Erasmus plus trip to Malta 2024 day 1-3

April 2, 2024

After months of preparation and growing anticipation, the RSG Enkhuizen Cambridge atheneum 5 groups were eager to embark flight KM395 to Malta International Airport. This flight was the start of their 10-day Erasmus+ study trip to Malta organised together with our Maltese partner Stage Malta.

For some students this meant a first introduction to flying, which raised the good spirits even more. They were amazed by the beautiful views of the snow-covered Alps, and before landing we could all enjoy a wonderful view of Malta and her sister islands, Gozo and Comino.

At the airport we were welcomed by two Stage Malta interns, Sander and Julian, who would accompany the students during the rest of our stay. Six RSG students got a taste of Maltese student life as their lodgings were part of a Maltese student house. The other 35 students were accommodated in Rivotorto. Excellent breakfasts and dinners for all students, prepared by three lovely Maltese ladies, would always be enjoyed as a group at the premises of Rivotorto.

In the coming days the students will be working on their Erasmus+ research assignments and their personal diaries. The programme will enable them to explore their personal learning goals by focussing on multi-lingual competence, digital competence and international citizenship. The outcomes will be reflected in their personal diaries, as well as their personal, social and learning to learn goals.

April 3, 2024

Today we took the ferry to Malta’s sister island, Gozo.

Here we learned all about tomatoes at the family-run company Savina. We enjoyed an inspiring presentation by one of the employees. The students were made aware that heritage and tradition are cherished values in local Maltese companies. We were amazed by the fact that a local company could have such global impact, embracing modernity without sacrificing original business values.

Afterwards the students enjoyed quality time and a local delicacy at Ramla Bay, one of Gozo’s scenic beaches.

The next stop was Gozo’s capital city Victoria, where the students visited the majestic landmark the Citadella, a glorious fort towering over the island’s villages and hills. The students also found time to bond with their drivers and learned a lot about Gozo’s ways.

As the winds were favourable, the students were treated to a boat trip to Comino and the Blue Lagoon, where they were enchanted by the emerald waters.

On arrival at Rivotorto the students were welcomed by the smell of home-cooking with local produce.

April 4, 2024

Today the students were introduced to Malta’s rich maritime industry and the impact this has on the region and the world at large. At the Maritime MT the students were given a short introduction into the basic skills any maritime employee has to master such as knot making.

They could also experience a simulation of a pilot boat guiding a vessel into Valletta harbour.

Group picture in front of the Maritime MT

After enjoying another typical Maltese lunch, the students were welcomed by our guide Charles, who took them on a hike along the rocky Maltese coastline to Xrobb I-Ghagin. Charles introduced us not only to Malta’s varied flora, but also to the stories linked to Malta’s geographical history.

Filled with new impressions, the students were treated to yet another savoury meal by the wonderful Maltese ladies. By now they all cherish their home-cooked dishes, especially the amazing pies served for dessert. After dinner the students worked in their separate groups on their personal research assignments, embedding the knowledge gathered throughout the day in their theoretical research reports.