Live with a host family in sunny Portugal for a year or semester while attending a local high school and learning all about this fascinating culture. The Portuguese are very friendly and welcoming of foreigners, and it shouldn’t be long before you feel like you’re a part of the community. By going to a local school you’ll have the opportunity to learn the language and make lots of new friends. Get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!
Things to know
Food is a big part of Portuguese life and most food is purchased fresh daily at local markets. Meals in Portugal involve lots of animated conversations and can last a long time. Be on the look-out for people pinching their earlobes during dinner…it means they’re enjoying their meal! You also may find that the Portuguese sense of punctuality is a bit more casual than you’re used to. If you speak some Spanish, you’ll probably be able to pick up Portuguese. Although they sound totally different, written they’re actually quite similar.