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 programs for teens and young adults, authentic immersion experiences in developing Asia, Africa, and Latin America. VIEW PROGRAMS.
Gap Year programs that bridge the best in experiential learning with deep cultural immersion, wilderness exploration and meaningful social engagement. VIEW PROGRAMS.
Combining small-group, intimate cultural engagement and experiential learning with an outstanding academic curriculum. VIEW PROGRAMS.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Whether you are new to Dragons or Alumni, we offer many ways to connect and stay engaged…
"Twenty-two years ago I walked into a small town in southwestern China near dusk and realized I was in trouble..." <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/when-things-go-wrong-an-essay-by-jody-segar-dragons-china-program-director" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>08.15.19
We’ve heard from many past Dragons students that the travels they pursued on their own left them feeling lost or even conflicted about the ethics and efficacy of their presence and projects. So we’re launching Dragons Independent Spring Experience (ISE), an independent Gap Year experience supported by Dragons ... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/introducing_independent_spring_experiences_ise" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>08.01.19
Congratulations to the winners of Dragons Spring 2019 Semester Photo Contest... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/announcing-dragons-spring-semesters-2019-photo-contest-winners" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>07.25.19