The Cambridge 5 Erasmus+ study trip to the Maltese Islands

On day 1 of the Cambridge 5 Erasmus+ study trip to the Maltese Islands, the students explored the traditional trades of Gozo by visiting the Magro Food Village. Here they were given a tour around the tomato processing factory Savina and learned about the importance of family-owned businesses and the passing on of know-how. Moreover, they were made aware of sustainability issues and solutions on the island.

In the afternoon, the students were introduced to the Maltese world of tourism and hospitality at the Institute of Tourism Studies. They experienced the merging of traditional values with the demands of the modern day travel.

A visit to the Citadella in Victoria gave them valuable insight in Maltese history and culture.

On day 2 the group visited the maritime training institution, the MaritimeMT, in Birżebbuġa, where they experienced the world of shipping. They gained insight into the multifaceted world of transhipping, super yachts, merchant navy and small crafts. In the simulator centre they faced the challenges of the currents of the Mediterranean Sea by piloting a ship safely into Valetta harbour. They discussed global issues like illegal immigration, piracy, and sustainability and learned about job opportunities in the industry.

After savouring a traditional Maltese dish, the students were taken on a hiking tour of the Maltese cliffs under the guidance of a professional tour guide. They studied the diverse and endangered flora along the coastline. The tour guide also pointed out historical landmarks such as prehistorical ruts in the seabed and the remains of 18th century British defence lines.

The tour ended in the fishing village of Marsaxlokk, where an American film crew was shooting an action movie in front of the parish church of Our Lady of Pompei, featuring Dark Night actor Aaron Eckhart. Malta has featured in many film sets, and the students felt very fortunate to witness one of them.

To be continued…

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