- Amsterdam, Netherlands
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- High School
- Program Description:
Step into the Middle Ages as you begin your journey with an overnight stay in a castle, then learn to travel like modern-day locals with a bike tour around Heemskerk before setting off for Amsterdam. There, you will wind around the city’s canals, visit important cultural landmarks, such as the Anne Frank House and Artis Zoo, and deepen your immersion in the Dutch culture by sharing daily life with your host family during a homestay. At different stages of the program, you will attend workshops on gender and transgender issues, marriage rights, and other social justice topics while visiting an illuminating array of organizations engaged in these areas. You’ll complete community service hours while you meet with an elderly LGBTQ population.
In The Hague, you will visit the Peace Palace and the International Court of Justice, and stop by the Rutgers World Population Foundation in Utrecht, one of the oldest organizations promoting sex education in the Netherlands and throughout the world. Your program will continue in Rotterdam, Europe’s largest port city and the historic site of Dutch emigration to the U.S. While there, you will meet with LGBTQ youth and experience the city’s multicultural vibe.
You will have the chance to 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.
Finally, you’ll travel to Sneek, a town beloved for its outdoor activities, where you will bask in the wind, water, and nature of the Friesland province. You can try your hand at traditional Frisian sports and sail one of the province’s many lakes in a skûtsje, a traditional sailboat. The program concludes in Amsterdam for final workshops and reflection.
This program is designed for students who are engaged in LGBTQ and allied communities and/ or are comfortable discussing topics related to gender and sexuality.
To learn more about this program, visit experiment.org/NLP.
- 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.
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 4 Reviews
- 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