Number of volunteers hosted: 2 volunteers
From January 2024 for 1 year.
This project is a unique occasion for volunteers who want to participate in the field of youth information, EU project management and communication.
The ESC will include many of our field areas: cultural/educational/social events, management information about cultural opportunities, database and mapping of projects in Spain and Europe, social networks, SEO, web tools 2.0 for project management and education, provide informative sessions, support the EU Programmes Department, cultural documentation and research, etc. Most of our activities are done through the Internet. No previous knowledge is needed, however relevant experience and studies related will be taken into consideration.
Our projects will allow volunteers to learn Spanish, carry out EU projects, live in a new country, increase professional chances in the field of education, youth work and youth information.
The project will take place in the city of Madrid, in the areas of Ciudad Lineal district.
Madrid is the capital of Spain, it has almost 5,000,000 inhabitants. It is the communication’s centre of Spain, with the largest airport in Spain.
It is a very attractive city, from many points of view: cultural (museums, theatres, cinemas), economic (dynamic structure), tourism (restaurants, attractions, social premises),… There are many towns around Madrid which complement this offer (Ávila, El Escorial, Toledo, Alcalá de Henares, Aranjuez, Segovia, etc…). Volunteers will receive complete information about Madrid.
For Asociación Building Bridges there is a very important concept we like to agree on with the volunteer: we like to host him/her in the organisation considered as a whole entity, this means we expect also the volunteer being flexible if requested in more than one service or activity. He/she will mainly work on a specific area and service he/she expressed preference for but, at the same time if needed, for example during summer time or for specific events, situations or needs, we would like to count on the volunteer support also in other kind of services, of course, after having explained and agreed on with the volunteer on our request to try to find a good compromise. In this way we think we can offer also a more complete experience to the volunteer.
The volunteer will volunteer in one or more of the following educational services to support through their active participation our professional trainers to offer more opportunities on our websites:
Create communication posts about volunteering projects, social, cultural and community activities in our webpages to local groups, living in Madrid and as well in the surrounding municipalities, and to Asociación Building Bridges’s centers for adult, young people and children. We actively collaborate with institutions and NGOs and we also participate in education, cultural and sport activities, promoting reading and youth activities in Madrid.
Daily online services for young people in youth information, councelling, guidance and opportunities in Spain and abroad.
Daily online services for the promotion of opportunities and resources and training opportunities and project management. Creating videos and online content about EU opportunities.
In occasion of selections we had first impressions, opinions and proposals on each candidate but final decisions on the services that will host you will be taken together with you and our tutors the services (one or more volunteers in one or more service contemporary or not) after your arrival during the first weeks of the welcoming period we organise during which you will visit and start living some experiences with the services and will participate to group activities to let you and us know better each other (knowledge, expectations, fears, volunteer profile definition, etc.).
There will be no job substitution. All members are volunteers. They will be asked to be responsible as collaborators of the organisation.
They will also participate preparing projects and collaborating with other entities so they can give a new point of view and develop new ESC experiences.
Volunteers are free to suggest activities, actions they consider interesting for the organization. We will promote creativity of volunteers. The specific working plan will be established when the projects are approved.
Spanish language course: delivered the first month of ESC through the OLS online platform.
Project: final report and end of the ESC: 3 weeks before finishing the project.
Maximum: 35 h/week. Full-time, from Monday to Friday. Exceptionally, activities will take place on weekends, though volunteers will be told in advance and they will get a free day the week after.
If applicant is Spanish, we will provide an economic help for paying his/her rent (up to 350€/month) when tenant contract is showed.
EU volunteers are hosted in a flat shared with young people to support their integration in the city. Well communicated area. Accommodation will be based in double shared rooms, if possible we will provide single rooms when available.
380€/month (180€ pocket money + 180€ food + 20€ transport).
We will provide a monthly pass for subway, city train and bus (zone A Madrid city centre) if needed. This transport pass will be provided when the working centre and the apartment is more than 20 minutes walking distance.
We can provide first hand information and our experience around the world. Our team is multidisciplinary, so volunteers have access to many services. We count on work counsellors, intermediation experts, educators, trainers, technicians of European projects, translators, technicians in risks at work.
We also offer individual counselling if needed (e-mail, phone, presential). We already carry this out, as many people want to live abroad.
We also offer excellent specific training. For example, we continuously offer counselling regarding improvement of CVs, motivation letters, professional and studying opportunities,…
Due to our experience, we can also give personal experience about many countries in Europe. The ESC as an employability tool
The ESC provides many skills and abilities and thus, increases employability. Reasons for this:
– ESC volunteers develop language, social, technical, artistic,… skills and learn about themselves and their expectations in life.
– It is very useful for our organization when supporting employment in the cultural field.
– We can support volunteers when looking for a job, in or outside Spain, due to the amount of information we have.
18-30 years old, legal residents in an EU country
While it is not a requirement, the knowledge of Spanish language will be highly valued.
We will prioritize candidates with studies and/or experience on Marketing, EU Project Management and/or Communication.
Apart from what we have mentioned in other sections, we will give priority to young people who have had no other international mobility opportunities, especially those with fewer opportunities. We will try to balance nationalities, so cultures are mixed.
Selection process: open to any young person who commits to participate in the project and is very motivated to do so. Motivation is very important and will have to be proved. Response to our communications will show us the motivation. Profile of volunteers:
-Concerned about EU project management, communication and social media strategy.
-Aware about their responsibilities and involvement as ESC volunteers.
-Capacity to contribute positively to the ESC project.
-Open to the new way of life.
-Independent, flexible and with team working skills.
-With initiative to carry out a personal project.
-With social and organisational skills, able to work with other young people and organisations.
– Interest in social media, marketing, internet and techonology.
– Interest in EU project development.
The recruitment will be done taking those characteristics into account by, at least, 2 people of the organisation. The opinion of the ESC volunteers in the project at the moment will also be taken into account. We will adapt to the needs, motivation and concerns of the volunteers showing interest to carry out their ESC project with us.
-People interested in education, cultures, art and European topics. There is a lack of information for people interested in these topics in Europe. We’ve seen this in our talks about European chances. Many of them are interested in the ESC.
The process will be open, participative and transparent: volunteers will define their project (we will not define a project to which volunteers have to adapt). Thus, volunteers need to be active and express their concerns, motivations and preferences, shall actively participate creating the project and looking for an organisation and destination of their interest.
Volunteers will be covered with the same measures as all the other collaborators of the organisation.
Volunteers will receive specific training, information and rules about health and welfare, as well as emergency phone numbers. Rules and responsibilities will be set from the beginning. Thus, continuous communication between mentor and volunteers is essential.
The mentor will support them and guide them continuously. They will be covered with the ESC insurance.
When solving problems and conflicts we will take into account the recommendations we received at the ESC mentor course. In case of a serious conflict, we will follow the different steps:
-Prepare the situation
-Define the problems
-Take a decision
-Evaluate the results
The mentor participates in the attention, monitoring, mentorship, training and planning of activities of volunteers. They will also write a monthly report with evaluation about the activities carried out, expressing their opinion about them.
We are an experienced organisation founded in 2008 to attend the information demands regarding Europe and interculturality. 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 promote participation.
-Step on bridges to support any cultural, educative and/or artistic expression based on the previous values. Our organisation is formed by people with different backgrounds.
Team and collaboration.
Our members have lived different experiences. Some of them live in other cities and countries.
A managing team is in charge of the management, monitoring and implementation of the ESC projects, as well as of mentorship. We will also receive support from private entities we work with, counting with their experience, resources and commitment.
All our activities pursue our aim: provide information and counselling to young people according to the following principles:» Promote intercultural dialogue and favour understanding of foreign cultures.» Educate young people towards an active European citizenship.» Support any cultural, educative and/or artistic expression based on the previous values.» Promote the social construction of EuropeOur activities include:
1. Youth information
Our members include people who have participated in different programmes: ESC, Leonardo, Erasmus and we want to offer other young people such chances.
2. Communication and promotion:
Our aim is to support, inform and guide young people so they access the EU opportunities. We are specialised in employment information and guidance in Europe. There is a high demand in this sense, often not covered. We have several communication channels already working, so volunteers will help us to help us to keep in contact with Young people,
3. Youth resources
You will be in charge of creating databases of Youth resources.
We offer training courses in the field of project management, for example:
-Creation of companies
– EU Projects
– EU opportunities for young people
Send your CV (in English or Spanish) and motivation letter to esc AT yeseuropa.org and fill this form: