The CYE Summer Camp 2015 was held for the first time ever in Malta with the help of the Coeliac Association Malta. Our organisation team was made up of three coeliac youths: Martha Carabott, Daniel Grima and James Grima.
Joining us in Malta were 47 participants from 9 different countries: Austria, Greece, Italy, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and The Netherlands. We stayed in a hostel in Marsaxlokk, a traditional fishing village located in the south-eastern part of the island.
We started our first day with welcoming everyone to Malta in Marsaxlokk. After most of the participants had arrived, an ice breaking activity was held as well as a multicultural night.
During our week together several different activities were held for everyone to enjoy each other’s company, enjoy sightseeing Malta and have fun!
Team Building Activities
Popeye Village – Having fun at the village where the 1980 Popeye movie was filmed. Enjoying Anchor Bay, taking part in games such as tug of war, jenga and filming our own Popeye themed movie!
Visit to the Armed Forces of Malta – A surprise wakeup call with two soldiers waking up everyone military style in the early hours of the morning! We had four different challenges to complete at their Barracks. Abseiling, Stretcher challenge and two other activities which involved a lot of teamwork and communication.
Mdina – An evening to enjoy the Silent City of Malta, Mdina, through a treasure hunt at night.
Traditional Sport: Regatta – A morning at a traditional regatta club to learn about the traditional sport, competition with rowing machines and rowing a traditional Maltese regatta boat.
Gozo – Day in Gozo to visit the Ta’ Kola Windmill, Ġgantija Temples and the Dwejra Azure Window
Valletta – An afternoon in Valletta for a guided tour of Malta’s capital city
Comino boat trip – Day in Comino to enjoy the one of a kind Blue Lagoon as well as view of the Maltese islands
We had a small tour of the President’s Palace, San Anton Palace, and a wonderful opportunity to meet with Her Excellency the President of Malta, Marie Louise Coliero Preca who gave a short speech about the challenges coeliacs face on a daily basis.
In our week together we also organised a few parties to enjoy each other’s company in the best way possible. These parties included a beach party, a boat party as part of our boat trip to Comino and a glow in the dark party.
This Summer Camp has been an incredible experience for us as the organisers of the event. Seeing all the participants having a great time and constantly thanking us kept us going until the last minute of this event. We’d like to thank everyone who helped us and all the participants who without them this event would not have been a successful one. Finally, this whole experience has given us even more enthusiasm to help coeliacs in Malta and in Europe.
The CYE Summer Camp Malta team,
For more info and pictures, visit the Summer Camp Malta 2015 Facebook page!