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I could not recommend the TEFL certification course at Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio enough! I made my way to Costa Rica for my certification immediately after graduating from college and have taken away so much knowledge and so many tools that will be applicable throughout my professional life! While the course itself was rigorous and required long hours, my TEFL instructor Jackie Bira made the entire experience exciting, interesting and so much better! Her love of the company and us students shone through every interaction and lesson. I feel extremely lucky to have stumbled upon Maximo Nivel online and am not only walking away from this program with a certificate, but international experience, knowledge, new friends, and a new mentor in Jackie Bira!

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The Maximo Nivel TEFL program was an amazing experience. Even with COVID 19, I was able to learn the tools needed to teach an ESL class. While the program was intense and sometimes tedious, my TEFL trainer Jackie made the material interesting. Even though our classes were all day, there was never a dull moment in the classroom. One of my favorite parts of the program was when Jackie had us teach a random vocabulary word on the spot (later on in the course). This pushed us to think on our feet and learn how to navigate a spontaneous learning experience in the classroom. Overall Jackie encouraged us to leave our comfort zones and practice the skills we had learned in her class, especially during practical teaching week. She was always there to support each and every one of us. For example, when writing lesson plans for practical teaching, I struggled with a few areas and Jackie was always eager to help and provide suggestions. I would strongly recommend this program as well as Jackie as a TEFL trainer.

Review 198 of 200 Maximo Nivel

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The TEFL program at Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio has been a roller coaster ride to say the least! However, I grew as an ESL teacher as well as an overall educator from the experience. Many skills that are taught in the program are transferable to other fields in education. As a world language teacher, I found these teaching practices to be very useful. I will try them with my students in the upcoming school year! In addition, this was an immersive experience where I got to learn about the local Costa Rican culture and practice my Spanish with the staff at Maximo Nivel as well as people Quepos and Manuel Antonio! I highly recommend this program and, specifically, Jackie as an instructor! Jackie’s classes are highly interactive and engaging. She is just an overall fun person to learn from and be around! Jackie’s instructional style made material that was not always interesting engaging and exciting. If you are thinking of getting a TEFL certification abroad, I highly recommend Jackie at Maximo Nivel in Manuel Antonio!

Review 197 of 200 Maximo Nivel

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This was the most life-changing course I’ve ever taken. It was difficult and intense, even for a college graduate. However, I appreciated the loads of support I received from my TEFL trainer, Jackie, and my fellow TEFLers. We now all have teaching experience, international experience, and a hefty portfolio. I came into this course with no intention to get a job in teaching after graduation, but I’m seriously considering switching careers and becoming an ESL teacher now. I’m so grateful for this program, new friends, and possibly a new career. Thank you so much Maximo Nivel!

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Students have to do their part. This is not a vacation, or a time to party. This is a year long course mushed into four weeks. This is a very doable course. I learned more from Jackie in four weeks than I did in four years of high school. Jackie is an awesome instructor. Full of life, energy, funny and smart. Jackie respected everyone and considered their points of view. She has an open door policy and is willing to work with the students.

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I had such an amazing experience in Costa Rica. I had my host home and Maximo Nivel as my second home. The staff there are really amazing and they were always helpful and interactive, It truly felt like my second home in Costa Rica… Jackie was absolutely amazing, the energy she brought into the class, the love she puts into what she does is really amazing. She was sooooooo patient and constantly volunteered her free time if you needed it. Jackie is seriously an amazing person that I will remember long after my time in Costa Rica is over. Goodluck and God bless to Jackie and Oso and the rest of Maximo Staff

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I loved the TEFL program in Manuel Antonio! What an amazing group of teachers and staff.

Jackie, the TEFL Trainer, is an incredible teacher. She works so hard, is so dedicated and kind, and makes her students laugh! I was so nervous initially about who would be our teaching every day for a month, but I wouldn’t have chosen anyone else! Genuinely, you can’t ask for a better teacher than Jackie Bira. You can tell her compassion for teaching and for her students is so real, and she will help you with anything you need if you reach out.

I truly learned so much about myself and about what it means to be an ESL teacher during this month, and I wouldn’t have traded the experience for anything!

-Xander

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Hi 🙂

I completed my TEFL course in the MAY – APRIL course in 2021.

It has been such a great experience. Maximo’s team was always eager to help us with assistance and so was our incredible TEFL teacher – Jackie – She not only prepared us for teaching, but she also helped us become the best versions of ourselves. She was more than just a teacher, she was someone we could count on as a fellow friend – She was available 24/7 for assistance and she even took time off from her personal life schedule to help us improve! Without her we all would have been lost in our thoughts of what is right and what is wrong. I want to thank Maximo’s team and Jackie for being so kind hearted throughout the entire program. I would recommend everyone to come to Costa Rica for their TEFL course, it is such a beautiful place! AND YOU ALL WILL GET TO MEET JACKIE AND MAXIMO’S AMAZING TEAM MEMBERS!

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Had a good experience with Maximo’s TEFL course. Karen was a great instructor who seemed to really be invested in her student’s learning, and gave very helpful and thorough feedback. It was nice having a lot of practical teaching opportunities as well.

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My TEFL course was some of the most fun I have had learning in my life. Both Karen and Jackie are great instructors, and they work hard to get you to improve not only as a teacher but as a person as well. You cannot go wrong with getting certified in TEFL with Maximo Nivel. Manuel Antonio is a beautiful place to learn. Antigua Guatemala is also another option to be certified as well. I was lucky enough to have Karen and Jackie in Costa Rica, but Karen primarily teaches out of Guatemala. Either way, you can’t go wrong, but I highly recommend you check out both.

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