- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- 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.
- $6220 USD. $6220
Additional Program Information
- 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.
Based on 9 Reviews
- Terry's Review- Netherlands09/02/18
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
members all working together to create more of a progressive society. I am absolutely in love with the Dutch Culture and obsessed with their fries (delicious). My highlight would have to be my time with my host mother, Vaje, who has to be the most sweetest person I have ever met. We still keep in contact and wish everybody is able to have the experience I was fortunate enough to have. PS. I have made long life friends.read moreBottom Line:No, I would not recommend this to a friend
- I never knew I always wanted: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
anyone identifying in and around the LGBTQ+ community. I was the only cis-straight gendered person in attendance of the program, but that made it all the more special to me. The trip was fantastic, educating, and breathtaking at every turn. I can't pick a best part. There was absolutely too many to choose from. The friends I made, the connections I created with our group leaders will stay with me forever. You not only get a rich education, but also a cultural immersion that will leave a lasting impact on you. You get freedom, you get family, you get everything you could have ever wanted in a study abroad trip.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- My Growth08/31/18
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,
it took a lot of out me. I didn’t want to share out because I thought letting people in would make me look weak and that all my life experiences would categorize me in a different way. However, as the weeks progressed, I was almost forced to come out of my shell. When I did, it felt relieving to tell someone my story. My story had consisted of sexual harassment, emotional manipulation, mentally abusive relationships, and racists encounters. To everyone who heard my story, they made me feel empowered because of the experiences that I went through and to overcome the current fears I have. Even when one of my fears was showing my shoulders again, they encouraged me to have pride in what my body means and to not see myself as a sexual object anymore. I know that in the past I haven’t had much confidence and before school ended last year, I hit my lowest point. Amsterdam was a time where I was able to explore how confident I was with myself, with strangers, and then my family. I cannot overcome these intense battles within a couple months, but I know that with the strong support system I developed in Amsterdam, I can always have people cheering me on. Before I left to the Netherlands, my dad told me one thing. “Be careful about your surroundings because you’re Mexican.” Until then, I had never cautiously been aware of the position I was in because I was brown. When I arrived in the Netherlands, I had never felt so much like an outcast. I could never relate to the stories of those around me because they weren’t as stigmatized as I was. However, that’s not to say I never had a racist experience in the past. My defense was to guard up and protect myself regarding the possibility of someone trying to harm me. As time progressed, I learned to relax myself by talking to my host mom. Through our conversations, I saw how much we had the same political and social understandings. From topics of race to sexual harassment to education, we were able to see how alike we were, rather than how different we were. In the end, I was able to come to the understanding that everyone is human. This sounds very obvious, but it has become a super complex issue in America. I have learned to see myself only as brown through our current political situation, and nothing else. I had forgotten my value as a human and that I was worth just as much as a white person. Soon after recognizing this, I comfortably went walking in Amsterdam. I stopped comparing myself to other people thinking that they were better than me because of the color of their skin.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- DON'T MISS THIS OPPORTUNITY08/30/18
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,
and people are very nice. And the bond you will form with your groupmates will last you for a very long time. YOU WILL NOT REGRET THIS.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- You have to go my friend it's so wonderful08/30/18
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
and there's not much that happens here. Being able to be there and meet dutch and american people who become family is something I would never give back. The food was great, the weather was lovely (they said it was rare but honestly it wouldn't even matter if it was raining all the time), we were able to travel in our groups of 3 to explore Amsterdam and make memories with each other. The 16 people I went with could not have been more perfect. We were all so different and similar and I fell in love with each of them a little bit. If I could go back I would.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- The Netherlands09/01/17My 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 lens09/01/17
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
LGBTQ+ Rights and Dutch Culture program! Through this program, we were immersed in the Dutch life (primarily based in Amsterdam) while maintaining a keen focus on human rights and intersectionality in the context of Dutch history, culture, and society. During the day, we participated in activities including a black heritage boat tour and an LGBTQ+ tour of the Artis Zoo, profound lectures discussing topics such as trans* issues and the African diaspora, and excursions to cities such as Utrecht and Rotterdam. In the evening, we had the opportunity to explore Amsterdam's various diverse neighborhoods, try new restaurants, go shopping at local establishments, and converse with locals on the tram ride to our host family. The Netherlands program was structured/organized enough for us to truly learn and get a taste of Dutch culture, while it gave us enough freedom to take risks and explore! Overall, I learned so, so much, both in the classroom and on foot, and would definitely go on an experience like this again. I highly recommend the Experiment, and specifically the Netherlands program -- you will bond with a great group of people and remember this trip for the rest of your life!read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- 10/10 would do it again and recommend09/01/17
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
instructors about topics that ranged from Black diasporic music and literature to Trans* Issues in Netherlands and visited organizations such as The Hangout, a safe space for LGBTQ+ teens, in Rotterdam. My sole experience does not determine the one you may have, but I know that there will be certain sentiments that will remain the same, such as missing the glistening canals as you make your way through the city, the feeling of hunger as you walk past that one bakery on your way to the office that resembled the ones you saw in Disney cartoons, and understanding that being around individuals with the same sense of motivation to make the community they live in a better place is rare and should be cherished.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Life Changing09/06/16
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,
and bring what they learned back to their communities and offer insight from where they are from. Our group leaders were fantastic and more than qualified to lead. We were taught about various subjects including activism, feminism, sex education, sex work, and women's rights. We were in interactive classes being taught by people who are professionals in their field of study. Although the classes were a large part of the program, we had excursions to surrounding cities. This was easily the best thing I have ever been apart of and strongly encourage anyone even considering this program to go ahead and take the leap. You won't regret it.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend