TEFL Trainer

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  • Costa Rica: Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica .
  • Maximo Nivel
  • Experience: 5 YEARS
  • Positions: 1
  • Degree Required

Job Summary

The TEFL Trainer is responsible for teaching and managing Maximo Nivel's internationally-accredited, TEFL Certification program. This position is based in one of 3 locations: Cusco, Peru; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; or Antigua, Guatemala.

Details of Position

The TEFL Trainer is responsible for teaching and managing Maximo Nivel's internationally-accredited, TEFL Certification program. This position is based in one of 3 locations: Cusco, Peru; Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica; or Antigua, Guatemala.

The TEFL Trainer is responsible for delivering the TEFL program including the onsite (4-week course), the Hybrid TEFL course, and the online TEFL course. The Trainer often needs to balance training in all 3 modalities each month. The TEFL course is fully-developed and the program has been functioning on a monthly basis since 2004. The course is offered 11 months per year, mid-January through mid-December.

The primary goal of the course is to train new ESL Teachers, who will accept teaching positions with language schools and institutes around the world. Maximo Nivels TEFL Certification course is well-known and is exceptionally well-reviewed by past participants. Maximos TEFL Certification program is known for being 1) intensive and demanding, 2) fun and entertaining, and 3) very supportive. The TEFL Trainer is expected to maintain these high standards!

The TEFL Trainer leads the certification course on a daily basis, grades papers, and manages participant scheduling onsite and online. The Trainer provides coaching and feedback to trainees, this is the most important part of the position. Trainers also provide feedback and coaching on résumés/CVs and job-finding.

For the onsite course, the TEFL Trainer works Monday-Friday from 8:00am to 6:00pm. The first 3 weeks of the course are easier as no long evening hours are required other than regular course management and required office hours. During the final [4th] week of the course, the Trainer must also work in the evening to observe and evaluate trainees. Note that this often requires 12-14 hours per day.

For the online TEFL course, the TEFL Trainer schedules Skype meetings with participants on a regular and as-needed basis. The exact schedule is determined by each TEFL client. The TEFL Trainer simultaneously manages both onsite and online courses and this requires excellent scheduling and priority-setting from the TEFL Trainer.

The Trainer helps organize the monthly graduation party for program participants; helps organize volunteer or paid students for mini-lessons; and interacts with teaching and administrative staff to schedule and evaluate the practical teaching component of the TEFL course.

The TEFL Trainer may also help provide reinforcement classes to general English learners at the institute; and may also help with in-country training of regular ESL teaching staff.
The TEFL Trainer reports to the Country Manager, and has dotted line responsibility to the Director of International Programs. The TEFL Trainer is Director level within the in-country team.


- Bachelor's Degree; Master's Degree is highly preferred
- TEFL, TESOL, or CELTA certification is required
- At least 5 years of ESL teaching experience
- Strong work ethic; Happy to work long hours and deal with "tough" days
- Passionate about teaching and training people; Capable of setting a high standard, consistently modeling that high standard, and holding trainees to attaining it
- Excellent sense of humor and ability to laugh at yourself
- Professional and self-confident
- Teaching Style: Energetic and passionate; Organized and well-planned; Empathetic to trainees; Fun and entertaining - you must enjoy humor and making people laugh.

Salary and Benefits

SALARY RANGE: $1,200 TO $1,800/MONTH + Bonus

New trainers are hired at a salary below the minimum salary range until they are fully trained.

Bonus compensation usually results in $0-350 per month.

There are 4 weeks paid vacation annually. Vacation must be taken between mid-December and mid-January.

The minimum position duration is 22 months - we are not interested in individuals who cannot absolutely commit for at least that amount of time.

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