Application Process

A Language Assistant is a qualified and trained native English speaker who is acting as a support to the teacher, and as an English teacher themselves, in a primary school or high school somewhere around the world. 

Our Language Assistants are actual teachers in the classrooms and are not to be confused with TA’s (teaching assistants).

We are passionate about Language Assistantships and building our portfolio of connections around the globe so that we can better help Connect People to Places.

The experience of a lifetime in Spain! Through our Teach English in Spain Program, not only do we connect Language Assistants with teaching jobs in Spain, we provide a unique program experience that is designed to offer a slice of all that Spain has to share.

We offer a personalized, one-on-one custom experience to each of our program participants. They are our priority. We have found that so often Language Assistants around the world are left without support, guidance and assistance for even the simplest of confusing tasks such as opening a bank account in a foreign country, all of which is amplified tenfold when you don’t speak the language.

We are there for our program participants every step of the way and continue to offer the same level of support and availability throughout the entire duration of their time in Spain.

If you’ve always wanted to live in another country, finally put into practice all those years of foreign language classes you’ve been taking, work and make money during the weekday and travel all throughout Europe on the weekends, we can help.

We understand how difficult and confusing it can be to move and to live in another country, and even more so if you don’t speak the language and have no one to assist you.

Reach out to RVF International if you are wanting to teach as a Language Assistant in another country, even if just for a year.

We accept applications year-round so you can apply anytime you like!

Applications received between March 11th 2021 to March 10th 2022 will be considered for teaching positions in Spain for the 2022/2023 academic school year that starts October 3rd, 2022 and will end May 31st 2023.

Applications received between March 11th 2022 to March 10th 2023 will be considered for teaching positions in Spain for the 2023/2024 academic school year that starts October 2nd, 2023 and will end May 31st 2024.

Visit our Contact Form, fill out the information, and one of our program specialists will get back to you as quickly as possible to schedule a video call to further discuss all that the program has to offer. During the call, the program specialist will go over the application and on-boarding process of what all is required so that we can save your spot in Spain!

In order to participate, we require a passport from the U.S.A., Canada, Australia, or New Zealand, and an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree. You are not required to have a TEFL/TESOL or a CELTA, or any previous teaching experience of any kind. You will also need to submit a photocopy of a valid passport, official copies of your transcripts if you’re still in college or a copy of your Bachelor’s Degree if you’ve graduated, a Personal Statement, and a Letter of Recommendation to be considered. 

Yes! As long as you graduate and receive your associates and/or bachelor’s degree before the program start date (October 1st of each year) you can apply.

Our Teach English in Spain program runs every October to the following May. For example, the 2021/2022 program year will start October 1st, 2021 and will end May 31st, 2022.

You will find out your placement in Spain sometime during the months of May, June, or July. Placements are not received in chronological order based off when someone joins the program. We encourage everyone to approach the placement process with patience, and an open-mind!

The program fee is $1,299 USD and is broken down into two payments. The first payment, a $700 commitment deposit (non-refundable) is required to sign up for the program. The remaining balance of the program fee is due within five days of receiving your placement region in Spain (between May to late July).

Immediately after paying the Program Commitment Deposit, you will be contacted by one of our Teach Abroad Program Specialists to begin uploading several required documents to our online portal that are required to receive a placement in Spain. 

We will need the following from you:

  1. A photocopy of your passport ID page.
  2. A Personal Statement on why you would like to teach English in Spain.
  3. A Letter of Recommendation from a current/former university professor if you are still in university or have been out for no more than three years, or from a current/former employer if you graduated from university over three years ago.
  4. A PDF scan of your Bachelor’s Degree or your Official University Transcripts if you are still in university.

We use a reliable cloud storage and synchronization service developed for storing and sharing files. All of your documents and information are securely stored on encrypted servers and an encrypted network connection is used to transfer files. Once you finish the program, all of your documents are securely and permanently deleted.

You can apply directly to the program without a background check but, later on in the process, you will be required to obtain a national background check that the Spanish Consulate will use to issue your visa based on your criminal history. Also, after arriving in Spain, you will be required to obtain a background check from the Spanish Ministry of Justice before you are allowed to work with minors. We will completely guide you through both background checks. If you have a question about something that will appear in a background check, and whether or not it will make you ineligible for the program or for a Spanish visa, please contact your Program Specialist and they will use the utmost discretion and privacy, without judgement, in honestly answering your question.

If you have been detained, arrested or charged with a felony, you have little chances of being granted a visa, although we recommend speaking to your local Spanish Consulate first to seek their advice. If the crime was a misdemeanor, such as DUI / DWI, shoplifting, underage drinking or possession of a small amount of illegal substances, your chances could be better, but we cannot make any guarantees. A pattern of behavior could be grounds of denial, even for misdemeanors.

It is required to present a background check from any country you’ve lived in for over 6 months in the last 5 years.

Ultimately, it is up to you! We recommend for all career decisions and life-planning decisions for the future to be made after we officially inform you of your school assignment in Spain, between May and August.

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Placement Process

School placements are completely operated and managed by the local regional governments. Placements are available at schools in Spain in the following Autonomous Communities (Spanish Regions): Madrid, The Basque Country, Valencia, The Canary Islands, Extremadura, Cantabria, Murcia, La Rioja, Galicia, Andalucía, and The Baleares Islands.

We do not currently have any placements in Cataluña (including Barcelona), Aragón, Asturias, Navarra, or Ceuta and Melilla.

It is likely program participants will receive a school assignment in one of their region placement preferences, although it cannot be guaranteed. Nor can we guarantee specific cities within the region, the size of the city, the number of schools or school type (Preschool, Elementary School, Middle School, High School). Although we often are able to accommodate region-specific and city-specific requests, it is not something that can ever be guaranteed. 

We encourage everyone to approach the placement process with patience, and an open-mind. Spain is a uniquely beautiful country with so much to offer, in regions and cities both large and small.

You will earn between €700 EUR to €1000 EUR per month depending on the region as the salary is relative to the cost of living of the location where you are placed. The salary is a very competitive Spanish wage. The cost of living in Spain is drastically cheaper than it is to live in North America, and you will have more than enough money to live off of with what you will be earning.

You can participate for up to three years! If you’d like to come to Spain for just one year and then return to your home country, that is perfectly fine as well. Renewal and acceptance for a 2nd and/or 3rd year is highly likely but can never be guaranteed.

Second and third year renewals receive a 50% discount on the program free.

You will only be working 4-days a week and will always have a 3-day weekend every single week where you can travel, explore your placement city, and spend your time like you want to.

Class will start at 9:00am and will end at 2:00pm each day so you’ll only be required to be at your school during those hours.

In smaller regions you can expect to work between 12 – 14 hours a week and in larger regions you will work between 18 – 20 hours a week.

You will be the English expert at your school and will be tasked with supporting classrooms as they teach subjects, such as science, social studies, English, and P.E. just to name a few, as well as leading groups both large and small in conversational English activities and exercises that promote language learning.

You will also be tasked with explaining and teaching your own personal US or Canadian culture and way of life to the students through presentations and classroom activities. For example, it is very common to give a presentation in November on Thanksgiving, or to help decorate the school in October for Halloween to introduce the students to holidays that are not common in Spain.

You can teach English at the primary school, middle school or high school level.

No! We try to make our Teach English in Spain program as accessible to people as possible and, therefore, we don’t require a TEFL or any previous teaching experience.

No, you will not need to know or speak any Spanish in order to participate in our Teach Abroad program.

For the purposes of this program, all that is required at a minimum is either an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. Any other accomplishments, such as Master’s degrees or higher, and / or several years of teaching experience, although prestigious and great, won’t translate to a more say, control or extra advantage in the school assignment process.

Other than the RVF International Teach English in Spain program fee, you will also need to pay the fees associated with your visa and required visa documents, totaling about $200 USD, as well as your plane ticket. If you have lived in another country for more than 6 consecutive months in the last 5 years, then you will need a criminal background check from that country which will cost between $70 USD to $150 USD.

As long as you indicate early on in the on-boarding process that you would like to be placed (meaning in the same school or same city) with someone else in particular in the program, and if you both apply to the program at the same time, it is likely this request can be accommodated, although it cannot be guaranteed that you’ll eventually be placed together. Groups larger than two are likely to be placed together either in the same school and/or city, although it is not guaranteed and we are not always able to control this. Although we will do everything we can to place you together, it is not guaranteed and we encourage everyone to approach the placement process with patience, and an open-mind!

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Travel to Spain

If you are not an EU-citizen, you will need a visa to teach English in Spain. However, if you are an EU-citizen, you won’t have to apply for a visa to enter Spain and the EU.

If you are not an Eu-citizen, you will require a Spanish Student Visa, which will allow you to teach English in Spain with the program. As part of the program, we will completely guide you through the entire visa process, we will schedule and/or confirm your visa appointment with the Spanish Consulate if allowed, or guide you through the process depending on Consular requirements for visa applicants. We will be there 100% of the way in case you have any questions or hiccups.

You will have to apply for the visa physically in your home country. For example, if you are American, you will have to apply for the visa in the United States at the Spanish Consulate that oversees your state. If you are Canadian, you will have to apply for the visa in the Canada at the Spanish Consulate that oversees your province. 

Your Program Specialist will work with you one-on-one to gather all the required information we need from you to communicate with the Spanish Consulates to ensure your visa process is incredibly smooth and stress-free. We will personalize the timeline specifically for you and anything we cannot take care of our own for legal reasons (i.e. getting fingerprinted) we will walk you through how to handle it or direct you to a partner company that will take care of it for you.

For the purposes of applying for your visa to Spain, we highly recommend applying for the visa from your home country. For example, if you are American, we recommend you applying inside of the US and if you are Canadian, we recommend you applying inside of Canada.

If you apply within your home country, we will:

  • Schedule and/or confirm your visa appointment with the Spanish Consulate if allowed, or guide you through the process depending on Consular requirements for visa applicants
  • Officially translate all required documents

If you are applying for a visa to our program and are currently in Spain finishing up another program, we will direct you to one of our vetted and trusted immigration lawyers in Spain to help you renew your long-term residency in Spain without having to return home for a visa.

IMPORTANT: If you are applying for a visa from a country that is not your home country or Spain (ie. an American living in South Korea applying for the Spanish Visa while in South Korea), we will not assist with the visa process and will direct you to the Spanish Consulate in that area to coordinate your visa process, visa appointment and translation services. However, you are of course able to join the program, receive a placement, and receive all program benefits and access to excursions, but we will not be responsible for the visa process if it is in a country that is not your home country.

If you have lived in another country for more than 6 consecutive months in the last 5 years, the Spanish Consulate requires that you submit a criminal background check from that country, along with its Apostille or legalization stamp. If the country is a Member State of the Hague Convention, we will assist with your criminal background check and accompanying Apostille, as well as translations if they are necessary. 

If the country is not a Member State of the Hague Convention (such as China), we are unable to assist with the international criminal background check process.

By no means does this signify you cannot join the program. We would be thrilled for you to join our program and receive a teaching placement in Spain if you require an international criminal background check from a country that is not a Member State of the Hague Convention. We simply wish to be transparent that we are unable to assist with the international processes of countries that are not members of the Hague Convention.

In an effort to mitigate as much risk as possible for those in our program, we always follow the official guidelines of the Spanish Consulates in North America. Concerning purchasing flights to Spain, they recommend waiting till you have the visa in your hand before purchasing your tickets to Spain, and it is what we recommend as well.

Yes, it is possible, although we recommend first speaking with your veterinarian to better understand the current travel rules surrounding pets on planes, animal importation procedures, as well as current vaccination and quarantines laws.

                                        2022/2023 Program Year Pre – Arrival to Spain Expected Costs
  Estimated Date of Expense                                   Program Related Expense       Estimated Cost in USD
October 2021 – February 2022Program Commitment Deposit700 USD
April 2022Criminal Background Check + Apostille for Visa Appointment65 USD
May 2022Program School Placement Deposit599 USD
August 2022Spanish Visa Fee for Visa Appointment165 USD
August 2022Official Translation of Visa Documents for Visa AppointmentFree (Expense Covered by RVF)
August 2022Travel Expenses to Spanish Consulate for In-Person Visa Appointment50 USD – 200 USD
September 2022Flight to Spain500 USD – 1000 USD
                                         2022/2023 Program Year Post – Arrival to Spain Expected Costs
  Estimated Date of Expense                                     Program Related Expense       Estimated Cost in USD
September 20221 Week Airbnb Cost Before Moving into Spanish Apartment210 USD
October 2022 – May 20231-Bedroom Apartment Rent in Spain per Month300 USD – 800 USD
October 2022 – May 2023Metro/Bus Pass per Month25 USD
October 2022 – May 2023Bank AccountFree
October 2022 – May 2023Spanish Cellphone Service per Month25 USD
October 2022 – May 2023WiFi Cost per Month10 USD
October 2022 – May 2023Food for 1 Person per Month90 USD

Your visa appointment will be held at the Spanish Consulate that oversees the State/Province of your permanent address. In order to issue a visa to Spain, the Spanish Consulates require in-person appointments and, although in certain circumstances they will allow visa applications to be sent via postal mail, it is best to plan accordingly to be prepared to visit the Spanish Consulate in person in late July / early August for your visa appointment. We will schedule and/or confirm your visa appointment with the Spanish Consulate if allowed, or guide you through the process depending on Consular requirements for visa applicants.

Below is a list of the Spanish Consulates in the United States and Canada and the States/Provinces that they oversee. You will have to visit the Spanish Consulate that supervises the State/Province where you are permanent resident.

Spanish Embassy in Washington D.C.: Washington D.C., Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, North Carolina.

Spanish Consulate in New York City: Connecticut, Delaware, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania.

Spanish Consulate in Boston: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine.

Spanish Consulate in Miami: Florida, Georgia, South Carolina.

Spanish Consulate in Chicago: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin.

Spanish Consulate in Houston: Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi.

Spanish Consulate in San Francisco: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington State, Wyoming, Northern California Counties (Alameda, Alpine, Amador, Buttle, Calaveras, Colusa, Contracosta, Del Norte, El Dorado, Fresno, Glenn, Humbboldt, Inyo, Kings, Lake, Lassen, Madera, Marin, Mariposa, Mendocino, Merced, Modoc, Mono, Monterey, Napa, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Benito, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Solano, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehema, Trinity, Tulare, Toulumne, Yolo, Yuba).

Spanish Consulate in Los Angeles: Southern California (County of Imperial, Inyo, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara y Ventura), Arizona, Colorado, Utah.

Spanish Embassy in Ottawa: National Capital Region (Ottawa and Gatineau).

Spanish Consulate in Toronto: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Ontario (except Ottawa), Saskatchewan, North West Territories, Yukon and Nunavut.

Spanish Consulate in Montreal: Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Québec (except Gatineau), Newfoundland, Labrador.

Spanish Embassy in New Zealand

Spanish Embassy in Australia.

If you have a spouse and/or children, they will each be able to apply for a Dependent Visa so they can stay long-term in Spain with you. Dependent Visa’s are only issued to Spouses and/or Children, and are not available for engaged couples, dating couples or friends.

If you are engaged or dating, and you would like your fiancé/fiancée, boyfriend/girlfriend to come with you to Spain, they can either apply for the same RVF International program if they are eligible, register for classes at a university in Spain or a Study Abroad program in Spain and receive a Student Visa that would allow them to stay in Spain for the duration of the course, or they can travel to Spain on a Tourist Visa that is only valid for 90-days out of a 180-day period before they would be required to leave Spain and the Schengen Zone.

Getting a long-term visa to Spain for a family member is straightforward as long as they are a spouse or a child. The process for a long-term visa for a fiancé/fiancée, boyfriend/girlfriend is less so and requires them studying at a university or traveling to Spain for a maximum of 90-days ever six months on a Tourist Visa.

RVF International does not assist with the visa process for children or for a family member, or a fiancé/fiancée, boyfriend/girlfriend who is not in the Teach Abroad program.

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Life in Spain

Since you will be in Spain on a Spanish Student Visa, you won’t be permitted to contract with a company such as a restaurant or store. However, if you are wanting to make some extra money on the side while in Spain, we would definitely recommend private classes!

In Spain, private classes are known as clases particulares, and are very common for native English speakers to offer. If you ever have questions about how to find clases particulares or how to best market yourself so that you can acquire clients while in Spain, we would be more than happy to point you in the right direction.

You won’t have to pay taxes in Spain on what you earn each month as you will be on a Student Visa and not a Work Visa. What you earn each month will be a stipend and not an employee salary subject to Spanish taxes.

With regards to paying taxes in your home country, we recommend contacting a tax professional in your area. You will most likely not earn enough to have to declare your foreign earned income; however, we advise to speak with a professional for further clarity as each case is slightly different.

Yes, if properly managed, you will earn more than enough money to live comfortably in Spain. Thankfully, the cost of living in Spain is much less expensive than it is in the US or Canada and, your monthly stipend, will cover food, housing, transportation, as well as allow you to travel and explore Spain and Europe.

Yes, as part of the program, you will receive free health insurance from the Spanish government. The regional Spanish governments, not RVF International, entirely find, recommend and use the specific insurance company. The medical insurance will cover repatriation, medical, surgical, pharmaceutical and/or hospitalization expenses. The insurance will not cover Dental or Vision and will most likely not cover pre-existing conditions.

Starting in October, you will be paid at the end of each month via direct bank transfer from your placement school to the Spanish bank account we will help you open.

No, you won’t need a car while in Spain to get around. The Spanish public transportation system is incredibly accessible, efficient and well-connected. In your city, you will be able to get around to wherever you need to by using public transportation.

Before you arrive to Spain, we will go over exactly how to open your bank account in Spain, as well as how to get cell phone service so that you can have cell coverage wherever you are in Spain. We recommend several Spanish banks and cell phone providers and we will get you connected with them so that you can have a bank account and a working cell phone from day one.

We will guide you through the process of finding housing in Spain. We will provide you with the necessary information that you will need to securely, safely, and efficiently find either an apartment or a room shortly after arriving to Spain.

Your Program Specialist will sit down with you at least three months before arriving in Spain so you can fill out our Housing Form to let us know what you are looking for in-terms of size, pets/no pets, roommates/no roommates, vicinity to your school, etc. so we can create a database of 20 – 40 listings that match that criteria. They will then guide you through the process of how to schedule appointments so that, after arriving in Spain, you can attend the appointments and move in to the first listing you like.

We recommend renting an Airbnb for the first 1 – 4 nights just so you have a place to sleep, shower, eat, etc. before moving in to your apartment.

All of the apartments we will send you will be fully-furnished, meaning they will contain everything from plates and utensils, to towels and beds. You won’t have to bring over anything to furnish the apartment, nor will you have to buy anything in Spain to furnish the apartment unless you wanted to.

If you prefer to rent a room with a Spanish family or European university students, that is also a possibility and your program specialist will guide you through the process of how you can do that.

On average, everyone in our program that proactively follows our guidance and steps is able to move in to their fully furnished apartment in Spain on day Two or Three after landing.

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