The Netherlands: LGBTQ+ Rights & Dutch Culture
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