Automobile Experiential Learning Program Europe

Berlin, Germany Experiential Learning



In the Automobile Experiential Learning Program Europe, our participants will be able to observe engineering at its finest in three European countries: Germany, Austria and Italy. They go on selected industry visits at some of the world’s best car and motorcycle manufacturers, such as BMW, Porsche and Lamborghini, meet managers and staff members and learn how start-ups contribute to the electric mobility industry. Our participants will also enjoy a variety of cultural activities in four out of the eight cities they get to explore and enjoy special Welcome and Farewell group dinners. Moreover, they will acquire an entrepreneurial skill-set and mindset by tackling their own "Start-up Challenge" projects with valuable input delivered by certified People & Friends trainers.


During our program, our participants do not only develop new friendships but make lifelong connections with engineers from around the world. In addition, they can add to their global networks when going on the various industry visits where they meet with corporate managers and local entrepreneurs. The industry visits further help them to understand how companies and start-ups are structured and managed in Europe. Through the start-up challenge projects, our participants will learn how to analyze their own strengths and weaknesses, work together efficiently as a multicultural team and refine their presentation skills when they pitch the final project results in front of a jury of professionals. In our hands-on workshops, our participants are prepared well for their pitches by getting introduced to state-of-the-art entrepreneurial methods and tools used by start-ups and companies globally. Besides discovering a new career path – becoming an entrepreneur themselves – our participants will also be able to absorb and adapt to the local cultures and enjoy some tasty European food.

Field conditions

In the 2-week Automobile Experiential Learning Program Europe, our participants go on an exciting road trip that covers eight cities in three top engineering countries in Europe: Germany, Austria and Italy. Our participants will look behind the scenes of world-renowned car and motorcycle manufacturers, automotive parts suppliers and visit two start-ups, which are highly involved in the electric mobility sector. Besides meeting managers and staff members of top companies, such as BMW, Porsche and Lamborghini, they will dive into the local cultures through selected cultural activities and enjoy special Welcome and Farewell group dinners. They can discover the Berlin Wall, learn about Oktoberfest, take in breathtaking views of the Austrian mountains and prepare authentic Italian pizza from scratch. Moreover, we will take advantage of our time on the road and let our participants experience what it means to become an entrepreneur through our so-called "Start-up Challenge" projects.

"Start-up Challenge" projects explained:

Together with their international engineering peers, our participants will become short-term entrepreneurs and learn how to turn their team’s business idea into an actual product or service. Two certified professional trainers from People & Friends offer the team members guidance and support when they work on their "Start-up Challenge" projects. In 5 highly interactive workshops with People & Friends, our participants will be introduced to state-of-the-art tools and methods to equip them with an entrepreneurial skill-set and more importantly mindset. On the last day of the program, it is time for the teams to present their project results to a jury in form of a pitch* and the winning team takes home a fantastic prize. Upon completion of our program, our participants will have what it takes to open up their own business venture (perhaps after graduation).

*a pitch is a short and concise presentation, in which you try to convince your audience of your idea

Arrival and orientation

Upon arrival, our participants will gather for an in-country orientation session and welcome dinner. We want our participants to be prepared for their adventure during our Automobile Experiential Learning Program Europe. We will therefore let them access a virtual orientation video in which we address the most important topics they should keep in mind before traveling. Some of these include: visa information, travel insurance, safety tips, information about the local currency and common ways of payment as well as packing suggestions. In addition to the orientation video, we'll send our participants a ‘Europe Welcome Info Package’ that serves as a more elaborate information package providing further details on the topics mentioned as well as additional ones (e.g. different options of how to get to the hotel from Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL)). Moreover, we’ll send them relevant links to helpful websites and a list of useful apps they can download while in Europe.Our program is concluded with a farewell dinner.

Your stay


  • HousingVolunteer house

  • Provided mealsBreakfast, dinner

Accommodation description

While in Europe, our participants will stay at six different modern hotels (either ibis hotels or Mercure hotels ranging from 2-4 stars) in the six different cities we'll visit. They can either sleep in a twin room (which they would share with a roommate of the same gender) or they can upgrade to a single room at an extra cost. All hotels are located in safe areas and most of them (except for the one in Eisenach) will be centrally located. Since Eisenach is a very small town and we will arrive at night time to check in and get some rest it won't matter much that the hotel is not in the town center.



from $2105 USDper week

from $2105 USDper week


What’s included

  • Some meals

  • Training and support

  • Housing

What’s not included

  • Donation to local organization

  • Local language lessons

  • All meals

  • Project supplies

  • Airport dropoff

  • Airport pickup

  • Travel insurance

  • Air tickets

Start dates

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