International Field Study

F19 Amsterdam – School of Community Services

Explore Amsterdam through the vocational lens of Community Service, while experiencing the cultural delights that this incredibly iconic city has to offer.


Oct 20th, 2019

Catch your flight booked out of Toronto Person International Airport and relax, we’ll pick you up on arrival tomorrow morning in amazing Amsterdam.



Oct 21st, 2019

Welcome to the Netherlands and its beautiful, bustling capital, Amsterdam!

Your Contiki crew will pick you up at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport.  Check in at the hotel and free time to freshen up before we hit the town.  We’ll travel to central Amsterdam for a little orientation, and free time to get to know your new favorite metropolis. Check out the café culture, sample some cheese. There’s no shortage of awesome experiences in this adorable city.  We reunite in the evening for an included welcome dinner.

  • Arrival Transfer


Oct 22nd, 2019

This morning we join our local guide for a walking tour of the city. Watch out for bikes!   During the walkabout you will see Dam Square, the Royal Palace, the infamous Red Light District and the canals and bridges of the city. Later an introduction to one of the many innovative techniques currently being used for treatment in the Netherlands. We visit the epic Snoezelen Room where you will learn about the uses of Multi-Sensory environments in helping people with dementia, autism and brain injury. The rest of the day is at leisure.


Oct 23rd, 2019

Today we visit the world famous Hogeweyk Dementia Village where the residents are encouraged to live a normal life and enjoy their surroundings. The town has its own square, supermarket, hair salon, theatre, and restaurant so that the residents can live as normally as possible. Enjoy lunch here before we leave to visit the Volendam area and a Cheese and clog maker. Next, we move on to the picturesque Edam region to take in the canals and windmills that are so iconic to Dutch culture.  Returning to Amsterdam the rest of the day is at leisure.


Oct 24th, 2019

This morning we visit the famous Van Gogh Museum. His works are even more vibrant in the beautiful, modernist space that Dutch have built to commemorate their most famous artist. The Dutch have a very different view on the implementation of social services and there is lots to learn.  Later in the day visit Humanitas Deventer.


Oct 25th, 2019 

The  Ann Frank house is our first visit today. Ann’s own recovered diaries tell the heart breaking tale of this young girl’s life as she spent years hidden away from the Nazi’s during WWII.  This afternoon we enjoy a canal cruise in the city. Take the early evening to check your last boxes and say your goodbyes to this unforgettable city. We will meet again for a final Farewell Dinner.

Oct 26th, 2019

Vaarwel!! This morning breakfast, then your crew will transfer you back to the airport for your flight home, memories in tow

  • Departure Transfer
  • Round trip airfare
  • 5 nights accommodation in Amsterdam (shared room) – single supplements available with request and agreement of price increase
  • International travel insurance
  • Breakfast each day, 2 dinners, 1 lunch
  • Site visits noted in the itinerary
  • Private coach bus and driver in the city


First Payment
Second Payment
Third Payment
Fourth Payment
Fifth Payment





*Price may increase or decrease depending on exchange rates, final vendor quotes and number of participants.

2600+/- (Grant Applied)

TRIP DATE 10/20/2019



Amsterdam, Netherlands


School of Community Services

  • Autism & Behavioural Science
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Educational Assistant
  • Recreation Therapy
  • Social Service Worker
  • Child & Youth Care


Payment Options

When making payment through online banking:

  • Set up Niagara College as the payee and use your student number as the account number
  • Once payment is made, you MUST email [email protected] and provide your name, student number, payment amount and indicate that payment is for Be World Ready International Field Study. Please copy Be World Ready, at [email protected] on the email
  • The following business day the payment will be uploaded to your student account and as long as Student Accounts receive an email from you, the IFS charge will be posted accordingly

Other Important Information

All, full-time Niagara College students participating in an international activity are eligible for up to $500 worth of Be World Ready grants to help offset the cost of their experience. In order to qualify for the grant:

  • Apply to an international experience
  • Attend a mandatory pre-departure meeting (dates to be determined)
  • Complete the online pre-departure component (consisting of Blackboard modules and Risk Management forms to sign)
  • Successfully attend the international experience
  • Upon return, submit five high-quality photos and a 100 word minimum well-written testimonial referencing your experience abroad to the Be World Ready team.
  • Apply online
  • Email a copy/photo of your passport to [email protected]
    • Please ensure all text is legible as this is required to book your airline ticket
  • Pay the deposit (spots for this trip are only secured after a deposit payment has be made)

Students registering for and making initial deposit towards an IFS are considered committed for that IFS.

After the initial deposit for each International Field Study (IFS), Niagara College begins making payments to suppliers (airlines, accommodations, and in-country destination management companies) for these IFS’. Therefore, all students who cancel their participation after their initial deposit will be required to pay 100% of the original IFS cost, and no refunds will be issued.

For students who choose to make payments in accordance to the established IFS payment scheduled and miss a payment, the installment will be charged directly to the students’ account and a late fee will be applied to each missed payment.

For Niagara College students requiring an international country visa, you are required to make your payments as per the payment schedule for your respective International Field Study. You cannot defer your payments until after a decision has been made on your country visa. Niagara College’s international travel insurance policy will allow students to make an insurance claim to receive a refund for fees paid towards an International Field Study if your visa is denied.

Travel and Accommodations

Q: Can I bring a friend?

A: You can bring as many friends as you like as long as they are current full-time Niagara College students or within 6 months of graduation from Niagara College and meet the program eligibility requirements.

Q: Can I bring a parent/friend/child from outside the college?

A: No. At this time we are only able to accept current full-time Niagara College students or Niagara College alumni within 6 months of graduation.

Q: What will the rooms be like?

A: Rooms will vary in style on each trip, they are commonly twin-share (2 people to a room, separate beds) in a central location. Single rooms may be available for an additional room fee provided adequate notice is given to Be World Ready staff. We strive to ensure you have comfortable, affordable accommodations anywhere you travel.

Q: Will it be safe?

A: Your safety is the most important aspect of this trip. Be World Ready and Niagara College will take all possible pre-cautions to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable experience while travelling abroad.

Q: Can I book my own flight?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I have a one way ticket?

A: No. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: Can I change my flight Itinerary?

A: No. We will not be able to accommodate a return flight that is different from the group. The round-trip flights are part of the pricing package and the group is to travel to and from the destination country together. These are our Niagara College International Field Study policies and we cannot deviate from them, as they are part of our risk mitigation and management.

Q: I require a travel visa for the trip I registered for. Can Be World Ready get the visa for me?

A: We cannot get your visa for you, however, we will provide you with all the information that we can and guide you through the process of obtaining all the necessary visas for travel.

Q: I have a NEXUS card, do I still need a passport to travel to the USA with Be World Ready?
A: Yes. All Be World Ready Participants must have a valid passport.

Be World Ready Grant

Q: What is the Be World Ready Grant?

A: The Be World Ready grant is a pre-determined sum of money that is granted to each qualifying student who is travelling on an approved educational trip to offset the cost of their learning experience. Up to $400 of grant money will be ADVANCED and posted to the students’ account which will then be transferred to the International Field Study account as payment. The remaining grant money, up to $100, will be AWARDED at the completion of your trip provided student has met all grant requirements.

Q: How will I know how much the grant will be for the field study I am on?

A: The value of the Be World Ready grant will included in the welcome email you receive after registering for the trip.

Q: What must I do to receive the grant?

A: You must complete the online modules, pre-departure waivers and attend an in person training session to receive the grant.

Q: How will I know if I received the grant advance?

A: The majority of the value of the grant will be deducted from your final payment and then posted to your student account as a payment towards your field study.

Q: How do I receive the remaining 20% of the grant?

A: You must provide a well written, 100 word, testimonial of how your experience on the trip impacted you. You must also submit 2 jpeg photographs that showcase your destination and yourself in destination.

Q: I have been on an International Field Study before and received the Be World Ready grant. Do I need to complete the online training and waivers again?

A: Yes, you must complete the online training and fill in the waivers again to receive the grant.

*Note: if we will be flying through the United States of America, you must have permission to enter and leave the United States. If you require a U.S travel visa it is your responsibility to obtain this document and email [email protected] a copy/photo.

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