Rough guide Malta
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Minimum Wage Rate: @635 per month
Language: Maltese, English
Other Languages: Italian (since cable tv people are watching less italian tv and therefore people are speaking less italian than they used to)
EU Member: Yes (adopt Euro in 2008)
Current Government politics and support for culture: See Cultural Policy for general objectives and principles of cultural policy See cultural affairs for the general objectives. The overall responsibility for the administration of cultural affairs within Malta lies with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (mainly through its Cultural Division), the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, and the Ministry for Youth and the Arts. All the culture structures in Malta will be amalgamated if a draft National Cultural Policy launched recently comes into force. The policy focuses on developing cultural needs through improved cultural governance structures and international cultural cooperation so we shall wait and see!
Who needs a visa to work there?: All Non EU Nationals require a work permit to work in Malta. Such work permits are issued to employers wishing to employ foreigners for a certain period and for a specific purpose (this might take a long time minimum 6 months!). Citizens of Australia and New Zealand (aged 18-30) can apply for a working holiday visa, valid for a period of one year.
Best places to look for / find culture jobs: Malta Council for Culture and the Arts. Unlike other countries employers still haven’t gotten into the habit of using the internet to advertise their jobs so the local newspapers remain the best place to look for a job in Malta. You might also want to go to the ETC which is Malta’s public employment service. Cultural jobs are not easily found in Malta.
- Also try: traineeships
Best places to look for volunteering and internships: If you would like to volunteer in Malta contact the Malta national agency specifically the youth in action European Union Programme that offers young people (between 13 And 30) the opportunity to volunteer in specific projects. If you are already in Malta you could contact the Volunteering associations directly to see if you could participate in already active projects
Studying/Training & Mobility Grants/Bursaries
Erasmus is an EU-funded student mobility scheme which is part of the European Community education programme, operating with the support of the Commission of the European Communities within the framework of the Erasmus programme.
Recommended university/college culture management courses
- first degree: There is the University University in Malta. The education system is similar to the British system and admission is based on ‘A’ level results. It has one of the strictest grade requirements in Europe. If you are an EU citizen you do not need to pay any fees the government actually pays you to study! If you are a Maltese citizen you are entitled to a stipend as well as what is called a ‘smart card’ where you can get discounts on books and stationary. If you are an EU citizen you are only entitled to the stipend if you hold a GCSE in Maltese (making it virtually very impossible!).
- postgraduate degree: There are some postgraduate degrees but the fees are expensive check the University website.
Recommended vocational and short-term culture management training:The Ministry of Education and Human Resources is responsible for artist training: apart from state training institutions, such as the University of Malta, School of Music, School of AA, Art and Design Centre, etc., there are a number of private institutions, partly operating with private sponsorship.
National Grants or Bursaries For Mobility: Contact your national agency and ask for the Leonardo da Vinci program.
Coolest places: Paceville, (loads of clubs and bars),Valletta, (at night the capital city can be very quiet), Mdina, Sliema (good cafe’s and restaurants) & Bugibba (loads of bars but you will only find fast food here), Xemxija (good wine bars where you can order platters), Marsaxlokk (best place for fish).
Places to avoid: Paceville in the summer can be overcrowded with drunken students in fact many locals choose to avoid this place during the summer months.
Weather: Great!! Summers are from June until the end of September but keep in mind that even though we have mild winters we do get rain (luckily) in Malta!
Budget airlines?: Ryan air and Easy jet
What to eat and drink: Pastizzi are a must!! Rabbit, spaghetti with rabbit sauce, ftira (ciabatta with tuna, olives, capers and tomato paste) Figolli (sweets in Easter time), Fish-Lampuki (local fish in September), Aljotta (fish soup) Bebbux (snails), Gbejniet (these are small, round cheeses, made from sheep or sometimes goat milk) Kinnie (a non-alcoholic fizzy drink made from bitter oranges and slightly reminiscent of Martini), Cisk lager this beer has a sweeter taste than most European lagers, it is well worth trying!
Cost of living examples:
- A Beer: From supermarkets you can buy the local beer for as cheap as 82 cents €2.30 PRICE PINT
- A Cappuccino: € 1.50
- A litre of milk: € .75
- Renting a 2 bedrooms apartment in an average town: € 300-400 depending on the area. (Rent in Malta is not as high as mainland Europe it has increased especially since the Euro)
Malta as yet has not been hit so badly in the recession as other European countries, however, this coming summer (2010) a decrease in tourism is expected. It might seem to a foreigner looking for work in malta that there aren't many jobs around this is because employers still prefer to employ people who are recommended. Therefore when you arrive tell local people you meet what you are looking for and what you can do and you'll soon start getting some job offers.
Ministry for Tourism and Culture http://www.tourismandculture.gov.mt/
Superintendence for Cultural Heritage http://www.culturalheritage.gov.mt
Malta Council for Culture & the Arts http://www.maltaculture.com
Heritage Malta http://www.heritagemalta.org
St. James Cavalier - Centre for Creativity http://www.sjcav.org
Teatru Manoel http://www.teatrumanoel.com.mt
Media Programme http://www.media.org.mt
Malta Festivals http://www.maltafestivals.com
Fondazzjoni Patrimonju Malti http://www.patrimonju.org/
Fondazzjoni wirt artna http://www.wirtartna.org
Only in Malta http://www.onlyinmalta.com/index.html
Malta (Valletta) Review http://travel.ciao.co.uk/Valetta_Malta__Review_5507958
Suggested reads and books
the kapillan of malta nicholas monserrat This novel tells the story of a humble man (the priest- kapillan in maltese) who brought faith and hope and comfort to the Maltese people, and the story of the island during the Second World War.