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Overview

Overview

Founded in 2003, Maximo Nivel is the Intercultural Center of Latin America. We offer Volunteer Abroad programs, TEFL Certification, International Internships, and our Native Spanish Program in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. Maximo Nivel is a local organization in each country and we work in partnership with community groups, schools, orphanages, and hospitals to help lead development initiatives with civic and environmental goals. Volunteer opportunities include: Working with Kids, Animal Care, Teaching English, Eco-Agriculture, Conservation, Construction, and Medical projects. Internship opportunities include: Education, Micro-Business, Hospitality & Tourism, Human Rights, and Medical. Everyone has access to our support team and great home-base facilities 7 days/week year-round.

Types
  • Volunteer Abroad
  • Intern Abroad
  • Teach Abroad
Activities
  • Health & Medicine
  • Work Abroad
  • Education & Literacy
  • Alternative Break
  • Children & Youth
  • Internship
  • Community Development
  • Study Abroad
  • Conservation
  • Teach English
  • Ecotourism
  • Animals
  • Intern Abroad
  • Environment
  • Advocacy & Human Rights
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Countries
  • Peru
  • Costa Rica
  • Guatemala
  • United States
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Editorial

Sarah
By Sarah Vandenberg

Director of Partnerships

Sarah has worked in the volunteer travel industry since 2004. She supports all of our partners, and shares stories, trends, and advice for travelers who want to volunteer, intern, or teach abroad.

With four institutes and unparalleled in-country support, Maximo Nivel is a leader in international education, study abroad, and travel in Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru. This organization is a top-ranked local provider in Latin America, specializing in three specific areas for people who want to learn and make an impact: work abroad programs (including volunteer and intern placements), study and teach abroad opportunities, and travel adventures.

Trips to Costa Rica, Guatemala, and Peru

Maximo Nivel’s programs in Costa Rica bring you to San Jose and Manuel Antonio – two very different locations for very different travel styles. San Jose is Costa Rica’s capital city, and the institute is based downtown. Manuel Antonio, on the other hand, is more of a smaller, quiet beach town.

In Peru, Maximo Nivel’s programs are based in and around Cusco, with their institute located downtown (though arguably in a less hectic area than San Jose). Depending on your placement, you may work right there in Cusco or out into the mountains – or even in the Sacred Valley.

If you’re interested in Guatemala, Maximo Nivel’s programs there are based in the city of Antigua, a top destination for ecotourism that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

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Teaching English in Peru with Maximo Nivel

Impactful adventures

Maximo Nivel emphasizes education and cultural exchange among all of its participants. Travelers of all ages are welcome to join, and can choose from volunteer, intern, teach, study, and adventure abroad programs. No matter where you go or what you do, you will be encouraged to learn from your counterparts in-country, share skills and stories, and explore the beautiful places where Maximo Nivel works.

Programs are community-developed, meaning a local organization, school, or center either has an ongoing need or has identified an unmet one, and requested volunteers, interns, or teachers from Maximo Nivel. And all programs undergo a vetting process to ensure participants help to provide a local solution to a local problem.

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Construction volunteering in Costa Rica with Maximo Nivel

Support and safety

A recurring theme with Maximo Nivel is an emphasis on support and safety. Travelers are provided excellent support before, during, and after their trips – whatever questions or concerns they have, a team member can answer. A few highlights:

  • Maximo Nivel has a 24/7 emergency support line
  • Institutes and staff are based in the communities where you’ll work, so they have local knowledge and context to ensure safety, to respond to any issues that could arise, or just to answer questions about places to go and things to see
  • All host families are carefully vetted, and travelers are asked for feedback about their experience

Because Maximo Nivel works with so many students and less-experienced travelers in particular, they want to make sure you have the best trip possible – to get out of your comfort zone, but still to know there’s a safety net if you need it.

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Volunteering with animals in Peru with Maximo Nivel

838 Participant reviews

Lydia Djira

23 Nov 2019

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The eco agriculture project was very fun and rewarding! We spent the mornings plantnig seeds, harvesting fruit, gathering materials whlie the afternoons were spent peelng coffee beans, learning how to...Read more

The eco agriculture project was very fun and rewarding! We spent the mornings plantnig seeds, harvesting fruit, gathering materials whlie the afternoons were spent peelng coffee beans, learning how to prepare coffee grounds and cocoa paste or hiking into town, and evenings were spent eating and socializing! It was a very fun project to be apart of and I would recommend it to anyone who likes being outdoors doing hands on work!

Anna Laskaris

23 Nov 2019

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I spent two weeks at Panthera. The whole experience was incredibly unique and rewarding. We participated in a wide variety of activities including trailing making, building a roof out of...Read more

I spent two weeks at Panthera. The whole experience was incredibly unique and rewarding. We participated in a wide variety of activities including trailing making, building a roof out of palm leaves, catching and identifying frogs and caiman, bird watching, digging artificial bonds, sign painting, chocolate and pizza making and more. No day was the same at Panthera which only expanded our experience further and insights about the Jungle.

The staff at Panthera is what made the experience so special and enjoyable. Pierre, Alex, Jess, Aldo and Gabrielle were welcoming and helpful from the start. I admired and was impressed by their enthusiasm and wealth of knowledge they had and shared with us. I am so grateful for the invaluable experience they created for us.

Life at Panthera is simple and rustic, which is all part of the charm. It is isolated with no wifi or phone network, which was refreshing. The work days follow a routine, with a morning activity and afternoon activity and roughly a three hour break in between. There is a lot of down time, so bring materials such as books to keep you entertained.

The Jungle is a harsh environment. The heat is relentless so your sweating reaches a whole new level when working hard outside. I would recommend packing a few changes of work clothes and socks. Additionally packing a form of hydration salts is useful to ensure you don't suffer from dehydration.

Volunteering at Panthera was a worthwhile experience. It was nothing like I have ever done before! If you are seeking a once in a lifetime adventure that will be just as enjoyable as it is testing then I could not recommend Panthera enough!

Bill Pashby

23 Nov 2019

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This experience was great. The projects were varied so no two days were the same. Some of the projects we worked on were clearing trails, gathering plants in the swamp...Read more

This experience was great. The projects were varied so no two days were the same. Some of the projects we worked on were clearing trails, gathering plants in the swamp planting the plants. going into the jungle looking for frogs, Went out at night caiman hunting. bird watching and building a palm leaf roof. The people on the project were great to work with and very willing to answer any questions I asked. The overall experience was different from any other volunteer programs I've worked on. Some days the work you do is hard you will get dirty and sweaty but it is worth it.

Gabriela Jimenez

23 Nov 2019

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Durante dos meses realicé un voluntariado con niños en el proyecto Corazon de Dahlia en Cuzco y solo tengo palabras de agradecimiento por el apoyo constante de maximo nivel tanto...Read more

Durante dos meses realicé un voluntariado con niños en el proyecto Corazon de Dahlia en Cuzco y solo tengo palabras de agradecimiento por el apoyo constante de maximo nivel tanto en el dia a dia como en caso de emergencia. Fue una experiencia inolvidable ya que ademas de hacer el voluntariado pude conocer personas y lugares increibles. ¡Gracias por todo!