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EXPLORE YOUR GLOBAL COMMUNITY. VENTURE TO THE MAP’S EDGE AND DISCOVER A PROFOUNDLY 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
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Looking for programs for Educators, Adults, and Schools?

In 25 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 REPUTATION

25+ years of experience guiding groups and managing risk in the context of international education has made Dragons the leader in cross-cultural and experiential education. In addition to a history of partnerships with over 50 esteemed schools and universities, our staff facilitate international and domestic training programs for educators worldwide.

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.

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Our People

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Whether you are new to Dragons or Alumni, we offer many ways to connect and stay engaged…

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  • Dragons Fund 2019 Gratitude Report

    Last year, Dragons Fund raised $51,000 last year from within the Dragons alumni and instructor community, surpassing its year-end goal. It's all part of Dragons' efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion on all programs... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/dragons-fund-2019-gratitude-report" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    02.21.20
  • Don’t Have Time to Research Travel Programs? Learn About Dragons on IGTV!

    Dragons is upping our video game. We are highlighting alumni and instructor voices with new videos on IGTV! Check out our newest series with instructor Q&A's, alumni stories, and videos from the field. <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/dont-have-time-to-research-travel-programs-learn-about-dragons-on-igtv" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    02.20.20
  • Dragons Partnership with the Duke Gap Year Program (DGYP)

    Dragons is excited to partner with the Duke Gap Year Program (DGYP) in the shared mission of increasing access to Dragons Gap Semesters for Duke  students... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/dragons-partnership-with-the-duke-gap-year-program-dgyp" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    02.17.20
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