RVF International

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

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Emma
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Support System Abroad -- 10/10 would recomend

The best decision I have made in a while was deciding to teach english in Spain and the second best decision was to do it with RVF international. Going abroad has been incredible and having RVF as a support system has been invaluable. It is very comforting to know that I have a group of people I can ask any question and receive a response within a day. I am very grateful I had the team at RVF helping with Spanish bureaucracy because it is as complicated as everyone says. But still worth going to Spain!

Pros
  • Great Support System
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Monique
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Excellent Program!

I can't recommend RVF International enough for anyone looking to teach Spain. RVF is comprised of a team of knowledgeable individuals who go above and beyond to help applicants through the visa application process, settling in and documentation processes in-country. The company provided me with lists of the documentation I needed, made appointments, and answered questions promptly throughout my time in the country. My experience with RVF was phenomenal! They helped me through all the documentation work, translations and much more. So, if you want to teach in Spain without the hassle of figuring out the paperwork/appointment side of things, RVF International is a great company to go through!

Pros
  • Knowledgeable
  • Timely
  • go above and beyond
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Gavin
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Great times all around

I live down in La Linea de la Concepcion, which is a very unique international community connected to Gibraltar (UK).
I have personally recommended RVF International to ALL of my teacher friends looking to live abroad and explore options for a new livelihood.
RVF has made the transition from US life to Spain life very simple and smooth, especially considering Spanish bureaucracy can be a NIGHTMARE for the uninitiated.
It's definitely worth the price to allow a third-party contractor to ease the navigation of law and services.
For your own self care, definitely be in the process of practicing Spanish (Castellano), but remember it's a diverse country so your language might not match theirs (especially in Andalucia). It's no shame to find yourself in a native language community, find some friends from your country, and have a good group of support even if your plan is "full immersion": the exhaustion from just starting life anew can be A LOT to handle, not to add language on top of.

Spanish people are incredibly loving and communal, so feel inclined to embrace the culture, as many people are happy to share, and appreciate YOUR appreciation of all they call home.

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Jay
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Above & Beyond

RVF is easily one of the best companies out there. They have thought of everything (EVERYTHING). From the minute you join the program, they are ready to assist you in any way they can. All their material is incredibly informative and everyone is highly knowledgeable, helping you with things that you don't know about/would never cross your mind. The competence, speed, and joy of the people at RVF is undeniable. Without them, I never would have been able to navigate the process of teaching in Spain, from the paperwork to settling in. Cannot recommend them enough. Best decision I've ever made!

Pros
  • Helpful & Informative
  • Personalized
  • Knowledgeable
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Devin
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

RVF International

Teaching abroad in Madrid has been a mind broadening as well as a pallet expanding opportunity I am grateful to have had. Had it not been for the RVF team I would not be here today. If I had to do it all on my own I don't think today I would be in the center of Madrid amidst the bountiful culture and perfect opportunities to grow myself in ways not previously imaginable. Leaving your family and friends can be a struggle, but this experience makes it worth your while. You'll go home to your family and friends with new knowledge, an understanding of another culture, and fresh new perspectives. All in all I know this was the right decision and it may be for you too. Thanks again RVF International!

Pros
  • food
  • people
  • culture

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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.

Alejandra Rodríguez

Job Title
Director of Operations
The Director of Operations at RVF International is in charge of making sure everything works smoothly within the team and program participants, as well as managing all the internal and external communications in the company.
Alejandra

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory was definitely my first time in the U.S! It was in 2016 and I had always wanted to travel there, since I had never been. It was wonderful, and I loved every second of it! I had a great time traveling around different states, exploring new places and enjoying the time with my friends! I went by myself, but I had friends there and so that made it awesome!

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

I have grown in many areas! I had already done some of the things that I'm in charge of now for myself and my previous job, as I was self-employed, but being able to see how all of those skills that I've learned throughout the years have finally come together within RVF International has been a very rewarding experience. Also, working with a team has been one the best parts of it. Learning to communicate, working together towards the same goal and having that support is just amazing.

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

The best story I've heard was definitely from one of our program participants from the previous year. He went to Spain, lived in Madrid and then went back to the U.S, like most of our participants. Months later, he reached out to us to do the program with us, AGAIN! That was just such great confirmation for us! The fact that he chose us for his experience in Spain again for a second time gives me so much confidence that we are on the right track!
If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?
I would definitely choose the Teach Abroad program in Spain. Why? Because we literally do everything for you! We guide you every step of the way, we support you throughout your process to get there and during your time in Spain, we provide you with an amazing community of like-minded people and you are never alone in your journey! We check in with you, we give you exclusive resources to make your transition smooth and stress-free! I mean, we really do try our best to go above and beyond for you!

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

Our company is unique because of our high standard of excellence. We are not perfect, but we really do our best to provide the best service possible. We are different because we are very involved with our program participants, we take care of them, we listen to them and we make their transition to Spain as smooth and stress-free as possible.

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

I believe the biggest factor in being a successful company is putting the people you serve first. Making sure you are taking care of them, making sure you build trust and not leave them up to themselves is key. It is simple, but many companies don't do that. It is hard work, but it pays off because if the people you're serving are happy, that's what makes everything work well!