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Greetings!

Greetings!

I am Monika, originally from Lithuania, however I have been living abroad for 6 years now. To Malta I came from Bergamo, North of Italy where for two years I have been studying master’s in Clinical Psychology. And since I have decided to turn my career to organisational direction and I was very happy to get the Quad internship possibility. And here I am!

This is not my first time in Malta. I have visited the island 4 years ago with a friend of mine for 10 days. We were Couchsurfing, met a lot of people and went around Malta, visited Gozo as well. I returned absolutely obsessed with the country! I was telling everyone about Maltese people, wine, all the trips we took, adventures we had. However, when asked if I wanted to come back, I always said no. Simply because there are places I haven’t been.

How tables have turned!

Malta happened to be my 4th foreign country I have lived. After living in Italy and in Spain it is such a relief that it is an English speaking country with the benefits of the island. I was rather pleased to return to places I have been, see how it has changed and have the opportunity to gradually visit where I have not been like Marsaxlokk, Mallieha, Comino and hidden beauties around the island. It is interesting to see how Malta has expanded and that there are much more foreigners than in 2014.

For the first few days I was hosted by a Maltese guy who made me feel very welcomed and guided me through the essentials of living in Malta. I found a bunch of things that were very strange preferably called cultural differences. Firstly, it was the fact that I have sorted my life on Facebook. Via certain groups I found accommodation, part time job and any other relevant information. Also, I feel that Maltese people, on one hand, very kind and friendly but, on the other, rude and straightforward. They will be honking and cat calling women on the streets, suggesting going back to our countries when criticized but also, and what I really enjoy, they are relaxed and laid back, not stressed themselves and not stressing others. The island vibes are strong! What is more, they are very proud of their island but lack ecological thinking and are not taking care of it.

Later on, a couple of my friends visited me here and I had a pleasure to share what I found great about the island. We rented a car which made it much easier to go around because not all the places are easy to reach by public transport. So we could run away from tourists and were able to find awesome places to snorkel.

After first two months I have got the feeling that I do not want to go anywhere and I decided to stay longer. Due to that at the moment, since my internship is going to the end, there are a lot of things to figure out. It is scary but exciting.

Fortune favors the bold thus I am buzzing to see what future brings me.

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Linkėjimai!

Mano vardas Monika, esu iš Lietuvos, tačiau jau 6 metus gyvenu užsienyje. Į Maltą aš atvykau iš

Bergamo, Šiaurės Italijos, kur du metus studijavau klinikinės psichologijos magistrą. Ir kadangi nuspręndžiau savo karjerą pasukti organizacinės psichologijos keliu, aš buvau labia laimiga, gavusi galimybę atlikti praktiką su Quad. Štai aš čia!

Tai nėra mano pirmas kartas Maltoje. Saloje teko lankyis prieš 4 metus su drauge 10 dienų. Mes ‘couchsurfinome’, sutikome labai daug įdomių žmonių, pakeliavome aplink salą, taip pat nuvykome į Gozo. Po šių atostosgų grįžau visiškai įsimylėjusi šią šalį! Visiems pasakojau apie Maltiečius, mūsų keliones ir nuotykius. Taučiau paklausta, ar norėčiau sugrįžti, atsakydavau, kad ne. Paprasčiausiai dėl to, kad yra daug vietų, kuriuose nesu buvusi.

Kaip viskas pasikeitė!

Taigi, Malta yra ketvirtoji užsienio šalis, kurioje gyvenu. Pagyvenus Italijoje ir Ispanijoje, yra vienas malonumas būti anglakalbėje šalyje su salos privalumais. Džiaugiuosi galimybe aplankyti vietas, kuriose jau buvau, pamatyti, kaip viskas pasikeitė ir, kad yra daug daugiau užsieniečių, nei buvo 2014.

Pirmosiomis dienomis buvau apsistojus pas vietinį vaikiną, kuris mane labai maloniai sutiko ir supažindino su būtiniausiais dalykais, kuriuos reikia žinoti gyvenant Maltoje. Iš pirmo žvilgsnio, daug dalykų pasirodė labai keisti, ką geriau būtų vadinti kultūriniais skirtumais. Pirmiausia, tai buvo faktas, kad viską, ko man reikėjo, radau Facebook’e. Tam tikrų grupių pagalba radau vietą gyventi ir kitą reikalingą informaciją. Atrodo, kad maltiečiai yra labai malonūs ir draugiški, bet taip pat, nemandagūs ir tiesmuki. Jie signalizuos kelyje, švilps, pasiūlys grįžt namo, jei bus sukritikuoti, tačiau, kas man labai patinka, jų atsipalaidavimas, jų pačių streso vengimas ir kitų nestresavimas. Salos vaibai tikrai stiprūs! Pridėčiau, kad jie labai didžiuojasi savo žeme, bet ja nesirūpina ir labai trūksta ekologiškumo.

Bėgant laikui, pora mano draugų aplankė mane Maltoh ir turėjau malonumą pasidalinti puikiais dalykais, kurios radau šioj saloj. Mes išsinuomavom automobilį ir tai labai padėjo keliaujant aplink, nes kai kurios vietos nėra lengvai pasiekiamos viešuoju transportu. Mes galėjome pabėgti nuo turistų ir radom nuostabių vietų ‘pasnorkelinti’.

Po pirmų dviejų mėnesių pradėjau jausti, kad nenoriu niekur vykti ir nusprendžiau pasilinkti ilgiau. Dėl to dabar, kai mano praktika baigiasi, yra daug aspektų, kuriuos turiu išspręsti. Baisu, bet įdomu.

Sėkmė lydi drąsius dėl to nekantrauju pamatyti, kas bus toliau!

~ My experience in Malta ~

Hello everyone!

My name is Camille, I’m 20 years old and I come from to La Rochelle, it is a city located on the Atlantic coast of France.

I’m a student in Sup de Co La Rochelle and currently in an Erasmus period in Regensburg in Germany for my 2nd year course in Bachelor of Business Administration. To complete my second year, I had to do an internship abroad. During my search, I found Malta by chance, and I saw that there were a lot of opportunities to find an internship during summer. I thought Malta was a good option to work and to discover landscapes and enjoy my internship. I could have looked for an internship in Germany but I really wanted to internationalize my CV more.

I’m here for four months to improve my English and my marketing skills. I think I’m very lucky to find my internship at Quad Consultancy. They are very helpful, answer all our question, and we work in a good atmosphere. I think it will be a good experience to discover more how the company works.

The time has past really fast here, I have already been here for 2 months and I really love this place, except for buses that are never on time, never come or are too full. You really must be patient! What I really like in Malta is it’s mix of culture and you can find any nationality, it’s very interesting. Even in my flat, we have four different nationalities. I share my flat with Moroccan, Czech and Colombian people, it’s very friendly and particularly for World Cup, even if we support a different team, there is a good atmosphere. I came alone to Malta but it’s so easy to meet people here, we don’t stay alone for long. I did not meet a lot of Maltese but the little I met are pretty cool.

I have been to some place like Mellieha, Gozo, Golden Bay, Blue Grotto, Blue Lagoon and Valetta and I really want to discover more places and typical things about Malta. Malta is full of history and it is thanks to that that there is such a mix of cultures. Gozo is very nice and there is a beautiful beach with orange/red sand in Ramla Bay. I also dove and I discovered beautiful marine funds.

If you like fireworks, you will be pleased, there are every day!

See you soon,

Camille

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Bonjour à tous!

Je m’appelle Camille, j’ai 20 ans et je viens de La Rochelle. Je suis étudiante à Sup de Co La Rochelle et actuellement en Erasmus à Regensburg en Allemagne pour ma deuxième année en Bachelor of Business Administration. Pour valider mon année je dois aliser un stage à l’étranger. Lors de ma recherche, j’ai trouvé Malte par hasard et j’ai vu qu’il y avait beaucoup d’opportunités de trouver un stage en été. Malte est une bonne option pour travailler, découvrir des paysages et profiter de son stage. J’aurais chercher un stage en Allemagne mais je voulais vraiment internationaliser davantage mon CV.

Je suis ici pour quatre mois pour améliorer mon anglais et mes compétences en marketing. Je pense que j’ai eu beaucoup de chance de trouver mon stage à Quad Consultancy. Il y a une très bonne ambiance au bureau et dès qu’on a une question ils n’hésitent pas à nous aider.

Le temps passe très vite ici, je suis ici depuis 2 mois déjà et j’adore vraiment cet endroit, sauf pour les bus qui ne sont jamais à l’heure, qui ne viennent jamais ou qui sont trop pleins. Il faut vraiment être patient avec les bus! Ce que j’aime vraiment à Malte, c’est le mélange de culture et vous pouvez trouver n’importe quelle nationalité, c’est très intéressant. Même dans mon appartement, nous avons quatre nationalités différentes. Je partage mon appartement avec des marocains, des tchèques et des colombiens, c’est très amical et particulièrement pour la Coupe du monde, même si nous soutenions une équipe différente, il y avait une bonne ambiance. Je suis venue seule à Malte mais il est très facile de rencontrer des gens ici, nous ne restons pas longtemps seuls. Je n’ai pas rencontré beaucoup de maltais mais le peu que j’ai rencontré ils sont plutôt cools.

J’ai visité différents endroits comme Mellieha, Gozo, Golden Bay, Blue Grotto, Blue Lagoon ou encore La Valette et je veux vraiment découvrir plus de lieux et de choses typiques de Malte. Malte est pleine d’histoire et c’est grâce à cela qu’il existe un tel mélange de cultures.Gozo est très beau et il y a une belle plage de sable orange / rouge dans la baie de Ramla. J’ai également fait de la plongée ce qui m’a permis de découvrir de très beaux fonds marins.

Si vous aimez les feux d’artifice, vous serez ravis, il y en a tous les jours!

À bientôt,

Camille