Who We Are
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.”
Over the past three decades our work has created a global community representing six continents, over 20 countries, and countless languages, villages, NGOs, religions, host families, students, perspectives, and stories. Dragons mission is to cultivate meaningful connections through immersive and responsible travel. Our vision is to foster a more compassionate, just, and inclusive world.
We are proud to be…
A Value-Driven Company
We are committed to cross-cultural education as a tool for breaking down barriers and enhancing understanding between people and communities around the world.
Committed to Equity
We provide financial aid to over 20% of our participant body as well as need-based scholarships via The Dragons Fund, a non-profit 501c3 entity of the COMMON Foundation.
Dragons is B Corp certified and continually striving to meet the highest standards of verified social and environmental performance and public transparency in efforts to build a more inclusive and sustainable economy.
A Preferred Partner of Schools & Institutions
We have designed collaborative programming with Princeton University, Tufts University, Milton Academy, Carleton College and 50+ other esteemed high schools and universities.
The majority of our staff are multilingual and hold a master’s degree or PhD. When not guiding with Dragons, our instructors are graduate students, returned Peace Corps Volunteers, U.N. development professionals, veteran wilderness guides, and career teachers. Above all, Dragons instructors are experts in guiding participants through a holistic process infused with care and intention.
Experts in the Field of International Education
We have over 25 years of experience guiding groups and managing risk in the context of international education and we regularly facilitate training programs for teachers and administrators.
Mission & Values