Santa Cruz, Portugal

Village Camps Portugal – International Summer Camps

Celebrating its 48th year of operation, Village Camps continues to provide quality international summer programmes for children aged 7-18, stemming from all corners of the globe! All programmes are run in accordance with our guiding philosophy of Education Through Recreation™. Hence, each camper’s experience will be not only fun but educationally rewarding and contribute to each child’s personal growth.

Village Camps Portugal – International Summer Camps

Fact Sheet

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Type Full Board
Ages 7 - 18

Village Camps Portugal – International Summer Camps

As one of the pioneers of organising international summer camps in Europe, and sometimes referred to as the “granddaddy of international summer camps”, Village Camps has a long-standing reputation of professionalism and high standards. Taking place in 5 different countries including Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, England, Austria and Canada, Village Camps offers a wide range of varying speciality programmes focusing on the arts, sports, science, adventure, language and leadership.

One hour north of Lisbon International Airport, along with the beautiful Portuguese Coastline, lies the Village Camps (VC) residence in Santa Cruz. VC’s latest site has become ever-popular offering both a Surf Camp and an Adventure Camp. Using the impressive Portuguese landscape as well as it’s famous surf-friendly coastline VC offers an extremely high-quality programme for campers from around the world who are looking for thrills and learning in a safe and accommodating environment.

Are you looking for sun and surf? Look no further!

Starting from seven years old, children and teenagers at camp have the unique opportunity to expand their skill base, grow socially through new friendships, increase their self-confidence and improve their language skills while under the watchful guidance of trained VC staff. The general welfare and safety of each camper is our top priority, and this is reflected in the excellent Counsellor-Camper ratio of 1:6.

With a happy camper comes a happy parent, so join us this summer and give your child the gift of an educational and enriching summer experience!

Reviews from Campers and Parents

“Dear Counsellors and staff of VC-Leysin, I would like to thank you for the great care and wonderful experience your team had provided to my son Boris. He had so much fun in the camp and was happy with the meals and clean facilities. The counsellors are caring and professional. The daily journals and photo updates enabled parents to feel comfortable from the beginning to the end of the camp. Village Camps was a good opportunity for my son to experience a different culture and meet new friends. Thank you again!” – Parent

“Thank you and your team for everything you did with the boys. They had such a great experience and loved every minute. They are so sad leaving and cannot stop talking about how much fun they had. They told me that Village Camp was the best thing ever they did in their life :)” – Parent

“I would like to deeply thank you for the great care & amazing experience you have provided to my son; he came back from Leysin fully transformed, enriched in both his mind & spirit as a result of the cultural diversity, the exciting activities, and especially the high level of care & professionalism he witnessed from the Counsellors.” – Parent


Group Sizes

Average group size Children/Adult ratio
Counsellor to Camper Ratio 1:6


Archery, Arts and Crafts, Badminton, Basketball, Beach Volleyball, Climbing wall, Cooking, Dance, Fitness, Floor Hockey, Football, High and low ropes course, Hiking, Mini Golf, Mountain Biking, Mountain Hut Overnight, Music Orienteering, Parcours vita, Rafting (15+ years), Rock Climbing, Ropes Course, Squash, Street Hockey, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Trekking, Volleyball, Yoga.

Fees and Tuitions

Starting from CHF 3.700



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