Amsterdam, Netherlands

Social Justice Activism

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Information for term Social Justice Activism

Application deadline, and cost information.

Application Deadline

July 5, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: July 5, 2021
  • Dates: Aug 16 – Sep 25, 2021 (6 weeks)
$5,450

Application Deadline

August 16, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: August 16, 2021
  • Dates: Sep 27 – Nov 6, 2021 (6 weeks)
$5,450

Application Deadline

September 27, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: September 27, 2021
  • Dates: Nov 8 – Dec 18, 2021 (6 weeks)
$5,450

Application Deadline

November 22, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 4 – Feb 13, 2022 (6 weeks)*
$5,450

Application Deadline

January 3, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Feb 15 – Mar 27, 2022 (6 weeks)*
$5,450

Application Deadline

February 14, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Mar 29 – May 8, 2022 (6 weeks)*
$5,450

Application Deadline

July 5, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: July 5, 2021
  • Dates: Aug 16 – Nov 6, 2021 (12 weeks)
$10,900

Application Deadline

August 16, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: August 16, 2021
  • Dates: Sep 27 – Dec 18, 2021 (12 weeks)
$10,900

Application Deadline

July 5, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Deadline: July 5, 2021
  • Dates: Aug 16 – Dec 18, 2021 (18 weeks)
$16,350

Application Deadline

November 22, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 4 – Mar 27, 2022 (12 weeks)*
$10,900

Application Deadline

January 3, 2022
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Feb 15 – May 8, 2022 (12 weeks)*
$10,900

Application Deadline

November 22, 2021
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Program Deadlines and Pricing Info

  • Tentative Dates: Jan 4 – May 8, 2022 (18 weeks)*
$16,350

Overview

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Get practical, hands-on experience and learn how you can play a role in bringing about social justice reform in a city famous for its canals, coffeehouses and progressive politics

Narrow, winding streets and gabled 17th century rooftops, Rembrandt Square, the Flower Market and the Anne Frank house. Although Amsterdam is known for its rich artistic heritage and important historic landmarks, its mindset is definitely not stuck in the past.

Here you'll have the opportunity to focus on different movements tied to social justice activism. You may choose to explore issues surrounding queer identity and LGBTQ rights. In a city known for openness and acceptance you'll find there is still an important fight going on to ensure equal rights. Or commit time to support efforts designed to address the historical marginalization and exclusion of Amsterdam's Black community and bring about needed social justice reform to ensure equal rights and access across all races in the Netherlands. Or you may decide to dedicate your time to women's rights. Despite the Netherlands' reputation as one of the most progressive countries in the world, women continue to face obstacles - both in their professional and personal lives - that keep them on unequal footing when compared to their male counterparts. Learn about the history of feminist activism in the Netherlands and the continued efforts being led by advocacy groups in continuing the fight!

What does it take to be an effective advocate for social justice reform? How do you impact public policy? How does one bring real change to a marginalized community? What are effective means of protest and how can you ensure a seat at the table? These are all critical skills that you can apply to ensuring a fair and just world! 

Enjoy all that Amsterdam has to offer while gaining experience that will shape your studies and career. Meet with leading advocates, spend time in some of the leading advocacy groups getting a behind the scenes look at how they drive their mission forward, gain pespective through undertanding the historical context of advocacy movements in Amsterdam and how those on the ground see the future of advocacy work.

CIEE Gap Year Abroad programs are focused on supporting participants in acquiring knowledge and developing skills to live in a globally interdependent and culturally diverse world. In addition to career exploration activities and experiences and gaining a better understanding of the local culture, you will take part in our Global Competence Course. This online course will allow you to connect and collaborate in real-time with our entire cohort of Gap participants worldwide, through interactive workshops and discussions. Reflect on your own cultural biases, share insights about your experience and learn about topics ranging from cultural identity and leadership styles to how to work and live sustainably or develop communication skills.

Addtionally, all Career Exploration participants will take part in the Professional Development Workshop facilitated by CIEE experts focused on business culture and supporting the development of professional skills. This interactive workshop will allow students to connect on a weekly basis across all Career Exploration sites. Each week will bring with it a new theme, covering topics like goal setting, how to build an entrepreneurial mindset and best practices for expanding your business and professional network. Regardless of which academic and professional path you choose, this workshop will be relevant and helpful in developing real world skills and competence!

Outside of your workshops and activism work, you’ll still have time to soak up the culture through activities and free time. Bike along the canals, and take in the sights and sounds of all the city has to offer. Visit an open-air market, try the legendary Dutch fries with mayonnaise, and get your fill of gooey stroopwafels and puffy poffertjes and explore the different neighborhoods through local activities. Make the most of your study abroad experience!

The Take-Aways

  • PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    Gain professional experience and training. Return home with a better understanding of your professional goals and concrete insights into what a career angled towards social justice could look like for you.

  • GLOBAL PERSPECTIVE

    Build a strong foundation in the core components of intercultural learning. Come home with an improved sense of self and awareness of what shapes others.

  • CERTIFICATE

    A Certificate of Learning in Social Justice Activism.

  • said it made them more mature young adults

    97%
  • said they learned to interact with different cultural backgrounds

    94%
  • said their level of independence increased

    89%

Location & Culture

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Enjoy art, culture and camaraderie in one of Europe's most fascinating cities!

Amsterdam has 40 museums with a range of collections, from quirky to world-renowned. Along with ones focused on cheese, spectacles, handbags and cat culture, there are major destinations dedicated to Dutch masters and modern art. Around the city you will find one of the 40 parks close by wherever you go, which ‘Amsterdammers’ use for picnics, BBQ’s and overall relaxation. Also, did you know? Amsterdam has more canals than Venice and more bicycles than people. With 140 bicycle shops and 400 km of bike paths crisscrossing the city, it’s easy to rent, ride and get around.

Although Amsterdam has nearly 800 years of history to explore, most people associate the city with progressive politics.

The Netherlands is globally recognized as one of the most liberal and socially progressive countries in the world, a reputation which was cemented by becoming the first country in the world to legalize same-sex marriage in 2001. However, there is still much work to be done to ensure equal rights for all minority and marginalized groups. The Netherlands' reputation as a world leader in progressive politics and policy is deserving but that reputation glosses over the many ways in which the struggle for equal rights continues to be pursued by minority and underrepresented groups across Dutch society. Whether it be black activism, queer activism or feminist activism there remains much work to be done!  

Through the Social Justice Activism program you will not only explore the history, now and future of social justice movements in the Netherlands, but by doing this together with likeminded peers you are sure to make bonds that will last a lifetime."

Daily Life

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Daily Life

A succesful Gap career exploration achieves the right balance between hands-on learning opportunities, structured moments of instruction that can put your experience in context, and cultural activities or excursions that fully immerse you in the local culture.

All our programs begin with a week-long training session to help you:

  • Get familiar with the local business landscape and research your host organization
  • Articulate objectives for your internship, job shadow and/or volunteer experience
  • Set a work plan into place

For the following 4 weeks, you will be splitting your time between a career exploration experience (from 15 to 20 hours a week), cultural activities and professional development workshops. You'll also get to join our Global Competence course that will connect you with our entire cohort of gap students worldwide.

On your last week, you will meet our team back at the CIEE Global Institute to debrief your career exploration experience went and set your own professional goals.

Weekends are for group excursions (two per 6-week block) or personal travel and exploration.

*If Covid-19 homestay requirements cannot be met participants will be placed in a CIEE-vetted dormitory or apartment. Confirmation will be communicated to participants in advance.

  • Carefully Screened Homestay*

  • Local Support

    Local CIEE Center staff available 24/7

Activities

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Sample Activities

  • Go on a queer walking tour, which will show you how public spaces in the Netherlands are both explicity and less obviously shaped by the city's prominent queer history.
  • Take part in a Dutch cooking class, where you will learn to cook -- and afterwards enjoy -- three to four traditionally Dutch dishes.
  • Take in the Tropenmuseum, an anthropology museum dedicated to world cultures, whose current special exhibits focus on gender diversity and the contemporary legacy of slavery in the Netherlands.
     

Sample Day Trips

  • Take off to Haarlem, the quintessential "historic" Dutch city, with its iconic churches and windmills.
  • Visit Rotterdam, the second-biggest city in the Netherlands, known for being a playground for modern and contemporary architecture, as well as the most multicultural city in the country.

​​Please note this list of activities is based on past programs and subject to change at CIEE's discretion to both adapt to local circumstances and participant feedback. Our goal when organizing activities is always to enhance your experience. Every activity is designed to provide you with a deep immersion in your topic, local culture and sights. Get ready for maximum fun!

Eligibility & Fees

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Eligibility & Fees

Eligibility

  • High school graduates in good academic standing.
  • Students must be 18 years or older at the time of their departure.
  • Dutch knowledge is not required to participate in this program. All professional experiences will be based in English

Fees

$50

Apply for one or two 6-week blocks. Combining blocks in two different locations is not yet available.

Program fee includes iNext travel insurance. Full inclusions are found online.

Program

Application Due

Start Date

End Date

Costs

Fall Block I 2021 6 weeks Jul 5, 2021 Aug 16, 2021 Sep 25, 2021

$5,450

Fall Blocks I, II 2021 12 weeks Jul 5, 2021 Aug 16, 2021 Nov 6, 2021

$10,900

Fall Blocks I, II, III 2021 18 weeks Jul 5, 2021 Aug 16, 2021 Dec 18, 2021

$16,350

Fall Block II 2021 6 weeks Aug 16, 2021 Sep 27, 2021 Nov 6, 2021

$5,450

Fall Blocks II, III 2021 12 weeks Aug 16, 2021 Sep 27, 2021 Dec 18, 2021

$10,900

Fall Block III 2021 6 weeks Sep 27, 2021 Nov 8, 2021 Dec 18, 2021

$5,450

Spring Block I 2022 6 weeks Nov 22, 2021 Jan 4, 2022* Feb 13, 2022*

$5,450

Spring Blocks I, II 2022 12 weeks Nov 22, 2021 Jan 4, 2022* Mar 27, 2022*

$10,900

Spring Blocks I, II, III 2022 18 weeks Nov 22, 2021 Jan 4, 2022* May 8, 2022*

$16,350

Spring Block II 2022 6 weeks Jan 3, 2022 Feb 15, 2022* Mar 27, 2022*

$5,450

Spring Blocks II, III 2022 12 weeks Jan 3, 2022 Feb 15, 2022* May 8, 2022*

$10,900

Spring Block III 2022 6 weeks Feb 14, 2022 Mar 29, 2022* May 8, 2022*

$5,450

*Dates for this program are provided as tentative dates. Please consult with your study abroad advisor to confirm dates before purchasing your flights.

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