This is your LAST CHANCE to travel in the EU for free and here’s how to apply

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This is your LAST CHANCE to travel in the EU for free and here's how to apply

In the year 2022, travelling is as precious as ever and when you’re an 18-year-old who has yet to discover the wonders of Europe – DiscoverEU is as big a blessing as you can get.

In celebration of the European Year of Youth 2022, the Erasmus+ programme is presenting young adventurers the opportunity to travel across a number of Erasmus+ programme countries.

The first application round of 2022 lasts until 21st April at noon and welcomes those born between 1 July 2003 and 30 June 2004 to travel in Europe for up to 30 days during the travel period 1 July 2022 and 30 June 2023. Those turning 18 in the second half of the year will be able to apply in the October round.

Successful applicants will receive a DiscoverEU travel pass, which encourages youths to travel (predominantly by rail) and discover Europe’s stunning landscapes and its variety of cities and towns. They will also receive a DiscoverEU discount card with over 40,000 discount possibilities on public transport, culture, accommodation, food, sports and other services.

Vice-President for Promoting our European Way of Life, Margaritis Schinas, said: “DiscoverEU gives more opportunities to travel to young people than ever before. With the European Year of Youth, we celebrate youth. We owe this to an entire generation that could not travel for the last two years. Good luck to all!”

To apply, eligible candidates need to complete a multiple-choice quiz on general knowledge about the European Union and other EU initiatives targeting young people. An additional question invites applicants to make an estimate of how many people apply in this round who are born on a Tuesday. The closer the estimate is to the correct answer, the more points the applicant gets.

Since 2018, more than 860,000 candidates applied for 130,000 travel passes available: according to the past travel survey, 66% of candidates declared that they travelled for the first time by train out of their country of residence.

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Offices to apartments: 10 Ukrainian refugee families in Malta move in

 - International - Apr 18 SHARE ON:
Offices to apartments: 10 Ukrainian refugee families in Malta move in

Ten Ukrainian refugee families who fled their war-torn country last month have just settled into apartments which were once offices. 

The initiative, called the ‘Ukrainian Families Adoption’, unveiled its details during a press conference on Sunday which was held by the non-profit Kenup Foundation, EDU and the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST)

The initiative was launched just a few days after the invasion of Ukraine by neighbouring Russia began. All employees at the foundation were asked to start working from home.

In the meantime, desks and chairs were replaced with beds and other home furnishings ahead of the families’ arrival. 

The MCST and the foundation explained how this was a home away from home for their guests, and they would be allowed to stay for as long as necessary. They will not be charged for accommodation or other services being provided. 

Jeffrey Pullicino Orlando, who is the executive chair of Esplora and Kenup director, said that it is truly heart-warming to see the guests happily settled into their home in Malta. 


Photo Source: Malta Council for Science and Technology


Young Emma Montebello wins two prestigious tennis awards in Cyprus

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Young Emma Montebello wins two prestigious tennis awards in Cyprus

Young and local tennis player Emma Montebello has landed two honours in Cyprus after she won both the singles and the double in the Tennis Europe Under 14s in Nicosia.

The upcoming star won 6-3 and 6-1 against the Cypriot player Eva Panova, having had to win against tennis players from Cyprus, Belgium, Belarus and Greece to arrive at the finale.

As for her doubles tournament, Montebello played alongside Cypriot player Nina Andronicou, going on to win against another Cypriot couple Andrea Georgiou and Veronika Knyazeva. 

Montebello has been training with the Asciak Tennis Academy under the tutelage of coaches Ernesto Pantua and Matthew Asciak. 

The academy took to social media to state how this was Emma’s very first Tennis Europe Title after almost making it to the top a month ago in Rotterdam. The young star will now focus on the Under 16 Tournament in Larnaca this week. 



MCAST student council donates over 200 Easter gifts to kids in hospital

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MCAST student council donates over 200 Easter gifts to kids in hospital

After returning for its second run following the success of last year’s Egg-Citing Easter campaign by the MCAST Student Council, over 200 gifts were given to sick children for Easter.

Last year, more than €800 was raised by KSM, and this time, they went on to break another record by handing out over 200 gifts to Mater Dei’s paediatric ward as well as children staying at Angela Home, managed by the Ursuline Sisters.

Posting to social media, KSM, stated that they have once again proven ‘what happens when youngsters unite together.’

‘Undoubtedly many others will follow in KSM’s footsteps and continue to serve our community while showing to the public that we can all make a different when we join forces’ said the group. 

The initiative was very well received as it continues to give to children during a time when many find ways to donate to those in need and to make children, especially those struggling in some way, just a little bit happier. 


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