Dream Team

The Dream Team is a group of young adults from different countries who are actively involved in building bridges in the Southwestern part of the Netherlands and Antwerp, Belgium. We also call them 'Bridgebuilders interns' as it is an internship-volunteer progam. Most of the interns are supported by the EVS (European Volunteers Service) of the Youth in Action program of the EU, others join on their own accord. The 2013-2014 team is made up of nine interns, eight from Europe and one from Canada.

So let's introduce them:

from left to right

Hadi is from Israël, has left a good job to be able to experience more of Europe. He likes philosophy and film making and comes from the Druze, a religious community considered a minority in Israël.

Attila is from Budapest, Hungary, is a student of Theology and took off a year between his studies to get some experience. When he finishes his study, he would like to be pastor of a church. He likes many sports but chess and bicycle riding are favorites. He is from a Calvinist-Reformed church.

Matthew is from the Toronto area of Canada. He studied music education at Western University and then went to YorkU for teachers college. He enjoys playing his trumpet, listening to music of all forms and connecting and mentoring youth of all ages. He hopes to one day be a Music Teacher and make a difference in peoples lives through music education. Matthew also comes from a Christian home with roots in the Baptist church.

Jonas is a football trainer from Erfurt, Germany and has been studying Engineering in Dresden. He is active member of a Roman Catholic church,

Paul is from London and has lived in England since he moved from Thailand at the age of seven. Currently taking a year break from a business degree to volunteer at Atlantic Bridge to find new experiences. Likes to play football and aspires to travel the world. Paulis has a Buddhist backgroiund and went to a Christian Secondary school.

Elisa is from Weimar, Germany, also likes to dance, play piano and loves different forms of art. She is from a Lutheran church.

Diego is originally from Colombia but has lived in the Canary Islands for the last 9 years. He studies Bussines Management at the moment and shares his time with activities like writting, reading philosophy and dancing. He decided to come to Atlantic Bridge and take a break from his studies to learn another culture, other languages and learn from different people. Diego considers this time with Atlantic Bridge as an opportunity to gain a new perspective on life, studies and profession in the future. Diego is member of an Assembly of God church.

Petra is from the Czech Republic and is the only one without a religious upbringing. Petra loves to bake and is a project manager and GTD enthusiast. She has an infinite amount of energy to do the right things than the things right, prioritization! She follows her dreams like a straight arrow and never stops finding meaning of her own existence. She loves children and is interested in the Montessori alternative pedagogy approach and healthy lifestyle. In this time, she is seeking the direction of her life to find meaningful and fulfilling work with a positive impact on the world.

Asthgik is from the capital of Armenia, Yerevan. She got her Master’s Degree in Linguistics. She has also been working as an editor in a teenage magazine for the past two years. She loves traveling and making new friends. She dreams to fly to the moon in future. Astghik enjoys making bracelets and hairwraps, loves going to the beach and sunbathing. She is from the Armenian Apostolic Church.

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Their tasks vary between doing research into the youth culture in a region, helping students with language learning, giving presentations about their own culture and faith background in schools and before youth groups, challenge students to (re)discover the Christian heritage of Europe, and build interest for Bridgebuilders clubs and in the various exchange projects Atlantic Bridge has to offer. And, last but not least, promote the idea of Europe and the EVS program they are part of.