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master's degree Jan Píša, CTU Prague,ročník 6
About the country
Location of the place
My place was located near Msida's harbour, right behind the church and kind of close to capital city - Valletta. (Around 35 minutes by walk or 5 minutes by bus.)
I wouldn't call Msida city, on Malta it feels more like whole Malta island is a city with many districts like Msida. Msida is appart of turist places, so it feels more like real Malta over there. It has a lot of small shops with various goods, from veggies to meat and home stuff. Msida's harbour is really nice place to hangout in the evening or during the feast and it is really close to very well known ice cream place called Busy Bee, you should totally go there and order "extra black" flavor. :-)
Surroundings (possible trips, ...)
Surroundings of Msida is not that rich for places of interest, but it also has some nice courners. The rest of Malta is beautiful and offers a lot of beauties. You should totally go see the Marsaxlukk sunday market and visit St. Peter's pool beach. Paradise bay is also really great. Gozo is nice island too with a lot of nature shaped miracles. On the other hand Golden bay is a little overrated.
Employer and all members of the team were really nice and helpfull. Sometimes I felt like it is harder for me to get another job, because I was asking for it all the time, but in the end it turned out to be good experience.
I was mainly pollishing some gui features and plotting stuff for the frontend application of radio telescopes meassurements. Application was written in Python Django. Team was using Scrum agile methodology.
Salary (sufficient for local conditions?)
Sallary was quite OK. I think it was sufficient for food and accomodation and even for a few beers sime time.
Good english is required, since everybody spoke english.
Accommodation (price, who provided it)
Accomodation was provided from some guy, who is renting his appatment to students. I had sepparate room for most of the time. Just for a last week I shared the room with another IAESTE trainee.
Meeting IAESTE members (pick-up at the airport, organized events...)
Airport pickup was nice, Illena took me to my place and let me change before we went to some fireworks event with Dutch IAESTE comitee. During my stay they also organised BBQ on the beach and sports evening with traditional dinner.
Meeting other foreign students
I met all the other guys trough one of my colegues and it was most important thing for me, since we formed a really nice group of people. We were together almost all the time organising trips and parties.
Sport and culture
I went jogging once and tried sea kayaking, both was quite nice. We also had one sports evening full of basketball and volleyball, which was also cool.
Food, local specialties
Food was really great everywhere, I really fell into love with pastizzi and ftiras, which are sold almost on every corner. They also have fresh and tasty fishes, especially in Marsaxlukk or Gozo.
Possibilites to communicate with the Czech Republic
All the channels you can imagine. I had wifi almost everywhere and for other places I buyed second sim card like for 15 euoros, just for mobile internet.
Recommendations for students who will go to the same place
You should order public transport (Tallinja) card at least one month in advance, rather more, because Malteese public transport office is really slow and unreliable. (Some other trainees waited like 3 or 4 months and they didn't even get it in the end.) And it's much cheaper with that card.
What not to forget with you
UK electricity plug, Repelent for moskitos, pills. You can buy everything else there, but if you want to have a list of things, IAESTE Malta has one checklist on their websites.
Benefits of the internship
Meeting of great people, exploring beautiful country and getting some new working skills.
Cooperation with IAESTE in the foreign country
It was quite OK, we communicated all the time trough emails and Facebook messenger.
Overall experience with IAESTE
Great, just great! :-)
Other useful links
In conlusion, Malta was great place for my internship. It was nice to get know this tiny country which was influenced and shaped by many other nations, but still kept its own nature and order. Malta is place of thousand flavors and this big rock in the middle of Mediteranien see can offer many activities and beautiful views for everyone. I was really looking forward to take tons of pictures with my DSLR camera, which appeared to be impossible since it was one big party for me and the group of other trainees, but there is big potential for photographers. If you are more into sports, it's nice to swim, jog, or do some sea kayaking. In the end, if you are up to go to Malta, I wish you good luck and nice summer over there.