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The public education systems in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru do not offer high quality ESL classes (English as a Second Language). Speaking English is a life-changing skill for people in developing countries, because the language opens both academic and professional opportunities, and provides a path out of poverty. Most middle and upper class students learn English at private language centers, which unfortunately are too expensive for a large part of the population. This creates an unfair gap between those who can afford English and those who can not.

Maximo Nivel’s teaching English projects help both kids and adults improve their English skills, while giving international volunteers lots of opportunity to hone your teaching skills.

As a teaching English volunteer, you can help make real impact in people’s lives in Latin America! As part of your in-country orientation, every teaching English volunteer takes part in Maximo Nivel’s ESL Crash Course. This is an introductory course to ESL teaching techniques and strategies to help you be effective in the classroom. Maximo Nivel also has a full academic team in each country to help support you with lesson plan ideas, materials, and books to get you started.