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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.

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  • Volunteer Abroad
  • Intern Abroad
  • Teach Abroad
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  • 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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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

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Julien Perras

8 Feb 2024

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This was a great two weeks experience for me! Great for the soul. It’s very humbling to know that without volunteers the program cannot exist. I met many wonderful people...Read more

This was a great two weeks experience for me! Great for the soul. It’s very humbling to know that without volunteers the program cannot exist. I met many wonderful people and I enjoyed every minute of it. Guatemalans are great! Salt of the Earth! Program well organized, Jorge had my back! Antigua is a great city to visit. Will I be back? Heck yeah!

Mylene Chabot

17 Nov 2023

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I had an amazing experience volunteering in a daycare near Antigua. The kids and the staff at the daycare were wonderful. The staff from Maximo often came to check on...Read more

I had an amazing experience volunteering in a daycare near Antigua. The kids and the staff at the daycare were wonderful. The staff from Maximo often came to check on the project. My home stay was also great as the family was very kind and welcoming. Overall I had an incredible experience volunteering and living in Antigua for a month.

Leslie Truelove

10 Nov 2023

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Maximon Nivel has been very good to me. I aready loved Antigua from previous visits, but Maximo offers such an excellent blend of language learning with community volunteering. The staff...Read more

Maximon Nivel has been very good to me. I aready loved Antigua from previous visits, but Maximo offers such an excellent blend of language learning with community volunteering. The staff are all very competent and helpful. Of course, things occasionally go sideways. That is to be expected - its part of the territory. As a life-long world traveler, I had been thinking about how I could 'give back' to some of the places which I love to visit, so I particularly appreciated being guided in how to do this. I plan to continue my travels as far as Peru where I hope to continue to work with Maximo.

Amelie lovaslandry

4 Nov 2023

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This was an amazing experience, that has taught me so much about this awesome country as well as provide me with opportunities to meet locals, practice speaking a new language...Read more

This was an amazing experience, that has taught me so much about this awesome country as well as provide me with opportunities to meet locals, practice speaking a new language and making friends.