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From Nepal to Nicaragua; China to Cambodia; climate change to Islamic identity; learning service to development, our experiential 3 to 14-day courses engage educators from around the world in critical global issues while training new skills.

cross-cultural & experiential education

After 25 years of running rugged international travel programs for high school, gap, and college students, we have learned lessons, developed strategies, and honed our systems–and we want to share all that we’ve learned with you.

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Dragons Educator Courses are challenging and intimate experiences that push educators to discover a passion for experiential education, build new skills, explore travel ethics, and develop personal connections to issues of global significance. We train participants in cross-cultural facilitation skills and share strategies and resources for designing a comprehensive course curriculum.

SKILL BUILDING

Develop practical skills for leading cross-cultural experiential education programs

Training modules include risk management, program and curriculum design, cross-cultural facilitation, and considerations for global community engagement. Sharpen your edge as an educator, and learn new skills to bring back to your classroom.

Skill Building

ACCESS & engagement

Authentically engage with communities and place

Deeply connect with local communities through unique, sustainable travel experiences in small, intimate cohorts. Expand your comfort zones with colleagues and build genuine relationships to people and place.

Access & Engagement

GLOBAL ISSUES

Explore topics of critical global significance

Through home-stays, visits with local organizations, and conversations with farmers, teachers, and youth leaders, immerse yourself in dynamic dialogue and rich perspectives led by experienced facilitators.

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

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  • Dragons Fund 2019 Gratitude Report

    Last year, Dragons Fund raised $51,000 last year from within the Dragons alumni and instructor community, surpassing its year-end goal. It's all part of Dragons' efforts to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion on all programs... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/dragons-fund-2019-gratitude-report" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    02.21.20
  • Don’t Have Time to Research Travel Programs? Learn About Dragons on IGTV!

    Dragons is upping our video game. We are highlighting alumni and instructor voices with new videos on IGTV! Check out our newest series with instructor Q&A's, alumni stories, and videos from the field. <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/dont-have-time-to-research-travel-programs-learn-about-dragons-on-igtv" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    02.20.20
  • Dragons Partnership with the Duke Gap Year Program (DGYP)

    Dragons is excited to partner with the Duke Gap Year Program (DGYP) in the shared mission of increasing access to Dragons Gap Semesters for Duke  students... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/dragons-partnership-with-the-duke-gap-year-program-dgyp" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    02.17.20
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