Bricks

Bridgebuilders learn about other cultures through bricks, our curriculum that teaches you about other cultures (including your own) without being a school!

The Bricks

Divided in four quadrants, the program consists of fourteen Bricks that are used at the Bridgebuilders Club meetings. Each Brick has a single theme and contains information on games, content talks, tasks, challenges and evaluation.

The themes range from identity, discovering other cultures and communication, to personal boundaries, flexibility and hospitality.

This is the breakdown of the Bricks in its four quadrants:

Year One

Quadrant One
Quadrant Two

You
Others

January - March
April - August

Year Two (optional) Quadrant Three
Quadrant Four
The World
Call to Serve
October - December
January - August

Bridgebuilder Cycle

  • A Bridgebuilder experiences the following five elements within the cycle:
  • Start Weekend: teambuilding and introduction to the program.
  • Host: receiving a group from another country.
  • Guest: visiting a group in another country.
  • International Youth Festival: meeting lots of youth from different cultures in one location.
  • The Bricks: completing the seven module training program with an additional seven modules for an optional second year.

Spiritual

Though Bridgebuilder Club meetings are not Bible study groups, there is a spiritual component that is part of the Cycle. The first year of the Bricks has a cross cultural learning focus with the spiritual component added as the group encounters issues, cultures or groups with a stronger spiritual ethos. Especially in an exchange with a youth group from a church this plays an important role in the training, also in the first year. In faith-based groups the Bricks allow leaders to take more initiative in also introducing the spiritual component even during the first year.

After completing the cycle, Bridgebuilders are aware of their own culture and background. They are curious, flexible in unfamiliar situations, free from harmful stereotyping and open to other people's mindsets, ideas and beliefs without compromising their own. They are able to move beyond their own comfort zone and have learned to walk in someone else's shoes.

The 7 Bricks of the first year:

  • Identity
  • Discovering Your Culture
  • Flexibility
  • Personal Autonomy
  • Discovering Others
  • Hospitality
  • Communication

The 7 Bricks of the second year:

  • Empathy
  • Faith Around the World
  • Working the Middle
  • Personal Calling
  • Serving Others
  • World Changers
  • Express it - project

For more information on getting the Bricks program, contact our offices.