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TEFL CERTIFICATION IN GUATEMALA

Get TEFL certified in Guatemala, one of the least expensive, but also one of the most beautiful and culture-rich countries in Latin America. Earn your internationally-accredited TEFL Certification at the Maximo Nivel TEFL Training Center located in the historic town of Antigua. Whereas a lot of people do not think of Guatemala as their first country to visit, it is a hidden-gem, filled with natural beauty and lots of adventure. Guatemala is the ideal place to study for your TEFL certificate, because it is the most populous country in Central America and it has a well-developed economy. This means there is always a strong demand for English teachers! The Maximo Nivel team and your TEFL Trainer are experienced English-teaching professionals and very knowledgeable of Guatemala and the rest of Latin America. We are always available to support you throughout your TEFL program.

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– At least 18 years of age
– Academically prepared for university-level work; Bachelor’s Degree preferred
– Proficient at speaking and writing English
– Able to use computers, internet, MS Office, or G-Suite
– 2 academic papers required during course
– Final portfolio required

2019 Onsite TEFL Dates

TEFL certification programs 11 months out of the year. New courses begin every 5 weeks.

MONTHSTARTFINISH
July24-Jul20-Aug
August26-Aug20-Sep
September23-Sep18-Oct
October21-Oct15-Nov
November20-Nov17-Dec

*For 2020 TEFL program dates and Hybrid TEFL dates click here

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ProgramsGuatemala
Onsite
TEFL Certification
$1,400
Hybrid
TEFL Certification
$1,100
Online
TEFL Certification
$495
Specialized
Courses
$395

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WHAT’S INCLUDED

Why I Maximo Nivel

I would like to recommend anyone looking to grow professionally and socially the Maximo Nivel TEFL program in Antigua, Guatemala. I had the opportunity to grow as a person and learn from a very talented and carrying TEFL trainer. The teaching staff made sure to make my time in class enjoyable. After taking the TEFL program you will also take with you new lifelong leadership skills that will help you succeed in anything you want to do. In my opinion the Antigua, Guatemala Maximo Nivel has the best support for participants. I made new friends with the other TEFL participants. I would go back again highly recommended!

Raffi M.
Guatemala TEFL Training Center

GUATEMALA TEFL TRAINING CENTER

TRAINING CENTER IN A WORLD HERITAGE SITE

The TEFL training center in Guatemala, provides a peaceful home base in the world famous city of Antigua. The training center is located in a beautifully restored colonial building, surrounded by cobblestone streets. The town of Antigua is most famous for its well-preserved architecture and colonial ruins–so much so the entire city has been designated an UNESCO World Heritage Site by the United Nations.

The training center has 22 classrooms and a lovely central garden with a fountain, so you never feel confined to a boring, traditional classroom. The rooftop terrace is the best place to study and has magnificent views of Volcan de Agua and provides the perfect break from your TEFL course. The training center has nice open common areas, WiFi, computer lab, and snack bar. The institute is open 7 days/week including holidays.

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TEACHING ENGLISH IN GUATEMALA

WARM, FRIENDLY, HISTORIC, AND MAGICAL!

Guatemala’s tourism industry is constantly expanding and with this rapid increase, Guatemalans understand that doing business requires the ability to interact with English speakers. An English teacher can really make a difference in a student’s life by helping them to achieve their professional and academic goals. The low cost of living in Guatemala, where food, housing, and travel are all cheap, means an English teacher can enjoy a good life, even on a modest salary.

The need for English teachers is growing and there are always opportunities available in Antigua, Guatemala City, and Xela. Private institutes hire year-round, whereas K-12 schools, following the Latin American school year, tend to hire between January and February. TEFL graduates find opportunities working with all age groups in both private institutes and public school settings. Local students are eager to learn, yet easy going, making Guatemala a great choice for a first time English teacher.

Maximo Nivel’s English language program at our institute in Antigua has approximately 750 enrolled English students. With such a successful ESL program, we hire 2-3 TEFL graduates every month! We provide our teachers with the full ESL curriculum, syllabi, materials, quizzes, and exams. Teachers work 2-3 hours in the morning and 3-4 hours in the evening. This split schedule gives teachers a well-deserved break during the day to enjoy the historic streets of Antigua, grab lunch at a small cafe, or hit the gym. You work Monday-Friday, leaving your weekends free to explore.

Working in Guatemala as an ESL Teacher

Education
Bachelor’s Degree is preferred

Certification
TEFL Certification is strongly preferred

Hiring Season
K-12 Schools: Jan-Feb
Private Institutes: Year-round

Hours/Week
K-12 Schools: 30-35
Private Institutes: 20-30

Commitment
K-12 Schools: 1 year
Private Institutes: 3-6 months

Learners
Business and tourism professionals, university students, kids and teens

Cost of Living
$350-$450/month

Average Pay
$450-$550/month

Visas
Tourist Visa
Independent Contractor Status

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Teaching English at Maximo Nivel Guatemala
TEFL Programs in Guatemala

TEFL COURSES IN GUATEMALA

GET YOUR TEFL IN THE HISTORIC LAND OF THE MAYANS

The 4-week 150-hour onsite course in Guatemala is one of our more intimate TEFL courses with groups ranging from only 4 to 10 participants. The small size of the TEFL program means you get even more personalize attention from your trainer. Our language-training center in Antigua has a very successful ESL program and the ESL classes you teach during your course average 8-12 English students. Feel free to dress casually during TEFL class, but bring more professional clothes for your teaching practice. It is best to dress in layers in Antigua as there are warm days, but rather cool nights and chilly mornings.

Our TEFL Trainer, Karen, is thoughtful, insightful and very experienced. She is a classically-trained school teacher with many years of experience in both traditional schools, adult learning centers, and as an ESL teacher and TEFL Trainer. She has lived in Latin America, Asia, and Europe, and has taught English all over the world. She has been with the Maximo Nivel organization since 2012 and has worked as a TEFL Trainer in our language-training centers in Costa Rica, Peru, and Guatemala.

For the onsite TEFL program, we recommend you choose a private room with a host family, or an apartment for your accommodations.

Hybrid TEFL
– Move through the first half of the course online at your own pace
– Join the onsite TEFL course for weeks 3 & 4
– Full teaching practicum with coaching from TEFL trainer
– Job finding is easier once you are in country

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WHY GET TEFL CERTIFIED AT
MAXIMO NIVEL?

When you earn your Maximo Nivel TEFL Certification, you have completed a rigorous teacher training course that exceeds all global standards. We have successfully trained more than 4,100 TEFL graduates since 2003, and Maximo alumni are teaching all over the world. We go way beyond all other TEFL certification programs. Maximo Nivel is a well-known, first-class language training center in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru with 3,000+ English students enrolled every month. We are the local organization and we teach English abroad every day.

  • Onsite TEFL course tuition from $1,400
  • Accredited certification accepted worldwide
  • Highly qualified TEFL Trainers
  • 12+ hours of practical teaching and observation
  • Teach real ESL classes
  • Continuous coaching during TEFL course
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Maximo Nivel’s TEFL Certification is a rigorous teacher training course that exceeds all global standards. We have trained more than 4,100 ESL teachers since 2003. Schedule a call with a program advisor today!

Job Finding Assistance for TEFL Graduates

LIFETIME JOB-FINDING

CAREER SUPPORT FOR TEFL GRADUATES

Maximo Nivel offers lifetime job-finding support for all our TEFL graduates. Your TEFL course includes a workshop and resume/CV preparation to find the best international teaching positions. Our professional team is always at your service to make sure you enjoy a long and successful teaching career. Get the job you earn!

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