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

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  • Seeking Applications for Dragons Community Grants!

    We hope you have, by now, heard that Dragons created a Community Grant Fund last year? It's an effort to give back to our some of our incredible community partners and is financially supported by under-budget funds from student programming.Grants range from $500-$5,000 per applicant and we're currently seeking grant applications! <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/seeking-applications-for-dragons-community-grants" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    05.23.19
  • Bhutan: Challenging Definitions of Happiness — A DRAGONS JOURNAL FEATURED STORY

    If you say you’re going to Bhutan, be prepared for a wide range of reactions. From the skeptical bank-teller (“Hold on, let me make sure that’s a country before I authorize your credit card.”) to the confused listener (“Oh, that’s in Africa, right?”) to the awestruck fan (“Isn’t that the happiest country in the world?!”). While... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/bhutan-challenging-definitions-of-happiness-a-dragons-journal-featured-story" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    05.16.19
  • Featured College Study Abroad Nepal Program Wrap-Up Photo

    We are loving this College Study Abroad Nepal program wrap-up photo and caption from Parker Pflaum: "This group of lovely, silly humans has just two more days together in Nepal after spending almost four months living each day in very close quarters... " <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/featured-college-study-abroad-nepal-program-wrap-up-photo" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    05.09.19
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