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Máximo Nivel Language Center - founded in Cusco, Peru in 2003, after which we opened our Costa Rica office in 2006, and our Guatemala office in 2009.
Today, Máximo Nivel offers its TEFL/TESOL Certification, Native Spanish Program, International Volunteer Program, and Native English Program in all three countries — Peru, Costa Rica, and Guatemala.
Máximo Nivel's success is based on our commitment to quality and the highest level of client service possible. We continuously invest in professional staff and first-class facilities to ensure your overall experience with us is nothing short of excellent.
Spanish Program Options
1. Small Group
Small group classes can range in size from 2 - 8 people. Most groups are 3 - 6 people and sometimes even less. Small group classes provide a great balance between personalized attention to your learning needs and a strong base for discussion and conversation practice. Group classes start every Monday throughout the year. Groups are formed based around similar levels of learners and Máximo Nivel offers groups from Basic to Advanced. Classes take place either in the morning or in the afternoon. A free diagnostic exam to determine your level is conducted prior to placing you in a group. Group classes are offered at all levels, basic through advanced.
2. Private Classes
Private classes are specially tailored to your specific needs and interests. This is the most intensive and fastest method for learning Spanish. Following a diagnostic exam to determine your level, we discuss your learning preferences and goals in order to design your exact program. Private classes are recommended for people that have specific needs (e.g. conversation only, more/less grammar, younger than 15 years, Survival Spanish, etc.). Our private classes are arranged by hours and can start any day of the week. All levels, basic through advanced, as well as advanced university courses in subjects such as literature, history, and culture are available in private classes.
3. Super Intensive
Máximo Nivel's Super Intensive Spanish program is 6 hours per day. This program works best when coupled with a traditional family-stay in order to maximize your speaking time. Super Intensive study is recommended for learners who want to quickly move up the learning ladder and/or who want to break a learning plateau. Super Intensive programs are also excellent for university students and business professionals who want maximum gains in the least amount of time. All levels, basic through advanced, are taught in both group and private classes. Advanced university courses in subjects such as literature, history, and culture are also available in private classes.
4. Spanish for Special Purposes
Spanish for Special Purposes refers to Medical Spanish and Business Spanish—both programs are available at Máximo Nivel. Our SSP teachers are experienced Spanish teachers with additional expertise and education in Business and Medicine and have taught these specialized courses for at least 3 years. SSP programs are intended for medical students, traveling doctors and nurses, and business people who need specialized Spanish for their careers. SSP Classes are taught in 2-hour and 4-hour blocks.
5. Adventure & Culture
For a getaway that maximizes both your language learning and your travel, try one of our Adventure & Culture options. The Trek & Study, Mini Adventure, and Full Adventure programs combine intensive Spanish language studies with the best tours and treks that Peru, Costa Rica, and Guatemala have to offer. All tours and treks are led by licensed, experienced guides, all of whom speak both Spanish and English.
1. Mini Adventure
The Mini Adventure program includes 6 days of travel and exploration, allowing for a convenient add-on week to let you see the highlights of the country before or after another international program, or on its own.
2. Volunteer Adventure
The Volunteer Adventure program’s 2-week itinerary includes 5 days of volunteering and 6 days of travel and exploration in Guatemala, Peru or Costa Rica.
Family-stays are all with pre-approved families and include breakfast and dinner Monday through Sunday. Family-stays include a shared room with a shared bath. Private rooms and bathrooms are available for an additional charge, but availability is limited. Guests are free to come and go as they please, but they must respect the routine and rules of the family. All family-stays are within walking distance (10-25 minutes) or within a 5-minute taxi/bus ride from the Máximo Nivel office.
Máximo Nivel works with three different hostels, and you may elect this option if you want to save money while still remaining 100% independent. All hostels are clean and safe with excellent service and amenities including TV rooms and 24-hour kitchens. Hostel accommodations include private rooms with private bath, and all hostels are walking distance (5-15 minutes) from the Máximo Nivel office.
3. Private or Shared Apartment
Private apartments are all very comfortable and fully furnished. Apartments come with equipped kitchens including all plates and utensils required to live comfortably and cook for yourself. Apartments are centrally located and are within easy walking distance or a short taxi/bus ride to the Máximo Nivel office. Shared apartments are also available on a limited basis; please inquire when registering.
4. Hotel (3-Star)
Máximo Nivel works with two 3-star hotels, both of which are modern and comfortable with all the necessary amenities plus breakfast is included. All hotel rooms are private with a private bath. If you desire more luxurious accommodations please request the hotel option when you register and we will email you with a separate price.
Wherever you decide to travel in the world—in Latin America, Asia, United States, Canada, Europe, Middle East, Africa—Máximo Nivel guarantees that your TEFL/TESOL certification will be recognized worldwide.
Máximo Nivel's programs are internationally accredited by the Ministries of Education in Peru and Guatemala. We are closely associated with Brookhaven College in the United States, Universidad Juan Pablo II in Costa Rica, and Universidad Rural in Guatemala. Because of our accreditation and educational partners, university credit is available for many of our programs.
Máximo Nivel is also an institutional member of The College of Teachers in the United Kingdom.
As an internationally accredited institute, Máximo Nivel must adhere to strict codes of practice and maintain the highest professional standards.
Accreditation by an external educational body is vital if you wish to receive a certification that is recognized worldwide.
Here are what some people who used Maximo Nivel said about their experiences. Their average rating across all categories is /5.