Erasmus plus studytrip to Malta 2024 day 4-7

April 8, 2024

Today’s programme was geared towards fine-tuning the research students have been working on over the past few months. The Malta Experience, an audio-visual show that tells the dramatic story of Malta’s 7,000-year history, provided a suitable context for the wide range of research topics. The guided tour through the Holy Infirmary of the Knights of St John was a reminder to students that storytelling and giving interesting presentations is an art. The passionate guide showed them that captivating storytelling is all about speaking the right lingo and asking the right questions.

Miss Martha took us on a lovely harbour walk, pointing out the backdrops for many Hollywood films, even recent ones like Napoleon, Gladiator 2 and Jurassic World Dominion. With ancient cannons firing in the background, the overwhelming splendour of Valletta’s harbour and the ocean softly crashing on the fortified harbour walls we felt like extras on a film set.

During the afternoon the students visited a wide range of museums, cultural sites and local craftsmen in Valletta to link the research done so far to Malta’s reality. This allowed students to do more fieldwork and turned out to complement their findings really well.

April 9, 2024

After a visit to Bormla market, our jolly guide Charles stole our hearts once more with his stories about the Knights of St John, runaway goats and where to get the best Maltese icecream. His tour of the Three Cities, Vittoriosa, Senglea and Cospicua, ended at Fort St Angelo where we felt for a moment how hard it must have been to outwit the Knights of St John in combat when he made us charge the three-door system. We have really bonded with him over the past ten days, and he has made a valuable contribution to our stay as we have been given a balanced insight into Malta’s culture and history.

All of this has provided our students with ample information to round up their research. After another wonderful Mediterranean dinner, they resorted to their rooms to prepare for tomorrow’s presentations at The Chamber of Commerce in Valletta.

April 10, 2024

On the last day of our Malta Erasmus+ study trip, our students presented the results of their final research to staff and officials of Stage Malta at the Chamber of Commerce in Valletta. They were impressed both with the general fluency in English of our students and the interesting and insightful presentations on cultural, geographical, biological, historical, social, economic and scientific topics. In their reflections the students showed how their stay in Malta had helped them grow in multiple ways.

After they had been presented with their Stage Malta certificates, we all said our goodbyes at the farewell party and headed off into the hustle and bustle of Valletta.