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Gap Year Programs in Latin America

Gap year programs are transformative. The more life experience you bring to university and to your career the more successful you will be. This is because you are more focused and more aware of what you actually want to do. There are so many great reasons to travel!

“I am convinced that one’s college education is greatly enhanced by the maturity, experience, and perspective a student can bring post gap year.”

-Fred A. Hargadon, former Dean of Admissions. Princeton University

Gap Year

It’s Your Gap Year

Work, study, and travel; connect, learn, and grow. Discover something new about yourself; find your purpose. Designing a true gap year experience is your very own mission of discovery, and we help you plan for it every step of the way. But really, in the end, you find your own way!

– Travel and immerse yourself in the world
– Live outside your comfort zone
– Get involved in community service and give back
– Study another language
– Build professional skills and learn about hard work

Maximo Nivel gap year programs get you involved and provide some of the best travel and learning experiences in the world! Our programs combine Spanish language studies, volunteer work, and skill building courses. Spanish classes include all levels from Basic to Fluency and volunteer options include:

Animal Care
Construction
Environmental & Conservation
Medical & Healthcare
Teaching English
Working with Kids

Maximo Nivel offers several pre-planned gap year itineraries. On these programs, you have weekends free, and a 2-week break to organize treks, tours, and beach time with new friends and fellow travelers. Our suggested itineraries are very flexible, so you can pick and choose to create a personalized program. Wherever you want to go for your gap year, we’re already here in-country, ready to help you.

What’s Included?

All Maximo Nivel gap year participants receive the following services as part of their program.

– Airport pick-up
– Host family accommodations (private room)
– Breakfast and dinner, 7 days/week
– 3 to 4 hours/day volunteer work
– 2 hours/day Spanish language classes
– Program and safety orientation
– Walking tour
– Official program certificates
– Letter of recommendation
– Free Tandem Conversation Program
– Free office-wide WiFi and computer lounge
– Free salsa dance classes
– Free cooking classes
– Free coffee and tea and on-site snack bar
– Institute is open 7 days/week
– Emergency contact number 24/7

Get University Credit

Maximo Nivel is directly partnered with California State University—Monterey Bay as our official School of Record. University credit is available for our gap year programs, including Spanish language studies and Service Learning (volunteer work).

Gap Year in Costa Rica

Our gap year in Costa Rica is a 24-week program. Your program begins in the capital city of San Jose, and then you move on to Manuel Antonio Beach—the best beach and National Park in Costa Rica! This program includes:

– 12 weeks of Spanish language classes
– 8 weeks volunteer—Working with Kids
– 8 weeks volunteer—Teaching English
– 4 weeks volunteer—Sea Turtle Conservation
– 1 week Surf School
– 1 week Scuba certification
– 2-week break with housing

Gap Year in Guatemala

The gap year in Guatemala is a 24-week program. Your program begins in the historic pueblo of Antigua, Guatemala, and then brings you to El Salvador and back again to Guatemala. This program includes:

– 12 weeks of Spanish language classes
– 8 weeks volunteer—Working with Kids
– 4 weeks volunteer—Sea Turtle Conservation
– 4 weeks volunteer—Teaching English
– 4 weeks volunteer—Animal Care
– 1 week Surf School
– 1 week Scuba certification
– 2-week break with housing

Gap Year in Peru

The gap year in Peru is a 24-week program. Your program is based in the ancient city of Cusco, Peru. Cusco is the traveler’s meca of South America and it’s the perfect launching point for travel and adventure. This program includes:

– 12 weeks of Spanish language classes
– 8 weeks volunteer—Working with Kids
– 4 weeks volunteer—Teaching English
– 4 weeks volunteer—Jungle Conservation
– 2 weeks Andean Immersion Program
– 4 weeks TEFL Certification
– 2-week break with housing

Be a Country Jumper

Maximo Nivel’s Country Jumper program takes you from Costa Rica to Guatemala to Peru. This 24-week program is made up of 8 weeks in each of the 3 countries. This program includes:

Costa Rica
– 8 weeks of Spanish language classes
– 4 weeks volunteer—Working with Kids
– 1 week Surf School

Guatemala
– 8 weeks Spanish language classes
– 4 weeks volunteer—Working with Kids
– 4 weeks volunteer—Eco-Agriculture

Peru
– 4 weeks Spanish language classes
– 4 weeks volunteer–Construction
– 4 weeks volunteer—Jungle Conservation

*Flights between countries are not included.

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