255 reviews of Maximo Nivel

Review 220 of 255 Maximo Nivel

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I took the Hybrid TEFL course in Cusco, Peru in November 2021. I learned so much! The online section fast tracked me for the first half of the course and when I arrived in Cusco to join the on-site students for the second half (2 weeks), I felt up to speed and on the same page as everyone else. I did feel that it was much easier to grasp the tough grammar reviews in person vs. online, and Sean was more than willing to give me mini lessons for any concept I had questions on. The practical teaching week gave me a great opportunity to put everything I had learned into action and to find my groove as a teacher. I feel much more ready and confident for a job teaching after finishing my practical teaching week and miss my students I taught already! Moving forward, I feel comforted and grateful that Sean will be there to mentor me with anything I need in the ESL teaching world and Maximo Nivel and Sean will be a great resource for me as they truly care about my success. I would highly recommend Maximo Nivel’s TEFL course, especially the Hybrid option, as it gives you the best of both worlds!

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This was the best decision I made after leaving college. The pandemic interrupted many of my life choices so when I discovered this program, I decided to follow my gut instinct and go to Cusco, Peru. I was not disappointed. Maximo Nivel’s TEFL course advertises an intense one-month course and they did not try to sugar coat this important fact. (plan extra study time for lesson planning and homework!) The course was very well designed and taught by extremely knowledgeable instructors who took their time to make this course enjoyable for all.

Our instructor, Sean Barter, was fantastic. He made sure that you walked out of the academy more confident than when you came in. The real benefit of this course was that you began teaching by the fourth day! You also observed other teachers and you also received feedback on every class you taught. The last week was actually about taking over an actual class and teaching for a week. You had to plan your lessons, create a weekly lesson plan and then teach. This is how thorough the training is. By the fourth week, you are out there doing what teachers do.

Besides the course being taught in a UNESCO world heritage site, the city of Cusco offers much more than just a momentary stay while you study hard and furious. The program offers cooking classes, salsa dancing classes, yoga, and other social activities. You are guaranteed to meet students from other countries and you will make new friends and perhaps lifelong connections. The best part of this course is that they will not graduate you and leave you on your own. They will offer guidance and support long after you are gone. Resume help, grammar questions, lesson planning ideas, chatting, or even contract reviews, they will be glad to help you.

Thank you Maximo Nivel!

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Maximo Nivel fully prepared me to step into a non-native English speaking classroom. I taught English in American high schools for seven years and yet this course challenged me! The practical teaching week was so valuable as I move forward into a classroom. If you’re looking for a great on-site TEFL program, choose Maximo Nivel.

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This TEFL course was better than I could have ever imagined! I took this course with my wife as part of our honeymoon and it was a truly enriching experience. Not only does this course prepare you to be a stellar teacher, but it pushes you to be a better person in more ways than one. The detail of the instruction doubled up with the strong support system of your trainer and staff was unreal. The TEFL trainer Jackie Bira was worth the money alone! Hands down the best teacher I’ve had yet in life. Her attention to detail, knowledge of the English language, energy in the classroom, and true support of her students were phenomenal. On top of all of this, the course is in one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to in the world. Such a gorgeous place to learn. I definitely recommend taking this course to anyone that wants an adventure and who wants to pursue teaching.

Review 216 of 255 Maximo Nivel

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I took a longer, online course, so the descriptions of the 4-week intensive are not applicable and I can’t rate on that basis.

There were obvious drawbacks to learning and teaching online. Sean Brian Barter did his best to surmount them and did a very good job at it. I found him to be helpful, responsive, generous with his time, a good instructor and very engaged with the process. It was a pleasure to work with him and I learned a lot. He is also helping me find a job or situation where I can use my new skills. An excellent instructor!

I put Fair for job assistance and Facilities/ Resources because the assistance is yet to come (I just finished the program), and the facilities were kind of non-existent, given that this was all online.

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I took the TEFL course offered in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica during October (the rainy season). Despite it being the off season for tourism, I found it lovely to be living and studying in Costa Rica at this time. If you are concerned about being in Central America during this time, don’t be! It is lovely and when I travelled around the country after the course finished, I didn’t have to worry about booking in advance because there were less tourists in the country. Just make sure to bring an umbrella!

The TEFL course itself was rigorous and fast-paced, but by the end of the course you will be satisfied that you got what you paid for and more. Make no mistake, you will work hard for your TEFL certificate, but your TEFL instructor will also work hard to help you obtain it. The instructor I had for my course, Jackie Bira, could not have been more enthusiastic and passionate about what she had to teach, and her enthusiasm of ESL teaching translated easily to her TEFL students. By the end of the course, you will have a grasp of critical ESL teaching methods and feel ready to tackle the world of ESL teaching!

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Maximo Nivel provides a great, well-rounded service. I partook in the TEFL program but was also able to take Spanish lessons onsite. MN also coordinated accommodations with a host family and airport pickup. The TEFL program was rigorous but definitely made me feel prepared to go on and teach.

Living in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica for the last month has been a dream! I highly recommend this program, and my incredible instructor, Jackie, to anyone looking for a change of pace.

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The TEFL course in Costa Rica was definitely a 10/10 experience! Although it’s intense, we had an incredible instructor to guide us and help us every step of the way. I’m much more confident in my ability as an ESL teacher now after having learned about critical teaching techniques, classroom management, and of course doing practical teaching with Latin American students! This was an amazing experience I will never forget and I can’t wait to see where this certification will take me in the future!

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There are absolutely no complaints I could levy against this course. I attended the Cusco TEFL program and could not be happier. It is fast paced, thorough, and the extra practical teaching really helps give you the reassurance that they have molded you into a great teacher. Maximo has given me a new career and the confidence to go forth and jump into it. On top of the course the school staff are extremely helpful and do their best to make sure you are having a good time outside of class with the various free classes they have on offer.

Thank you Maximo Nivel!

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Maximo’s TEFL course was thorough, engaging, and practice-driven. Although it is a very jam-packed month, (don’t underestimate the time you’ll need for homework and planning!) in one month we were able to cover the techniques of teaching AND have ample time to practice those techniques with real ESL students. The instructor was extremely knowledgeable, had excellent advice, and was always available for guidance. One of the best courses I’ve ever taken.

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