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RVF International

About

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 saw our beginnings in 2015 when our Founder and Managing Director, Harrison Fowler, moved from the U.S. to Spain to teach English. He quickly realized that there wasn’t any assistance with any of the paperwork or visa process and wanted to change that for all those interested in teaching English in Spain. He created RVF International to better bridge the gap between travelers/teachers/students/dreamers/goal-seekers and their Destinations.

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).

Founded
2017
Headquarters

Calle Cardencha 12
28024 Madrid Madrid
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!

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Nicole
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

RVF is a great and relatively affordable way to enroll in Spain's auxiliary program. If you want to teach English in Spain, but are too intimidated by the all the paperwork and bureaucracy (American and Spanish) that you have to deal with, RVF is a good way to go.

I've been having a great time teaching English to little kids in Galicia. I've seen so much of Spain already and I'm excited to see a lot more. There's no way I'd be here if it weren't for the helpful people of RVF guiding me through every step of the way.

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Kasey
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

RVF International was extremely helpful. They always responded to emails in a timely manner, they made the application process less stressful by giving detailed instructions, and they provided a handful of resources for all aspects of post application (housing, phone/internet, flights, etc). If you have any doubts regarding the application or housing or really any part of the entire process/experience, I strongly recommend using RVF. It will make everything much easier for you! I was very happy!

What would you improve about this program?
Honestly I wouldn’t change a thing about the program!!
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Mindy
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I honestly do not know how people get through the process of becoming a North American Language and Cultural assistant without RVF! From the application process, to the step by step instructions regarding obtaining your visa, and the total support once you arrive in Spain, I never felt alone in my journey. Any time I had a question, problem or concern, Harrison and his team at RVF were there to support me in any way I needed. I highly recommend RVF to help you realize your dream of living and working in Spain.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would choose to live in Southern Spain. Although parts of Basque Country are quite beautiful, it is a very different culture and climate than other parts of Spain. Also, I would have arrived with much more savings, as the transition to getting paid is a slow process. But, obtaining RVF’s services is something I would do again and again!
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Ronica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had Skype meetings where I was walked through every step of the application process, visa process, and all of the paperwork in between. When there was a hiccup with my background check, (the documents had gotten water damaged in the mail, no one's fault but the mail carrier) Mr Fowler called and emailed the company that does the background checks, and made sure I got a discount when I had to run the background check again. He's also regularly called or emailed to follow up on everything. My experience with the company has been great, and I definitely recommend it to anyone who wants to go to Spain!

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Miles
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I have been teaching and living in Ronda Andalusia for 3 months, with 5 or 6 months left, and I am extremely happy here. The director of RVF International is someone that I have known for a long time and is a very genuine guy. I enlisted his company to help me smoothly transition to Spain. They helped me to organize everything, schedule appointments, get the Visa process done efficiently, and even gave me extra support and options when I ran into some trouble with the process. The high school I work at is amazing and the kids are a lot of fun. I've also had weekends and time to travel some around Spain/Europe. I recommend teaching in Spain and recommend getting that extra help from RVF International!

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Landing in an unfamiliar place and settling into an unfamiliar job was nerve-wrecking at first. It is normal to feel lonely for the first little bit. If this is something you want to do, this lonely feeling is really easy to overcome if you just put yourself out there. I now have Spanish roommates and friends, friends in other cities, and I see people I know in the streets daily!

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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.

Harrison Fowler

Job Title
Managing Director
Harrison moved from the US to Spain in 2016 and has dedicated himself full-time to improving the bridge between host institutions in Spain who are in need of excellent teachers, and the excellent teachers who would love to teach in Spain but don't know how to navigate the international process.

Harrison is passionate about connecting people to places for the express purpose of adding value to their lives.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory was when I traveled to Australia and New Zealand in 2008 with a student group, as it was my first time outside of North America. The experience blew my mind because, for the first time, I was seeing things in real life that I had read about and saw in movies. We encountered kangaroos, saw the real mountain in person used as the fictitious Mt. Doom in Lord of the Rings (how cool is that!), and visited the Sydney Opera house.

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

My perspective on travel has changed drastically since becoming a program provider and not just a program participant because I am acutely aware of all the little details that go into making a travel experience not only enjoyable but as stress-free as possible.

My awareness of the needs and wants of travelers has skyrocketed as I spend a lot of my mental energy now on accommodating needs and, above all, serving those in our program.

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

The best story I’ve heard from a returning student is one that I think is emblematic of all our program participants and the sorts of stories they bring with them back home after returning.

This particular program participant wanted to be in a small, rural area in Spain where they could walk through the Spanish countryside, meet locals, and see what Spain in the pueblo was really like. We helped them get a teaching position in a small town in Extremadura, Spain where the rhythm and pace of life were just that: stone roads, ancient buildings, and lots of life amongst the locals.

After finishing a year in the small town, our return participant told us stories about dinners with the other teachers at their school, the tranquility that came from the peaceful flow of life there, and the kind people they interacted with on a daily basis. Not a bad year at all!

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 the perfect blend between work and travel.

The teaching job itself does not only look great on a resume and pay well: it also allows for a unique window into the Spanish way of life that most travelers wouldn't ever get a chance to see. I would choose this program to interact with the students, have a coffee with my fellow teachers, and brainstorm together how we can impact the lives of the students at our school for the better.

I would also choose this program for the flexibility and time that it opens up to travel to other parts of Spain and the rest of Europe. I'd spend my weekdays enriching my students' lives, and my three-day weekends (yes, three-day weekends!) visiting cities like Berlin and Rome, as well as soaking up the sun in the south of Spain.

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

I think our company is unique because we focus on the person and not the numbers.

We are always telling our program participants that they are not a number to us, which sounds obvious, but it's so easy for companies in this industry to forget that those participating in our programs are making incredible sacrifices to move from one country to another and that so much courage is involved on their part because, let's face it, international is fun but can be very scary! Because we understand that, we focus on serving those in our program.

Many a time we've been on the phone with a program participant to just listen to what they needed to share with someone, not because we could necessary fix their problem or better their situation, but because we understand that they are a person with fears, hopes, desires, and wants, and that we can play a role in making that person's life better by being there for them. I think this is what makes what we do and who we are unique.

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

I think the biggest factor that has helped our program to be successful is, just what I’ve been saying, that it's all about the human element.

I see our job as designing a program that adds value to people’s lives. We fully understand that most people who come to Spain via our program aren't going to spend the rest of their lives in Spain but rather are wanting to live abroad for a year or two, and then return to their home countries to start a career, have a family, etc.

Because we understand that, we see our job as making those one or two years so incredibly awesome that anytime they look back on this time in their life they just smile.