Reach · Venture · Find

RVF International LLC

About

We are an international exchange and education company and we want to bridge the gap between travelers, teachers, adventurers, students, dreamers, explorers, and their destinations.

RVF stands for Reach, Venture, Find and is, we believe, the goal and the story of every adventurer, which is why those three words mean so much to us.

At RVF International, we strive to help connect people to places. We were recently voted in (November 2021) by the General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) as an affiliate member.

The RVF International Teach English in Spain program provides assistance and guidance in every step of the way to getting you teaching English in Spain. We will help you find a teaching job in Spain where you’ll most likely be working 4 days a week, giving you plenty of time to travel and enjoy all there is to see and experience in Spain.

RVF International is dedicated to Connecting People (like yourself) to Places (like Spain).

Founded
2017

Reviews

Daniel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

RVF was amazing!

When I first signed up with RVF, I couldn't believe that it was real because the experience just seemed too good to be true. However, after more research and after talking with the super helpful staff, I realized that the opportunity was absolutely amazing and I didn't want to miss it. RVF helped me with EVERYTHING, including the application, the visa process, and setting up once I arrived in Spain. Looking back, I don't think I could've done all of that on my own. It's intimidating to move to a new country, especially on your own, but I felt completely comfortable with RVF, and I trusted them to help me with all my questions and concerns. I knew I was in good hands. They always responded very quickly and made me feel very excited about going to Spain. Spending a year (or possibly more) in Spain has been a dream of mine for the past few years, and I'm truly grateful that RVF helped me achieve this dream.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
My most nerve-wracking moments were walking into stores or the bank when I first arrived in Spain, because I knew very little Spanish. I always had to mentally prepare myself and practise my lines in my head. After spending several months here, I learned a lot of Spanish and feel much more comfortable communicating with people in different circumstances. I would highly recommend trying to learn some Spanish before arriving. It really goes a long way. People are so appreciative when you speak Spanish with them, and they are always willing to help. It also allows you to socialize and build relationships with more people in the town/city, and that always makes me feel like I fit in more.
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Alexis
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Would recommend this program! It will help you make your dreams come true!

RVF International is with you throughout the entire process of moving abroad, from start to finish, and beyond. They provide you with the most up to date and thorough information. They are kind, supportive, and knowledgeable. I recently got to meet one of the program coordinators in person at a complimentary walking tour of Madrid for RVF participants. It is a huge bonus to feel part of a community when moving abroad. RVF provides this experience for you. I would not hesitate to recommend this program to anyone looking for assistance in their journey.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Use the facebook/meta and whatsapp groups to connect with other language assistants.
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Peter
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Program to Teach in Spain with!

RVF has been very helpful with every step of the process! I chose Valencia city and Harrison found me a great school to teach at. I have really enjoyed working with the teachers and students at my school. It is also worth noting that I was originally planning to go to Spain and figure everything out on my own but it would have been a mess to deal with COVID-19, the language barrier, and the bureaucracy... So I am happy I chose RVF! Thank you Harrison and the rest of the RVF team for dealing with so much and being supportive.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Do It!! Spain is a wonderful, laid back country with a lot to offer in terms of lifestyle. It will be a great experience!
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Modesty
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My Experience With RVF

They were extremely helpful and informative. Even though I was one of many they helped, their extremely prompt responses and helpful service still seemed individualized. They took every question I had seriously and responded very quickly. I definitely couldn’t have gone through the visa and application process without them. Even now that I’m in Spain they still are extremely helpful, ensuring I go through all the (perplexing) bureaucratic processes as smoothly as possible. I recommend RVF to everyone who would like to live and work in Spain.

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Isabel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

RVF International

RVF was very helpful in this entire process, especially through the complicated visa process. While it was months of hard work and could be very stressful at times, I am so happy to now be in Spain and could not have done it without the help of the RVF team. They are excellent about replying to emails in a timely manner, so that helped ease a lot of my nerves. Now I am enjoying a wonderful, life changing adventure in Valencia. I am glad I stepped out of my comfort zone and made the decision to travel abroad.

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because I felt that RVF International really had my best interests in mind.

They made everything seem so personal, and it really made this huge leap of faith a lot less stressful. They explained that they would assist with every step of the way to get to Spain, and they did exactly that. They not only provided me with so many resources and so much guidance, but they were also there at a drop of a hat to answer any and all of my questions.

I am very pleased with my decision.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

Where do I begin? There was just so much assistance along this journey to living and working in Spain. I guess I could start from the beginning.

RVF International helped me complete the application and registration paperwork, which is mostly in Spanish so having them assist me with everything to fill out was such a HUGE help. They let me know where to go to get the background check, the fingerprints, where to send all of the paperwork. They provided a step-by-step guide on how to fill everything out, but it was up to me to actually fill it out.

After the application was submitted, we began the Visa process. Very similar to the application and registration process. RVF International provided a guide and step-by-step form to obtain and fill out all of the necessary paperwork needed for the Visa appointment. RVF took the responsibility of scheduling the appointment for me, which was awesome.

After the visa was said and done, we began to prepare for my departure. RVF sent me numerous notes and ideas for things to pack, what to expect, and how to handle my first couple weeks in this foreign land. When it came to housing, RVF sent me a list of websites that Spain uses for renting apartments. It was really helpful, and the first place I went to go see, I ended up renting! (By the way, Google Translator became my best friend when I was house hunting).

The long term residency was up next and just like the visa, RVF scheduled this appointment for me gave me a list of everything I would need for this appointment, and let me know where to get all this new paperwork and how to fill everything out.

They really helped me with every step of the way during this journey, and I couldn't be more grateful.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Utilize Facebook groups to find other English teachers around you. I am in a small town and the only English teacher in my town. Thankfully I was able to find another English teacher in the town right next to mine via a Facebook group and we now hang out every weekend!

Don't be shy to reach out to people. Be prepared for the culture shock. If the going gets tough, just keep reminding yourself why you wanted to come to Spain in the first place and stay focused on that. Take advantage of all of the 3-day weekends!

Also, be prepared for the cold winters. Many rooms/apartments don't have central heating and it does get really cold at night!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

For each participant, it will vary. For me though, I work 16 hours Monday-Thursday. Monday I go from 9-2. Tuesdays and Thursdays I go from 9-12:30. And Wednesdays I go from 9-1.

Each day after work, I either take a walk along the beach or lie down for a little siesta (I don't know when I'll ever have this much free time again, so fully taking advantage of it). During the evenings, I keep busy with my side online job. I then prepare dinner and watch Netflix to end the night. (I'm trying to incorporate practicing Spanish more!) Then I have my 3 day weekends to relax some more and take either some fun day trips or quick weekend get-a-ways!

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear was the language barrier. And to be honest, it still scares me a little.

I came to Spain not knowing any Spanish, and it has been hard at times, but I have been able to work my way through every struggle and obstacle. Like I said earlier, Google Translator has become my best friend while I've been out here.

I now know that I shouldn't be afraid of trying to speak Spanish. It won't be the prettiest, I can guarantee that, but there is no better way to learn and overcome these fears than by practicing and gaining confidence that I can do it.

What was one of your favorite things to do while abroad?

One of my favorite things to do in my town is to explore the castle. It has so much history, and Game of Thrones filmed some of their episodes there!

There are so many castles throughout Spain, it's amazing. So much history and so much beauty.

I also love how there are palm trees everywhere. It makes life so much more beautiful!

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Lourdes de la Torre Ramírez

Job Title
Teach Abroad Program Specialist
Lourdes de la Torre is Spanish born in Cordova, Andalusia. Prior to working in this company she graduated in a Master Degree in Audiovisual Translation in Madrid and worked in different translation companies. She then joined RVF international since she shares her passion helping people to travel to other countries. She loves traveling and meeting new people from different countries and cultures and that why she loves being part of this Team.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory was when I did my Erasmus in France in 2018. It was the best experience in my life. I went to Rennes, a beautiful city located in the north of France. There, I met many people from different countries and I travelled around Europe. Since that moment, I felt I grew as a person, feeling more confident and independent. It was an experience I recommend it to everyone!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I am more motivated and excited since I joining RVF International. Doing this job, I help other people to live in my country and experience the best adventure of their lifetimes.
As a Spaniard, I know my country well and I can help people to know more about its culture and to make people feel safe and confident when they leave their countries and come to a new country for them.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

I think the best story I've heard from a returning student is one that thanked me for being there in every step of the process and anytime he needed anything we supported him and helped him with everything.
I think the most exciting of this job getting the excitement and happiness from people who joined our program.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

I would choose our Teach English in Spain Program because it's exactly what you need when you travel abroad.
The support you receive in every step before, during and after you arrive to Spain makes you not feel alone at no point and you can feel more relaxed in a country so far away from yours.
I would also choose this program for the confidence they give to their customers.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

I think our company is unique because of the support and help we offer to our clients and the transparency of our service.
We focus on each person and we help them in every step of the abroad process. We try to understand each problem and try to give them the best possible experience for each of our customers.
I feel very proud of my team and the service we provide. Everything we do is done in the best way, thinking of the best possible experience that our clients can take with them.
The environment in the team is amazing! I couldn't be happier to work with people like this.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I think the biggest factor that help our program to be successful is the confidence and the support we give our customers in every step of the process.
Our clients feel very comfortable in reaching out to our company because they know we are going to help them with anything they need in anytime. This incredible experience marks them forever and that is why they will remember Spain as an amazing place where they were able to live this amazing experience.