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Classic Island Homestay

MALTA



Live in a comfortable, local home and experience a new culture with your homestay. Enjoy a warm environment and home-cooked meals.

Classic Island Homestay

What's Included

  • 20 lessons per week (15 hours)

  • End of Course Certificate

  • Return airport transfers

  • Full board

  • Transport to school and activities (by EC bus)

  • Max. 15 students per class

  •  Supervised activity programme (per week):

    • 5 half-day activities
    • 5 evening activities
    • 1 full-day activity*

    *excluding departure week

Dates available

  • 22 Jun - 01 Sep 2019

Ages

  • 13 - 17 years

Emergency Number

  • 24 hours: (+356) 9946 7078
    Transport Emergency: (+356) 9924 8774


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Homestay locations include (but are not limited to): St Julian’s, Sliema, Swieqi, San Gwann, St Andrew’s, Ta’ Xbiex, Gzira, Msida, Pembroke, Bahar ic-Caghaq, Mosta, Naxxar, Balzan, Birkirkara, Bugibba, Qawra, St. Paul’s Bay and Xemxija.

Travel time from airport

Malta International Airport: Approx. 40 min

Arrival day

Saturday/Sunday

Departure day

Saturday/Sunday

*Please note, packages include accommodation for 7 nights per week, thus arrival on a Saturday and departure on a Sunday will incur an extra night's fee.

Getting to school & activities

  • Students are transported to school and activities on a private EC bus.

  • The average journey time to school is 30 minutes.


Meals

Special dietary requirements may be accommodated subject to availability and a weekly fee.

Breakfast

Tea/coffee, toast, jam and cereal.

Lunch

Packed lunch will be provided on the first week of the programme.

From the second week onwardslunch is served at St. Martin's College from Monday to Friday. Different food stalls will be set up so that students will have a choice of dishes, and each day students can choose to eat from whichever stall they prefer. The options may include fresh salads, pizza, pasta, soup and more. Vegetarian, gluten free and dairy free options will be available every day. Saturday & Sunday packed lunches will be provided.

Dinner

A hot meal, for example: pasta/chicken/beef/pork/pizza/hamburgers, mineral water and dessert/fruit.

Dietary Requirements

Special dietary requirements may be accommodated subject to availability and a weekly fee. 

  • Halal - supplement does not apply
  • Celiac/Gluten intolerance - will be provided at a supplement of €45 per week
  • Lactose intolerance - will be provided at a supplement of €45 per week
  • Vegetarian - supplement does not apply
For special dietary requirements, EC must be informed of this at the time of booking.

Water
Temperatures in Malta during summer are quite high; therefore and students, need to drink plenty of water. Whilst water is provided during meals, students will be expected to buy bottled water at other times during activities and school. It is important to take this into account when evaluating the amount of pocket money needed.

Medical

Optional Student Insurance is now being offered in all destinations.

EC must be advised upon booking of any medical conditions, allergies or medication that needs to be administered to students.

Students must have adequate health, accident and travel insurance while attending any of our programmes. The insurance must be acquired prior to their arrival.

European students travelling with a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) are entitled to free public healthcare. Non EU nationals will be charged for public health care. The hospital will ask then to leave a deposit of €100 upon admittance (subject to change); with any additional amounts due to be paid prior to departure.

Students requesting private medical treatment must be prepared to pay approximately €25 to see a doctor; this must be paid at the time of their visit. The doctor's certificate and the payment receipt will be given to the student, who must keep the documents and ensure that they are kept safe.

Accommodation

Room Type

Students are placed in a twin/triple room with other students of the same gender, if posible of a different nationality.

Bathrooms

Shared bathroom

Board status
Full board

Rooms include

  • desk/table where students can do their homework (if not in the room, a place for studying will be provided in a common area)
  • storage space

Internet

Free wifi is available at school.

What to expect from the accommodation

  • Students will have access to living areas during acceptable hours.
  • International leaders are accommodated in twin rooms. If international leaders book a single room, a single room supplement will be charged at the time of booking and reserved based on availability.
  • Valid reasons must accompany a request for change of accommodation and each request is considered on its own merits. Such changes are also subject to availability. Students must pay for any transport costs, additional accommodation charges and cancellation fees (where applicable). These additional charges must be paid in full prior to the move. EC is happy to assist students with arrangements for any justifiable accommodation changes.

Linen/towels

Bed linen and towels are provided by the family. Students must bring their own beach towel. Linen and towels will be cleaned once a week.

Laundry

The family will do one load of laundry per week.


Learning centre

EC Malta/St Martin's College/STC

All schools provide a safe and comfortable environment which is highly conducive to English language learning. Each school has a dedicated academic co-ordinator, and all schools are fully air-conditioned with Free Wifi.

Course: General English
20 lessons per week (a total of 15 hours)
1 lesson = 45 minutes

  • The course will help improve English language skills by focusing on the key areas: reading, writing, speaking and listening. A strong focus is placed on speech and using the language confidently and fluently.
  • Our dedicated and professional teaching staff provide feedback and support and help students build confidence to speak English.
  • Lessons will possibly follow a Weekly Double Banking or morning only timetable.

 

First Day

The first day of school is very important. Students are picked up from their bus stop at the time indicated on their programme.  The programme clearly states the date and time that the student must be at school for the placement test – this may vary according to the number of students starting their course on that day. The test time is earlier than the starting time of lessons on any other school day. Students must be PUNCTUAL to ensure that the allocation process of students to classrooms/levels runs smoothly. All students are entitled to use the EC school bus service.

Students take a placement test on the first day. This assesses students in listening, reading, writing and use of English, allowing academic staff to place students in the relevant group for their ability.

Maximum Class Size

15 students per class

Attendance

Attendance to class is compulsory unless there is a justified reason for absence. In case of a student falling ill, an EC staff member will provide assistance.

Educational materials

Educational materials are provided. Students should bring their own notepaper and pens.

Extra Activity

  • Diving 4 half-day lessons of PADI Open Water for beginners and PADI Advanced for experienced divers
  • Sicily Trip Full day trip with a guided tour, including a visit to Mount Etna, the largest and most active volcano in Europe


Please view the programme for each week here

Sample Programme

  Morning Afternoon Evening
S Arrivals
S   Optional Activities & Welcome Talk
M Themed Lessons Bowling Foam Party
T Themed Lessons CominoDinner at Homestay/ Free
W Themed Lessons Sandy Beach International Night Party
T Themed Lessons Valletta & Malta 5D Optional Activity Boat Party
F Themed Lessons Themed Pool Party
S Free Morning Visit of Bugibba, Beach & Lunch Saturday Night Party
S Optional Activities Welcome Talk
M Themed Lessons Mdina & Badger Karting Neon Party
T Themed Lessons Harbour Cruise & Optional Sports
W Themed Lessons Water Park International Night Party
T Themed Lessons Sandy Beach Optional Activity: Grand Prix
F Themed Lessons Visit to Wield Iz-Zurrieq Beach BBQ
S Departures

Please note: This is a sample programme and changes may occur.
*Homestay students may spend their free evening with their hosts.

Linked course Indicates linked activity which allows students to practise what they learnt in class that day.

PREMIUM PROGRAMMES:
NEW PLUS PROGRAMMES 
Creative Minds Through Science, Coding and Robotics 
01 Jul, 08 Jul, 15 Jul, 16 Jul and 22 Jul

EC's unique set of Premium Programmes are designed to help you build your language skills while increasing and enhancing your capabilities in other areas. These programmes allow you to enjoy an even more personalised experience while setting you on a path to academic and professional success. To view the relevant programme calendar, please click the corresponding link below:

Creative Minds Through Science, Coding and Robotics

 

  • Any lessons / activities missed will not be made up.
  • Lessons will alternate between morning and afternoon.

Welfare, Rules and Disciplinary Action

Curfew times

  • On free evenings only : 11pm
  • On evening with EC activity : Student must join the activity and curfew is on return from the activity.

Alcohol consumption

The consumption of alcohol by Young Learners is prohibited. Students who consume alcohol risk being expelled from EC and repatriated to their home country at their own expense.

Drugs

The consumption and/or possession of any illegal drugs will result in the immediate expulsion and repatriation of the student at their own expense. The intervention of the police may also be necessary in such an event.

Smoking

The legal age for smoking in Malta is 18 years. Smoking is NOT allowed at any time.

Pocket money: Suggested spending money/Cost of living

EC does not provide a pocket money service for students. Parents should ensure their children have sufficient pocket money for the duration of their stay. Should students require pocket money during their stay, parents are asked to transfer funds through an international transfer service which is available at 10€ charge.

Customer Complaints

At EC, we endeavour to provide our students with the highest possible level of service. If, however, a student is unsatisfied with any aspect of their programme with EC, we ask that they inform us immediately. Most problems are small and can be quickly resolved by our staff members. During the first week of school, all students are given an arrival survey. The survey allows students the opportunity to bring to our attention anything that is not to their satisfaction should they feel unable to speak to us directly. Solutions to any issues will be provided and all necessary parties will be notified when applicable. Students are also requested to complete a relationship survey at the end of their stay so that they have the opportunity to provide EC with general feedback before returning to their home country.

Accommodation Rules

  • Students must keep their room neat and tidy.
  • Students must not be noisy or disturb other members of the household.
  • Curfew times must be respected by all students.
  • The homestay provider must be told well in advance if students are not going to be there for dinner or if they have an activity which conflicts with their dinner.
  • Students who are not residing at the homestay are not allowed to stay overnight. Students must ask the homestay provider for permission to have a friend visit them at the family home.
  • Students are liable for any damages/breakages caused whilst staying at the homestay. The School will advise of any payments due No money should be given directly to the homestay provider.
  • The homestay provider may have specific house rules that will be communicated on arrival and must be abided by.

Expulsion

EC reserves the right to expel and repatriate a student at his/her own expense for any reasons including but not limited to the circumstances listed below:

  • Possession and/or use of any illegal drugs
  • Consumption of alcohol
  • Malicious damage to school property and/or place of accommodation
  • Being a danger to his/her own safety or that of other students
  • Breaking Maltese law
  • Repeated failure to attend academic lessons and/or activities
  • Disrespect to EC Staff members
  • Smoking

In any of the above circumstances, the student will be informed that their stay will be terminated with immediate effect. Simultaneously, EC will inform the student’s agent about the student’s behaviour and the course of action to be taken. The earliest flight available will be booked and an EC staff member will accompany the student to the airport to ensure that the student leaves the country safely. Following such action, EC will terminate all relationships with the student and will be unable to take further responsibility for the student. No refunds will be given to any student who has been expelled.

Course Certificate
Students must attend all lessons and organised activities in order to receive their End of Course Certificate.

Money Transfer Arrangement
EC does not provide a pocket money service for students. Parents should ensure their children have sufficient pocket money for the duration of their stay. Should students require pocket money during their stay, parents are asked to transfer funds through an international transfer service which is available at 10€ charge.

Discipline

In order to manage student behaviour, EC staff may issue a formal warning, notify parents, ban students from an activity/lesson or withhold the End of Course Certificate.

Note
EC may, from time to time, make an exception and allow students outside the stated age range to participate in one or more of the Young Learner programmes. For more information, please speak with your EC contact.