Please visit our website for more information. 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. Gather new perspectives on Dutch life when you participate in a community service project, such as assisting at an urban farm in Amsterdam, throwing a fundraiser for Dance4Life, or volunteering at a counseling and free HIV-testing center. At different stages of the program, attend workshops on gender and transgender issues, marriage equality, and other social justice topics, while visiting a fascinating array of organizations engaged in these areas. Participate in a spoken word workshop hosted by a Dutch-Moluccan artist, and experience how poetry and spoken word can serve as powerful tools in the struggle for equality and social justice. Finally, bask in the wind, water, and nature of Friesland during your rural stay in Sneek, a town beloved for its outdoor activities. During your stay in Sneek, participate in a homestay with an LGBT family. Try your hand at the traditional Frisian sport of Fierljeppen, explore one of the province’s many lakes on a pedalo (paddle boat), or sail on a skûtsje, a traditional Frisian boat. This immersive high school summer abroad program begins in Egmond. This program is designed for participants who are currently engaged in LGBTQ and allied communities and are comfortable discussing topics related to gender and sexuality. Orientation: Egmond, 5 days Homestay: Amsterdam, 16–18 days; Friesland,* 3 days Other Accommodations: Hostels
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Trace the historical and cultural influences of Spain’s different religious and ethnic communities while traveling from Madrid to Spain’s southern coast, then to Basque country in the north and ultimately to Catalonia. Learn about the coexistence of Christians, Jews, and Muslims from historical perspectives, and discuss the conditions necessary to fostering a tolerant, multicultural society in Spain today. Consider key issues presently being debated across Spain, such as those related to immigration, environmental conservation, community development, peace, and human rights.
Your high school summer abroad in Spain commences with an immersive orientation in Madrid and Toledo. Visit famous sites and museums throughout the capital, including the Prado museum and the Bourbon district. Explore Madrid’s diverse neighborhoods, meet with Spanish youth at a Jewish community center, and study Spanish language and practice it with locals. Alongside a group of Spanish youth, visit famous sites and museums throughout Toledo, including the Catedral Primada Santa María de Toledo. Become better acquainted with the historical and cultural influences important in laying the groundwork for multiculturalism and tolerance in Spain.
Following orientation, live with a host family in a small community along Spain’s southern coast. Visit Arab baths and Roman ruins. Relax on the beach with members of your host family or Experiment group. Following the homestay, you travel to Basque country for a week of regional exploration in the north; activities include community service in the mornings and cultural exchanges with local teenagers in the afternoons. Your journey through multicultural Spain concludes with a stay in the heart of Catalonia. Visit famous sites and museums throughout Barcelona, including the Olympic Harbor and the Picasso Museum. See the architecture of Gaudí and sample tapas on La Rambla, as your knowledge of and experience with Spain’s diverse communities and cultures further deepens.
Orientation: Madrid and Toledo, 3 days
Homestay: Arcos de la Frontera, 11 days
Other Accommodations: Hotels
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