Máximo Nivel was founded in Cusco, Peru in 2003, and has since expanded and established offices in Costa Rica and Guatemala.  Today, Maximo 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. Interested students can select from language immersion programs, volunteer programs, teaching internships and TEFL Certification programs.

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, and Universidad Rural in Guatemala.  Because of our accreditations and educational partners, university credit is available for many of our programs.

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.

TEFL Certification Programs

Teaching English abroad is a life changing experience—travel the world, immerse yourself in new cultures, get international work experience, and be an ambassador for the English language.

English is the lingua franca of the world, especially in education, business, and popular culture. As the global economy grows and as interest in international travel and study abroad expands, the need for English language skills continues to increase. Even as you read this, all over the world, there are millions of students signing-up for classes and studying at language institutes, schools, and universities to improve their English. This means the demand for qualified instructors to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) is growing exponentially all over the globe!

Thousands of English programs all over the world are hiring qualified ESL teachers from South America to Asia, from the Middle East to Africa, and from Europe to North America. The international standard qualifications for English teachers are TEFL, TESOL, and CELTA certificates—with these certifications, you can apply for great career opportunities teaching English abroad.

TEFL Certification at Maximo Nivel

Since 2003, Maximo Nivel’s TEFL Certification Program has been helping teachers and travelers realize their dreams of working and living internationally. Our TEFL certification courses are internationally accredited and are recognized worldwide by language schools, institutes, and universities. We put a lot into our TEFL program—making it fun, intense, and one of the best learning experiences of your life!


  • Introduction to learning and teaching theories
  • Introduction to critical ESL techniques
  • Understand English language structure
  • Understand language skills and systems
  • Build classroom management skills
  • Learn how to create effective lesson plans
  • Learn how to engage and motivate ESL learners
  • Learn methodologies for teaching ESL
  • Learn how to assess learners’ English levels
  • Introduction to ESL teaching resources, tools, and materials
  • Introduction to international English exams –TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge, etc
  • Career assistance and job finding workshop

Maximo Nivel has successfully trained more than 3,500 TEFL graduates and Maximo-certified people are teaching around the world in countries like China, Vietnam, Thailand, Japan, Korea, France, Russia, Peru, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Chile, Colombia, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, United States, Canada, and many more. Our Program Advisors coach you on the various TEFL program options we offer and we work with you to select the best location for your training. We help you get started as a professional English teacher!

Most TEFL certification providers only offer TEFL certificates. In comparison, Maximo Nivel is a very successful, functioning language institute offering English, Spanish, TEFL certification, and various study abroad programs in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. Our intensive English programs (IEPs) are recognized for their quality and service, and we take great pride in our standing as a first-class language training center!

Using the feedback we receive each month from our TEFL graduates, we continuously develop our TEFL courses and improve our training and client service. By earning Maximo Nivel’s TEFL Certification program, you can be confident that you’ve completed a rigorous teacher certification that exceeds all global standards.

TEFL Course Standards

Maximo Nivel TEFL
Total hours 150
Highly qualified TEFL trainers Yes
Recognized accreditation Yes
Practical teaching 6 hours
Observation of experienced teachers 6 hours
Trainees teach real ESL classes Yes
Continuous assessment of trainees Yes
Course portfolio required Yes
Job finding assistance Lifetime
Company Details
Course Type(s)
  • Combined TEFL Courses, Online TEFL Courses, On-site TEFL Courses
  • Just Text What's Up
Course Length(s)
  • Long Courses (150+ hours)
Certificate Type(s)
Specialist Course(s)
  • Teaching Business English (BE), Teaching Exam Preparation
Additional Feature(s)
  • TEFL Internships