RVF International

RVF International LLC

Why choose RVF International LLC?

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

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Ruqayyah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best decision & amazing experience!

RVF has made this experience super smooth and the best! They are very quick to respond to any questions. Everything is explained in detail. They really take the time to make sure you are not missing anything, but you must be responsible for all your paperwork and get them done on time. I was assigned to the south so you have to make sure you are aware of the rentals of your area. Many advantages of Cadiz are the weather, the people, the food and the beaches. The rentals are kind of difficult due to the inflation of prices for summer vacations. Groceries and bills are cheap and cannot forget that you can travel all around for cheap as well. The school schedule is a perfect mix where you can work and travel. The students and the teachers have been amazing as well. Other than that, I don't regret my decision and I have applied for a second year. They have been a great help!

Pros
  • Exploring new cities
  • Easy travel
  • Meeting great people and creating memories
Cons
  • Rental situation of each city
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Nicole
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in small town in Murcia

I am so grateful for this experience teaching in a small summer town in Murcia. It's funny because everyone says "Why are you in Murcia?!" It's not a popular region and I'm in a small town, but I love it! The teachers at my school are so welcoming and have invited me to participate in events and go on field trips. I've been very impressed with my students and their level of English. Everyone knows each other and is always willing to lend a helping hand or put me in conact with someone who can help. The community is small, but kind and I feel very safe. The weather and food are amazing and I live so close to the Mediterranean, it's literally a dream come true for me. I am very into nature and there are plenty of hikes and beaches to visit. There are many school breaks where I have been able to travel. For the first long weekend (puente) in December I went to the Christmas markets in Belgium. During Christmas, I went to Madrid and Barcelona. For spring break I was able to go to Paris and Switzerland. It's amazing to be able to travel so easily with how many breaks there are and how easy European travel is. It always makes me appreciate how cheap it is here in Spain too.

There are a couple of downsides to living in a small summer town though. I do wish there were more young people in my town, it's been a challenge to make friends. The town I am in is a summer town, so during winter only 1/4 the population stays here - many businesses close and the bus schedule is limited. I would say I am friendly with the teachers, but rarely see them outside of school as many of them have families or commute to work. This region is quite disconnected, so I was very limited about where I could travel before getting a car - now that I have one it's not a problem but I know not everyone is in the position to buy a car.

Even with all of that, I still feel very happy being here and am excited to go to work at the schools each day. I applied for a second year through RVF. They have been so helpful and made the process seemless. I saw many students in the group chats with so many issues with their visa or TIE, but RVF I had no problems at all and it went very smoothly. There was no question that I would go through them for my renewal process and I'm happy that I did!

Pros
  • Living near beautiful beaches on the Mediterranean Sea
  • Small, kind, safe community
  • Sunny all winter long
Cons
  • Living in a summer town in winter it's hard to make friends
  • Murcia is challenging to get around without a car
  • First paycheck didn't come for 2.5 months
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Emma
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Program Review

I highly recommend RVF internacional as they made the visa process for Spain approachable by breaking it down and offering clear, timely, and accessible communication. I highly recommend them for a smooth transition to living abroad. Making appointments is easy and they are always willing and eager to help and to check in. The program support team is friendly and empathetic. They have a straight forward and honest approach that I really appreciated. When processes did feel unclear they were always willing to meet outside and even before scheduled webinars to assist on a case by case basis. Thank you!

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Lauren
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Teaching in Spain Review

I lived and taught in Valencia for two years, and I had a great experience. The RVF staff was supportive with everything administrative and was always there to answer my questions. The school I worked at was warm and welcoming to me. The schedule is also extremely flexible which is great for traveling. A few difficulties to be aware of: making friends, localized language barriers (Valenciano, Catalan), finding housing, and having fun travel experiences on the auxiliar paycheck (recommend bringing savings).

Pros
  • Flexible Hours
  • Great Opportunity for Travel
  • Great Responsiveness from Program Advisors
Cons
  • Can be difficult to make friends
  • Much of the job depends on the attitude and openness of the teachers you are working with. Lucky for me I had wonderful teachers who were very welcoming, but this is definitely something you can't control
  • Issues with late payment in the Valencia region
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Sol
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

RVF International Review

High quality assistance, smooth process and I love how they keep you informed and updated on all information. 1 one 1 video calls to answer any questions or doubts. They can help you with housing and important specific cultural cues / manners before arriving to the country. Information on the country and area that you will be living in. I will be renewing with RVF International as it continued to be a smooth process. I recommend it to people who wish you travel independently. I don’t recommend it to individuals who aren’t ready to leave home and experience living alone for the first time.

Pros
  • Great help with choosing an autonomous community
  • Providing social groups with other language assistants

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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.

Sandra Hornbeck

Job Title
Director of Research and Compliance
Sandra is the Director of Research and Compliance at RVF International. She works coordinating information with the various government agencies to ensure that the participants have updated and accurate information at all times during the program.
RVF Staff

What is your favorite travel memory?

I went to La Palma (one of the smaller islands in the Canary Islands) with my husband for a week, and we were blown away. The island easily appeals to any type of traveler. We particularly enjoyed the food (it was sensational) and driving to every point of the island looking for adventures. You can see volcanos, black sand beaches, jungle-like hiking paths, waterfalls, astonishing cliffs.My favorite memory was swimming in the ocean in the morning, and then driving up in the afternoon to the highest peak of the island, Roque de los Muchachos, and seeing snow. In the same day.

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

It is a unique and fun experience to work for a growing, start-up company. It allows and pushes you to wear hats that you might not have considered doing before, and you might find a new interest in some of these new roles.
Ultimately, I love getting to help others experience the wonderful country of Spain, my home, and everything it has to offer.

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

All the best stories have some core elements in common. These participants were able to find a beautiful community of people and connect with them. They felt welcomed into the culture and the community, thanks to mutual effort, respect, and openness. The participants that engage in this way tend to never want to leave, and often times even find lifelong friendships or partners, which is so beautiful.

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

I would select the Spain Support Program! The opportunity to go almost anywhere in Spain, to have a year to explore the country, while also having an impact on a community and the growth and knowledge of the kids in the school, is both an exciting and purposeful adventure. The ability to make a difference in the lives of others, is often equally or more enriching for yourself.

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

We are the program that offers the most support in Spain. I have heard of horror stories of other teachers abroad feeling practically abandoned and left to their own devices while trying to navigate the incredibly stressful and difficult immigration process, or communicating with different government agencies in another language they don't master, and it is so discouraging!What I am most proud of though, is that the team really makes every effort to not conform. We try to improve and offer even more support whenever a need that isn't being met comes to our attention. There is always a way to provide more support, and we love to do it!

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

I believe the quality of expertise and drive to help others is what makes the team at RVF International special, and what ultimately contributes a great deal to its success. We are all passionate in providing excellent service, because it ultimately means helping others fulfill a dream of theirs, which is a wonderful thing to be a part of.