Explore Your Global Community


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.


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.



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.



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.

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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.

Get Connected…Stay Connected

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

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  • Featured Instagram Photos & Videos from the Princeton Bridge Year Bolivia Group

    If you did not already see it, we highly recommend you head over to Dragons Instagram feed to check out the truly impressive visual artistry of the Bridge Year Bolivia group... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/featured-instagram-photos-videos-from-the-princeton-bridge-year-bolivia-group" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

  • Announcing Photo Contest Winners from our 2018 Fall Gap Year Programs!

    Selected by peers, family, friends and strangers from the Where There Be Dragons community, we're proud to announce the winners!  <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/announcing-fall-2018-photo-contest-winners" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

  • GoOverseas.com Community Selects Dragons as Top Gap Year Providers of 2018

    Winners were named by the community of travelers at GoOverseas where Dragons has 108+ participant reviews, 21 interviews, and a 98% average review grade. GoOverseas says: "We're thrilled to recognize Where There Be Dragons as one of the best travel organizations in 2018 through this merit-based award."  <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/gooverseas-community-selects-dragons-as-top-gap-year-providers-of-2018" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

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