Our volunteer and internship program is an eleven month internship that starts in October each year and ends in August the next year. It is a key part of the Bridgebuilders Training School that equips young people and young adults for the challenges of cross cultural communication and for the many bridges that need to be built in our world today.
When you join our internship program you will live and work together with other Europeans and Americans your age, meet young people from all over Europe and, as a team, work together to accomplish the mission of building bridges both locally, regionally and on a European and North Atlantic level. Your home base during this time is The Vierslag, a large building in the middle of a small village in the Zeeland region of The Netherlands.
We are looking for flexible, motivated young adults interested in working with young people and motivated to take initiative and to try new things! You would be working in a diverse team with a good level of English. As a team you work together to build a positive influence in a region, taking on different projects. You will be challenged as you learn and adapt to a new cross cultural setting, as you discover the heritage, culture and life among people of a unique region in Europe, and as you share your culture, life, values, convictions and lifestyle with young people in schools, youth clubs and churches. We are looking for applicants from a variety of backgrounds and are especially keen to find applicants who have been active in a local church or youth group.
There are three different internships
1. Circuit Riders Next Generation.
This is a team (could also be an individual artist or troubadour!) made up of two or more interns who travel to other countries during this internship. They are part of the Internship Training program but start their project already in August. They are sent out from The Vierslag for tours that will last between ten days and three weeks at a time, but will also work alongside of the other interns in their respective regions and schools. The Circuit Riders NG will primarily work in classrooms across Europe teaching and inspiring students and using music, multi-media, the galaxy of games and cross-cultural training programs to challenge students to build bridges and break down walls, join local Bridgebuilders and to encourage already existing local Bridgebuilders in their mission.
This team starts in August at the YouthWork Factory training school and ends in August the following year at the International Youth Festival.
Find our more about CIRCUIT RIDERS under ACTIVITIES on this website.
2. Youth Ministry Builders.
This is a church-based program where one church helps another church or Christian youth organization to build youth ministry. There is a sponsoring church, usually in the USA, and there is a hosting church or youth organization, usually in Europe. Atlantic Bridge facilitates and provides the framework for administration, recruitment, selection, placement, training and guidance of the interns. This internship also starts in August at the YouthWork Factory and ends at the International Youth Festival the following year.
3. YOUTH CONNECTORS (European Voluntary Service - EVS).
The focus of this team is to help build up a Regional Youth Contact platform in a region. It is a team made up of young people and young adults from different parts of Europe or the world that serve as contact makers with young people in the region.
The task of Youth Connectors is to mobilise and build a following of youth interested in building bridges. They visit schools, youth groups, other organisations to promote the mission of Bridgebuilding and to involve youth from different backgrounds in activities where they have a chance to meet others they would otherwise not meet. Most of the participants of this part of the program we expect to be supported by the EVS part of the Erasmus + and Youth in Action program of the EU. This internship can start in October, January or July and finishes after 7, 8 or 11 months.
Interns are encouraged to use their own talents and interests to develop their own project or activity(s) within their region.
Support & Mentoring
Interns are supported in their activities by a Regional Support Team – a group of local volunteers in each region who are the ‘bridge’ to the Dutch culture and people.
Bridgebuilders Interns live with other staff and volunteers at our center, De Vierslag, in Kruiningen, the Netherlands. De Vierslag is a big house (one of the biggest in Kruiningen!) containing three complete apartments, guestrooms, kitchen, living space for volunteers, a hall and the offices of Atlantic Bridge. With two families, guests and volunteers living and working in the same building, it’s a busy place! But everyone also have their own space where they can rest and relax. There is a large and beautiful back garden where you can listen to the birds, play with the cat or just eat your lunch or read a book in the sun! De Vierslag is 100 metres from the village centre.