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Review 148 of 148 Maximo Nivel

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I really enjoy the TEFL program. I think it would be great for everyone to at least try doing this course. Sean is an excellent teacher and is very helpful when preping for lesson plans. I hope to teach at Maximo Nivel in the future.

Review 147 of 148 Maximo Nivel

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Costa Rica is an amazing location. The friendships that one makes with their fellow classmates are unforgettable and long-lasting. Sometimes I asked myself if all of the TEFL classes became as tight knit as our particular class had become. Everyone in our class meshed really well and I felt a different type of connection with each student and with each teacher. It is impossible not to feel proud of your classmates when you see how much they have grown from that first day of class. The times of vulnerability, stress, and triumph create and unforgettable experience amongst the class. There were only positive vibes here! I do not know if it was because of the wonderful people or because of the positive rainforest energy in Manuel Antonio.

Review 146 of 148 Maximo Nivel

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This program packs in so much in such a short time. The academic rigor is noticeable from the beginning. The location is just what I’d hoped; living in Quepos and taking the short ride on the bus daily to Manuel Antonio was easy and enjoyable. I’ve been back a couple of times since completing the course and moving to San Jose. The program is a really good place to start a network and create a life beyond the course. I chose the host family option, which I now miss, because it was a relief to have meals provided twice a day while I was busy planning and prepping for classes. You also have 150 hours with your certification, not just the standard 120. The practical teaching component is invaluable, especially if you’ve never taught before. The final distinguishing aspect is having instruction with a knowledgeable and supportive teacher. All the lessons were engaging, and more importantly, you get to learn from someone that is clearly invested in your success and growth. Thanks, Maximo!

Review 145 of 148 Maximo Nivel

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My experience getting my TEFL at Maximo Nivel Costa Rica has been truly unbelievable. This was my first experience ever traveling by myself and doing any sort of program like this. I was very nervous, to say the least. But from the moment I got off the plane, no, from the moment I decided I wanted to do this program, Maximo Nivel supported me. Any questions I had were answered promptly and fully. Once I got to Costa Rica I was blown away by the care and dedication of the staff. They were available 24/7 to ensure I had the best trip possible. The skills and tools I learned throughout the program are invaluable. I feel extremely well prepared for any job I may have in the ENL world. I am eternally grateful for the experiences, memories, and skills I have learned during my 4 weeks in the TEFL program.

Review 144 of 148 Maximo Nivel

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The TEFL course at Maximo Nivel in an intensive course that is qualified for university credits should you desire to have that. The instruction is amazing and the practical teaching experience with local non-English speakers is a bonus. I learned new techniques that will transform my teaching as I go forward in my career. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is contemplating a career in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Review 143 of 148 Maximo Nivel

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To say that I loved the program is an understatement. I wanted to travel with a purpose, and thanks to this program, I did just that. It was intimidating at first to travel alone, but I overcame my fears and had the time of my life in a wonderful place with wonderful people! I would highly recommend this program to anyone.

Review 142 of 148 Maximo Nivel

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My journey to TEFL Costa Rica was quite by accident. After a long successful career within the financial services sector in my country of Trinidad and Tobago, I decided to challenge myself. I was determined to not wait for retirement but to begin to embrace a life that would allow me flexibility, independence, fulfillment and the ability to explore the world.

This programme was one of my best investments in self. It was was well structured and professionally managed. It was demanding at times and required a 100% commitment. My trainers the dynamic duo of Karen Wilke and Courtney Miville made the sessions interesting, fun filled and had the learners engaged at all times.

I also had the privilege of interacting with seventeen of the finest human beings of all ages, nationalities and genders that demonstrated such a strong sense of camaraderie and connection.

This certification obtained in one month has provided benefits that are far reaching. It has opened the doors to possibilities that allow me to share my new skills, be part of someone’s journey to improving themselves while allowing me the opportunity to travel and explore countries and cultures around the world.

Review 141 of 148 Maximo Nivel

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I am a 32 year old woman with a few years of university professional experience under my belt. I did not need a TEFL certificate, but I was excited about the professional development and alternative doors that could open.

This experience was by far one of the the most beautiful surprises – it has changed me (for the better) as a person, professional aside. I grew into a more whole human being through this program, my instructors, and my peers. I am not sure all programs are like this, but there was magic within our group throughout.

For starters, this program is intense. There are high expectations and you end up learning SO MUCH. If you are not ready for that, then don’t come until you are. You need to have a level of maturity or drive to sustain the intensity. That said, this program attracted people who were ready and wanting this challenge. We were a diverse group in many of our identities, yet we all left our egos at home. We flourished day in and day out – there was no competition within the group, just support, love, and everyone giving it their best selves. I have never felt so good about being myself and confident in who I am when working with a group and I think many of my peers would echo this feeling.

This tone was set by our instructors, lead instructor Karen Wilke and support instructor Courtney Miville. These two are literally born to do this work and it shows – they are creative, passionate, wise, fun, and literally give us 200% every day of the week. If you have a chance to work with them, do it. Your life will be better because of this decision.

As for the program itself, the Maximo Nivel staff who work in MA are fabulous. They are calm, cool, collected, supportive, and always go out of their way for all of us despite the many demands of their job. The amount of logistics they coordinate behind the scenes paired with the needs of all their students in real-time, is astounding. I suppose the astounding part is you would never know. They don’t complain and they are so top-notch and calm.

I do not usually review, but I couldn’t not review this experience.

Thank you,

Kayleen

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