I arrived in Malta in mid-September when the weather was really hot, reaching up to 36 degrees Celsius – it took a while to get used to the heat and humidity. I started the exchange together with my classmate Mira and we did all of our placements together too.
We did our placements in Sir Anthony Mamo Oncology Centre, operating theaters in Mater Dei and Paola Health Centre. All of the placements were really interesting and I’ve definately learned a lot, although many things are done differently compared to Finland. For example people usually work 12 hour shifts and they have long breaks during the day – in one of our placements the nurses used to take naps during their break.
Life in Malta is different. People are laid-back and friendly – and loud. Sometimes you feel like you’re listening to a huge argument in Maltese but it turns out they’re just casually talking about the weather. If you ever get lost, people are more than willing to help, and it’s normal to strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere. The official languages are Maltese and English, so wherever you go in Malta most people speak very good English.
There’s a lot to do and see in Malta and we’ve been around a lot, these are some of the places we’ve seen:
PS. If you’re going to stay in Malta during the winter, make sure to take some warm clothes with you! It can still be warm and sunny outside but inside the house it’s really, really cold.