Hear From Our Students And Teachers

Even though the Global LAB is only one week long, the connections made and lessons learned last far beyond that. At LAB, our biggest supporters are the students and teachers who continue to participate in the LAB Program year after year. They’ve shared their thoughts to encourage more students and teachers to participate and to keep the LAB community growing.

“I would like to send a huge “Mahalo” to all the people who worked countless hours to ensure the success of Learning Across Borders (LAB). This summer in Vietnam was truly one that I will remember forever, from the project that I presented to the places we visited to the strong bonds that I have made with other students around the world. I have not only learned more about people from different cultures but myself as well. LAB is life-changing!”


Sacred Hearts Academy
Hawaii, USA

“Thank you so much LAB for this golden opportunity. This mean so much to me. Being able to compete in the international global finals was my pleasure and so rewarding. This was also a week to grow as a person and a week to make long lasting international friends.”

Bunlim Taing​

Preah Monivong High School

“In this LAB event, I discovered that I am capable of talking to other people regardless the race, the beliefs, the nationality and I believe that it made me more confident.”

Cristopher Reian Paraguya​

Philippines Science High School-CMC

“Thank you LAB for this incredible journey. This is the first international competition that I have participated in. I had the opportunity to see other projects and to make friends. I think LAB is the fastest pathway for understanding and self-development.”

Quan Anh Thu

Chu Van An High School

“Thank you LAB for giving me the opportunity to share my project with others around the world! This trip gave me a different perspective on how to live my life. I am more motivated to create a positive change in the world with my project. Along with that, I learned more about Cambodia and other countries. I’ve also developed many friendships especially from Myanmar! This trip has been filled with laughter and everlasting memories.”

Ashlee Mei Balignasay

Waipahu High School
Hawaii, USA

“After joining the LAB event, I feel the true definition of “happiness”. Thank you LAB for creating this life-long memory for me and my friends. When I returned back from Global LAB, I felt like I just woke up from my sweetest dream. I am really proud to be a member of the LAB Family. LAB taught me the lesson I can’t get from school, and gave me the life-changing experience I need.”

Cheuchhoeng Chau

Bak Touk High School

“The first year of LAB Global Final was a success. The organizers have crafted a detailed itinerary for us to enjoy. Besides enjoying the history, culture, and food of Vietnam, we also had the chance to learn from the young people from various countries about their projects. I really admire their passion and dedication for what they have been doing. At the social events provided by LAB, The students was well-fed and became energized. There were laughter’s everywhere. I saw fellowship formed and friendship forged.”

Joy Lu-Chen

Hawaii, USA

“It’s a great chance to really see what your kids can do and then be inspired by other students and other mentors and go back and improve and do even better the next year.”

Nathan Landrum

Macduffie Intetnational School

“LAB is the best platform to learn, share and experience different cultures.”

Tara Tamang

Montithang High School

“Thank you so much to LAB for the great opportunity and for treating me as family. During the week, I had many experiences and knowledge. It has been an amazing week.”

San Win Tun

Phaung Daw Oo Monastic Education High School

“LAB is a unique opportunity for students to share their passion in addressing local and global issues while connecting with other students around the Asia Pacific region. It also exposes students to memorable experiences to create lifelong friendships.”

Nan Ketpura-Ching

Teacher, ‘Iolani School
Hawaii, USA