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Why and where to get TEFL certified

Getting a teaching certificate might be the right fit for people who enjoy traveling and like experiencing new cultures. Teaching can be very fulfilling when paired with a teach abroad program. What is more, teaching overseas can be the most sustainable way to travel for a long period of time and avoid going broke!

EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teaching abroad can be the most effective way of doing that, either for different schools or language programs. Many of the teaching abroad agencies look for candidates with a TEFL certificate. Once you obtain this certificate, a world of possibilities will open for you!

Advantages of Getting a TEFL Certificate

There are three main advantages of getting a TEFL certificate.

  1. Start getting experience in EFL teaching by being TEFL certified: Many online companies will want you to be part of their team of international teachers. This could be a great way to start getting experience to prepare for a teach abroad program. Starting teaching online can be less intimidating.
  2. You can find hundreds of teach abroad programs: Many teach abroad programs will force you to have a TEFL certificate to be able to apply and go overseas! If teaching abroad is a dream of yours, we recommend doing this as this will give you more options.
  3. You can get many more students: Many students look for teachers or tutors who have credentials in teaching. They don’t necessarily want someone with a lot of degrees, but at least with some competencies that are reflected in a certificate like the TEFL one. In the world of EFL teaching, this will cause a great impression on parents or students.

Where can you obtain a TEFL certificate?

We have your back! We can recommend TEFLPros as a trusted partner with a proven track record of excellence in their TEFL certification and approach to TEFL and EFL in general. You can find the link here!

What are you waiting for?

We hope this information can maximize the experience you will have as an EFL educator and do any teach abroad program. If you are looking to do a teach abroad program in Spain, look no further! We offer the #1 teach abroad program in Spain. Apply here!

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Safety in Spain when teaching English abroad

When you finally decide to do a teach abroad program in Spain or study abroad, it is very normal that you start wondering about the safety of the country. In this blogpost, we are going to talk about people who want to teach English overseas. There are many of you who are considering ESL because you recently obtained a TEFL certificate or maybe you just finished your bachelor’s degree and would like to teach English overseas. However, you are still on the fence about whether Spain is a good country to teach English abroad.

Look no further! Spain has been ranking #31 in the list of safest countries. That is really good! But let’s talk about what type of things you might encounter when teaching abroad. Most of the “criminal activity” happens in the main cities such as Barcelona and Madrid. This is mainly due to the number of pickpockets. These thieves usually do not confront people violently, but rather they take advantage of people who are not taking care of their belongings while eating or walking. Or, perhaps, they are distracted with pictures and leave their bags on the floor.

Tips for Staying Safe in Spain

These inconveniences can be dramatically reduced by just following some good tips when teaching abroad in Spain:

  1. When being in the cities, try to put your phone in a safe pocket or bag. Many pickpockets take advantage of the small pockets in jeans, and they just pull the phone from people because they are barely inside. This is especially true of jeans made for women.
  2. Try to have your backpack in front of you when going on any public transport, but especially metros or trains.
  3. When eating in a restaurant, make sure to place your bag in between your feet and try to secure the bag by putting the strap around one of your legs.

Be Cautious and You Will Be Safe

With these things you will be fine and will undoubtedly have a blast when you arrive to Spain for a teach abroad program or study abroad program!

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Exciting Announcement! Our Teach English in Spain Program is UNWTO Affiliate Member!

Here at RVF International, we have something very exciting we would like to announce! In early December 2021, just a few days ago, the General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) voted to make RVF International an Affiliate Member. We are so proud of our new relationship with the UNWTO and are excited to see how it will help improve our Teach Abroad program in Spain as we continue to try and grow the ESL teacher community here in Spain and abroad.

The UNWTO is the United Nations specialized agency to promote global tourism in a responsible, sustainable and accessible way. Thankfully for us, their headquarters is in Madrid, Spain (right where we are!) and, they were kind enough to invite us to attend the 24th General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organization that took place November 30 – December 2, 2021. And boy did we have a great time!

Uzbekistan hosted lunch for all the UNWTO members and dignitaries the second day of the General Assembly. So good!

All of the UNWTO staff was so kind, and we had the immense pleasure of meeting tour agencies and companies, as well as diplomats, ambassadors, and dignitaries from all around the world, and Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, was present as well! Over a hundred countries were represented and many of them gave presentations on tourism in their countries, their future plans to grow that industry, and how they have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Spain’s Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, gave a speech at the UNWTO!

It was a great three days in Madrid, and it was an amazing opportunity to dream for the future as we met other organizations similar to ours in other parts of the world. We were taking notes on everything and have many new, exciting ideas for the future Teach English in Spain program, and for ways we can continue to incorporate Spanish culture, cuisine, history, etc. into our ESL program so we can showcase the captivating beauty that is Spain. Here’s to an exciting 2022 for everyone!

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Will English Language Teachers Be Traveling Again in 2022?

Though the coronavirus pandemic has been a global event, its impact has been uneven, varying across borders and within communities.

Industries everywhere, particularly those that rely on travel, have suffered, but even those consequences have been dissimilar. While borders closed and the international tourism industry came to a halt, travelers headed for mountain towns and beaches closer to home, providing a boon to local destinations as people became tourists in their own backyards.

The teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) field has traditionally relied on the ability of teachers to travel outside of their countries to work, therefore this industry has been greatly affected. Some classroom teachers had to adapt to teaching online while others remained in the classroom and adopted strict safety protocols.        

Some teachers postponed or entirely canceled jobs requiring travel. Many foreign teachers also saw their situations change dramatically when they left their current postings to return to their home countries.

With so many different outcomes, it’s not an easy task to predict when the English Language Teaching (ELT) industry may revive. One way to gauge the health of the recovery is to take the pulse of the teacher recruitment business.

For the good of their teachers and their partner schools, English teacher recruitment companies have had to stay abreast of the constantly changing regulations brought about by the pandemic. Their insights provide a window into the outlook for 2022.

Check out the rest of this article by our friends at Bridge, which they were so kind to interview us for, right here!

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Why teach English as a second language? Here are 4 ways teachers make a difference.

Worldwide, more than 1 billion people speak English as a second language. 

For some, the motivation to learn English stems from a desire to satisfy their curiosity; they want to discover more about a language and culture that is different from their own. 

But for many, there are more measurable goals.  

Being able to communicate effectively in English opens doors. It can set you on the path for success in your future career, give you the confidence to develop your entrepreneurial instincts, and makes it easier to migrate overseas in search of new opportunities. 

Where there’s a need, there’s a market, and ESL is a big business, with schools, e-learning platforms, recruiters, and of course teachers, all benefitting from what is now a multi-billion dollar industry. 

Teaching English as a second language is booming, and qualified ESL instructors are in demand because their skills are helpful to people who know how valuable a strong command of English can be. 

Teach Away wanted to learn more about how teachers make a difference in the lives of their students and gain a greater insight into why ESL matters to millions of language learners around the world.  

We spoke with key stakeholders from three leading ESL providers: RVF International, BEILS Turkey and the Bilingual Program – Hungary.

We asked them to share their thoughts on why English language instruction is important and how teaching has positively impacted their own lives. 

You will gain a better understanding of: 
1. Why English teaching matters.
2. The benefits of learning English as a second language. 
3. Why bilingual children are often more culturally aware. 
4. What makes teaching English a rewarding career choice? 

Check out the rest of this article by our friends at Teach Away, which they were so kind to interview us for, right here!

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Things to Consider When Deciding Where to Live in Spain

“One man’s meat is another man’s poison”. Perhaps this old proverb best encapsulates the main principle we need to take into account when deciding where to live.

I remember when I went to Paris, France for my honeymoon. Many of my friends told me that it was ideal for couples and that the city was beautiful. It’s the city of love, right? The thing is, I don’t particularly like busy places or sightseeing, and I don’t care about famous buildings —I tend to enjoy more culinary or biographical trips— and if you’ve been to Paris, you know it’s crowded, busy and dirty. My wife, however, likes anything related to trying new things —discovering new places, new food, new experiences— so she was perfectly content. Why am I telling you about my honeymoon? Because my friends’ meat was my poison.

When looking for a place to live, you need to be honest and know yourself. What is your temperament or personality? Are you an introvert or extrovert? Do you find nature energizing? Or do you prefer bustling streets? Are you the type of person who does not care where you are as long as you have great company (and food!)? Are you a mountain lover or a beach lover? The principle, once again, is not to make ourselves match places other people love, but rather to make these places match our temperament or personality as much as we can. Because what one person may consider good, enjoyable, or beneficial may be disliked by someone else.

Obviously, as a language assistant you will have to consider many more variables in this equation than just your natural inclination and preferences. The following key aspects to consider will help you in this process.

1. Village-lover vs City-lover?

In this aspect, there might be two potential scenarios: (a) your school is located in the city center, or (b) your school is located in a small village. In scenario “a”, if you are a city-lover then that is perfect, but if you are not, you are not doomed. You could always choose to live in the outskirts or in a village well-connected to the school. In scenario “b”, if you are disappointed that your school placement is in a town, you could always commute from the city. This is typically not a bad option, since from the city you will likely have several options to commute to different villages.

2. How far is too far?

Depending on where you are placed, you might discover that your school is located in a small town and you really want to live in the city. In this situation, you need to ask yourself how much you love or hate commuting. Some people love it because they watch a show, read books, video chat with friends and family, or just nap. Others hate it, because they feel the cannot do anything at all and they feel their existence is wasted (dramatic, I know, but true). Living near the school and doing excursions into the city on the weekend might be a nice compromise if you hate to commute. If you don’t mind commuting then you can choose something halfway or a bit further.

3. Couch potato or activity junkie?

If you are the type of person who needs to always be doing something and are easily bored, then you really need to be in the city! More activities, more people, more places to see! But if you are the type of person who likes to chill and not do much during the week and leave the fun for the weekend, then not living close to the city might not be a big deal for you. After all, Netflix and chill is not bad at all…

4. Can money buy you happiness in Spain?

Whoever said that money can’t buy you happiness is right, but forgot to add “…nor does poverty”. Fair enough, money can’t buy happiness, but it helps, especially being in Spain. The topic of money as a language assistant is tricky. If you don’t have a lot of money to spend on anything, then you need to be wise about it. For example, if traveling and eating out is the most important thing for you, then maybe it would be better to cut down cost on the apartment by looking for a cheaper option or maybe just renting a room instead. If for you where you live is a big deal, then maybe cut down on eating out or traveling. You could always cook more at home. It is all about spending on what adds the most value to you, and knowing what your priorities are.

I hope this article helps you understand yourself a bit more when it comes to deciding where to live. Remember to find your “meat” (or “tofu” for my vegan people out there!) in order to avoid the “poison”.

For more information on how you can land a position overseas, contact us for more information!