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Review 276 of 276 Maximo Nivel

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Getting TEFL certified was hands down the highlight of 2022 for me! It has opened doors for me allowing me to continue teaching at Maximo in Guatemala as well as supporting my plans to travel to Indonesia this summer through online teaching 🙂 Mackenzie was great, one of the best teachers I have had and he really supported me through the most challenging aspects of the course and made the whole experience enjoyable. He made every aspect enjoyable and fun through his teaching techniques, many of which I use in the classroom now. 10/10 would recommend!

Review 275 of 276 Maximo Nivel

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My experience at the Maximo Nivel institute in Manuel Antonio was not but a pleasure! I learned so much in the time span I was there earning my TEFL certification and I can’t wait to go teach English as a second language. My teacher was very energetic and always there to help and be supportive while delivering the course in a well-thought-out manner. The rest of the staff was awesome and everyone made me feel welcome!

Review 274 of 276 Maximo Nivel

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Within just a few days, I was face-to-face with English students and developing my practical teaching skills. Each week, the practical experience was centred around applying recently learnt theory, and in the final week, I led a daily, hour-long class. Alongside this, I observed other English teachers at Maximo Nivel, studying how they applied the theory, which helped put what I had learnt into context. I found the curriculum to be logically ordered and fast-paced.

My TEFL Trainer, Mackenzie, brought the whole thing to life by giving memorable lessons and extremely constructive feedback. Mackenzie is passionate about his subject and a very experienced English teacher. This really showed during his lessons, where he embodied the mantra: “show, don’t tell”. Mackenzie also gave very sound practical advice for finding jobs.

Overall, this was an awesome experience. The course set me up perfectly for becoming an ESL English teacher. I met great people and even had time to hike the volcanoes around Antigua! I highly recommend it.

Review 273 of 276 Maximo Nivel

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For me, this was everything I wanted out of my TEFL program: economical, lively city (with weekend destinations), proper instruction, real teaching practice.

The instructor for the TEFL course was experienced and very knowledgeable about all things ESL. The TEFL classes were taught using the same teaching methods the course focused on, which proved their effectiveness for me. The classes were lively and entertaining, which was important given the compactness of the program. Getting to teach in front of real students was extremely valuable. Not only did it allow me to apply and practice all of the things I had learned, but it exposed my weaknesses and strengths as a teacher, allowing me to develop into a better teacher over the course of the program.

Maximo was a nice school. Free coffee/tea and places to study/work were awesome to have throughout the program. The end-of-program “TEFL Toast” was very fun and a nice gesture from the school. I think the real differentiating factor for this program though was the instructor, Mackenzie. Given the time-intensive nature of the program, having a great instructor seems critical. For six hours a day, the classes remained engaging. It was immediately obvious that they were prepared and really knew the material that was being taught. Those things were imperative for me to buy-in. Though I didn’t take advantage of it too much, the instructor was more than willing to help outside of class and in office-hours.

As for Antigua, I found the city to be wonderful. By the end of my program it felt like home. Lots of food, events, and things to do. Entirely walkable and I always felt safe.The Acetenango and Fuego volcano hikes being right next door is also an amazing must-do while you are here too!

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From the beginning all the staff of Maximo Nivel was really kind and they would provide all the information promptly, making sure that no detail was left out and everything was taken care of.

The course itself was AMAZING. I can tell it was challenging but not discouraging and our TEFL trainer would make sure we received all the support needed and feedback at all times. You can really trust Mackenzie, his experience is evident and he authentically support his students.

You can really trust the staff and the content of the course. Without a doubt, it’s a safe investment for adventure!

Review 271 of 276 Maximo Nivel

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Great way to start of teaching English!

This 4 week course at Maximo has been fantastic to build on my teaching skills and introduce me to EFL in general!

My skills have drastically improved since coming here, and Mackenzie and the staff has been amazing with their help!

The practical teaching, observations, and great in class lessons gave me a glimpse into what teaching would be like in the future.

Now that Im finished, im super excited to start teaching online and figure out where Id like to travel next!

Thank you Maximo for everything!

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