New experiences to expand your sense of the world and yourself
Learning Across Borders (LAB) programs are centered on the self-education that comes from confronting new places, new people and new ideas. For 25 years, LAB has introduced hundreds of participants to thought-provoking experiences in Southeast Asia.
Meet new people
LAB participants meet people they otherwise could not meet on their own: students, professors, NGO and United Nations staff, villagers and many others we meet along the way.
Explore new ideas
The ideas we explore range from how a country develops economically to how people of different religions and ethnic backgrounds manage to live together harmoniously. These ideas often come out of conversations with local people. For example, one frequently-asked question is: why do people from communities of modest means often seem to be so happy (sometimes happier than many people in more economically-developed nations)?
Reflect with new friends
Through our group reflection sessions, we explore together the most interesting and challenging questions and experiences found by each individual member. Some of the most valuable conversations—and long-lasting friendships—can come from within our own group
Typically, twenty or fewer participants. Learning from each other is an important part of the experience. Roommates are switched each time the group changes location.
LAB strives for diversity within each group. In addition to Japanese participants, programs often include several members from Taiwan and/or Thailand. Typically, several alumni from previous years join the programs as well and share their earlier experience (and, in the case of those now working, their career paths).
LAB programs are led by experienced leaders who have participated in past programs and who have close ties with local organizations and agencies. The typical program is either directly led by, or advised by, Dwight Clark, LAB’s President, who has been introducing program participants to Southeast Asia since 1991.
LAB’s long experience in Southeast Asia has allowed it to develop close connections with universities, non-profit organizations and other institutions and individuals which can provide depth and support to LAB programs.
LAB leaders serve without cost, so program fees include only direct expenses. LAB, as a non-profit organization, receives contributions from interested friends and alumni. These funds can, in some cases, allow fees to be less than a program’s actual cost.