As of March 19, 2020, AMERICAN STUDENTS AND STAFF RETURNED HOME OR TO OTHER PACIA LIFE LOCATIONS.
Pacia Life EUROPE is a full-service Pacia Life location that offers cultural immersion, educational services for both high school and college students, health, fitness, sailing, surfing, scuba diving, clinical therapy, and support if needed, excursion trips to other cities in Portugal, Spain and beyond.
Pacia Life Portugal is located in Cascais, just outside of the city of Lisbon. Lisbon and Porto are often found in the top cities in the world to visit by Trip Advisor, US News, etc. The area is rich in history, education, beauty, arts, adventure, and relaxation!
Anyone interested in Pacia Life Portugal begins with a pre-screen application to determine the personal goals, readiness for international cultural immersion, ability to adapt to changing environments, and desire to become a global citizen in a changing world.
This application and interview process assists in designing a customized international growth experience that is right for each young adult and that meets the dreams, desired outcomes, and motivators behind the experience. We also know through years of experience that a poorly chosen study abroad experience can turn out with poor results, which is why we focus on getting the right young adult ready for this experience.
At Pacia we highlight the personal growth and the goal of travel that builds memories for a lifetime. While a customized length of stay can be created, most students commit to living in Portugal for a minimum of four months.
Pacia Gap Assessment determines individually designed international experience(s) to meet specific goals and outcomes:
Travel Locations, cultures, and goals
Motivators and desired results from the Gap experience
Physical, mental and behavioural health planning before during and post-trip
Personality and interest assessments to determine the integration of the Gap with “what’s next”
Current political, travel, health and safety ratings of the countries and the partner organizations
You will grow through cultural immersion experiences in ways that you cannot do in any other way. As a young adult, you are still discovering who you are, your confidence, and your strengths. Travelling abroad will give you life-long personal growth and a leg up in your academic and professional world.
1. You’ll Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
2. Traveling Builds Confidence
3. You Will Develop global citizenship and sensitivity
4. Adaptation to very a very fast changing world is key to success
5. Cultural immersion in other languages opens new opportunities
6. Resume – It’s simple. In today’s fast-paced and changing world, those with a resume of experiences get the job.
Internship and Apprenticeship
Education and Internships in Portugal offer the perfect opportunity to develop your academic and professional career resume at the same time as experiencing new cultures, languages, and travelling.
Working with local mentors in various fields, live in Cascais Portugal, immerse yourself in the culture, the people, the foods, the history, create new contacts on an international level and return home with a resume of education and experiences to help launch your life forward.
One of the greatest gifts that we can give to a young adult is increased self-efficacy. The ability to problem solve and overcome things that are hard. The power of a skillfully executed adventure growth model using mediums like surfing, mountain biking, rock climbing, equine experiences, etc with the intention of increasing self-efficacy will also transfer into other life domains of careers, relationships, health, education and beyond.
In Pacia Portugal, students have the opportunity to increase their grit scale and self-efficacy through a number of strategically planned adventure activities.
Unlike ever before, in today’s world of political unrest, global citizenship is no longer an additional topic of conversation – global citizenship is a must experience framework for learning for today’s young adults.
Global citizenship inspires and informs young adults and parents, too. Most of all, it shows young people that they have a voice. The world is changing fast, and we can all make a positive difference – and help build a safer, more positive and more secure world for everyone.
Every few weeks, students will have the opportunity to create their own excursions. Some of these excursions will be day trips while others will require overnight experiences.
However, daily routines may include education, personal fitness, internships, language studies, surf lessons, sailing lessons, scuba diving, cuisine classes, tennis, golf, equine lessons, service, arts, history and much more!
For those who are ready to commit to a magical experience and the hard work associated with it, the opportunities for equine experiential education and service. One of the internship options includes experiential interactions between the intern, the horse and an adult disabled person who wants to experience life to the fullest.
The goal of this experiential equine experience is to help the intern develop needed skills and attributes, such as accountability, responsibility, self-confidence, problem-solving skills, emotional regulation, and self-discipline.
Equine internships also provide an innovative milieu in which the equine coach and the intern can identify and address a range of emotional and behavioural challenges that are key lessons for a prosperous future.
Education, work, career, family and personal leisure is key to living a balanced life. For many of our young adults, they also include health, fitness, personal growth habits and spiritual practices into their regular routines.
In Portugal, students can commit to learning languages, internships, service, surfing, mountain biking, surfing, scuba diving, sailing, arts, history, and much more.
And, let’s not forget the life balance of just sitting on a sunny beach and eating delicious cuisine after a long day of productivity.
You will be hit by a number of obstacles to overcome when you travel to a foreign land and living with other people. You will learn quickly that other cultures and countries are different, but people of all races and cultures are basically the same.
From asking questions to finding your way around streets to figuring out how the public transport works, you are building your confidence. Of course, your life coaches are with you, in the beginning, to help you navigate to success. When you conquer a foreign land, you will suddenly discover that you can do more in your home country, where you share the same language and culture. Your intrinsic motivators and self-determination will kick in.
Your confidence in overcoming challenges and self-efficacy will grow stronger. Your grit and problem-solving abilities will improve. The transference from these experiences transfers back to your current life and will put you ahead of your peers.