Since 1983, members of the Order of Malta have hosted the annual Maltacamp (IMS) in a different country every year. Over 500 young people aged between 18 and 35, come together from around the world, including guests living with various disabilities and volunteer carers. They live together, befriend one another and share exceptional experiences. Over one week in the summer, we offer guests a packed program of diverse activities, workshops and experiences. Recent camps have been held in France, the Netherlands, Ireland, Hungary and Great Britan. Guests have had the opportunity to kayak, horse-ride, fly in light aircraft, scuba dive, and try indoor skydiving. Guests receive 24-hour care from volunteer helpers of the same age; resulting in lifelong friendships.
We are pleased that Germany is host in 2019 for the third time in over ten years!
Once in a lifetime
We aim to break down barriers of what can be achieved by people with disabilities. Whether it is indoor skydiving, visiting Amsterdam’s canals, or staying up until 3 am at the disco; we overturn the conventions that say how young people with disabilities are expected to achieve and experience.
Guests and helpers come from over 25 different countries. Friendships are forged across language and cultural barriers. Activities provide participants with an opportunity to learn about the different cultures and traditions of those in attendance. These friendships translate into a global network of young people working on or living with disabilities.
Guests, helpers and staff are all aged between 18 and 35. This means it’s easy to: build friendships, put on the most appropriate events and activities, develop the skills of all involved, and know how to have fun.
The Order of Malta is a Catholic organisation, and faith and worship is a key feature of the IHC. Alongside group Masses in magnificent settings, we encourage quiet periods of contemplation and smaller evening services to provide guests and helpers with time to reflect.