321 reviews of Maximo Nivel

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For many years I’ve planned on getting my TEFL certificate and teaching English in countries across the world. I always saw it as something that would finally be my ticket for traveling to every far-off place I’ve ever dreamed of. Once I knew that my university graduation was surely approaching, I began to look earnestly at my options. I thought maybe online would be the easiest and cheapest way to do it. However, after my experience with online courses and knowing myself, I knew that an online course would not allow me to feel prepared to make the huge leap into teaching in a foreign country with a classroom of students right in front of me. I knew I needed to get out there, to push myself and test my limits if I was ever going to feel like teaching abroad was a serious path for me. As it were, I had recently subscribed to the GoAbroad.com newsletter and saw that the Maximo Nivel TEFL program was a highly recommended TEFL course, recognized internationally as a respectable and thorough program responsible for preparing teachers to be of the highest standard in international English education. I knew I was serious about becoming a professional and effective teacher and felt that this program, in Cusco, Peru, would be my guide and my anchor in reaching my career aspirations.

Before I arrived in Cusco, I anticipated that the course would be challenging but I didn’t expect it to challenge me too much since I had heard some stories of easy TEFL courses that taught little and gave students little practical experience teaching before sending them off with a certificate. In the end, this program challenged me even more than I imagined and because of it, I feel so much more confident that I can be a successful ESL teacher whenever I choose to pursue this path. In that sense, I’d say that my expectations have been met and exceeded. I feel lucky to have had such excellent trainers and classmates who’ve supported my learning at every step. The staff, teachers, and students at Maximo have also contributed greatly to my experience here and I’m grateful to them all for providing such a positive and uplifting environment during my time here.

In addition to informative and engaging lessons and practical teaching experience, we were also able to observe real classes taught by talented teachers at Maximo. This was an incredibly helpful learning tool as it gave us first-hand experience of what was effective in an ESL classroom. One of the most rewarding aspects was to see how the teachers build rapport with their students and create an atmosphere that is both welcoming and strongly conducive to learning. It was also amazing to see how teachers used the very same ESL techniques that we were learning in our classes. Proof that our trainers know what they’re talking about!

After completing this course I now have a clearer vision than ever regarding what I hope to do in the future. I have so many places in mind, so many dreams ready for chasing and because of this certification, I feel as if all the doors are wide open.

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The Maximo Nivel TEFL certification course in Peru was a well-designed and excellently taught course. The observations, scaffolded observation critiques, mini-lessons, lesson reflections, and Practical Teaching week with detailed feedback all worked to support the class time and the growth and development of those of us in the class. We interacted early and often with English as a second language learners, and that made this program especially impactful. Sean Barter is an excellent teacher who modeled in his own teaching the qualities, strategies, and techniques he was teaching us to use in our own classes. He was invested in the development of each of the students in the class and gave each of us a lot of useful feedback. Although we spent a lot of time in class, we were always actively involved and engaged constantly with the instructors and with the other students in the class. While Sean designed and ran the course, some of the lessons were taught by Lewis, who also did a good job.

I highly recommend this course in particular and the Maximo Nivel program in general. It was well-thought out, structured, and taught.

Review 318 of 321 Maximo Nivel

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I have just completed the online Tefl course with Maximo Nivel and it has been a great experience throughout, that I would highly recommend to anyone looking to go into english teaching. I have had experience teaching in the past but this course really improved my knowledge and competence as well as giving me the qualification to access the world of english teaching. No matter if you’re new to teaching or have already had experience, this course is so useful.

I can’t thank my trainer Annabelle enough. From the start, she was extremely helpful, kind and supportive. During my online teaching week, she not only gave me great feedback, but helped me to feel calm, confident and inspired me a great deal. My improvement throughout the week was evident thanks to her. The students were also great people and easy to work with, which made the teaching week a lot of fun.

Thank you 🙂

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As a non native speaker, I was considering to quit TEFL because I felt that my English wasn’t good enough, then I met Sean, he encouraged me to do it. In the beginning of the course I was really nervous for interacting with real native speakers. I was very lucky to have amazing classmates and trainer. One of the best experiences of my life. Maximo is one of the best schools I have ever been to. The English students are amazing and friendly. The staff are really helpful and they care about you and how you are doing on the course.

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I come from a teaching background in the States, but this program completely changed my perspective of what it means to teach. My instructor Wayne was inspiring and he went the extra mile for us. His lessons were creative, thought-provoking, lively, and engaging. I didn’t think this course would be as challenging as it was. There were days when I thought I was going to fail because it seemed like I couldn’t keep up with all the assignments. I think we had presentations every week. In my opinion, this course is what you make it. I found it nerve-wracking, grueling, arduous at times, but also memorable, exhilarating, and highly rewarding. This course pushed me out of my comfort zone and I can see the results now. I feel more confident about myself having taken this course and I still use the teaching techniques that have been drilled into me to this day. I now have a different standard for what it means to teach. Taking the TEFL program through Maximo Nivel in Antigua was probably one of the best decisions I have ever made. I feel like the people there really know what they’re doing, and I feel so fortunate to have been able to take part in this experience.

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Entering TEFL, I had no idea what to expect and harbored doubts about whether I could even complete the course, especially since it had been fifteen years since I received my BA. Exhausted from the stress of working in Manhattan, after months of research, I found myself uncertain about which course would be the best fit for me. A large part of my decision to choose Maximo Peru was due to the online reviews about my teacher Sean and the prompt response from Cherise in the admissions department. I figured, what’s the worst that could happen? From day one, the staff at Maximo was amazing, ensuring our accommodations were suitable and even picking us up from the airport.

The program began… Then, boom! On the third day, we were up in front of the class, teaching real students! I had never been so nervous in my life, but our teacher Sean really helped boost our confidence, encouraging us that we could do it. To say that my expectations have been met is an understatement. The course is extremely challenging, but everyone at Maximo, especially Sean, was always willing to help. You can tell this isn’t just a job for them; it’s a passion. The camaraderie I experienced in class was amazing. I’m not sure if this is true of every TEFL group that comes through Maximo, but our group got along great!

I remember during one of our first exercises in TEFL, we were asked to speak about a teacher who has inspired us, and I didn’t really have a great response. Now I do: my TEFL instructor, Sean. The program has definitely changed my life for the better and has been one of the best decisions I have made. Now that I have my teaching certificate, I can’t wait to travel the world, starting with teaching at Maximo Guatemala! My advice to anyone contemplating taking the course is that it’s a great decision at any age.

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I have to say that taking the TEFL course in Guatemala with Maximo and Wayne the TEFL Instructor has been one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. It does not matter why you have decided to do it, what matters is that you have chosen the best place “to do it at” in my opinion. I had never been to Guatemala and I had truly no expectations other then the fact that I knew it was going to be life changing and I was not wrong in any way. The backdrop for the course in Antigua is breathtaking and both the staff of Maximo and the Guatemalan people are some of the nicest I have ever met. The Maximo staff goes above and beyond to ensure that your stay is comfortable and the course itself is going as smooth as possible for you. Do not think for one minute that this course is easy because it is not. But be rest assured that anything that may pop up (and things will pop up) that you have someone to go to, to support you in finding your footing or a resolution to whatever it is. Their ultimate goal is to see you across the finish line with your TEFL Certificate in your hand. Wayne the Amazing TEFL instructor at Maximo will guide you along the journey with his brilliant ability to make the material fun and the extreme amount of information that comes your way digestible. He is generous with sharing his experience and vast knowledge of the Maximo TEFL teaching method and is there with you in the trenches through the entire 4 weeks cheering you on to get you past the finish line. While taking your course you will not have time to do any of the amazing adventures in and around Antigua so be sure to plan to stay after your course is complete to do so. Thank you Maximo Staff for such an incredible life changing experience.

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This intense, life-changing course was absolutely 100% worth it and I credit my instructor, Wayne Summerbell for that. Wayne is engaging and funny and has the incredible ability to even make grammar structures attractive. He was an absolute wizard at making the course materials approachable and digestible for all learning styles, demonstrating his thorough knowledge of the TEFL methodologies and techniques and modeling the teaching techniques we were to learn and adopt in our classes. This 4-week course is no picnic and takes the practical approach very seriously, which I loved. On the third day, we already conducted vocabulary sessions with ESL learners! Wayne never missed an opportunity to provide real-life experiences and was unwavering in his support throughout the course. His feedback during our Practical Teaching Week was thoughtful and detailed and I credit him for my personal growth and success in this course.

I would definitely recommend the Maximo Nivel program in Antigua, Guatemala. Not only is the institute located in the heart of beautiful Antigua and you can experience some of the most amazing sunsets as you wind down at the end of the day, the first rate course experience is backed by the support of an amazing administrative team. Maximo Nivel truly did take care of us inside and outside of the classroom.

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I am so thankful that I chose to attend Maximo! The program was well thought out and the delivery of instruction was wonderful. Wayne was without a doubt the best part of the entire course. His compassion and skills as an instructor made for the 4 week experience one that I will never forget. The consistent feedback throughout the course was so helpful and I felt supported every step of the way.

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It was an exceptional and unique experience. Wayne, our instructor, was excellent and patient, always providing valuable guidance to help me improve. I’m truly grateful for having him as my instructor for the entire month. Mackensie was also highly professional and skilled. The learning environment was excellent, and Maximo’s team was top-notch. As a local, I’m deeply appreciative of the opportunity to take part in the course, and it was genuinely an amazing experience. His enthusiasm was infectious, and I thoroughly enjoyed his teaching approach throughout the course.

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