Different by design

Young adults

Young Adults in Portugal

Experience personal growth, wellness, education and build your resume for college, career or just build your personal life while living in Europe. 

Some young adult students elect to participate in the core curriculum as their primary experience. For young adults who are working on personal growth, figuring out what is next in their life, the traditional core curriculum is more than enough.

Students who have more determined focus and desired outcomes add volunteerism, teaching English as a second language, apprenticeships, job shadowing, language classes, educational classes at local Universities, and other personal resume-building experiences that are customized to personal goals identified through the Tatori experience. 

In the end, the goal is for each young adult to have a life long resume building experience designed to accelerate the next chapters of their life. 


Students living in Pacia housing with their mentors will experience or learn daily living skills of all types and experience Portugal along with excursions to other parts of Europe. 


Another option for a student seeking a deeper cultural experience is to transfer to a homestay family during their second semester.  

Pacia Life Portugal is different by design. 

Pacia Life Portugal is a life-changing experience. And, while there is plenty of time to relax on the beach, it's designed as a life-changing experience. Not a vacation. 

Some say that the world is our campus! The best classrooms have no walls. The experience itself is education and personal growth s. However, Pacia Life Portugal is designed to assist you to get personal outcomes in your life. 


This is more than an international GAP experience.


Your experience is designed to include: 

  • GAP experiences and European cultural immersion, language, culture, education, and adventure. But even the 'adventure' is by design to create personal growth, education, grit, resiliency, global citizenship, and more. 

  • A life coaching process designed to accelerate your life. We call it the Tatori Experience. 

  • The option to create your own personalized resume building experiences! 

  • Personal supports as needed that other international experiences don't have. Personal supports can range from everything to learning daily success habits, executive functioning, daily living on your own, clinical supports to overcome the pull of the past, etc. 

Cultural experiences beyond portugal

Student groups, guided by their coaches, have the opportunity to plan every detail of day trips and extended excursions.


The excursions to other parts of Europe and sometimes, beyond Europe, are designed to meet specific desired outcomes of the current students at that time. Students will be expected to take part in the planning, budgeting, research, desired outcomes of the excursion, and more.  

Excursions are meant to be fun and educational. And, they are also to create college-level experiential outcomes. 

Tatori Life coaching

Once you understand how to execute this model and able to produce 40 to 75 hours a week of productive effort, expect rapid growth in multiple areas of your life.  While the number of hours in a week or productive hours (PH-Factor) is not as important as the results factor (R-Factor), it is a measurable beginning that is essential to success. 


Through the Tatori System, we are ambitiously determined to empower young adults to live healthier and happier lives, to release old behavioral patterns that no longer work, to unleash their fullest potential – to take control of their own sustainable self-reliance and to live as a creator of their life.

The Tatori Experience provides self-improvement skills, in up to date formats, for this generation. The Tatori System, along with our unique, in the trenches, Life Coaching Model and support systems, encourage emerging young adults to unleash their true potential, eliminate limiting beliefs and thinking errors that are hindering us from pursuing our dreams and adopt powerful mindsets that unlock a life that we are truly capable of living. Traditional therapeutic change models focus primarily on fixing the broken. The Tatori experience will help you identify things that need to be filtered out of your life. And, more importantly, will help you understand your strengths and how to capitalize on those strengths. 

Internships, apprenticeships, job shadowing and more

Advancing your personal growth and resume through education and/or experiences that may include internships, apprenticeships, volunteering, job shadowing, and more can substantially propel your future education, career, and life ahead! 


Doing anyone of the above options does require a commitment to numerous hours a week and once you commit, you need to live in integrity and follow through with your commitments. 

Expectations and agreements

While we understand that different people may have personal challenges, and Pacia Life is ready to support you in those challenges,  all students are expected to live with integrity, respect for other people, respect for the local laws and culture, and to be active with at least 40 to 75 hours a week of productive time. 

Pacia Life Portugal is a community environment. All students must learn to work together for the common good of everyone in the housing and community. 

You will be asked to live by an agreement. The agreement is this. "I agree to do what is best for everyone around me, leaving no one left out, including myself."  

During the admissions process, each student will do a student interview and these questions can be reviewed in greater detail.