Lauren Chan

STORIES OF RESILIENCE AND HOPE

27/10/2017 165 Comments 1040

My name is Lauren. I am a master’s student of tourism management – trying to understand the world through the lens of sustainable and responsible travel. I am interested in the unique and diverse relationship between people and their environment.

I hope to discover the unique tapestry of different cultures, ancient and present, and to learn about individuals and communities through art, food, festivals, traditions, and family. With your support, I will discover projects, supported by the EU, that positively impact people’s lives.

I hope to be a #Faces2Hearts ambassador to share and communicate the stories that enact awareness and promote a global community.

Lauren


By Lauren Chan 165 Comments 27/10/2017
  • Konstantinos
    27/10/2017

    I wish that you will have this opportunity because it will make it possible for you and us to continue being inspired with the stories through your eyes!

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    • Lauren Chan
      27/10/2017

      Thank you Konstantinos! You are such a supportive friend, I’m grateful for you!

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    • Marilena
      27/10/2017

      Laura keep inspiring and motivating people around the world!

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      • Lauren Chan
        27/10/2017

        I can only say the SAME about you and Konstantinos – together we can positively impact the world!

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  • You are the best, Lauren! I am always amazed by the beauty you see in all things nature and the broken. Hugs and blessings your way 🙂

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    • Lauren Chan
      27/10/2017

      By biggest hugs back to you, thank you for your encouragement and support!

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  • Dominika Prague
    27/10/2017

    You are an incredible woman full of potential and you won’t stop amazing me with the way you’re living the life to the fullest and your ability to share it with us! I’m always speechless, thank you for all you’re doing, my dear Lauren!

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    • Lauren Chan
      27/10/2017

      You’re so kind Dominika! I’m thankful for our friendship 🙂

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  • Rosanna
    27/10/2017

    Very inspiring! I hope you get the opportunity to travel more because I love seeing all your photos around the world.

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    • Lauren Chan
      27/10/2017

      Thank you Rosanna! Big hugs to you and your beautiful family.

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  • AleGrampa
    27/10/2017

    Go Lauren!
    Keep it up and don’t stop traveling, meeting new inspiring people and sharing their stories!

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    • Lauren Chan
      27/10/2017

      Thank you Ale for your support! I will try to do all those things 🙂

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  • Els
    27/10/2017

    Lauren your story is intense and displayed in a very tender way.
    Beautiful at your age, you already take your responsibility to experience this and share it with all of us. It’s important that people tell stories that they felt and experienced in life. This way we get to know what’s happening outside our world. The way you involve nature is unique and beautiful. Love it. Els

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    • Lauren Chan
      27/10/2017

      Els, dankuwel. Thank you for your kind words and encouragement. I hope to keep learning from your art work and photography 🙂 I want to capture moments as beautifully as you do.

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      • Els
        27/10/2017

        learning from each other is the good thing in life 😉

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  • emsedits
    27/10/2017

    Laur I LOVE this and I am so proud of you. Let me know how we can support you in any way!

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    • Lauren Chan
      27/10/2017

      Thank you so much Em for you kind words and encouragement, you are such a good friend. Fingers crossed for the results!

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  • Johnny Shuler
    27/10/2017

    What a beautiful project you’re undertaking Lauren, melding your skills and passions in sustainable tourism, photography, and writing. The work you’ve done with refugees is incredibly inspiring, and I can only imagine what you’d be able to achieve through this opportunity – can’t think of a more qualified candidate as you. Also, what an the ideal way this would be to spend your fourth semester! Fingers crossed you get selected!!!

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    • Lauren Chan
      27/10/2017

      Thank you Johnny for all your support – I am so grateful for you!

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  • Andreas Knogler
    27/10/2017

    I hope you get this massive chance which can help you to grow, to gain more experience as well as I am sure with the experiences you make and your passion, you will make a substantial impact in whatever you will do in the future!!! GO for it!!

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    • Lauren Chan
      27/10/2017

      You are inspiring me to go for big goals! Thank you for your support, GO-ing for it 🙂

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  • Sunny Choi
    27/10/2017

    All the best Lauren! Wonderful (and meaningful) video – thanks for sharing! Hope you get in to this program! Ill pray for you:)

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  • Tiffany Yau
    28/10/2017

    Thank you for always sharing your experiences and travel stories with us. Keep doing what you love. Best of luck Lauren 🙂

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    • Lauren Chan
      28/10/2017

      Thank you so much Tiff! I can only wish the same for you, keep doing what you love! 🙂

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  • Bart De Moor
    28/10/2017

    Dear Lauren, good luck with your plan creating happiness for the ones who need and deserve it most ! If all people undertake some effort, even much less than you do, the world would/could be so different…

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    • Lauren Chan
      28/10/2017

      Dankuwel Bart! I appreciate your kind thoughts and encouragement 🙂

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  • Alex
    28/10/2017

    Go Lauren!

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  • Ann Van Holderbeker
    29/10/2017

    I am very pleased to hear and read that there are still (young)people caring about the essence of life : be there when needed, accepting each others way of living and above all treat people and their environment as it was yours.
    Wish you all the luck and many good works in the future Lauren
    Ann Van Holderbeke

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    • Lauren Chan
      30/10/2017

      Thank you for your encouragement and kind words. I completely agree – acceptance and compassion are important in travel and in life!

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  • Jonathan Ben-Yishai
    29/10/2017

    Great video Lauren – crossing fingers for you. I truyly believe you would do amazing job. Good luck!

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    • Lauren Chan
      30/10/2017

      Thank you so much for your support! I really appreciate it!

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  • Jason
    29/10/2017

    It would be a mistake to choose anyone else!

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  • Valentin Durant
    30/10/2017

    To one of the most inspiring person I’ve had the chance to meet in my life, Lauren, I’m fully supporting you in all the actions you undertake to make this world a better place ! Good luck 💪💪💪

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    • Lauren Chan
      30/10/2017

      Thank you for your kind words Valentin! I really appreciate your support 🙂

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  • Nicolette Cheng
    30/10/2017

    This is amazing and so are you! I love see your posts and updates on your travels and journeys, I really hope you get this!! You are an inspiration 🙂

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    • Lauren Chan
      30/10/2017

      Thank you so much Nicolette! Continue to adventure near and far (because I love seeing your posts, too!)

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  • Karen
    30/10/2017

    Love it hope you get in!!

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  • Karen De Leon
    30/10/2017

    Amazing Lauren! You are an inspiration with the biggest heart. I hope you get to keep traveling and going on all the adventures. Good luck!

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    • Lauren Chan
      30/10/2017

      Thank you so much Karen, you have such a big heart! 🙂

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  • Saori Abe
    30/10/2017

    Lauren!!! i’m looking forward to seeing you taking this chance to explore more opportunities out thereeee 頑張ってね!❤️

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  • Lina
    31/10/2017

    All the best, Lauren! Funny how we have the same interests lol…you’re more daring to explore 😀 sooo….I’ll be doing this with you in spirit 🙂

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    • Lauren Chan
      31/10/2017

      I’m so glad to have a friend who shared the same interests! <3 Thank you for your support Lina!

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  • shima
    31/10/2017

    Lauren, I wish you all the best for this, we had the chance to explore and learn and being engaged through this project.
    YOU are a great person and you deserve the best.

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  • annemie verbeiren
    31/10/2017

    Beautiful project Laura. Good luck!

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    • Lauren Chan
      01/11/2017

      Thank you so much for your support, I really appreciate it!

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    • Swami Dhyan Adhar
      26/05/2018

      My time has got beautified to read n listen ur experiences Lauren.U hav truly been a blessing for many remaining fully devoted to raise consciousness,spread love messages n serving humanity.I am utterly speechless to c ur passion n aspirations to light the lives of ppl around this globe.
      U r really wonderful in ur own way.World ever needs truly inspiring ppl like u.Salutations to ur life energy n insight .

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  • Claudia Chan
    01/11/2017

    Excited to see how you’re going to keep sharing stories and your experiences of the people you’ll meet and interact with! Proud of you! 🙂

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  • Airin Wydianto
    01/11/2017

    Very nice project, Lauren! Wishing u all the best! 🙂

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  • Nguyen Thi Hong Ha
    01/11/2017

    You are amazing, Lauren! A meaning full story to share to the world and raise more awareness. Wish you all the best, dear!!

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    • Lauren Chan
      02/11/2017

      Thank you so much for your kind words and support. I will do my best to always share stories and raise awareness!

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  • Melissa
    03/11/2017

    What I like in your story is the “HOPE” factor. There’s a lot of suffering and indeed, we mustn’t close our eyes for that, but amongst those stories you will always find people who decide to stand up and create, make the difference, an upword force! Thanks for sharing, looking forward to the rest of your videos.
    Melissa

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    • Lauren Chan
      03/11/2017

      Thank you Melissa for your kind comment. I also agree that hope is what pushes us to make a difference and stand up for what we believe in. Thank you again!

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  • Come on Lauren!! I really like how people can breath “HOPE”.. Hope is the key for the future.. thank you for your work, it s awesome!

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    • Lauren Chan
      07/11/2017

      Thank you so much Marcovalerio for your inspiration and support!

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  • Norm
    04/11/2017

    Keep up the great work!

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    • Lauren Chan
      07/11/2017

      Thank you so much Norm, I really appreciate your support!

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  • Anna
    08/11/2017

    You rock Lauren! Inspiring story – I wish for you to continue to be as beautiful and awesome as you are by sharing more stories & keep being full of hope!

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    • Lauren Chan
      09/11/2017

      Thank you so much Anna, I really appreciate it! 🙂

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  • Lukie
    08/11/2017

    This is just testament to the thoughtful, caring and dedicated person you are. I wish you the best of luck in everything and I offer my support in whatever way it can be offered.

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    • Lauren Chan
      09/11/2017

      You are so kind Lukie, thank you for your encouragement!

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  • Joe
    08/11/2017

    Keep killin’ it!!!!

    xoxo <3

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  • Katie
    09/11/2017

    Good luck Lauren, take the tourism world by storm!

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  • Anguteeraq
    09/11/2017

    When you were in Greenland, I was lucky enough to meet you as a person.
    Smiling person, warm, open to learning other cultures, even learning a little Greenlandic language.
    You are unique! I support your journey! 😊
    And good luck with your education and goals!

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    • Lauren Chan
      09/11/2017

      Thank you Anguteeraq, you are such a great friend and I feel grateful to learn Greenlandic from you!

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  • Dan Jiang
    09/11/2017

    Amazing! You will be a great ambassador with your sensibility, an artistic and humble eyes and heart

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    • Lauren Chan
      09/11/2017

      Thank you so much for your support Dan, I really appreciate it!

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  • Loukia Maragkou
    09/11/2017

    Lauren,sweet girl,keep traveling all over the world in order to meet new inspiring people,sharing their customs,their culture and their problems!When you were in Greece I Was lucky to meet a smiling person and a very dedicated one!I wish you all the best and your dreams to be fulfilled! Good luck!Keep smiling 😀🌷

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    • Lauren Chan
      09/11/2017

      Thank you so much for your kind words of encouragement. I will keep smiling! Hopefully one day I can return to Greece – I felt so welcomed and loved 🙂

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  • Sil
    09/11/2017

    Lauren, I am so incredibly proud of you. I have never met another person like you.

    You possess the sensitivity, necessary to listen and absorb your surrounding environment, and you have at the same time the creative, expressive talent to transform that presence through words and image into rich, imaginative descriptions.

    But, I guess this is no secret, as the blog you are running, with your recent series on Greenland are merely evidencing what I am saying. What is more important to me is that, besides being a talented storyteller, you truly, genuinely care about other human beings, about our climate, about all that what is going wrong in this world, but also about all the beauty that binds us as together as humans.

    Thank you for being an inspiration Lauren!

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    • Lauren Chan
      09/11/2017

      I am so grateful for your support and comment. Your words touched my heart and it is my hope that this opportunity allows me to keep doing what I love doing. Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

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  • Nicolle
    09/11/2017

    You are an inspiration my friend & your travels are beautiful. Much love!

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    • Lauren Chan
      09/11/2017

      Thank you Nicolle, you are so kind – your support is deeply appreciated!

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  • Demetris
    09/11/2017

    Lauren, keep going.. i wish you all the best

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    • Lauren Chan
      09/11/2017

      Thank you very much Demetris for your support 🙂

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  • Daniel BOUCHOUT
    09/11/2017

    Bonne chance pour toutes vos actions présentes et à venir !!!

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    • Dominika Prague
      09/11/2017

      merci beaucoup de soutenir mon amie Lauren, Daniel! elle est très spéciale <3

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  • Lauren Chan
    09/11/2017

    Dominika vous êtes très spécial aussi. Merci Daniel! Thank you both for your support!

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  • Hiroyuki Tsuruta
    10/11/2017

    Very pleased to see what you’ve seen and felt throughout your ongoing journey! Wish you all the best, Lauren!

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  • Jan Danckaert
    10/11/2017

    Succes, Lauren. Jan

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    • Lauren Chan
      10/11/2017

      Thank you for your support Jan! I really appreciate it!

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  • Anna Otero
    10/11/2017

    Lauren ! you are one of the most amazing human beings I´ve ever met. All the best in this incredible adventure.

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    • Lauren Chan
      10/11/2017

      Thank you so much for you kind words. Anna, I can only say the same about you!

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  • moniabadir
    10/11/2017

    Laur, you have never stopped shedding light on the beauty around you. I am grateful for your vision and for your heart. For the two together make for such magical journeys. Sending all my love.

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    • Lauren Chan
      11/11/2017

      Moni, thank you so much for you support and compassionate message.

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  • Statia
    11/11/2017

    Lauren you are an inspiration and so deserving of this opportunity because of who your are and what you are capable of. Best to you, Statia

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    • Lauren Chan
      11/11/2017

      Thank you so much Statia for your support and kindness! I really appreciate it!

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  • Aaron
    11/11/2017

    Laur, keep finding new stories to tell. Lots of love – Aaron

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    • Lauren Chan
      11/11/2017

      Aaron, thank you so much for your support! Lots of love back to you!

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  • Bheng
    11/11/2017

    You are an inspiration Lauren! Keep blazing a trail and shining your light wherever you go! Keep us posted with your adventures! Wishing you the best on this amazing endeavour! We’re always here to support you! 🙂 <3

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    • Lauren Chan
      11/11/2017

      Thank you so much Bheng for being so supportive, I really appreciate it! I’m grateful for our friendship!

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  • Nicole Chan
    12/11/2017

    Lauren – thank you for always sharing your stories and experiences. I love following your journey and adventures. You are such a beautiful inspiration for all of us! All the best and all my love.

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    • Lauren Chan
      12/11/2017

      Thank you so much Nicole! I am so grateful for your support! All my love back to you.

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  • cole crawford
    12/11/2017

    You are so inspiring as always hard working! Hope you get it!

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    • Lauren Chan
      12/11/2017

      Thank you so much for your support Cole – it means a lot!

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  • bernadeta
    12/11/2017

    Thank you so much for Sharing Lauren. May your stories keep on inspiring! Good luck on your future journeys!

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    • Lauren Chan
      12/11/2017

      Thank you so much for your support Bernadeta! 🙂

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  • Gemma
    12/11/2017

    You deserve it lauren! Great job!

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    • Lauren Chan
      12/11/2017

      Thank you so much for your support Gemma, I really appreciate the time you took to leave a comment 🙂

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  • Jo
    12/11/2017

    Lauren dear, you did an awesome job documenting the stories and the photos are compelling! You are a winner all around!!! Hoping for the best for you!!! You opened the world to us!!!

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  • Hiroaki Oikawa
    12/11/2017

    I thought I’d love to let this girl’s journey carry on and hear more of her story when I watched this inspiring video regardless of the fact we are friends. I wish you the best from afar, Lauren!

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    • Lauren Chan
      13/11/2017

      ありがとう!Thank you for your support Hiroaki, I wish you the best too!

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  • Leah Carriere
    12/11/2017

    Thanks for sharing this important story, Lauren! I hope that you get chosen for this opportunity but even if it doesn’t work out, I am confident that you will have many successes in the future. You thrive in all that you do and your passion and drive is nothing short of inspirational. Wishing you all the best from Portland!

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    • Lauren Chan
      13/11/2017

      Thank you so much for your support Leah, I am grateful to learn about sustainability, development and international cooperation through Sustainable Travel International.

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  • So
    13/11/2017

    amazing!

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  • William Murray
    13/11/2017

    Incredibly inspiring Lauren. You always approach things with intelligence, compassionate, and positivity. You would be fantastic at this. Best of luck!

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    • Lauren Chan
      13/11/2017

      Thank you William, I really appreciate your kind words and support. I will continue to live with those virtues!

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  • elissaleeeee
    13/11/2017

    My dear Lauren you always inspire me, keep the spirits and keep going, I believe in you 🙂

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    • Lauren Chan
      14/11/2017

      Thank you so much for your positive comment. I am so grateful for your support!

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  • Sheila Brewster
    15/11/2017

    what a respectful and dignity-honouring video! Words welling written and easy to understand, images that celebrate and appreciate, and a focus on the humanity of everyone! Hope you win the whole thing!

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    • Lauren Chan
      17/11/2017

      Thank you so much Sheila for your comment and for your positive comment about my storytelling. I really appreciate it!

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  • vsajbanova
    15/11/2017

    Fingers crossed!

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  • Jure Figar
    15/11/2017

    wish you all the best! 🙂

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    • Lauren Chan
      17/11/2017

      Thank you so much for your comment and support Jure! I really appreciate it 🙂

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  • Jonathan Ben-Yishai
    16/11/2017

    Good luck! crossing fingers for you 🙂

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    • Lauren Chan
      17/11/2017

      Dear Jonathan, thank you so much for your supportive comment. It means a lot to me!

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  • Ekaterina
    16/11/2017

    Best of luck to you, shiny Lauren ☺

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    • Lauren Chan
      17/11/2017

      Thank you so much lovely Ekaterina! I really appreciate your support in this competition!

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  • shima
    16/11/2017

    yessssssssssss, you will have itttt. go for it

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    • Lauren Chan
      17/11/2017

      Thank you dearest Shima, I appreciate your kind words and support so much!

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  • Belén
    16/11/2017

    Good Luck Lauren!! I did like your candidacy too, Best, Belén

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    • Lauren Chan
      17/11/2017

      Dear Belén, thank you so much for your comment and encouragement. I really appreciate it!

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  • Gerleen Wayenberg
    16/11/2017

    Hope you’ll become one of the ambassodors for Faces2Hearts :)! Looking forward to more beautiful and true stories of ‘resilience and hope’.

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    • Lauren Chan
      17/11/2017

      Dear Gerleen, thank you for your kind words and comment. I really hope to continue to sharing stories of resilience and hope! Fingers crossed!

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  • Hector Gustavo
    16/11/2017

    Hey, Lauren! I just saw your video. It was really beautiful and well written. Wish you the best as well!

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    • Lauren Chan
      17/11/2017

      Dear Hector, thank you so much for your encouragement. It’s was thoughtful of you to leave a comment!

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  • Tariro
    16/11/2017

    Wishing you al the best Lauren!!

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    • Lauren Chan
      17/11/2017

      Hi Tarino, thank you so much for your comment! Have a wonderful day!

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  • Martina Fleiss
    17/11/2017

    Dear Lauren,
    I wish you all the best and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that you get this amazing opportunity!
    I really hope to meet you soon in person somewhere around the world 🙂 :*
    greetings from Kolding, Martina

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    • Lauren Chan
      17/11/2017

      Dear Martina, thank you so much for your kind comment and encouragement. I hope to meet you one day too! All the best with your studies!

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  • Kishor Dass
    17/11/2017

    It’s great to know you and your story.. All the best..

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    • Lauren Chan
      17/11/2017

      Thank you for your support Kishor. Hope you have a great day!

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  • Jessica H Vaiphei
    17/11/2017

    Hello lauren, you were my biggest threat during the first selection process. I am so glad you made it up to here, you are so deserving. I wish you all the very best dear😘

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    • Lauren Chan
      18/11/2017

      Dear Jessica, thank you so much for your thoughtful message. You shared a beautiful message in your video. Thank you again!

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  • Luvc4ts
    18/11/2017

    Lauren,

    Wish you All the best. I hope you can continue share stories of resilience.
    Good luck👍👍

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    • Lauren Chan
      18/11/2017

      Thank you so much for your comment and support! I really appreciate it! Have a wonderful day 🙂

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  • Chando
    19/11/2017

    Such an inspiration, as a development worker the issue of refugees should be addressed by all nations .Refugees are not less human #ISupport

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    • Lauren Chan
      19/11/2017

      Thank you so much for your support Chando, I really appreciate it!

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  • Kathrin Lilienberg
    19/11/2017

    All the best for you, the people who you support and your sustainable project. Keep on going with Joy and Happiness Lauren!!!

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    • Lauren Chan
      19/11/2017

      Thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement Kathrin – I wish you joy and happiness in your life too!

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  • Gabriela Makarieva
    19/11/2017

    Good luck!!! 🙂

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    • Lauren Chan
      19/11/2017

      Thank you so much for your support Gabriela, have a wonderful week!

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  • Piaoying Huang
    19/11/2017

    Heyyy Lauren!!! You are doing great things!!! Support you and proud of you!! Also proud of EMTM!! You deserve it! Look forward to seeing you if have chances!

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    • Lauren Chan
      19/11/2017

      Dear Piaoying, thank you so much for your comment and support! EMTM represent!

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  • Armando
    19/11/2017

    Nice video. Good luck!

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  • toni wu
    20/11/2017

    GOOG LUCK!

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    • Lauren Chan
      20/11/2017

      Thank you so much for your support Toni, I really appreciate your comment – fingers crossed!

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  • Smarika K.C.
    20/11/2017

    Very interesting Lauren! Good luck with the amazing journey you are aspiring to take. 🙂

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    • Lauren Chan
      20/11/2017

      Thank you so much for your support Smarika, have a wonderful day!

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  • Em
    21/11/2017

    Team L-Chan all the way!

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  • Kyna
    22/07/2018

    Awesome blog girl, keep it up!

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