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My trip to Malta in search of charities and volunteering opportunities abroad
I went to Malta last week and the weather was a lot better than in the UK. I went to the capital, Valletta, and the nearby city of Sliema. Also then Popeye Village, Mellieha, Mdina, Mosta, Bugibba and the whole of Gozo. I found not one charity shop; there were many shops with sales on but they had high pricey items.
While staying in Mellieha in Malta there were many poor people. There was one young girl who had no coat or boots and was walking all the way up from the beach when it was dark and cold – there are no special services for children in Malta.
People of all ages go to Malta, but what few know is that Malta lacks resources and finance to help young people much. There are churches but they are only places for worship. In the UK, however, people use churches for various things, from bake sales to youth clubs, etc.
Malta has a vast history and many films have been shot there, but few donations have been made from the proceeds. There are no donation boxes in the shops, they keep the change themselves, so perhaps we should save our spare change.
Because there are no charities, if you look on the internet there isn’t much you can do in Malta volunteering wise and as I have seen most of it in a week I can confirm this. Africa is one of the main places known for volunteering abroad however it is often unsafe to stay there – it depends on where in Africa you stay.
I visited many locations and attractions in Malta but completely forgot about volunteering. I hope to volunteer at Radio XL and continue to write stories for Charityzine as I hope to become a professional Broadcast Assistant.
Malta is amazing and I would recommend that young people in the UK stop to think before opening charities in the UK and consider going to Europe and helping the children and poor people as there are many out there that need our help so let’s make a change and book a trip to Malta – it’s cheap. It would change your life and your perspective as someone who has never volunteered or wasn’t previously interested in charities – you will be once you leave this country, believe me!