Program Details

Experience the Netherlands’ progressive approach to LGBTQ+ rights, gender issues, and sex education. Gather new perspectives on Dutch life when you participate in a community service
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School

Program Overview

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. 

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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.

Program Reviews

Overall Rating


Based on 4 Reviews

  • The Netherlands
    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

    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

    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

    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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