3 About us
4 Sectors of interest
5 Training courses
6 European Volunteer Service
7 How to become a member
8 What we do
11 European Projects
12 European networks
We were founded in 2008 with the aim of giving advice to the demands of
information on European and intercultural information exchange.
The main goals for our association are:
• Building up bridges to promote the European social construction.
• Bridge a gap encouraging an intercultural dialogue for a better understanding and
knowledge of other cultures.
• Planning bridges through projects
management to foster the citizens participation,
specially young people.
• Leaving a mark supporting any cultural, educational or artistic expression based
don the above mentionned projects.
We are an experienced association, our personal career and experience is wide. We
have thought about creating this association to give shape and to have a closer
collaboration that already existed between its partners for more than 10 years.
Training course in France
Words & Photos by YesEuropa
SECTOR OF INTEREST
Intercultural learning, youth exchange,
youth and adults permanent learning, non
formal education, general information for
young people, participation, vocational
training, prevention of racism, prevention
of social exclusion, youth communication,
environmental projects, protection and
fostering of cultural and artistic
movements, citizens participation, etc.
The association was created to encourage
integration and promotion of European
culture between young European people.
We tend to be a support for the fulfillment
of vocational training learning, learning of
languages and the general knowledge of
the European labour market.
+200 ESC volunteers sent per year.
+80 Erasmus+ grants per year.
Our members are our greatest asset
for its varied origins and the
experience they bring to the group.
Top Photos (L-R): Oihane
in Germany, Alberto in
Italy, Gaueko in Croatia,
Training course in Cyprus
and Pedro in Northern
Fully funded by Erasmus + grants. This year, due to COVID19
lockdown measures, we decreased the number. However, we sent
more than 400 participants to different training courses, exchanges,
study visits, seminars, practical work and observation visits to
several European countries under the Erasmus + Programme.
More than 200 Spanish volunteers have enjoyed an European Solidarity
Corps volunteering opportunity in several EU countries. They carried out
social, educational, cultural and welfare work of great importance and
European and international volunteer service
How to become
Very easy!. If you like to travel, meet, learn, move around the
world, you can be a member of the association! .
If you're going to participate in an international activity funded by
Erasmus +, such an exchange, training course, seminar, study
visits, etc ... you have to pay the annual membership fee of 60 €.
The membership fee includes the possibility of going to this
activity and request more international scholarships Erasmus +
activities and receive updates on new scholarships and
opportunities for international volunteering information.
If you want to repeat an international activity within the same
year, you only pay € 40 for each activity you want to achieve.
This fee does not apply in any case to European volunteer, who do
not pay any fee or if you are long term unemployed.
All our activities have the support and financing of Erasmus +
Program and the Europe for Citizens program.
Unemployed people first
YES EUROPE is a portal for support and advice on international
mobility and European projects promoted by the Building Bridges
Association, based in Madrid.
Our group is composed of professionals delighted to help and advise
private and public entities in order to write and manage international
Until present day, thanks to several cooperation agreements with
public and private institutions we actively participate in international
We were able to carry out many projects under the old Youth in
Action, Citizens Programme and Lifelong Learning Programme. Now
we continue our work with Erasmus+, CERV and Creative Europe
The main goal of our group is to promote international mobility and
raise awareness among young Spanish and European people on topics
such as social inclusion, integration and promotion of active
citizenship, using only non-formal education.
Among the projects developed we include the ESC, youth
exchanges, international trainings, Erasmus+ traineeships
and so on.
These projects have many young people able to take
advantage of international mobility experience, now it's your
Most projects are open to young people between 18 and 30
years and allow unforgettable experiences traveling and
living without many expenses (in many cases projects
covered the accommodation, food and much of the total trip).
Our group is also a member of several European networks of
expert trainers and project managers, with the common goal
of: offer young and old the opportunity to access mobility
programs in educational, vocational,
educational and cultural field to promote cultural exchange,
improve personal skills and practice English.
Top Photos (L-R): Alejandra
EVS in France, Marta EVS in
Bulgaria, Ángel EVS in
Portugal, Natalia EVS in Italy,
Roberto EVS in Estonia.
What we do
All the activities we offer are based on the aims of our association: to provide information and guidance to
young people with the following principles:
-Promote intercultural dialogue to facilitate a better understanding of other cultures.
- Educate youth on the European citizenship values.
- Support all cultural, educational and / or artistic expression based on the above values.
- Promote the social construction of Europe.
We believe that transnational experience could offer young people the opportunity to grow within a
European dimension thanks to their personal and professional skills, so that they could play a main role of
the European future.
Building Bridges promoted different activities and projects, mainly in the field of European programs such
as "Youth in Action" (European Voluntary Service, Youth for Europe: Youth Exchanges, Youth Initiatives,
Training of youth workers), LLP Lifelong Learning Programme "Leonardo da Vinci "(training work:
mobility - PLM / IVT / VETPRO), and others, for the following purposes: to offer young people the
opportunity to access mobility programs in academic, professional and cultural level to increase
understanding between cultures and different systems ; promote the meeting between cultures and
linguistic deepening in a local context, promoting this dynamic mode intercultural learning and
understanding; promote responsibility and active participation of young people in society. Now with
Erasmus+ we follow the same aims as previous years.
We have created a web with European voluntary opportunities for young Spanish, with information on
training, internships, exchanges and employment in Spain and Europe (http://www.yeseuropa.org).
Our main activities are:
1.YOUTH INFORMATION: We worked as volunteers in Europe with the Erasmus and Leonardo projects.
We would like other European young people have the chance of living in another European country. It was
a real change for us years ago thanks to the information we had.
Our goal now is to counsel and to encourage them to start their own adventure. We are devoted to the
european youth information. We have all experienced that years ago. There are many channels of
information on european announcements so we tend to spread them within the young people.
Our main goal is counseling, informing, guiding and supporting the young graduates to continue their
studies in order to have access to the labour market. Within the activities oriented to entry the labour
market, Building Bridges helps:
I. Managing and broadcasting job offers
II. Informing about self employement and counseling for the creation of new companies.
We are aware of the markets requests for young people and graduates. All the members of the association
have already experiences dificulties when they were going to be hired in a competitive market and in
process of recession.
3, RESOURCES ON CULTURE FOR YOUNG PEOPLE
We are already creating a web page with updated information and new communication channels used by
young people on internships, grants, aids, festivals, etc... We want to work not just as an information
centre but we are working on different communication channels (Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn,
etc) to spread and Exchange ideas and information for the professionals working in the field of culture.
We offer training courses in the field of the cultural, educational and European management projects.
5. CULTURAL ACTIVITIES
All these years our association has developed many intercultural exchanges in the local and internacional
field giving young people the opportunity to be responsible and to get involved and to participate actively
From the beginning we have taken care of the training and volunteers through the participation in courses
and seminars promoted by other companies and organisation in some other activities.
We are sending, host and coordinating ESC organisation within Erasmus+ and Youth in Action Programme since 2009 with an
accrediattion renewed until 2027. This year, we will sendhave semt over 120 Spanish volunteers and receive 3 from other
European countries thanks to approval of Erasmus + grants.
The same Erasmus+ National Agency (Injuve) has approved four European projects linked to European youth volunteering in
close cooperation with the Council City of Madrid, organisation of intermacional seminar for youth workers, exchanges,
training courses, etc ...
Building Bridges has European Voluntary Service tutors and mentors since 2008, one of the first Spanish official accredited
The organisation also has managers of European projects and European networks and members of Team Europe, with
extensive experience in managing European voluntary service, European networks and network projects financing.
We promote a website with European voluntary opportunities for young Spaniards, with direct information and volunteer
opportunities, Erasmus + courses, exchanges, internships and employment in Spain and Europe (http://www.yeseuropa.org)
Finally, we actively work on projects approved under other European programmes such as Europe for Citizens and Creative
We also act as consultants for other non profit and public organisations to ensure their participation in European programmes,
asisting them in the writing of projects, finding participants, promotion, delivery of results, and so on.
We belong to the Citizens for Europe EYCA Anna Lindh
Foundation and CIVICUS: networks that promote values
citizens and all activities related to culture and
Our members have had the pleasure of meeting at
different moments of local members from EURODESK
network . Thus, we were able to share experiences and
plan new initiatives to improve the system of youth
information, at local, national and international level.
We have our own database of contacts with over
80,000 direct contacts in the field of culture,
education and youth, in addition to
over 60.000 of followers on social networks.
"Drop it like it's hot!"
Building Bridges, has recently received recognition
for his work with young people thorough his portal
YesEuropa, being honored by the Citizens
Association Awards 2015.
"We are on fire!"
Moreover, we have been repeatedly echo news where our
activities have been referenced. We have also written
numerous articles for the media, as well as letters to the
Director. For this reason we ensure a considerable impact on
national and regional media and even local level. Recently,
one of the most important national newspapers and radio
show published information about us (Read more).
"It's on like donkey kong!"
YesEuropa - Building Bridges Association
Office address (new): Calle Buen Gobernador 5, 28027, Madrid
Registered in National Associations Registry, no 590729
Tel. and Whatsapp +34 673 402 139