Learning Across Borders

International Exchanges

Through Pingree's LAB programs, students learn to compare, question, examine, understand, and empathize with a broader range of viewpoints, histories, and cultural perspectives. LAB strives to help Pingree students graduate with a more sophisticated understanding of human history and society, including an awareness and appreciation of the variety of ways that people come to understand and negotiate their world as part of today’s interconnected global community.

How it Works

During a student/teacher exchange, Pingree families will host an international student in their home for approximately two weeks while their international guest attends classes at Pingree. During March vacation or summer vacation, the Pingree student will be hosted abroad for approximately two weeks in the home of the same student and will participate in classes and visit sites of historical and cultural significance.

Each exchange has a limited number of students who can participate. Students who wish to participate in an exchange must complete an application and obtain a teacher recommendation. The applications are reviewed and participants are selected by members of the LAB committee.

Local Excursions

The Local Learning Across Borders (LAB) program provides enriching opportunities to extend student learning beyond the classroom walls. With an emphasis on experiential learning, service, and community-building, students will visit significant sites and take advantage of the many resources—both cultural and natural—that surround Pingree’s campus. In doing so, students will broaden their perspectives, deepen their understanding of the interplay between coursework and the real world, and enrich their relationships, both within and outside of the Pingree community.

Trips in the fall trimester are organized by grade-level. Past trips have included:

Grade 9: Camp Bauercrest in Amesbury

Grade 10: Hike up Mount Major in New Hampshire

Grade 11: Legislation simulation at the Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate

Grade 12: College visits

Winter trips are designed by the faculty and are intended to extend and enhance classroom and student learning.

2017 Local LAB Trips

A Day in Boston’s Chinatown: Scavenger Hunt and Lunch at a Dim Sum Restaurant

Just Google It: A Tour of Google’s Cambridge Office

Environment and Evolution: Harvard Museum of Natural History Tour and Climate Change Workshop

Inside Industry and Immigration: Lawrence Heritage Park and Immigration Workshop at Lowell Mills

The Artists’ Eye: Designing and Exploring Art Exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts

Food & the Future: Tour of the Food & Future CoLab, Cambridge

Find Your Inner Engineer: Kinetic Sculpture Workshop and Gallery Tour at the MIT Museum, Cambridge

Slavery and Abolition: A Visit to Boston’s Museum of African-American History and Black Heritage Trail

DaVinci the Genius: Art History and Engineering at the Museum of Science, Cambridge

Paper Cranes and Candy Canes: The Mathematics of Folding Origami at MIT, Cambridge

Calling Future Politicians: A Day at the Massachusetts State House, Boston

Wicked Witch of the East?: Witches in Popular Culture vs. the Historical Record, Salem

Hands on History: An Historian’s Look at Portsmouth, NH including African Burial Ground and the UNH History Department

Purposeful Shopping: A Tour of Thrift Stores on the North Shore

North Shore Sustainability: A Tour of Recycling, Composting, and Efficiency Sites

Behind the Scenes: Filmmakers and TV Producers Visit Pingree

At Peace: A Mindfulness and Meditation Retreat at Pingree

Salsa con Salsa: Salsa Dance Workshop and Salsa-Making at Pingree

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