Explore Your Global Community

AT DRAGONS WE LEARN BY DOING

We travel like locals, live with families, apprentice with artists, and learn from scholars, farmers, sages, and community leaders alike. We empower you to experience a different place through hands-on engagement. Each program is custom-crafted and led by expert instructors to ensure the most profound levels of immersion and mentorship. Explore our program offerings throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

SUMMER TRAVEL ABROAD PROGRAMS

Ages 15-20

We adventure. We explore. We learn. Our summer travel programs for students combine our nine program components to ensure every participant has a well-rounded and immersive journey.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

GAP YEAR PROGRAMS

Ages 17-22

Hear new stories, discover fresh perspectives, and engage with critical global issues through cultural immersion, wilderness exploration, language study, hands-on apprenticeships, and community engagement.

GAP YEAR PROGRAMS

COLLEGE STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS

Ages 18+

Take an alternative approach to college study abroad through cultural exploration, regional and intercultural studies, independent research projects, language courses, and a small-group experience.

COLLEGE STUDY ABROAD
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What Makes Us Different?


Authentic Immersion

Our goal is to connect participants to a direct experience of a different place through hands-on and meaningful engagement.We embrace a leadership model of lead-from-behind, such that participants follow their own questions and curiosity.


Dynamic Itinerary Design

Dragons itineraries are flexible to create space for unscripted, serendipitous, and candid moments of surprise and discovery. Backpacks, not roller bags, are on the packing list because it’s a novel combination of gravel roads, local transportation, and dirt paths that make each program an original adventure.


Ethical Travel

Responsible travel is environmentally conscientious, culturally self-aware, and focused on developing mutually meaningful connections with local communities. We approach each program component and host community with respect and the humility to listen first.


Small Groups & Professional Instructors

A typical Dragons group consists of 12 students and 3 instructors. This small group dynamic fosters deep dialogue and an inclusive group spirit. Our instructor teams have expertise in group facilitation, local language fluency, deep regional experience, and intimate connections with our host communities.



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Meet A FEW of Our instructors

They are educators; they are community builders; they are activists; they are experts in the places they take students. Dragons Instructors have spent an average of 4+ years living abroad and their life-experiences help to bridge the distance between students and local communities. We feel honored to work with these incredible global educators. We hope you’ll take a moment to get to know them.

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  • Instagram Videos of the China & South America Semesters by Zack Siddall

    Not many of our instructors have, "Rwanda, China, and Latin America Instructor" written on their instructor biography, but Zach Siddall does! As if the scope of his world knowledge weren't enough, he's now impressing us all with his videographer skills. We invite you to explore the world of our China and South America semesters via the lens and... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/instagram-videos-of-the-china-south-america-semesters-by-zack-siddall" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    04.24.19
  • Modeling the Values of Responsible Travel: A Conversation With Education Abroad Professionals

    Dragons admin attended a conference focused on the best practices in the field of education abroad and considered the question: "How do we model the values of responsible travel beyond the boundaries of a program?" <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/modeling-the-values-of-responsible-travel-a-conversation-with-education-abroad-professionals" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    04.17.19
  • The Dragons Journal: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

    We invite anyone from within Dragons community (alumni, staff, participants, community hosts, admin, etc.) to submit all forms of literary essays and sub-genres of creative nonfiction... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/the-dragons-journal-call-for-submissions" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    04.11.19
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