Dragons and Covid-19

Travel in response to COVID-19 is evolving rapidly. Not only does this impact our approach to programming, it also deeply affects our global community partners who have made Dragons programs possible over the past 28 years. Visit COVID-19 Updates to read FAQs specific to Dragons programming and to learn what we are doing to support our in-country partners.

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GENUINELY EXPERIENCE A DIFFERENT WAY OF LIFE.

Dragons offers summer travel, Gap Year, and college study abroad programs in 19 countries, each one custom-crafted by instructor teams who bring their unique vision and expertise to the course design.


Summer Travel Abroad Programs, Ages 15-20

Summer programs for teens and young adults, authentic immersion experiences in developing Asia, Africa, and Latin America. VIEW PROGRAMS.


Gap Year Programs, Ages 17-22

Gap Year programs that bridge the best in experiential learning with deep cultural immersion, wilderness exploration and meaningful social engagement. VIEW PROGRAMS.


College Study Abroad Programs, Ages 18+

Combining small-group, intimate cultural engagement and experiential learning with an outstanding academic curriculum. VIEW PROGRAMS.


Summer & Gap Year
College Study Abroad

Looking for programs for Educators, Adults, and Schools?

In 28 years of student program management, Dragons has earned expertise in crafting transformational learning adventures. Whether you are a teacher hoping to engage in critical global issues, an adult seeking an authentic adventure with your treasured time off, or a university wanting the skills to run your own custom programs, you’ve come to the right place.

For Educators

Programs for Teachers and Administrators

Immersive professional development courses for classroom teachers, experiential education guides, and educators in the field of global studies.

Educator Programs

For Adult Travelers

Programs for Adventurers Aged 25+

Culturally immersive and expertly guided small group & custom designed travel for adults throughout Asia, Africa & Latin America.

Adult Programs

Partnerships

Programs for Schools and Organizations

Consulting, training, and collaborative travel program development for secondary schools, universities, companies, and organizations.

Partnerships
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Why Dragons…

MAPMAKERS ONCE DREW DRAGONS TO REPRESENT LANDS UNKNOWN. BOLD EXPLORERS WHO VENTURED BEYOND THE MAP’S EDGE WERE SAID TO GO “Where There Be Dragons.”

 

WHO WE ARE

We are a global community representing 6 continents, over 30 countries, and countless languages, villages, NGOs, religions, and host families. Our instructors are graduate students, returned Peace Corps Volunteers, U.N. development professionals, veteran wilderness guides, and career teachers. Together, we are united by a mission of nurturing empathy and understanding across borders through authentic cultural exchange.

OUR PARTICIPANTS

People who are willing to adventure into the unknown for the sake of discovery. People who want to lean into challenge and be inspired by expert mentorship along the way. People who seek more meaningful, ethical, and authentic travels. If this is you, we’re excited to work with you.

Mission & Values
What We Do

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Everything from the future of the Gap Year to interviews with our administrators. Explore Dragons in the news.

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Partnerships

Dragons has partnered with 50+ esteemed schools and universities across the country to run transformative student programming abroad.

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CERTIFICATIONS

We are continually striving to meet the highest standards of safety, social and environmental performance, and quality international education.

CERTIFICATIONS

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    We caught up with Dragons instructors Luke Hein and Kawsar Muhtar to learn more about their art-based project to tell stories from Uyghur people around the world during Ramadan. Every day during the month of Ramadan for the past two years, Luke Hein makes a watercolor painting and posts it on his Instagram handle, vlfhein. The paintings are... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/ramadan-watercolors-project-sharing-stories-from-the-uyghur-diaspora" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    07.07.20
  • The Empty Nest and What Comes Next for Dragons

    Today is July 1st: Week one of our summer courses. In normal times, students would be getting to know their instructors and peers, tasting and smelling new cuisines, and beginning their Dragons experience. These are clearly not normal times, and this year we are feeling what many of you experienced when your child left home: the empty nest. Until... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/the-empty-nest-and-what-comes-next-for-dragons" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    07.06.20
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