My name is Pablo, I’m 26 and I come from Spain, from a little village in the frontier between Catalonia and Aragon. Since I was 18 years old my life has been related with the educational world. There, I had a job that I really loved, a group of friends, a family, a home… I think I could consider my job as a hobby. Contagious smiles of groups of children, surprise faces when they are learning new things, hugs, cries and complicity looks after 8 years learning altogether. 


Coming to Malta was one of the most difficult decisions I have ever made. After working for a long time with different groups of children, people and friends, which we had set up links giving us security, calmness and happiness. The simple things, the routine the people you love. The comfort zone. Have you ever felt this? Yes, of course…  

But, sometimes, some of us feel that this world is becoming small, that we need to jump and continue opening paths that we need to continue learning to grow up in a personal and professional way. In my case, I needed to move, to change, and I was just waiting for something to come up, some fresh wind to take the big step. I found it 2 months before I came to Malta with another volunteer experience in Paraguay, in a non-equality and poor context. There I realized that there was lots of things to see, lots of people to meet, lots of differences, lots of cultures and lessons to learn. There I understood that the world that we live in is not the same for everyone and so I wanted to experience different ways of life to comprehend what we have around us and in this way be empathic, respectful and openminded. 

So with that, I took my bag and I filled it with some essential books, some music, pictures and I opened my arms to new people, new experiences and a new change! 

SAM_1157And what better place than Inspire? I always had a doubt in my mind If was going to be able to work with people and children with disabilities and in which way I was going to manage these emotions around them. Now, after 5 months, I’m here, with the certainty that coming here was one of the best decisions I have ever taken. Every day is different, and there’s always something new that surprises me, that opens my eyes and make’s me smile and mature more. 

Inspire has given us the opportunity to work with children and adults with autism. We work with therapeutic horse riding, art and many more programs. They have given to me a different view of our reality. People with extreme sensibility, with a world different to ours. For me, superkids! How many times I asked to myself what can they see, listen or feel. Working with them I could feel their frustration, panic, incomprehension, the difficulties to manage their emotions or communicate with some of them. But also, their abilities, skills, I have discovered with what things they feel comfortable, what they like or dislike, I learnt to interpret when they are happy and in which way they can communicate this when it is difficult for them. To work with children with disabilities requires to one be empathetic, patient and comprehensible…  

In another way, work in Inspire is like working with a family. All the volunteers and workers make me feel as I found a second family here. We share experiences, discussions, and a lot of moments that make Malta one of the best experiences of my life and, for sure, I could transmit in the future to my own students.  


Pablo Saurina Angas


A letter from Nicola

Hello everyone,

My name is Nicola and I’m from Germany. I was born and raised in a small town near Mönchennicolablog2gladbach, in the west of Germany and as we never moved to another place, that is where I spent the last 18 years of my life. When I graduated from High school, I could not even think about staying in Germany to start studying – not with the whole world in front of my doorstep, waiting for me to be discovered. To me, it was always obvious that I won’t find myself or my place in this world while still in my small town borders, still in my comfort zone. So I thought about all the opportunities I had, going abroad. I wanted to try something I have never done before, in a place where I’ve never been before. But most importantly, I wanted to do something useful, I wanted to work in a place where I can improve other people’s lives and help them with whatever help they needed: All in all, I wanted to do something that matters to me, and to others. I applied at the German Red Cross organization which offered to send young volunteers to different European countries and projects. When I first read about Malta, I probably couldn’t have showed you where Malta is situated on the European map but everything about Inspire sounded interesting and exciting: The idea of inclusion, the wide range of different kinds of therapy (like for example horse therapy etc.) and the international features- so I applied.

On 30st August 2017, I sat in the plane on my way to Malta, together with my two German friends, flat mates and co-volunteers Hannah and Catherina. I could not wait to arrive, to see the island, meet all the new people and start my volunteer work. Today I can’t believe it`s been two months, as it feels like I’ve been living here for much longer. Inspire –and Malta- have given me the opportunity to see a lot of things from a different point of view and be open minded to new mentalities, lifestyles and ideas that have never occurred to me before. It would be a lie to say that I came here without any doubt or fear- but it is now that I realize how important it really was to make the decision and leave behind a life that was so familiar to me.

Inspire foundation turned out to be a welcoming and warm place where all different nationalities, mentalities and personalities come together and work hand in hand. My work as a volunteer is therefore quite diversified and I usually never get stuck in a daily routine. As there is always quite a traffic of volunteers at Inspire- volunteers come and go now and then- it’s not unusual to see new faces here and there and make contact to lots of different people from all over the world. Today I realized how integrated I already feel, compared to my first weeks here: Even if it’s just a friendly greeting from a staff member who remembers your name, enjoying a walk through the streets of Marsascala or starting to be familiar with the bus routes – sometimes it’s the little things that make me feel like I belong here.

As I have never worked with autistic children or people with disabilities before, my first weeks at Inspire were quite challenging for me. With the help of the supervisors and therapists, I learned how to deal and communicate with some of the kids, even if it was just by observing the behavior of other volunteers or tutors. I would still consider myself quite a beginner in this area, although it is now easier for me to put myself in the position of the client, to relate to their feelings and needs. After a little while, I got truly fascinated by the concept of autism and it is still interesting for me to follow the children’s progress in different areas, to find out more about the factors that make them either improve or worsen. Many therapists and supervisors are open for questions regarding the client and his/her behavior. Now, that the winter program has started, I am also needed in other areas to help with the admin work or prepare SOP sessions. Especially here, staff members always let you know how grateful they are for you being there and taking away a little bit of the stress and workload they cope with day by day. So even if there are days where my work at Inspire is far from world-shaking, I remind myself of the fact that even small things can have a big impact on how people feel and behave.

Apart from my work at Inspire, I have already seen a lot of Malta and experienced lots of small culture shocks. It seems to me that the German lifestyle is a lot about things that have to be done, things that need to function and systems that need to hold things at their place.  I have experienced Malta as an island of many different facets: sunny and warm (also apart from the weather), loud and chaotic, international and open minded and at the same time quite traditional and religious, frolic and even carefree. I would have never thought that your environment would have such a big impact on the way you feel about yourself, but I actually do feel very different here, as this place makes me feel like everything is possible and I can become whoever I want to be. After all, I know that this is just the beginning of my adventure here in Malta and at Inspire and I am grateful for the opportunity to gain much more experience and learn a little bit more about myself in the next ten months.

Nicola Grande

My first six-months in Inspire

I arrived 4/07. To summarize this summer, the heat and the sun. I remember the first day as if it was yesterday. Luis welcomed me greatly. I understood that Inspire is a family, we had a drink for the departure of Allison.

First work weeks were very difficult essentially because of the heat. For this reason I very fast returned to France in search of freshness.

My return was complicated: problems with planes then the departure of my flatmate and friend Luis.


I adapted myself to the Maltese life in a few months and I love working at Inspire the week even the weekend and party with the other volunteers the rest of the time. We share a lot: passion of the soccer, cooking, drinking, the music, the concert, the festival …

I am very happy because I had no problems with English and I was very to meet friends and even Maltese friends.

I am also very satisfied with my work to Inspire because I am very multi-purpose: my work is very diversified. I did not want entered in a routine.

I like visiting Malta, it is a small island with paradisiac landscapes  as Comino. I visited this island with my family and they were delighted.

Blue Lagon Comino
Blue Lagoon

I love working in Bulebel with the adults. There is an exceptional working atmosphere with people very invested. I shall want to thank Marcelle, Donatella, both Lindsey, Nadège, Lara, Michel.

I also liked giving swimming lessons with Silvio and Luke. I like playing in the playroom with the children. I love working in the charity shop with Nelly and Rita

What I preferred it is the outings with the adults in Gozo, the barbecue in Marc’s house, the restaurant in St Julian and I ask for making the outing in Italy with them. Bravo Lindsey Cassar for the organization.

Ramla Bay Gozo
Ramla bay Gozo

To finish I shall like thanking Danjela and Ina: we work in good capacities.

Thank you and safe road to Maria MSR BOOS for everything.

Thanks to all the volunteers without whom Inspire would be very sad.

On a more personal plan, thanks to Marine Marcilhacy, Justine Cuerva and Pierre Perra who guided me towards this project.

Allez l’Olympique Lyonnais


Guillaume Heyraud

Malta, Inspire and Me


My name is Catherina, I am from Germany and a “German Red Cross” volunteer here at Inspire. A big thank you to the “German Red Cross” and of course to Inspire for this great opportunity!

My experience here on Malta started exactly 4 months ago and I enjoyed every moment here. In Germany I just finished High School and knew that I wanted to do a voluntary service. The thought of a work which combines children and animals or in general people and animals seemed to me impossible to find as a voluntary service… Until I found Inspire. I was so happy that there was a chance I can do this work for a whole year in country that seemed already beautiful from the internet. This four months showed me that I did everything right by applying for this voluntary service at Inspire. Working here taught me a lot about children with autism, how it varies from child to child, how to take care of them and a lot more which is probably to long to explain now. As an example, children with autism understand a lot by seeing things this is why we show them visuals to tell them what we are going to do next or what they are supposed to do. Moreover, I learned a lot about horseback riding therapy in particular about horses themselves. The only experience I had with horses was when I was a child and rode for two or three times. I still do respect them a lot but are much more comfortable with them and know how to lead and also handle them when they are a little stubborn. There are a lot more working stations at Inspire which I also enjoy but I don’t want to tell everything in advance come here and explore it for yourself it is definitely worth it.


We, all the Inspire volunteers, became a little family and I love to spend time with them. We have fun, exchange our cultures, lifestyles and opinions. On Malta there are also three other “German Red Cross” volunteers we (the two-other cool German girls with whom I live in a flat) know from the training back in Germany. We are also really good friends by now and explore Malta and its beautiful places & events together.

Before I arrived on Malta I read that the population here is less than in Frankfurt, my hometown and I was wondering how life would look like here. But to be honest you don’t really notice the difference. Of course, the villages are smaller but they have their southern flair which I really like. The mixture of Mediterranean and Arabic makes this island so special but it makes Maltese so complicated to learn. But at least I know a few words and sentences now. Hope in the next 8 months I learn a little bit more and have a wide range of new and wonderful experiences.



My Name is Jordi Puig, I’m from Spain and I arrived in Malta three months ago to be volunteer for one year in Inspire.

I remember this May and June when I was all day thinking about looking for a new experience in my life. At first, I was looking for going to another country to find a job or doing a course to try to improve my English, but a friend of mine who was volunteer in Inspire recommended me this experience. I got in touch with Danjela in June and finally I decided to start here in September.


I arrived here on 12th September and I can’t forget my first hours in Malta. I was very nervous (with whom I’m going to work? how will the work be? how will the other volunteers be?…

(These were my concerns), but then you start to know Inspire, your new colleagues, the Inspire workers… and you are more calm. All of them, Danjela, Ina… help you if you need something.


My first days I noted I had to improve my English because the level of inspire workers and my colleagues who were here more time than me was better than my level, but step by step I’ve noted I’ve improved my English in two months, above all thanks to the people who are with you every day.

My flat is very nice and I live with a French girl. We are very well together and we help each other when we need something. This flat is near Inspire (five minutes walking), near the beach (five minutes walking) and we have different supermarkets near.

On the other hand, one of the things that has surprised me most has been the multiculturalism, and I would like to highlight it about this volunteering because I think is important to be in contact with people from different countries to be better person and to understand better how works the world.


Finally, after three months, I can say “Malta is my house”. Come to Inspire have been a big change in my life, because I had never worked with children and I had never lived out of Spain, but I can say I’m happy to be here and I hope to be here till next September. I recommend this experience to anyone who want to improve her or his English, open the mind and meet wonderful people.

Jordi Puig

A change in my life

Hi, my name is Rozália and I come from Slovakia, Šamorín. It’s a small country in the middle of Europe. I came to Malta trough my Slovakian sending organization, INEX. The time pass so fast, I’m here already 4 months on this beautiful island. If somebody told me one year ago I’ll live on Malta, I don’t believe that.


I’m 30 years old, so the decision and opportunity came in the last minute. In May I decided to make a change in my life. I finished my work at beauty industry and after came this offer to come to work for Inspire in Marsascala. Before I never heard about them and I never been to Malta. But I find out is something what I like to do and the place is where I like to live, and its good opportunity to learn something new and get experiences in this kind of social work and improve my English.

Since every day I work in different area and people, it’s good because I don’t get used to. I work in big international team of young people, most of them are from France, Spain, Ireland or Belgium. What is also important for me I have enough free time to do my hobbies, sport and travel around Malta. I have already visited the most of places in Malta, but I can say Marsascala is one of the best places, beautiful sea side, beaches, harbor, kind people and everything is so close. It’s reminds my hometown.


MELA, Inspire me

Marsaskala, 1st November 2017
I still remember my first day In Malta. It was the 23rd of July 2017, I arrived a little bit confused at the airport because of the weather and the Maltese Language which is like a mix of arabic and italian. The most striking thing upon my arrival were the fireworks; Boom, Perhaps to say to me WELCOME …Finally I understood It was for a festival to celebrate a Saint. The thing that you have to know about this Island is that Maltese people really appreciate to keep their culture alive especially related with the christianism celebrations. During the summer it was like the 14th july in France our National Day but here in Malta there was numerous festivals throughout the season.
Mela(Maltese word means Ok and more…)At luqua airport a taxi driver was waiting for me holding a sign with my name. At this moment I was thinking, I had to give up my french and start to speak in english… It was a disaster but step by step in the car I felt more confortable. I was reminded of my english teachers and I successfullly held a discussion with the taxi driver …Thanks to them.

I arrived to my flat and I met one of my flatemates . He gave me a tour of the apartment and he took me to a pub called Zion to introduce me to the other volunteers and interships . I felt in my place immediately even though I had some difficulties in understanding. Most of the Inspire team are really respectful and patient…I really appreciate the fact people try to explain things slowly according your english level. Everyone has to speak english even if they could speak in their own Language.
One of the best things in the EVS experience is the mix of the cultures . There are a lot of people from all over Europe and the world … You have to be aware and to be listening to learn from the others and sometimes to teach … Amazing opportunity to become more openminded and be in tune with humanity. Being a volunteer provides you with the feeling that you´re more useful for society. Let me explain you my first day to Inspire

After a short night I was ready to work . I had an induction to know what my tasks in the Foundation will be. First of all Inspire is a therapy and leisure centre. Most of the time we have to take care of autistic children and adults with disabilities . Being volonteer for Inspire means we have be to involved with all the rest, that it is to say cleaning the saddle club, helping in the Charity Shop…
The work in Inspire is really admirable because of the staff and the other volunteers. Even if it´s sometimes difficult there is always a good atmosphere.
Few weeks later I improved my english and it was more easier to share with the Team. Few months later the team is already becomes your second family . An Evs in Malta is really attractive, everything is done with intensity so no one is ready to go back. Everyday is enjoyable, take it easy and Inspire me.

Myriam, France

Marsaskala – The experience

It’s been a while since I arrived here, to be exactly 2 months, which have been completely different of what I used to, being in a country that mixes schedules and traffic rules from England with the Arabic language and Italian culinary habits. Being that my first impression it was sure, this experience was going to be interesting.
My main purposes for coming here were going abroad to do something useful, related with my studies and learning English, which after my “Inspire” experience I can say, these three have been fulfilled. First of all, no one may feel he/she is doing more worthy rather the ones who are helping other people, moreover when those who are getting your help are disabled, in many different ways.
Second of all, as a physical activity professional, these 2 months working with children have been a good training in order, getting experience in the matter of handle, face and making the most of the time with them. A performing which was always focused in the future, cause perhaps, one day I will have got to work with other kids, either disabled or not though children anyway. It has been also unexpected such niceness, which you only can be delighted with, in a one to one session, as you are always working in Inspire, when you truly interact with them and realize how is the kid, his/her thoughts and feelings.
Third of all, I have been told that you will never be perfect in English here, It’s true and false at the same time, because English is the second language here, much better than other countries, but if you are pretending to get a C2 level or similar just because either you are working here or living here you will not achieve it, at least you have to be in constant contact with the wide range of native speaker who are living here, and work hard, trying to learn as much English as you can by your own, otherwise it will take much more time for you.
Regarding, I have to point and remember, all the surroundings of Inspire, the horse care, all the staff who are always willing to help you in any way, either you have a problem at work, home or even if you don’t know how to plan the next trip, which you usually do with the others volunteers. Special mention for them, you will have the opportunity to meet such nice people with no bad intention, all of them reliable persons, worthy to know them deeper because when you are alongside good people, they make you better person as they did with me. You just need to come here with an open mind and empty of prejudice.
Finally, I’m grateful to Inspire for giving me this opportunity, which has made me better person and more experienced. Thank you.



Multicultural come-together

My name is Elizabeth, I`m 24 years old and I am an Austrian citizen.


I chose to come to Malta/Marsaskala to work as a volunteer and to experience the work with children. Since the beginning of May I am taking care of children, horses and rabbits. The children’s age is a big range between 3 and 13 years. The best parts of the work are the playing, singing, swimming and having lunch with our sweet kiddies. Some of them have autism , so we use visuals to show them the upcoming activities. Every day can be different, because every child has their special behaviour and needs, it never gets boring. At the afternoons I spend my time mostly at the multisensory rooms. That means I am playing/talking one to one with a child in the three different rooms for 1 hour per kid. The first room is the colourful softroom that includes swings, balls, bean bags, a trampoline and much more. The dark room has a lot of light effects and a funny piano to jump on and make sounds. The last room is the quite room, complitely white, with a lot of pillows, wáter bed and for example a relaxing large swing.

Another parts of working at Inspire are the Charity Shops in the beautiful capital Valletta and Marsaskala of course. There it is easy to chat with maltese people and get an impression of working as a salesperson.

In Marsaskala we are also taking care of the horses and rabbits, like feeding and brushing them. Same as at the beginnig I have a lot of respect of horses, never worked with or rode a horse before, but we are a group that works perfectly together and that makes it much more easier.

My flat is just a 7 minutes walk away from the main working área and I live with 2 other girls together. All the other volunteers are living near in Marsaskala. We are a big group, it is really easy to get to know eachother well, because in our freetime we explore this little lovely Island together. After 4 month I still haven’t seen everyhting. Enough activities to do, specially in the summertime, like swimming, snorkeling, diving, rockclimbing, visiting the historical places like the old capital Mdina and so on. For the series fans of Game of Thrones you can find some filming spots on this nice Island. The more touristical little neighbour Islands Gozo and Comino are also worth visiting. Lots of festivals are offered in the summertime, that you can easily reach by bus. In 2018 Valletta will be the european capital of culture, so much more events are going to be offered.

At the beginning of my European Volunteer Service, I visited the On-Arrival Training at the little fisher village Marsaxlokk near Marsaskala. We had 4 days to meet other young volunteers from different organisations to talk about our experience here on Malta. I enjoyed these days pretty much, because it was again a multiculutal exchange between people from all over europe and we got to know the background of other young adults who are moving to Malta for a new chapter in their life. Some of those I met again.

For now I can call Malta my home. I got used to their habits and their interesting way of speaking English with a strong sort of arabic accent. I love the sea, the local fruits and vegetables, the Sunday fishmarket in Marsaxlokk, our great reggae bar in front of the beach and the hot summer weather.

Definitely a great opportunity for young aduts to live there own life in a foreign country in Europe and get an impression of how a social organisation/foundation works.