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.

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 only 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).

First-Come, First-Served Teaching Placements in Spain!

What are you waiting for?! Contact us today to schedule your free call so we can help get you to Spain!
Founded
2017

Reviews

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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

This was my first time traveling and living abroad. RVF International has been super helpful during the whole process, especially during such an uncertain and stressful time with the Coronavirus pandemic. They are very knowledgeable and supportive when you need them the most. I am so glad that I decided to participate in the North American Language and Cultural Assistants program with the Spanish Ministry of Education, and that I chose RVF International to support me. I've only been in Madrid for 3 months but I've enjoyed it immensely even with Covid restrictions...I'm very happy and have no regrets!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was anxious in the beginning to speak Spanish but I prepared with Duolingo and then used my Google Translate app if need be. The more I tried the less nerve-racking it became.
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Kinkade
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I came to Spain during a very hard time, during COVID-19 in the year 2020. It would have been impossible if I didn’t have the support of RVF. Helping not only with the government processing, but also with the emotional toll that moving abroad during such a time takes by being available for a call when I needed and providing mental health services made the transition very easy.

I will be leaving with new friends, experiences, and an open door to this country down the road if I so choose to take it.

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Tristen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had the chance to work with Harrison from beginning to end during the complicated process of obtaining work and a visa. The process was daunting given the pandemic but I was given every bit of information needed so that I never felt I was on my own in this process. Harrison was also more than willing to answer any and every question I had which was helpful during the uncertainty of the pandemic.

What's nice about RVF too is that we have the chance to easily connect with other Auxiliares that signed up through RVF so even when you get to Spain you have plenty of other people to meet with so you're not alone in a new country! 10/10 experience!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Sign up as early as possible! You only have a limited amount of choices in which community you work in so the sooner you apply, the better chance you have of working in the city you actually want to work in!
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Jenn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am so glad I went through RVF to do the auxiliares program in Spain. RVF makes the entire experience less stressful and easier on you. Especially with added uncertainty of Covid and travel shutting down, I was so relieved to have RVF behind me. The owner, Harrison, is very quick to respond via email and really knows his stuff. Paying RVF gets you help for not only the application process of the auxiliar program but also with all visa paperwork, help with housing search, setting up wifi or a cellphone, what to pack, and much more. Harrison helped me even to look into prescription medications and getting them in Spain. RVF goes above and beyond and are worth every penny.
Also I love being an auxiliar and I’ve already mentioned to Harrison about staying another year.
I 100% recommend being an aux and paying RVF to help you with all the complicated Spanish government and visa stuff.
Harrison also helped connect other auxiliares in the community together and I’ve had a lovely time meeting other Americans who are going through the same thing as me and also used RVF.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of RVF and all the help they can give you! Any questions you have ask! Also when you get to your school try to take advantage of the schools resources and work on relationships with the teachers and director of the school as they can really help you with anything; info about the area, private tutoring lessons, a ride to go hiking, or an intercambio!
Uli
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I think RVF is really well informed and they made the process of applying very easy. They were always available to answer questions and provided more information than what I expected. If you’re wanting to work and travel in Spain, RVF makes the process super easy!

I had worked abroad before but this was my first time going to Europe. I was always intimidated to apply because there are so many bureaucratic things I never understood in terms of the application process.

Honestly, it was thanks to RVF that I was able to come here and achieve one of my lifetime goals! Thank you!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice is to be prepared for what may happen but also keep an open mind as things change all the time. Most of all, enjoy the process and have fun!

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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.

Carlos Santos

Job Title
Teach Abroad Program Specialist
Carlos is Spanish and grew up in Toledo and Madrid, Spain. Prior to working for this company, he was an English teacher in private schools and academies. He then joined RVF International since he shares in the passion to help people come to Spain to have an amazing experience and enjoy Spain as much as he does.

He loves Spain and has stayed all over the country, as well as having traveled extensively abroad. That is why he loves meeting new people from other countries and helping them understand and fall in love with the different cultures within different parts of Spain.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory was when I went to Asturias, Spain with my wife for our second-year anniversary in 2019. It was an astonishing experience: you looked to one side and you could see the beach and if you looked to the other, you would see mountains. The landscape is full of trees and plants, simply a paradise. My wife and I rented an Airbnb for a weekend, explored the villages along the coast, hiked “Los Picos de Europa”, and ate fabada and drank cider (typical cousine in Asturias, highly recommended). It was incredible! As you can see, I love my country!

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

I am a more content and excited since I joining RVF International. I can confidently say to people what they are getting into, since I know Spain well and also because I share the same values of the company: excellence, trust, safety.
It's fulfilling to make people feel safe while they leave their countries, since I know first hand how challenging it can be to move overseas, not knowing how to navigate the visa process, and culture shock. It is very rewarding to provide a premium service and have that bond with every single person in the program.

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

Something that one person told me from the program is how fast we respond to everything they need and how safe they feel with the information and service we provide. He said that has never experienced that with a company, and he felt super protected and happy with the whole process. He was looking forward to repeating the same experience for another year.

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

I personally love the Teach English in Spain Program because it allows you to have a very unique experience while being in Spain. You are able to work, but then have so much spare time that you can really get to know the culture, the community, the traditions, and also travel all over Europe with very little money since flights are so affordable.

Another aspect of the program worth mentioning is the teaching experience aspect: you feel you are contributing to the students lives and adding value by being a window to a different culture that they are able to also learn from.

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

It is the transparency of our service. I love the bond we have with each of our customers, because they can tell we really care about them. All of them express their gratitude on how safe they feel with us, being guided every step of the way.

I feel very proud of my team and the service we provide. Everything is done in a rigorous way, thinking of the best possible experience for each of our customers. Among the members of my team, there is always a great and healthy environment where feedback is always welcome.

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

I would say: costumer-centered service. People feel taken care of throughout the entire process. Even after they arrive to Spain, they feel very comfortable in reaching out to us because they know we are going to help them with anything they need. This experience clearly marks them for life and that is why they remember Spain as a great place.