Why Dragons

We cultivate meaningful connections through immersive and responsible travel.

Over the past three decades, our work has created a global community representing 6 continents, over 30 countries, and countless languages, NGOs, religions, host families, perspectives, and stories. Read on to learn what makes Dragons different from other providers, how we intentionally build programs, and what participants uniquely bring home from an experience.


WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

We define “responsible travel” as environmentally conscientious, culturally self-aware, and focused on developing mutually meaningful connections with local communities. Small groups and longer-term programming also reduce our ecological and cultural footprints. We believe how you engage abroad and what you take home from your travels matter. Learn more.

HAND-CRAFTED PROGRAMS

Many travel programs provide a day-by-day itinerary that is reproduced year after year, but at Dragons, each itinerary is a custom-crafted experience, infused with the experiences, expertise, passions, and local connections of our instructors. A dynamic itinerary creates space for unscripted, serendipitous, and candid moments of surprise and discovery.

EXPERT INSTRUCTORS

When not guiding with Dragons, our instructors are graduate students, U.N. development professionals, returned Peace Corps Volunteers, veteran wilderness guides, and career teachers. Instructors are selected based on their group facilitation skills, local language fluency, and regional experience. Visit Our People to learn what makes our instructors so exceptional.

GENUINELY IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCES

We connect participants to a direct experience of a different place through hands-on meaningful engagement. As such, we travel like locals, apprentice with artists, live with families, and learn from scholars, factory workers, sages, and community leaders alike.

SMALL GROUPS

A typical Dragons group has a 4:1 participant-to-instructor ratio so that each person receives individual support and personalized mentorship. The intimate group dynamic of this small cohort fosters deep dialogue and friendships that last a lifetime.

MEANINGFUL OFFLINE RELATIONSHIPS

We embrace an offline—and fully present—travel experience. Group dynamics are carefully facilitated to foster safe dialogue and an inclusive group spirit. Participants return home with a shared experience and connection to the Dragons network of alumni participants and instructors.


Social & Environmental Responsibility