Program Details

Experience the Netherlands’ progressive approach to LGBTQ+ rights, gender issues, and sex education. Learn how to become a better advocate for the community.
Location:
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

Travel to the Netherlands to explore the longstanding progressive Dutch history of international human rights advocacy. Participate in workshops on gender and transgender issues, marriage rights, and other social justice topics while visiting an illuminating array of organizations engaged in these areas.

Begin your journey with an overnight stay in a castle. Then learn to travel like locals with a bike tour around Heemskerk before setting off for Amsterdam. There, you will wind around the city’s canals and visit important cultural landmarks, such as the Anne Frank House and the unique Artis Zoo. You will attend seminars and workshops about LGBTQ+ rights and gender issues and explore how intersectional issues such as immigration and race play a role in modern Dutch identity formation. You will also learn about gender and migration and visit a museum to learn about the history of slavery on black identity in the Netherlands.

As you enhance your knowledge of LGBTQ+ rights and advocacy, you will have opportunities to further understand Dutch culture by sharing daily life with your host family during a homestay. You will also complete community service hours while you meet with an elderly LGBTQ+ population.

In The Hague, visit the Peace Palace and the International Court of Justice. You will also go to the Rutgers World Population Foundation, one of the oldest organizations promoting sex education in the Netherlands and throughout the world. Your program will continue in Rotterdam, where you will meet with LGBTQ+ youth and experience the city’s multicultural vibe. You will participate in a spoken-word poetry workshop and experience how poetry can serve as a powerful tool in the struggle for equality and social justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer communities.

Take a day-trip to the towns of Middleburg and Cadzand in the Zeeland province. Explore a new city; then experience the small-town Dutch life of Cadzand and hang out at the local beach with your group-mates. The program concludes in Amsterdam with final workshops and reflection.

Setting Description:
Discover the Netherlands’ longstanding history of upholding and fighting for human rights and social justice while being immersed in Dutch culture. Gain new perspectives on Dutch approaches to gender issues, sexuality, and LGBTQ rights. Together with your group, spend time in The Hague, visiting the Peace Palace and the International Court of Justice (ICJ). You also visit Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port city and the historic site of Dutch emigration to the US. While there, witness the city’s modern architecture, strong working-class roots, and multicultural vibe. Deepen your immersion in Dutch culture and share in the daily lives of your homestay family in Amsterdam. Orientation: Amsterdam, 5 days Homestay: Amsterdam,* 16–18 days; Friesland,* 3 days Other Accommodations: Hostels *Homestay locations can vary.
Cost:
$6220 USD. $6220

Additional Program Information

Scholarships:
Yes
Scholarships Description:
The Experiment in International Living is committed to helping students from a diversity of backgrounds participate through a variety of need-based scholarships. In 2016, The Experiment awarded a total of $2.4 Million in financial aid and scholarships.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating

5.0

Based on 9 Reviews

  • Terry's Review- Netherlands
    5.0
    09/02/18

    My experience in the Netherlands has to be like none other. It was my first time out of the country and is one of the best times I have ever had in my life. I was able to find my own identity while being surrounded by other straight and LGBTQ community

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    Bottom Line:No, I would not recommend this to a friend
  • I never knew I always wanted:
    5.0
    09/01/18

    A large family. Dutch pancakes. Public transportation. The sound of the canal as I walked to school. I never knew how much I wanted to travel abroad until I did with the experiment. My program was breathtaking, captivating, and utterly resonates with

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • My Growth
    5.0
    08/31/18

    Although people could open up to me, I would never be so open with them in return. During the trip, we got asked to share our viewpoints on topics varying from race to sexual harassment. Because my life has been surrounded, heavily, by these subjects,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY
    5.0
    08/30/18

    I did this program this past summer and learned so much about queer activism and about myself as a person. I actually came out as transgender for the first time on this trip because I realized what gender meant to me. Also the Netherlands is beautiful,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • You have to go my friend it's so wonderful
    5.0
    08/30/18

    It was honestly one of the best experiences a person could have. Not only do you get to know yourself a lot better, but you get to learn about other people who you might not ever get to meet again. I come from a town that's about an hour away from Chicago

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • The Netherlands
    5.0
    09/01/17
    My time on this trip was amazing. I met so many different people and learned so much from them. Learning about the rich history of the Netherlands while also emerging myself in LGBTQ+ knowledge was a very great opportunity.
    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • An immersive exploration of gender and sexuality through a Dutch lens
    5.0
    09/01/17

    When your trip begins by sleeping in a historic Dutch castle, you can already tell that this will be a truly unforgettable experience. At least, that's the way that I felt during my once-in-a-lifetime journey to the Netherlands through the Experiment's

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • 10/10 would do it again and recommend
    5.0
    09/01/17

    The program helped me become more aware of the ever growing issues regarding not only the LGBTQ+ community but also those pertaining to human rights as well. Throughout our three week stay in the Netherlands, we participated in lectures by well-versed

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
  • Life Changing
    5.0
    09/06/16

    This trip was one of the most influential and life changing experiences I have ever had the opportunity to participate in. Our group consisted of approximately 14 like-minded students from around the world. All participants were eager to learn, engage,

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    Bottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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