Join us traveling Portugal and learning from locals

Join us traveling Portugal in June and learn from locals

We’re thrilled to announce that ON BOARD will be heading to Portugal from June 11-20, 2016.

In a 10-days travel marathon we’ll be doing many things. Here’s an extract of our program:

  • Learn Portuguese
  • Sightseeing in Porto and eat local in Lisbon, surfing and relaxing nearby
  • Camping, trekking and enjoying the village life in São Pedro do Sul
  • Exploring Aveiro
  • Beach day near Coimbra
  • Village sightseeing in Mertola and river tour
  • and much much more

For the full program write us.

This is a an excellent opportunity to dive into the real Portugal, meeting people living there, hearing their stories and finding mirrors that reflect back to your own life.

Hearing life stories reflecting your own
Hearing life stories reflecting your own

With so many hidden learning gems uncovered the heart-to-heart conversations, shared-learning sessions and expert workshops you will learn for your job, your life and personal empowerment – in one of the best and warmest places in Europe.

Why Portugal?

Despite its small size historic Portugal was a real conquering nation and major economic, political and military power.

Portugal was a marine power
Portugal was a marine power

In the Age of Discovery they divided the world into two with Spain and strongly influenced world history. Their colonial empire lasted about 600 years – enough time to spread their language that by today is spoken by 220 million people in 10 countries.

Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon
Alfama, the oldest district of Lisbon

Medieval castles, peaceful cobblestone villages, world-famous wine, delicious and affordable seafood, delightful cities, brilliant beaches and warm weather are only some elements that make a visit to Portugal so exciting.

Delicious food

As they traveled a lot, they introduced chili to India, peanuts to South East Asia, tempura to Japan and battered fish to the UK.

Cut fish in Madeira
Cut fish in Madeira

The Portuguese brought cinnamon from Sri Lanka, piri piri from Africa, salt dried cod from Newfoundland and sweet oranges to Europe. They even helped to make tea popular in England.

Mountains, almost desert and beach

In one day you can see its beautiful countryside: From the green mountains of the North covered with vine, trees and rocks, to the remarkable slopes and falls in the centre.

Coastal line in the Sintra municipality (Lisbon Region)
Coastal line in the Sintra municipality (Lisbon Region)

Followed by the desert-like landscape in the Alentejo region and finally the enchanting beaches in the Algarve of the South.

Living History


900 years of history make Portugal one of the oldest nations in Europe and the capital, Lisbon, even older than Rome. Located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean and River Tagus, Lisbon is an extremely important container port and plays a major role in European media, arts, trade, commerce and finance.

Old 19th century tram in Lisbon
Old 19th century tram in Lisbon

Take a ride in 19th century tram system, dive into the history of its stunning architecture, the many museums, galleries and the Bertrand Bookstore, the oldest in the world, that used to be the center of Lisbon’s intellectual and artistic scene.

Portugals Atlantic coastline
Portugals Atlantic coastline

Drive along the longest bridge in Europe with the tuneful name of Vasco da Gama – the perfect invitation to drive further, next to the 800 kilometers of Atlantic coastline.


Towards the North, don’t miss Porto, the second-largest city and former European Cultural Capital, full of music and arts.

Porto, Portugal's second-largest city
Porto, Portugal’s second-largest city

Many famous musicians came from the area, and Portugal’s culturally essential Fado is best perceived here. Fado expresses an often fateful, resigned and melancholic world view and attitude.

Beautiful countryside

Out of the city you want to visit the Douro valley hillsides, one of the world’s oldest established wine producing regions and the only place where the grapes of the globally appreciated Port wine are grown.

Portugal's wine-growing region
Portugal’s wine-growing region

There’s so much more to learn about the local culture, life and traditions. Stray with us through its old-fashioned villages, explore its history, fall in love with its amazing scenery and enjoy Portugal’s outstanding seafood. Our local experts and mentors will make you want to stay in this endlessly fascinating place.

Join us this summer in Portugal!

What’s included?

  • Learn Portuguese while traveling
  • Learn about locals’ everyday lives
  • See the country through the eyes of the local people
  • Learn about Portuguese history, culture, traditions, gastronomy
  • Everyday accommodation
  • Everyday transportation
  • Everyday food and drinks (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
  • All entrance fees
  • Learning from mentors
  • On the road learning experiences
  • Outdoor activities
  • ON BOARD learning kit and journal
  • Peer-to-peer learning, shared group-learning
  • Workshops with mentors and participants
  • Connection to the country, its local people and culture
  • Lifetime membership to our global community


Portugal 2016: All inclusive: 900 EUR* (excl. flight ticket)

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*From our applicants we know there are people who have a lot of value to contribute, but struggle to find the funds to join one of our learning trips. Since we’re running an inclusive program, we want you to be able to join. Consider becoming an ambassador or send an email with the subject “I WANT TO BE IN PORTUGAL WITH ON BOARD” so we can make your attendance for our Portugal experience happen 🙂