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Freestyle

MALTA



A combination of supervised activities, stimulating English lessons and free time gives teenagers both the guidance and independence needed to make the most out of this beautiful island destination.

Freestyle

What's Included

  • 20 lessons per week (15 hours)
  • Course materials

  • End of Course Certificate

  • Half board (Optional full board supplement)

  • Return airport transfers

  • EC beach club membership

  • Max. 15 students per class

  • Supervised activity programme (per week):

    -3 half-day activities
    -3 evening activities
    -1 full-day activity*
    *excluding departure week

Dates available

  • 16 June - 26 August 2018

Ages

  • 17 - 20 years

Emergency Number

  • 24 hours: (+356) 9946 7078

Prices

  • Programme price per week= €650
  • Full board supplement per week= €95
  • Travel pass per week= €21
  • PADI Open Water= €420/course
  • PADI Advanced= €300/course
  • Activities Plus Programme= €90/week
  • Sicily= €140/trip

Lessons take place at EC Malta/STC Pembroke, while students stay in a hotel centrally located in Sliema.

Accommodation Address

Windsor Hotel,
Windsor Terrace, Sliema.

Park Hotel,
Graham St., Sliema.

 

Travel time from airport

Malta International Airport: approx. 40 minutes

Arrival day

Saturday/Sunday

Departure day

Saturday/Sunday

*Please note that 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

  • The best way for students to get to school is by public transport. Students can purchase a bus pass on their first day at school for €21 (7 days - unlimited travel).The journey is approximately a 20-minute bus ride from your Freestyle hotel to the classrooms at STC Higher Education, Block D, Giorgio Mitrovich Street, Pembroke.

  • A private EC bus service takes students to and from scheduled activities that are not held in venues within walking distance from the hotel.


Meals

Half board with breakfast and dinner
*Optional full board supplement (at extra charge)

Breakfast

Continental breakfast consisting of tea or coffee, orange juice, fresh bread, butter, jam, ham and cheese.

Dinner

Three-course buffet style meal with a choice of starters, main courses and desserts. One large bottle of water will be served per 4 students. Students can buy additional drinks from the restaurant.

Dietary Requirements

  • Halal - supplement applies
  • Celiac/Gluten intolerance - supplement applies
  • Lactose intolerance - supplement applies
  • Vegetarian - supplement does not apply
  • Vegan - supplement does not apply

For special dietary requirements, EC must be informed of this at the time of booking. Where supplement does not apply, no specific products for the type of dietary requirement will be purchased by the homestay, however the family will do their best to offer a varied diet to the student.

Temperatures in Malta during summer are quite high; therefore 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

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.

Transfer details

Please ensure that the airport arrival information is received by EC at least 7 days prior to arrival. If EC does not receive this information, transfers and room availability upon arrival cannot be guaranteed.

In the case of a late night arrival, an extra night fee will be charged. If a late check out is required, this may incur an additional charge.

Accommodation

Room Type

Triple room - students are placed in a triple room with other students of the same gender of a different nationality. Students may be asked to move room during their stay to ensure they are always sharing in a triple room.

Bathrooms

Ensuite bathroom

Board status
Half board breakfast and dinner. Full board is available at an extra charge. Meals may be served in alternative location.

Rooms include

  • Storage space
  • TV
  • Air-conditioning

Internet

Free WiFi service is available in the lobby/bar areas of the accommodation for students who bring their own laptops/WiFi devices. 

There is also free internet access at school.

What to expect from the accommodation

  • Small, open air swimming pool surrounded by a sun deck
  • Safe-deposit box (at a nominal extra charge)
  • 24-hour front desk

Note: A refundable damage deposit of €50 will be collected by the hotel and returned on departure day at check-out. Costs of any damages caused by the student will be deducted from this deposit.

Supervision

For added security and assistance, live-in EC supervisors will stay at the hotel.

Linen/towels

Bed linen and towels are provided; students should bring their own beach towels. Linen and towels are changed a minimum of once a week.

Laundry

Laundry facilities are available. If students want to make use of these facilities they need to speak to EC staff at their accommodation.The price for a 3kg bundle is approximately €12 (subject to change).


Learning centre

EC Pembroke (based at STC Training)
Block D
Giorgio Mitrovich Street
Pembroke (St Julian's)
PBK1014
Malta

EC Malta

'Language House'
Marguerite Mangion Street
St. Julians
STJ 3180
Malta


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.

First Day

Welcome PackStudents will receive a Welcome Pack at their hotel. This contains a virtual handbook, containing general information about Malta, a virtual map, EC emergency numbers, safety instructions, an timetable with activity programme, school rules.

First day - The programme (given with the handbook), clearly states the date and time that the student has to 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. A photo will be taken for student card.

Maximum Class Size

15

Attendance

All students must attend classes on a daily basis unless they are genuinely indisposed (due to illness, for example).

Educational materials

Course book and 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
  • Activities Plus Programme 3 additional evening activities and an additional full day activity per week.
  • Participation in one of the above packages may replace an activity from the standard programme.


Sample Programme

  Morning Afternoon Evening
S Arrivals
S Arrival  Orientation walk
M FREE Test/Lessons Welcome Party
T Mdina Walkaround & Dungeons LessonsFREE
W FREE Lessons Night Boat Party
T Valletta & Audio Visual Show Lessons Beach BBQ
F Laser Tag Lessons and Free Afternoon 
S FREE  Golden Bay
S Free day / Optional Sicily or Gozo (at extra charge) FREE
M FREE Lessons Themed Party
T Water Park Lesson & FREE
W Bowling Lessons Comino & BBQ
T FREE Lessons Badger Karting
F Surfside Beach Lessons FREE
S Departures

Please note: This is a sample programme and changes may occur.
Linked course Indicates linked activity which allows students to practise what they learnt in class that day.

  • Any lessons / activities missed will not be made up
  • Social leaders supervise students during activities, with a ratio of 1 leader per 25 students.

Welfare, Rules and Disciplinary Action

Curfew times

  • 17 - 20 years: Sunday to Thursday - 00:00
  • 17 - 20 years: Friday & Saturday - 01:00 hours

Alcohol consumption

The legal age for consumption of alcohol in Malta is 17. Any students drinking in excess and irresponsibly also risk being expelled from the programme.

Drugs

The consumption of any illegal drugs will result in the immediate expulsion and repatriation of the student at their own expense, and the possible intervention of the police.

Smoking

The legal age for smoking in Malta is 18 years. Smoking is NOT accepted at any time (at the residence, at school, nor during activities).

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 are not allowed to invite guests into the residence.
  • Students who are not residing in the accommodation are not allowed to stay in the hotel room/s or use the hotel facilities/ restaurants.
  • Girls are not allowed to stay in the boys rooms and vice versa.
  • Students are liable for any damages/breakages caused to school/ hotel property. Payment for damages must be effected immediately and the residence staff will not allow the students to leave the residence unless payment has been made.
  • The hotel may have specific regulations that will be communicated upon the student's arrival.

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

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.
 

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

All students under 18 must provide signed consent forms from their parents or legal guardians to participate in this programme.