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

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Nicholas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

RvF International review

It's been an excellent program. RVF has made sure to guide me through the process of getting all my documents ready for Spain, and then renewing all documents the following year.

They have been available for next of day throughout the process of moving to Spain as well. Overall, if youre going to Spain, Id recommend RVF. They have events throughout the year, a social group, social events as well. The people working here are also quite polite in correspondence.

They'll get you to Spain, with time to spare, and ensure that you are well taken care of, whether its through private accommodation, or a shared room.

They also have a basic course in Spanish,

in addition to this they'll give you information on the local culture, so its not so much of a culture shock.

What was your funniest moment?
Hard to say, but living in a Castle has been fun. Visiting Salamanca for the first time was an amazing experience, and thanks to them, I had a lot of time before starting to begin this.
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M
7/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Overrated, but helpful

When I signed up for RVF, I wanted a simple way to get to Spain. That’s what I got. Directions to get a visa, a placement and formal documents. And, I’m happy with that. When you submit your first deposit, the screen literally says, “push button, get Spain.” Again, they did deliver in this aspect! However, RVF is NOT worth the price you pay, I recommend just doing this program thru Spain’s government (NALCAP).

Most of the people I have met in Spain are all language assistants through NALCAP, British Council and the Indian and Australian equivalents. They’ve done this process on their own and for free! I envy them quite a bit!

Truthfully, a lot of the people complaining about this program seem somewhat incompetent. Sorry, a company can not make a move abroad seamless for you. The quality is below the sticker price, but it was worth it to me.

A final note is an issue about renewing. RVF leads you to have less control over where you are placed the following year if you wish to renew. If you are to directly apply through NALCAP, you can choose the school/neighborhood as a second year. If you remain with RVF for a second year (albeit for free this time around), you have less control as to what specific school or level you’re at. I knew people in RVF who did not get anywhere close to where they originally wanted, and others, like myself, who got exactly what they wanted. If you’re not picky and are willing to drop a few hundred dollars to get to Spain, then this is the program for you. But, I’d still recommend NALCAP over RVF.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Please treat the program leaders with respect. It’s been so disturbing to watch these greedy Americans disrespect the helpful people at RVF. They want to help you, but a lot of times they can’t. Issues that arise are because of the Spanish government, NOT because of RVF.
Response from RVF International LLC

Hi there,

Thank you for your feedback, and we are sorry to hear you were disappointed with some aspects of the program. Please send us an email at hello@rvfinternational.com as we would love to learn more about specific concerns and what you wish could have been different (we don’t see an email otherwise we should shoot you one, sorry!). Hopefully we can clear up any miscommunications or misunderstandings about the program since joining last year!

The difference with RVF International is that we are not a job or a recruitment agency, but a teach abroad program offering a cultural exchange experience. Our program is perfect for the first-time-traveler who not only wants to teach, but also is wanting to have an adventurous year in another country, like Spain, arrive on Day One with a community of like-minded travelers and teachers, have access to cultural exchange opportunities they wouldn’t otherwise, and transition having the assurance that they personally know the program advisors guiding them.

If you have traveled extensively before, transitioning to life in a new country like Spain might seem like a breeze. But if you don’t speak Spanish, and have never traveled alone to a foreign country, that can understandably be a very intimidating and scary experience.

In our experience, people that join a teach abroad program just want to come to Spain to teach and enjoy their time, and don’t want to deal with the unique hassle and craziness of finding a place to live, opening a bank account, among other things. They are wanting to get connected with a community in a new country, and have a program experience, very much in the same way that many people prefer to travel in groups rather than by themselves. In many ways, it’s like the difference between fixing your car yourself, or hiring a mechanic!

We hope your last months in the program before the school year finishes are enjoyable! As always, we are available to speak over email or Zoom if you need anything or would like to share more feedback. Thank you!

Best regards,

Harrison Fowler (Owner)

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Kevin
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Program

This program exceeded my expectations. I would not have been able to do it without them. They answered my questions so fast and were always there when I needed them. RVF made the process so much smoother and was well worth it. I got placed in Pais Vasco and in my opinion is the most beautiful place on Earth. 10/10 would recommend this program to anyone thinking of going to Spain. You will not be disappointed. I got help with all my documents are where to look for apartments. It can be a very stressful time but the program made it as easy as possible.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
I was very nervous about coming to Spain because of COVID. I was on edge because I did not know if something would change last minute but everything worked out fine.
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Melanie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A fun experience

I had full support as I navigated the bid process and when moving to Spain. It was a great help as I learned my place and found my footing. I was able to travel Europe as well as learn about Spain in a fun and safe way. The job in itself I would not have have changed for the world. The students were so kind and ready to learn, every class was a joy to teach. The teachers were always great support. And I always knew that RVF international would have my back, regardless of the situation I found myself in.

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Kimberlee
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

RVF Review

RVF International is an extremely helpful company and truly worth every penny. While there is a lot to consider, RVF does everything in their control to be helpful and punctual with handling issues. They basically held my hand every step of the way and they are extremely organized. For example, applying for the visa is a very daunting task but if you follow RVF's guidelines they you shouldn't run into many problems.

RVF also offers help with giving resources to find housing. They have webinars where they focus on the food, culture, school setting, Spanish bureaucracy. RVF even offered a small Spanish course where they teach you the basics of Spanish slang, housing reference words, greetings, etc. With RVF there is no wrong question, honestly, they will answer any questions that you have a try their best to relax any fears. Shout out to Lourdes and Harrison!!

I think it is important to keep in mind that RVF doesn't have much say on where you are placed, what school you are at, or what grade level. This is all based on the ministry. I remember mentioning to Harrison that I'd like Alicante and I was placed here. I wasn't expecting to work with adults, but it's been great. Please note, some people are placed in areas they didn't want or far away schools. Not RVF's fault, however, they will try their best to help you. Also, please note... the Valencian community DOES NOT pay on time. Unless you have endless money in the bank you will struggle here until January.

One thing I wish I knew before starting this program is the large community of Auxes who are already teaching in Spain. And I mean LARGE. I am apart of 7 different group chats some with over 200 people. People from all over the world, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, year Auxes (I'm talking support!!) Here in Alicante, I can ask if anyone wants to go for a drink at any given moment and there will be someone willing. I am also apart of a sports group chat that meets once a week for soccer. The Aux community in Spain is absolutely amazing! I've already met life long friends.

Entonces, I don't think RVF gives themselves enough credit for what they actually do. Once you're in Spain, they still offer a lot of support. I guess the best way I'd describe this company is supportive. Highly recommend!! 10/10 Stars!

What was your funniest moment?

I've had a few funny moments mainly they were epic fails because I don't speak the language! For example, I went to Mercadona and bought eggs. I was so excited to make scrambled eggs in my new apartment. I went to crack the egg on the stove and I thought to myself "hmm the egg shells are a bit harder in Spain." To my surprise the egg was HARD BOILED. *Insert hand hitting face emoji* Trust me, you're going to make mistakes moving to a foreign country. Learn to laugh at yourself and see every mistake as a learning opportunity. I promise it doesn't last forever!!

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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.