The goal of the international community service projects ('internationale maatschappelijke stage' in Dutch, or 'IMAS' for short) is that students make an active contribution to society by means of volunteer activities. The two-day programme serves as a preparation before students go abroad.
Etiquette, microinequities and implicit prejudice
A two-day programme that focuses on the international community service projects at Wolfert Bilingual School Rotterdam from an economic, historical, political and philosophical perspective.
|Author / creator
|Ramona van der Vaart, Kiki Varekamp, Christiaan Veldman, Floris Velema & Paul Vliegen
Aims and objectives
Part of the programme consists of a lesson in ethics, which focuses on the themes of etiquette, microinequities and implicit prejudice. The lesson can be found on page 18-20 of the booklet (see 'Downloads').
The students first research and discuss the etiquette at their IMAS destination. Secondly, they read about Amy Olberding's concept of microinequities and George Yancy's 'elevator effect', and share their own experiences with this subject. Thirdly, the students take Harvard's Implicit Association Test and reflect on the outcomes in relation to etiquette and microinequities.
The two-day programme took place at Wolfert Bilingual School in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
This programme is developed to make students more aware of the subtle ways in which we communicate, such as body posture, tone of voice, and eye contact (or the lack thereof), and how these interactions can expose social inequality.