• Costa Rica
    • San José
    • Playa Blanca
150 hours
Training Type

Program Details

Teaching Practicum
Job Placement
Apartment Host Family Hotel


Starting Price
Price Details
Airport pick-up
Program and safety orientation
Walking tour
Official TEFL Certificate
Letter of recommendation
Lifetime job-finding assistance
Tandem Conversation Program
Office-wide WiFi and computer lab
Salsa dance classes
Cooking classes
Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
Institute is open 7 days/week
Emergency contact number 24/7
Lifetime Job Finding Assistance
What's Included
Activities Airport Transfers Wifi
What's Not Included
Airfare Travel Insurance
Sep 07, 2023
Aug 21, 2023
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About Program

Become a certified English teacher by earning a TEFL certification with Maximo Nivel on the beach in Manuel Antonio. TEFL Certification is your passport to living and working as English teacher anywhere else in the world!

The 4-week/150-hour certification program includes more than 15 hours of practical English teaching and observation of experienced teachers.

The TEFL Program consists of 14 modules:
1. Approaches to Learning & Teaching
2. Critical ESL Techniques
3. Class Management
4. Lesson Planning
5. English Grammar Review 1
6. English Grammar Review 2
7. Teaching Grammar
8. Teaching Vocabulary
9. Teaching English with Games
10. Teaching Speaking & Writing
11. Teaching Listening & Reading
12. Assessing Learners
13. Introduction to International English Exams
14. Practical Teaching

Maximo Nivel is internationally accredited and the Maximo Nivel TEFL Certificate is accepted by institutes, language schools, and universities around the world.

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Diversity & Inclusion

LGBTQIA+ Support

At Maximo Nivel, we deeply value diversity in all its forms. We maintain an open-minded approach, recognizing the significance of varied perspectives, intelligent discourse, and the transformative power of a positive mindset. We warmly welcome and respect individuals from all backgrounds, irrespective of politics, gender, gender identity, age, race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. Whether it’s volunteering, Spanish immersion, TEFL certification, international internships, university courses, or GAP year experiences, members of the LGBTQIA+ community are wholeheartedly invited to participate in our programs.


Ethical Impact

At Maximo Nivel, we work in close partnership with our local communities in Latin America to ensure that volunteer projects align with genuine local needs, fostering meaningful and relevant impact. We emphasize sustainable initiatives designed for enduring change, rather than short-term interventions. By promoting cultural sensitivity, we facilitate enriching exchanges rooted in mutual respect, and our commitment to local employment further integrates and supports the communities we serve.

Program Highlights

  • Accredited certification accepted worldwide
  • 15 hours of practical teaching and observation
  • Teach real ESL classes
  • Guaranteed Job Placement
  • Lifetime job-finding assistance

Program Reviews

4.96 Rating
based on 235 reviews
  • 5 rating 95.74%
  • 4 rating 4.26%
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  • Benefits 4.9
  • Support 4.95
  • Fun 4.25
  • Facilities 4.3
  • Safety 4.7
  • Instruction 5
  • Support 5
  • Value 4.8
  • Academic Rigor 4.6
  • Job Assistance 4.85
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This program is helpful for anyone looking for ways to dig deeper into the English language and share their knowledge with a global community through teaching. The TEFL/TESOL program is accessible to all, yet challenging - the teachers are supportive and you leave the program feeling a sense of satisfaction that you can make a difference in people's lives. I would recommend this program because it can be applied anywhere around the globe or online! ESL techniques can also be applied to other language classrooms - for instance, I am an elementary Spanish teacher and will definitely use the teaching techniques to elevate my own teaching and support my student's growth.

  • It was super educational and useful.
  • My instructor, Wayne, was AMAZING!
  • It was a fun experience and I made new friends :)
  • The coursework was difficult!
  • I didn't have very much time to do Spanish immersion.
  • I
10 people found this review helpful.
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TEFL Certification - Hybrid

I really enjoyed the whole program. Since I chose the hybrid program, I started out with the online portion a few weeks before the scheduled time to join the in-person group in Costa Rica. The program was very intense, both online and in person; however, I received a lot of support and feedback from both Mackenzie Tucker (online) and Wayne Summerbell (in person). Wayne was energetic, positive, well-prepared, and passionate about teaching. He made sure the course was productive, fun and engaging.

  • Rigorous.
  • Engaging Teaching Methods.
  • Flexible - you can choose hybrid, in-person, or online.
22 people found this review helpful.
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Excellent Educational Experience

So glad that I participated in this program. Although the course was quite rigorous, almost every single aspect of the program was extremely insightful, educational, and beneficial towards becoming a skilled and effective TEFL teacher. My instructor Wayne was an absolute joy to work with and was simultaneously funny, engaging, encouraging, and insightful. I gained real, hands-on teaching experience throughout the program and feel well prepared and supported if I ever decide to apply for a TEFL teaching position anywhere in the world in the near future.

  • Relevant Educational Materials
  • Hands On Teaching Experience
  • Real Job Finding Support and Assistance Available After the Program
  • Very Intensive
  • Stressful
20 people found this review helpful.
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TEFL Certification with Wayne Summerbell

This course serves as one of the best decisions I have ever made. Through Wayne's dedication and engagement I was able to find a deeper understanding and appreciation for teaching EFL. Wayne was also absolutely outstanding in helping me find a job using my TEFL certification. He is a delight in his patience, positivity, and boundless love for teaching and providing opportunities for others to grow as learners and educators. It was an honor to be his student and a privilege to have had such an incredible opportunity to grow as a professional.

  • Professional Development
  • Quality Educational Experience
  • Strong Team Dynamic
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  • one!!!!!
21 people found this review helpful.
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Maximo Nivel TEFL Program

I am so happy I decided to take this course and I am even more lucky to have had Wayne Summerbell as my TEFL instructor. He was meticulous when it came to making sure we had grasped the concept before moving on. He was funny and kind and extremely helpful. And although it was a very intensive course, he made fun all the while. And now thanks to him I have a job lined up in July teaching in Costa Rica, where I can continue to put my TEFL training to good use. All in all, Wayne did an amazing job, and he will continue to so in the future.

  • Guaranteed job placement when you pass
  • 10 minutes away from the beach. The location is beautiful.
  • All the amazing and cool people you'll meet.
  • It's pretty pricy so you just have to be comfortable spending that amount. But I know it was worth it for me.
27 people found this review helpful.
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TEFL Program

I had an excellent experience with the TEFL program in Manuel Antonio with Maximo Nivel. Wayne is an amazing instructor who led us through the comprehensive and challenging material in a fun and engaging way. He was always well-prepared for class and available for extra help as needed. The course required hard work and discipline to complete all the assignments but was 100% worth it... and I still got to enjoy plenty of beach time in beautiful Costa Rica. I learned a lot and feel equipped to work as an English teacher in the future. Thanks, Wayne and Maximo Nivel for the great experience!

  • Excellent instructor (Wayne Summerbell)
  • Rigorous, high-quality curriculum
  • Hands-on teaching experience
26 people found this review helpful.
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TEFL Maximo Nivel with Wayne Summerbell

I‘ve had a great time in Costa Rica participating in the TEFL programme May/June 2023 with Wayne Summerbell as my TEFL teacher. Even though I am teacher in Switzerland and already teach English as a foreign language, I‘ve learnt a lot and had new experiences teaching adults at Maximo Nivel. I like that this course offers a lot of pracical teaching traning. Wayne has a great way of modeling the technics of teaching English as a foreign language, and always provided helpdul feedbacks after our practical teachings.
Thanks a lot for this great experience. I‘m going back home with a mot of new ideas and many wonderful memories.

29 people found this review helpful.
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Wayne Summerbell/Maximo Nivel TEFL

I am very happy that I participated in the May 2023 TEFL course at Maximo Nivel. I had the absolute pleasure of studying under an amazing teacher Wayne Summerbell. I have been out of school for quite some time and what I thought would not be too difficult was in fact, very challenging. However, Wayne delivered the material in an interesting and fun way. His enthusiasm and creativity never waivered throughout the course. Wayne was always available after class to answer questions or to assist with homework. He prepared me in every possible way to become a successful English teacher. He made me feel confident that I was getting a quality education. The constant support from Wayne in and out of the classroom really pushed me to complete the heavy course load. I highly recommend this TEFL course to anyone looking for a quality course to teach English abroad.

  • - Practical experience helped to feel more confident about teaching.
  • -Mini Lessons was a great way get some practical experience
  • - Fantastic Teacher- Wayne Summerbell
28 people found this review helpful.

Questions & Answers

Apart from what the others have already suggested, I would also advise that any travel you intend on doing, you are prepared to leave until you've finished or to start beforehand. Manuel Antonio is a beautiful place, and you will certainly have beach time. But don't be fooled! The classes are intensive and require outside-the-classroom prep time. Good luck and have fun!

Thanks so much for your reply. I'd love if you could connect me with them! I'm going to be studying at Maximo in January 2017 and am very keen to teach :)

I would definitely recommend a laptop. You'll need it to work on assignments and lesson plans out of class. The building can get pretty hot, so being able to relocate to cooler locations is a must. Regarding clothes, I wore decent shorts and collared shirts for the classes. For interviews, I would recommend something more business casual.

The cost of the program varies by location and what type of stay you prefer (apartment, hostel, or homestay). I have added a link to the estimated program costs below that you may find helpful. In general, the cost will be somewhere between $2000-$2500, not including your flight. http://www.maximonivel.com/tefl-tesol/prices/