hofheimer

    March 26, 2017

  • What an eye-opening and amazing experience! Having been out of the "educational system" for over 25 years and as an adult professional, I had absolutely no idea what to expect when I signed up for Maximo in Cusco. I knew that I would be challenged, but was looking forward to ...Read more

  • Celine

    March 20, 2017

  • I can't find the words to describe how wonderful my experience in Costa Rica was...First, I would have never thought that I would feel ready to teach after only a month of training, but the TEFL program with Maximo Nivel is very complete and the TEFL trainers are ...Read more

  • John Farnham

    March 20, 2017

  • The title says it all. I cannot thank the crew at Maximo, especially my TEFL Trainer, Karen Wilke, enough for my time at Maximo in beautiful Antigua. Not only did they make Antigua feel like a home to me, but they helped me become the best teacher possible. The friends ...Read more

  • Bob Thompson

    March 19, 2017

  • Since I returned home I have told so many of my friends, family, and coworkers about this amazing experience I had in Peru.When I arrived at Cusco airport, the first week of March and step outside into this cold, wet, and grey city I asked myself what the heck ...Read more

  • Ninian

    March 17, 2017

  • This experience has exceeded all my expectations! The people I've met and the support I received through the course from the friends I made and the instructors Audra and Dani and all the other amazing staff. It was intense and challenging at times but so rewarding! I truly feel ...Read more

  • Briana Myrie

    March 17, 2017

  • It's my last day of the TEFL course in Costa Rica and it's so bittersweet. The days have been long and hot, but the challenge was so worth it! I've met incredible people and learned so much in such a short time. I can't wait to ...Read more

  • Ryan Scott

    March 17, 2017

  • The course in Manuel Antonio is taught by two of the best people I have met on this planet. Audra and Dani are two genuine human beings that take their passion for their jobs to a new level. They find a way to connect with everyone on a deep level ...Read more

  • Taryn Healy

    March 17, 2017

  • I am incredibly impressed with the program at Maximo Nivel. It was challenging and a lot of work, but was so fun at the same time. I've met some of the most wonderful people, learned so much about myself, and received my TEFL certificate all while getting to be ...Read more

  • JuliAnn

    March 17, 2017

  • TEFL in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica was an absolutely amazing program. The institute, the teachers, my peers were all wonderful. I had a job by the end of the 3rd week of the program, and I feel fully prepared to started teaching in couple weeks. It is certainly as intense ...Read more

  • Gidalti

    February 27, 2017

  • I really enjoyed this experience. From being with the other volunteers to working for the community. It's always great to travel to a new country, it's even better when you meet awesome people who share the same goal: to help while exploring. It was great to see the ...Read more

  • Jasmine Grant

    February 27, 2017

  • It's hard to put this experience into words. It was eye-opening, exciting and pushed me out of my comfort zone. Guatemala is a beautiful country with beautiful people. My volunteer placement was at Virgen del Socorro, which is a care facility for up to 250 people with varying levels ...Read more

  • Victor

    February 22, 2017

  • TEFL training in Manuel Antonio was great! I loved every bit of it and enjoyed my learning experience. Audra and Dani my trainers were very professional and fun at the same time. I learned a lot without even noticing it. I had my practical teaching experience which was very helpful ...Read more

  • Celeste Lopez

    February 21, 2017

  • I can not think of a better place to get TEFL certified! Máximo Nivel is ready to support you in this decisión. The staff is super friendly and the best part about it is Karen, the TEFL trainer. Karen is amazing. The course is intense but with Karen and ...Read more

  • Caro

    February 21, 2017

  • I am not your typical TEFL-er. I am not in my 20's . I am not looking for a job to allow me to travel the world. Rather I am a retired anesthesiologist. In our community of Morristown New Jersey there is a tremendous need for someone to teach English ...Read more

  • Harley-Quinn Alonzo

    February 21, 2017

  • The TEFL course in Antigua Guatemala is amazing! The Maximo Nivel staff work hard to ensure that every student and volunteer feels comfortable during their stay. The teachers are also top notch! I learned so much and felt supported the whole way through. I was given individual feedback and attention ...Read more

  • Joy lafferty

    February 20, 2017

  • Volunteering in Cusco, teaching English, was an incredible experience. The staff at Maximo Nivel were so encouraging and supportive, so much fun to be around, the Spanish lessons were valuable, the whole experience is one I'll not soon forget. Having the opportunity to become immersed in the community offers ...Read more

  • Donna M

    February 20, 2017

  • I had a fabulous and rewarding time teaching English in Cusco. I taught 2 groups of adult students who were so appreciative. They worked so hard at it, and it was a pleasure to be able to spend the time with them. We also had lots of laughs. Program support ...Read more

  • Tylerb

    February 20, 2017

  • My experience with Maximo Nivel has been an amazing experience. I started off my first day with a very frustrating day and the field managers helped me through my meltdown! They have been supportive and have always been so welcoming in their office. Wether it be to answer questions or ...Read more

  • Avgonzalez

    February 20, 2017

  • From the moment I arrived in Cusco, I was lucky enough to meet the nicest people. I was a little nervous to go to another country alone to volunteer, but that quickly changed once I met the friendly and super helpful people at Maximo Nivel. I was greeted with a ...Read more

  • McKinzie

    February 20, 2017

  • From the moment I chatted on the phone with Maximo Nivel's support team I knew that I was choosing the best place for my TEFL certification. Having had visited Antigua many times before, I was sure that Guatemala was the best location for me. I can honestly say that ...Read more

  • Mariela

    February 19, 2017

  • 5 stars for Maximo Nivel Guatemala. The Tefl program is just fantastic! Karen my teacher and Sarah her assistant did such a good job teaching, preparing and hepling each and everyone of us. Maximo Nivel is lucky to have that quality and level of teachers on board, not only for ...Read more

  • Tara von Ihering

    February 17, 2017

  • The team at Maximo can't be faulted. Theyre kind, capable, and heaps of fun to be around! Work hardly seems like work when you're surrounded with people like that, not to mention the beautiful facility you get to spend most of your days in. Prepare to learn all ...Read more

  • Carla

    February 17, 2017

  • I am 63 years old and just graduated from TEFL class in Manuel Antonio. I have lived here in Manuel Antonio by myself and had blast. People over 50 or 60 should not be intimidated. This is a safe place if you use common sense. The course is hard work ...Read more

  • Stanislav Mitrokhov

    February 17, 2017

  • When I confirmed everything with Maximo Nivel and booked my plane tickets I had no idea on whether I can or cannot teach people English because I had no teaching experience and I didn’t know if I had the right way of thinking to be able to teach. A ...Read more

  • Sheila

    February 17, 2017

  • I loved my program in Manuel Antonio. The course was very dense and a lot of work, but I learned so much in only four weeks. My TEFL trainer Audra was a dream and a half and the team even helped me line up a job before I graduated. They ...Read more

  • Sean Segalla

    February 17, 2017

  • I am so glad that I chose Antigua, and particularly Maximo Nivel, to take my TEFL certification. At the heart of a small but beautiful city, Maximo Nivel provides more than your money's worth for this four week experience. Karen and Sarah have been the most passionate, fun, and ...Read more

  • Lydia Miller

    February 17, 2017

  • This program is so fantastic and the teachers are amazing!!! If you want to get TEFL certified, you need to do it in Antigua, Guatemala! You will meet amazing people and you wont want to leave!!!

  • Emily Gilbert

    February 08, 2017

  • Let me start off by saying Cusco is an amazing place. There is so much culture and so many different activities to do there you will never be bored. The Maximo staff was extremely helpful and was always there if you had a question or just wanted to talk to ...Read more

  • Anthony Costa

    February 01, 2017

  • 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 ...Read more

  • Jessica

    January 30, 2017

  • Maximo Nivel is one incredible organization, and are experts in making miracles happen! I recently traveled to Guatemala to volunteer in the special needs care project at Virgen Del Soccorro and I wish so badly that it would have never come to an end! Being an only child, traveling outside ...Read more

  • Experience in Cusco, Peru

    January 26, 2017

  • My classmates and I had an AWESOME time volunteering with Maximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru. We spent a week working with nurses in a clinic just outside of Cusco and couldn't have been happier. The Maximo staff made us feel right at home from the minute we arrived and ...Read more

  • Lucas King

    January 24, 2017

  • I completed my TEFL certification in picturesque Antigua, Guatemala in October/November of 2015. It was a wild, but informative journey. I barely knew any Spanish, and had never traveled in Central America before, however upon immediate arrival the staff at Maximo Nivel were very welcoming and helpful. The company ...Read more

  • Alexis Alarcon

    January 23, 2017

  • Doing an internship thorough Maximo Nivel at Casa Acogida was one of the best experiences I could have asked for. Maximo Nivel made sure I was taken care of and was always making sure that I felt comfortable during my time there. All the staff was amazing, helpful and kind ...Read more

  • Ana Barrientos

    January 23, 2017

  • I volunteered in Cusco, Peru for 3 weeks in the childcare project along with Maximo Nivel. I can without a doubt say that my time there was incredible! I appreciate that my placement was chosen according to my interests stated in my application because I was able to learn more ...Read more

  • Tracy Cui

    January 22, 2017

  • I am a young professional working full time and I participated in the Holiday Experience Program with Maximo Nivel in December 2016. Maximo has a team of very supportive and friendly staff, as well as many meaningful projects. With the Holiday Experience Program, we went to a local school which ...Read more

  • Allison Frontera

    January 22, 2017

  • Having the opportunity to work in local clinics within Antigua, Guatemala was an invaluable experience, and Maximo Nivel helped to make the experience smooth and successful. As a group of nursing students, we were able to help with a variety of patients, and work side-by-side with doctors, nurses, and nutritionists ...Read more

  • Dallas goes to Peru

    January 21, 2017

  • I did 3 weeks total of volunteering with Maximo and I was fortunate enough to spend a week in Tierra Linda in the Peruvian Amazon in January 2017. This week was my favorite part of the entire experience. Maximo arranges all your travel and provides you with a list with ...Read more

  • Porscha

    January 15, 2017

  • The in country staff are amazing and so helpful (with everything!!)!! The placements were wonderful and you can see the real impact Maximo is having! I highly recommend it!

  • Laura Flater

    January 13, 2017

  • I had an amazing experience participating in the Niños con Bendición project in December !Maximo Nivel organized a fantastic Christmas party for the project "Ninos con Bendicion" (an after school kids project)We had a piñata for the kids, served them local Guatemala food (chuchitos) (oh my God ...Read more

  • Hayley Hartsough

    January 13, 2017

  • I absolutely loved my time in Antigua, Guatemala. It was such an incredible experience for numerous reasons. Firstly, I think as a nurse I was able to be very helpful in the clinic where I was placed. The people were lovely, and I think the work I did was really ...Read more

  • Haley Joyce

    January 13, 2017

  • Unfortunately, I got my phone stolen on a chicken bus... not the safest mode of transportation. But, I definitely did not let that ruin my trip. Instead, I am remembering the time spent in the clinics, giving suckers to the children, and helping out the nurses. I also remember the ...Read more

  • Tyler

    January 13, 2017

  • Volunteering thru Maximo Nivel was a great cultural and medical experience. I highly recommend this organization to anyone looking to volunteer in Guatemala. I came with a group of 7 other students from the University but met many, many travelers from all over that were volunteering thru Maximo as well ...Read more

  • Zach

    January 13, 2017

  • This trip was my first trip out of the country alone, and I could not be more grateful for the guidance provided by Maximo Nivel. They were there every step of the way ensuring everything went smoothly and helping to manage any unforeseen circumstances. Everything was well planned and I ...Read more

  • jennifer Ryan

    January 13, 2017

  • I had so much fun in Peru volunteering in the Madre Teresa orphanage. I met wonderful people and felt so good about the work I did. I would go back in a heartbeat, and I hope to continue communicating with my friends that I made. I highly recommend Maximo Nivel ...Read more

  • Cooper

    January 13, 2017

  • My trip to Guatemala was an awesome experience which allowed me to immerse myself in a completely different culture and get out of my comfort zone. Atitlan was probably my favorite part of the trip where we stayed in san Pedro and traveled around to different cities at the lake ...Read more

  • Morgan Blaser

    January 13, 2017

  • I am so happy that I went on this volunteer trip to Guatemala. It is the last day and I'm super sad to leave. I made some awesome relationships and learned lots of new things. My favorite part was volunteering in the medical clinic in Santiago. The people there ...Read more

  • Dominique Gunville

    January 13, 2017

  • Maximo Nivel helped my group and I to have an amazing experience in Guatemala. They are incredibly organized and helpful when it pertains to your travel or experience. I would gladly do another volunteer trip with them again. The trip itself along with the people you meet and adventures you ...Read more

  • Amanda Kelm

    January 13, 2017

  • I had an opportunity to volunteer at a medical clinic just outside Antigua, Guatemala. At first, I was not quite sure how to make myself useful at the clinic. However, I got to know the staff and they are very welcoming at the clinic. Over the following days of my ...Read more

  • Mackenzie Rabas

    January 13, 2017

  • Working with Maximo Nivel to volunteer at the medical clinic in Sumpango, Guatemala was an amazing experience and opened my eyes to so many new experiences and things! Maximo Nivel was a really great company to work with and was so helpful for the whole entire process of traveling, staying ...Read more

  • Keli

    January 09, 2017

  • Volunteering in Antigua, Guatemala with Maximo Nivel was an amazing experience that I would wish for everyone who has the opportunity to experience. The entire Maximo staff was always super friendly, ready to help with anything and everything, super supportive, always responded quickly and was just overall AWESOME. I couldn ...Read more

  • Silas Wallace

    January 03, 2017

  • In the summer I went to Guatemala to volunteer in the healthcare program and had the time of my life. I volunteered at Obras Sociales and felt myself becoming attached to the patience and staff there. I met some really great people from around the world and I plan on ...Read more

  • Yijia Wen

    December 25, 2016

  • I must recognize that I experienced a great month in Cusco, Peru, with Maximo Nivel. The children I work with were really impressed. They are kind, passionate and strong in their hard lives.I will never forget those children were always proactive to clean the classroom after raining. I will ...Read more

  • Chester

    December 19, 2016

  • I would highly recommend coming to Manuel Antonio to get a TEFL certification. Audra Wooldridge, the instructor is absolutely wonderful and is always available to help. The course is rigorous and prepares you extremely well for the next phase of English teaching. Manuel Antonio is beautiful and my host family ...Read more

  • Laura Trahan

    December 19, 2016

  • This was, hands down, the greatest experience of my entire life. The moment that I stepped foot into Cosi, I felt home. I was greeted by the most amazing staff and the family vibe was contagious. Audra is MAGICAL. By far, the best teacher that I have ever had. I ...Read more

  • Cinthy Wilcox

    December 17, 2016

  • I had a great time volunteering with Dr. JP, in Antigua, Guatamala through Maximo Nivel. He cares a great deal for the animals and this techs.I spent my time working with the dogs he is fostering. I took them for walks, brushed them and sat with them. There was ...Read more

  • Julie

    December 16, 2016

  • I absolutely loved my TEFL class and it was in huge part to the instructor, Claudia. She made the class so much fun, I was actually sad when class was over each day! She is also extremely knowledgeable about teaching english, always available to help in and out of class ...Read more

  • Jacques Touzeau

    December 13, 2016

  • The volunteer company Maximo Nivel were the closest thing to perfect that is humanly possible. They help you when you need help. They provide ample opportunities and advice when you need it. They strive to accommodate the needs of their volunteers and they understand that even though we are volunteers ...Read more

  • Susan

    December 13, 2016

  • Well organized agency. We were picked up at the airport and supported all the way through our program. My daughter and I participated in volunteering with children and took Spanish lessons. The home stay family were very warm and welcoming and the food was amazing!

  • Alex

    December 04, 2016

  • Audra, the lead trainer, and the rest of the staff at Maximo are all great! They are extremely professional, knowledgeable, and accommodating. Audra brings great energy into the classroom and it's very evident that she's been training English teachers for some time.The Manuel Antonio area is beautiful ...Read more

  • Wally A

    December 02, 2016

  • I had an incredible experience teaching English in Guatemala for 4 weeks. Maximo Nivel was the organization responsible for arranging my teaching placement. I arrived on a Friday night to my volunteer house and the following morning I was greeted by an employee from Maximo Nivel who gave me a ...Read more

  • Avery Suton

    November 29, 2016

  • I have been both a volunteer and a student with Maximo Nivel spending over 11 weeks working side by side with their programs and administration. Throughout my time in Guatemala, I was consistently given the support I needed to be beyond successful in my day to day tasks. Our TEFL ...Read more

  • Leah

    August 29, 2016

  • I can honestly say I wasn't expecting to have as much fun as I did during this certification course. The instructor (Claudia) is amazing and her teaching style is very straightforward and accommodating. The course is intense, I won't lie, but if you've ever taken a college ...Read more

  • Jamie Cherian

    August 25, 2016

  • Volunteering with Maximo Nivel was amazing! I worked as a medical volunteer during my time in Peru and was blown away by how much healthcare was lacking in many parts of the country. Through the efforts of the volunteer program, these medically underserved populations were given the opportunity to receive ...Read more

  • JHam

    August 19, 2016

  • If you're considering TEFL with Maximo, DO IT! It is a very challenging but rewarding experience and the instructor makes what would be potentially dry material unbelievably fun. The instructor is one of the best teachers I've ever had in any classroom. The entire staff at Maximo is ...Read more

  • Liz G.

    August 06, 2016

  • After graduating college, I wanted to make a smart choice about how I should move into this next phase of my life, one which would inspire me, provide me with unique experiences, allow me to use my strengths, challenge me to grow, and still advance my future academic and professional ...Read more

  • Kaitlyn

    August 01, 2016

  • The TEFL course was phenomenal in Cusco Peru. Claudia was an amazing instructor that taught, how she expected us to teach. This made it effortless to learn how to be a great TEFL teacher, seeing an example of it every day! Although very rigorous and intense, the course work is ...Read more

  • Christine van Deventer

    August 01, 2016

  • 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 ...Read more

  • Natalie Fischer

    July 29, 2016

  • This was intense and challenging in so many ways, but very well worth it! The teacher was one of the most knowledgeable and passionate I have ever had. It was a breath of fresh air to learn from and with her. My home stay was perfect! They cared so much ...Read more

  • Emily Zaye

    July 25, 2016

  • My experience with Maximo Nivel was amazing! The coursework was thorough but so helpful. Our instructor was so knowledgeable and always available if you needed help. The practical teaching week was such an amazing way to put what we learned into practice and to connect with real learners. I highly ...Read more

  • CJfromNOLA

    July 19, 2016

  • 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 ...Read more

  • Manon Lerebourg

    July 17, 2016

  • Hey Y’all! I would like to HIGHLY recommend this TEFL training program. I didn't volunteer, but everyone I talked to said it was great. As someone who has traveled extensively internationally in the past and worked with English Language Learners, I wasn’t sure whether this would be ...Read more

  • Michelle Garibay

    July 15, 2016

  • Best program! The location was beautiful, the trainer was amazing, the staff was great, the host family was kind and welcoming, and the overall experience was phenomenal! I highly recommend Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio!!

  • Gabrielle Cataldo

    July 14, 2016

  • The TEFL Certificate program in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica was an experience I will never forget. The teachers, students, and volunteers made me feel at home in a country far away from anything I knew. Audra Wooldridge was an inspiration to complete this heavy loaded course. Her encouragement and personality ...Read more

  • Bethany

    July 10, 2016

  • Great experience which I hope to expand upon. I took Maximo Nivel's onsite TEFL course in Manuel Antonio. The instructor, Awesome Audra, was upbeat and energetic, making the high intensity course fun. After the TEFL course I explored the volunteer programs in San Jose and hope to return on ...Read more

  • Blaine

    June 30, 2016

  • I completed the TEFL Certification program in Manuel Antonio in May 2016. I have worked for many years in Latin America, in community development/education programs, so I wasn't sure I'd get that much out of the course. Wrong!!! I learned so many skills that I wish I ...Read more

  • Jill

    June 20, 2016

  • I had a fabulous experience with the Maximo TEFL program. If you're interested in being TEFL certified, I highly suggest considering Maximo. The staff is very supportive and helpful. The program is intense but prepares you beyond belief! Thank you Maximo!

  • Jonno

    June 19, 2016

  • What a fantastic experience. I loved my 4 weeks of TEFL training. Our trainer, Audra, was awesome. She really knew what she was talking about and that was very clear when we got to watch her teach. This class really prepared me for teaching. I am super grateful that we ...Read more

  • turtle

    June 17, 2016

  • After the initial shock of the humidity and not being in London I settled into the classroom being apprehensive as to what i got myself into. I had no experience teaching and wasn't quite sure how i would pull it off. That was until we got introduced to Audra ...Read more

  • Kenneth Mackenzie

    June 11, 2016

  • At the stroke of Mid-Life Crisis, I decided on a radical move to throw in the towel on a career in flying, and seek a sabbatical from from the rat-race of modern-day society.For some time prior, it had been impressed upon my heart to reach neglected, abandoned, and orphaned ...Read more

  • Max

    June 05, 2016

  • I found the TEFL certification program at Maximo Nivel to be very rewarding. The resources that they provide are extremely helpful, and the course itself is amazing. When i first saw the curriculum for the four week course, I was overwhelmed. Claudia, the TEFL instructor, brought us right through it ...Read more

  • Nicolas

    June 02, 2016

  • There are many companies around the world that offer similar TEFL/TESOL courses. However, Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica is the best. Here are the reasons why:Location:Manuel Antonio is the typical tropical setting: palm trees, exotic wildlife, and the picturesque beaches. People in Costa Rica are ...Read more

  • A Lix

    May 30, 2016

  • Maximo Nivel has an awesome TEFL training program! The environment is very friendly and the teacher, Claudia, is entertaining and energetic! She is hilarious, readily available if you need her and amazing at her job. The course has a lot of work, but it is all relevant. Also, if you ...Read more

  • David

    May 25, 2016

  • I took the TEFL certification course with Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. Everything about the program was top-notch: our incredible, professional instructor; the supportive and helpful staff; the facilities and even the host family with whom I stayed for five weeks. All wonderful experiences. I would recommend the ...Read more

  • Teresa Noble

    May 22, 2016

  • I absolutely loved this place. The staff is amazing, Karen (the TEFL instructor) is incredibly knowledgable and enthusiastic, and Antigua is such a charming city. The course material was intensive but Karen makes it fun! I learned a lot more than what I expected. I am planning a trip back ...Read more

  • Mary-Bestor Grant

    May 18, 2016

  • The TEFL Certification course taught by Karen Wilke at Maximo Nivel Guatemala is amazing- I highly recommend it! I researched many different programs before choosing Maximo Nivel as my TEFL course, and cannot imagine a better experience or higher quality instructor than I received in La Antigua! Karen's years ...Read more

  • Merecia Lewis

    May 18, 2016

  • My TEFL course in Antigua, Guatemala through Maximo Nivel was more than I ever hoped for. I expected to work hard for a month, get my certification, and then get to the fun part...that was not the case. Every day was fun in my class, and that is hugely ...Read more

  • Corinne Hone

    May 18, 2016

  • The TEFL trainer Karen in La Antigua Guatemala is a star! She is patient, encouraging, fun and makes all the hard work during the course seem so clear and achievable. If, like me, you were on the fence about taking the plunge into TEFL Land, just do it. Karen is ...Read more

  • Matt Z

    April 22, 2016

  • It is hard to put into words how fantastic my TEFL experience was! There were a total of seven of us in the class, and while we all came from different backgrounds, we formed a bond over the course of the month that I hope will last a very long ...Read more

  • Cathy Holthaus

    April 20, 2016

  • The TEFL program is a rigorous hands on training that teaches how to teach English by walking the class through the teaching process. The teacher models the entire process throughout the 4 weeks. From day 1 the class is immersed in the Engagement Practice and Activation method of teaching. Audra ...Read more

  • Dailen Alonso

    April 14, 2016

  • I recently went for a week to Antigua, Guatemala with a group of friends to volunteer in Maximo Nivel's medical campaign project. I have no words to describe how wonderful my experience was overall. Maximo Nivel went above my expectations with the whole project. Everyone was helpful and supportive ...Read more

  • Mary K

    April 12, 2016

  • I took the TEFL/TESOL with Máximo Nivel and I am pleased with the experience I had. The staff was very helpful and supportive. The course was informative, fun, and a great learning experience. Our teacher, Audra was extremely knowledgable, experienced, energetic, and made the class a pure pleasure ...Read more

  • Kristen Fox

    April 08, 2016

  • I went on a medical mission trip to Guatemala last month through Maximo Nivel, and I can say that it was without a doubt the best experience of my life. I felt so honored to have been able to help the communities that we reached, and I hope to go ...Read more

  • Olga

    March 27, 2016

  • My boyfriend and I were in Antigua, Guatemala, volunteering at a medical clinic for 2 weeks. It was a mutually rewarding experience as the clinic seemed to really appreciate our help and we really enjoyed working with the nurses there :-) Our daily duties consisted mostly of vaccinating babies and checking ...Read more

  • Kimsoo Evenson

    March 26, 2016

  • Had such an amazing time in Antigua with the Maximo Nivel crew. Everyone was very friendly, showing real interest in my experiences with their organization and within Antigua in general.I volunteered on the construction site with my project manager Fredy. He was such a kind and fun person to ...Read more

  • Jonathan Kovacs

    March 22, 2016

  • Maximo Nivel is an awesome and super progressive school for both English and Spanish. The TEFL course I attended was great fun and opened my eyes to the possibilities you have as a certified English teacher. The staff is super friendly and always helpful and my instructor, Audra, was the ...Read more

  • Alex Grimard

    March 21, 2016

  • My path/journey to Maximo Nivel may perhaps be a little different than most. I had arrived to Central America with Antigua being my kick-off location with the intentions of backpacking through Central America and ending up in Peru to complete a five month trip. After spending a week in ...Read more

  • Leila Syal

    March 17, 2016

  • I would highly recommend this to anyone looking to volunteer! Go to Cusco!! I had such an incredible time volunteering for Maximo Nivel. From the moment we arrived in Cusco to the moment we left, we had an absolutely wonderful time. The Maximo Nivel staff set up a week of ...Read more

  • Maya

    March 17, 2016

  • Volunteering in Cusco, Peru with Maximo Nivel was a lifechanging experience. It completely exceeded all of my expectations. As an undergraduate student on a medical campaign, I was skeptical that I could really make a difference in the community because of my lack of skills. Maximo really picked a campaign ...Read more

  • Tim

    March 17, 2016

  • I couldn't ask for a better experience than the one I had through and with M.N.! Everyone was incredibly kind and helpful and made sure that you were having a good time. The services were also very good (such as transportation). Can't wait to volunteer with them ...

  • Reid Larsen

    March 17, 2016

  • This was an amazing trip and I am so happy I went on it. The Maximo Nivel staff was extremely helpful. Daja was great and she showed us around the city and helped us interact with the locals. Dr. Waldir taught us all about the healthcare system in Peru which ...Read more

  • Molly

    March 17, 2016

  • Máximo Nivel exceeded my expectations in just about every way. All of the staff went above and beyond in welcoming our group to Peru, orienting us in our medical campaign work, and showing us the city of Cusco. The cohesion and communication between our homestay, the Máximo staff ...Read more

  • Val Coldren

    March 17, 2016

  • I volunteered on the medical campaign with Maximo Nivel for one week and it was a phenomenal experience. The staff and my host mom made sure we were comfortable, safe, and getting the most out of Cusco with recommendations for where to eat, where to go, and what to see ...Read more

  • Tyler Kemerer

    March 17, 2016

  • I traveled to Cusco, Peru with a student organization to help volunteer at a medical campaign; despite not knowing exactly what we would be doing until we got there, it was hands down the best volunteering experience I've ever had! The Maximo staff did a wonderful job of supporting ...Read more

  • Sophia

    March 16, 2016

  • Maximo Nivel is such a fantastic organization that is incredibly well organized. I volunteered with them for a week in Cusco, Peru and my accommodations were beautiful. Everything was well planned out so that we could actually help people and use our time wisely. I would volunteer through them again ...Read more

  • Madelyn Jones

    March 15, 2016

  • I have now been to each Maximo location in Peru, Costa Rica, and Guatemala and I each trip as been just as amazing as the last. I have volunteered with the construction project each time and it has been exponentially fulfilling to be able to see the work you are ...Read more

  • Ciara Mislan

    March 15, 2016

  • I couldn't have imagined having a better and more fulfilling volunteer trip than the one I got from Maximo Nivel. Nervous as I was to venture into a different country and live like a local (with limited Spanish abilities), I soon became comfortable with a wonderful home stay and ...Read more

  • Taylor Hughes

    March 13, 2016

  • Costa Rica is overall amazing! The ocean water is warm at 6 AM, there is sloths in the trees at UCR, the best food I have ever had in my life, and the people are very nice. Best overall experience!

  • Nicole L'Huillier

    March 12, 2016

  • My stay in Antigua, Guatemala with Máximo Nivel was definitely one of the best experiences ever. First of all, the volunteering experience was amazing. I got the opportunity to get to know, play, have fun and adore a group of the most amazing kids. Máximo Nivel helped us ...Read more

  • McKinzie Arnold

    March 10, 2016

  • I would just like to say how amazing all of our hosts were in Cusco! Including both our home stay hosts as well as our Maximo Nivel staff hosts. We were only there for a week but from the very first day our host mom Betty made us feel like ...Read more

  • Morgan Lowe

    March 09, 2016

  • I recently volunteered with Maximo Nivel in Costa Rica, before even getting to my host family and experiencing for myself all that Maximo had to offer I was told amazing things by the girl sitting next to me on the plane who had volunteered in Guatamala with Maximo. They were ...Read more

  • Saumya

    March 09, 2016

  • My program through Máximo Nivel in Cusco, Peru exceeded my expectations in every way possible. I was not expecting to make any long-lasting change, and so my goal was to learn as much as I could by participating in the medical campaign while not being a liability. However, after ...Read more

  • Eliza Heringer

    March 09, 2016

  • My time in Peru doing the Education Internship with Maximo Nivel was absolutely life changing!! Not only did I have an incredible support team behind me the entire time, I also got to experience so many once in a life time things :) Working with the 3rd grade teacher in a ...Read more

  • William Abt

    March 07, 2016

  • I'm 54 years old and wanted to do something different for a vacation. I went solo and did the construction program. It was fantastic. There is a reason that Maximo Nivel is consistently ranked high against their peers. The value is great (do some checking) and the staff is ...Read more

  • John Patton

    March 01, 2016

  • 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 about TEFL courses and did a lot of research on the internet so the one thing I ...Read more