Annual reportY e s E u r o p a - B u i l d i n g B r i d g e s
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
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
Training course in France
Words & Photos by YesEuropa
SECTOR OF INTEREST
Intercultural learning, youth exchange,
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.
+150 EVS volunteers per
+150 Erasmus+ grants per
Our members are our
greatest asset for its varied
origins and the experience
they bring to the group.
Top Photos (L-R):
Santi in Macedonia,
Alberto in Italy,
Gaueko in Croatia,
Training course in
Cyprus and Estafanía
Fully funded by Erasmus + grants. We sent more than 150
participants to different training courses, exchanges, study visits,
seminars, practical work and observation visits to several European
countries under the Erasmus + Programme.
More than 150 Spanish volunteers have enjoyed an Erasmus + European
Volunteer Service and European Solidarity Corps in several EU countries.
They carried out social, educational, cultural and welfare work of great
importance and recognition.
Adittionally, we also sent over 50 volunteers with IVS programmes in 2018.
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 40 €.
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
If you want to repeat an international activity
within the same year, you only pay € 20 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
All our activities have the support and financing
of Erasmus + Program and the Europe for
Our map of abroad experiences.
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
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+, Europe for
Citizens and Creative Europe programmes..
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-
Among the projects developed we include the
European Voluntary Service, 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 turn!.
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 previuos
We have created a web with European voluntary opportunities for young Spanish, with
information on training, internships, exchanges and employment in Spain and Europe
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 EVS organisation within Erasmus+ and Youth in
Action Programme since 2009 with an accrediattion renewed until 2020. This year 2017 we will
send over 130 Spanish volunteers and receive 6 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 EVS tutors.
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) scholarships.
Finally, we actively work on projects approved under other European programmes such as
Europe for Citizens and Creative Europe.
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 . In consequence, we were able to share
experiences and plan new initiatives to improve the
system of youth information, at local, national and
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 40.000 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.Premios Ciudadanos
"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 published an
article about us (Read more).
"It's on like donkey kong!"
YesEuropa - Building Bridges Association
Office address (new): Calle de la Cruzada 3, 28013 Madrid
Registered in National Associations Registry, no 590729
Tel. +34 673 402 139