MALTA: Therapeutic Care - Adults & Children

Malta

Adventure Overview:

  • 2 Months
  • 3 Months

This project captures all that is good about modern therapy and makes it even better! Focussing on the needs of a wide variety of clients, the staff work to bring joy, movement, achievement and a vital boost to self esteem in those they are working with. As an organization, they offer a range of services that focus on the individual’s needs and potential.

The staff are all highly trained and experienced, sharing knowledge across the various teams to ensure that the approach is truly multi-disciplinary. The state-of-the-art facilities compliment the programmes and services to ensure that people with disabilities have access to professional care, advice, training and therapy. Joining this team will provide you with a wealth of experience, opening your eyes to the amazing impact each therapy can have on any individual of all levels of ability.

You will have opportunity to assist in every area of the projects' work, learning new skills along the way. If you are staying longer term you will be given the opportunity to specify which therapy area you are most interested in, and give time to focus on developing your skills further in this field. This truly is an amazing opportunity in an amazing Island that could revolutionise your future!

This project is a fantastic facility providing an array of therapeutic, educational and leisure services to children and adults with physical and/or learning disabilities, completely free of charge! Their aim is to support individuals & carers by focusing on activities that increase independence and inclusion.

There is a dizzying array of activities  running within the centre, including:  

  • Multi Sensory Therapy
  • Animal Interaction Programmes
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Pottery
  • Horse Riding Therapy
  • Aqua therapy
  • Computer lab with assistive technology
  • Sports club for persons with physical Disabilities and more!

The Therapeutic Centre is built around five core tasks:

  1. Enabling people with a disability to enjoy a wide range of sensory experiences for therapy, learning, relaxation and fun
  2. Promoting and enhancing independence in the client’s own environment and in the community
  3. Providing psychological assessment and behavioural support within the programme, as well as at mainstream schools and in the family environment
  4. Providing physiotherapy assessment and devise customised therapies for each individual
  5. Developing creative skills

Therapy Centre overview.

Multi Sensory Therapy:

The Multi Sensory Theatres are specifically designed environments, which enable people with a disability to enjoy a very wide range of sensory experiences for therapy, learning, relaxation and fun. The concept is to create events which focus on particular senses such as touch, vision, sound, smell, taste and movement. These theaters offer a unique service, free of charge to clients having special needs, whether physical, intellectual, emotional or behavioural. By providing an environment to facilitate the development of cognitive and sensory skills in a structured and inter-active manner. It gives people control, possibly for the first time in their lives. It enables people with any degree of disability to change and influence their environments in a positive way. What is also important, is that clients carry out sessions in an environment free from the pressure to perform.

Horse Riding Therapy.Therapeutic riding can be beneficial to many people with special needs. The most obvious and often the most immediately recognizable benefit is physical, because riding is a very physical activity. The horse provides a dynamic base of support, making it an excellent tool for increasing trunk strength and control, balance, building overall postural strength and endurance, addressing weight bearing and motor planning. Equine movements offer well-modulated sensory input to vestibular, proprioceptive, tactile and visual channels.The effects of equine movement on postural control, sensory systems and motor planning can be used to facilitate coordination and timing, grading of responses, respiratory control, sensory integration skills and attention skills. Equine movement can be used to facilitate the neurophysiologic systems that support all of our functional daily living skills.

Creative Therapy: The Creative Arts and Psychotherapy Department seeks to bring about durable, positive change in the direction of physical, emotional and social well-being and to assist the child achieve his/her potential. The department of Creative Arts and Psychotherapy offers the following sessions:

  • Art (children & adults)
  • Pottery (children & adults)
  • Crafts (children & adults)
  • Percussion (beginners)
  • Percussion (advanced)

All the sessions are integrated, including clients,  siblings, friends and others interested in percussion and/or art.

Price covers: Accommodation, Food allowance, Airport collection/drop off, Training, 24/7 Support, Information packs & clothing. 

2 Months: €1805 / £1550 / $2325

3 Months: €2,500 / £1980 /$3220

Please note that if you are an Irish volunteer applying under the Erasmus+ EVS scheme you will not be asked to pay any fee. 

What is Included?

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • 24 / 7 Support
  • Training
  • Information Pack
  • Accommodation: During your time in Malta you would be staying in a shared apartment. At most you will share a room with one other person. The apartment is just a 10 minute walk from the centre and has great access to the rest of the island. It is a beautiful location and your host is very friendly and welcoming so you'll get a great insight to Maltese life. You will have a living area and kitchen available to use along with Wifi access. 
  • Food: You will receive a monthly allowance for your food to purchase locally and you can then use the apartment kitchen to cook in. 
  • Training: All volunteers setting out on an adventure with us receive pre-departure training to help you prepare for the experience ahead. This training covers all the areas you need to think about before you pack your bags. It gives you time to focus and prioritise, and provides you with the knowledge and information you need in order to have a safe, fulfilling and enjoyable adventure. On arrival at your project you will also receive orientation training which will help you to better understand the local culture and support you as you find your way around this new country. On your return we will also support you as you readapt to life back home. We encourage you to keep in contact with us and consider opportunities for you to stay connected to the work you have been part of with Agapé. In addition to all of this training you will also receive a comprehensive welcome pack full of useful information on your project, the country and the culture, as well as detailed safety and communication lists.
  • Support: Agapé Adventures respects that each person is unique, and thus has different needs, and we endeavour to meet those genuine needs as effectively as we can. All volunteers are supported by Agapé every step of the way. You will be allocated a line manager to assist you in the day to day aspects of your adventure and staff at Agapé’s main base who will be available 24/7 for any out of hours emergencies. All staff involved in supporting you, work together to provide coordinated, personal and professional support throughout your adventure. 
  • Airport Collection & Drop Off:  When you land into the airport we will make sure that someone is there to meet you and bring you to your project base. We will also provide assistance in returning you to the airport at the end of your time to help you take back all those gifts you've picked up along the way! 

What Isn't Included

  • Adventure Package
  • Stipend
  • Visa
  • Flights
  • Insurance

What will I do?:

As part of the team in this project you will support the staff in the various therapy sessions provided to clients of all ages and abilities.  You will be involved in assisting sessions such as therapeutic horse riding, human-animal interaction, sports & outdoor activities, arts and crafts, pottery and multi-sensory therapy. You may also, on occasions, have opportunity to get involved in various fundraising events helping to raise awareness of the fantastic work of the centre.

As well as the work with the clients, there is also the various animals within the project who need care and attention too, so if this is your passion then you will be encouraged to step in and muck out!  This includes the horses, and smaller furry animals of all shapes and sizes. Aspects of care here include feeding, grooming, exercise and general fuss and attention!

The Local Area

Malta is located in the centre of the Mediterranean Sea. Gozo has more greenery, and farming there is done on a larger scale.

Public buses reach large towns on Malta and Gozo, and regular ferry service connects the islands.

Beaches, coves, grottoes, and fishing villages lie close to roadways, but in some places, the islands fall abruptly into the sea over rocks and cliffs or look out to it across elaborate medieval fortifications.

A rainy season occurs in October through February, but the climate is mild year-round.

The Grand Harbou of Malta is dominated by Valletta, the national capital, whose construction was begun by the Knights of Saint John in 1566, a year after the defeat of the Great Siege by Ottoman Turkey. The capital of Gozo is Victoria.

In Malta you'll explore 7000 years of history yet live passionately in the present. You'll span the millennia with an astonishing array of things to discover. And wherever you go, the Islands' scenery and architecture provide a spectacular backdrop. The colours are striking, honey-coloured stone against the deepest of Mediterranean blues.

The Maltese Islands have been described as one big open-air museum. What makes them unique is that so much of their past is visible today. Delve into the Islands' mysterious prehistory, retrace the footsteps of St. Paul or see where the Knights of St. John defended Christendom.

Map of the Area

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