• The dark side of voluntary work

    Maria Vella

    Many correlate voluntary work with the cliché romantic idea of going to Africa or Asia to help poor children for a month; maybe taking as many photos you can possibly take and post them all over the social media with the idea of bringing social awareness of another reality present ...

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  • Ir-Realtà tat-Tfal fid-Djar Residenzjali

    David Schembri

    Diversi nies jaħsbu li l-bżonn li xi tfal u żgħażagħ joħorgu minn ġol-familji tagħhom sabiex jgħixu f’xi post alternattiv hija xi ħaġa rari jew tal-passat. Oħrajn isibuha diffiċli biex jemmnu li ħafna drabi tkun ix-xewqa ta’ dawn it-tfal u ż-żgħażagħ stess li joħorġu mill-familji tagħhom. Ilni għal dawn l-aħħar ħmistax-il ...

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  • Surviving the Jungle

    agara

    The wait was over and off we were on board of an airplane, headed to Brussels. Picked up our rental car and off to France. The camps, well, I had mixed feelings. I admit, I had low expectations to what I will find in the refugee camps in Dunkirk and ...

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  • The Beauty of Being Human

    Martina-Anne Attard

    Each one of us has his or her own story that is worth telling. One’s life makes one’s story different from that of others, making it beautiful in various ways even if sometimes it’s quite difficult to bear. These difficulties, in fact, make the story of our life worth telling. ...

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  • Bogħod mill-qalb

    Benjamin Portelli

    Have you heard about the Swiss cart-rut photographer? Monika Trinkler has visited Malta twice a year since 1983. A lover of history, Ms Trinker sought, and failed to find, a guide to all the cart ruts in Malta, ultimately embarking on a project to map the cart ruts herself (ToM link). One particular quote struck ...

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  • The three Ps

    Jean Claude Attard

    Thierry Henry recently recalled how his former FC Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola had a system based around the “three Ps” – position, possession and play. Perhaps the beautiful game, with its ironies and obscenities, is somehow a reflection of the life we lead. Insights from football characters like the now ...

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  • Time to Grow

    Martina-Anne Attard

    Travelling is a mystery in itself; it is a reality that needs to be experienced in order for it to be understood. Whilst travelling, we are more connected with what is happening around us: with the people, with the country and with its lifestyle. As a result of meeting new individuals and coming across new situations ...

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  • A volunteer’s perspective

    Maria Vella

    Last summer I finally managed to make my dream come true: that of volunteering with the Missionaries of Charity, otherwise known as the Sisters of Mother Teresa, in Kolkata, India. I have always wanted to be a missionary and the fact that Mother Teresa is very close to my heart ...

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  • Save the jungle!

    agara

    Have you ever wondered what it feels like to be a refugee? I have done that a thousand times, and so far I still have not got a reply. However I can tell what it feels like to sit next to one, to feel welcome in their own camps, to ...

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  • Bogħod mill-għajn…

    Benjamin Portelli

    It was summer and I was in Malta between semesters abroad. During term-time, I still favoured live conversations over other means of contact, especially emails, which I found repetitive. So, MSN Messenger was my go-to channel until it went out of fashion. After that, I admit I was a tough ...

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