Raquel has completed the certification training program for French national tour guides at CNAM, the Conservatory for Vocational Training and Art in Paris. She spent six years in the rural Ardèche, where she worked as an English teacher and tourist hostess. There she obtained a professional degree in touristic economic development and management. For seven years, she ran the social service program for homeless men and disadvantaged families at New York City's Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. In 2009, she decided to come and live among the medieval monuments and cathedrals of France.