Building Bridges Cultural Association was
founded in 2008 to promote a spirit and community integration and to foster
European culture awareness among the youth. Building Bridges is presented at
local level as a tool to assist and support the implementation of non formal
education courses and improving knowledge of European labour system practices.
We organise courses, visits and meetings, European events for public agencies
on policies concerning youth , mobility, sports , local economic development ,
culture and cooperation with developing countries. We believe that
transnational experience could offer young people the opportunity to grow
within a European dimension through their personal and professional skills , so
that they could become main actors of the European future.
Since its foundation, the association has
participated in various advocacy and promotion of European mobility and its
members have sufficient mobility experience as trainers. Our aims are:
-To build bridges and promote the social
construction of Europe
-To build bridges and promote
intercultural dialogue and favour understanding of foreign cultures.
-Plan bridges using European projects to
-Step on bridges to support any cultural,
educative and/or artistic expression based on the previous values.
We work with organisations in the fields
of culture, education and youth, so we have an ample target group. In general,
we focus on anyone interested in art, culture, heritage and Europe issues,
specially those looking for an experience abroad and in need of a grant or
This group involves people of all ages and
backgrounds but we are more specialised in youth: most of our users are long
term unemployed people, with very few opportunities to get funding for
developing studying and working activities in Spain or abroad.
All our activities pursue our aim: provide
information and counselling to young people according to the following
- Promote intercultural dialogue and
favour understanding of foreign cultures.
- Educate young people towards an active
- Support any cultural, educative and/or
artistic expression based on the previous values.
- Promote the social construction of
Our activities include:
1. Youth information
Our members include people who have
participated in different programmes: EVS, Leonardo, Erasmus,... and we want to
offer other young people such chances. We provide information services through
our websites and social media channels. Our websites manage over 40.000 users.
2. Employment for graduates: Counselling
Our aim is to support, inform and guide
graduates so they can gain qualifications and access the working market. We are
specialist in providing employment information and guidance Europe, especially about UK. There is a high
demand about this services, often not covered. There are many grants and
traineeships, unfortunately unknown for students. We provide counselling and information
through our websites, managing a virtual group, and on-site helpdesk in our
3. Youth cultural resources
We manage a big network of contacts and
user database through our portals. Additionally, we have created other
communication channels ( Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, Twitter) including
information about grants, support, funding and grants related to culture and
arts. Although there is a lot of information, people not always find what they
are looking for. We count with over 25.000 friends and followers.
We offer on-site and online training
courses for young people:
- Enterpreneurship courses , creation of
cultural companies, associations and social enterprises
- Strategies to search information in the
- Language courses
- Studying and working abroad
5. Cultural activities
We actively collaborate with the portal
FabricaCultural, providing content in order to reach more than 40.00 of their
users. We also participate with Bookcrossing Madrid in promoting reading
activities. This is a free exchange of books world-wide, with over 34,000
members in Spain. We have released over 400 books for it all over Spain.