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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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Core Curriculum

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.


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


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.

Global Issues

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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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Community News
  • Dragons Alumni Featured in “Bridging the Gap” article in The Buzz Magazines

    We LOVE seeing our alumni featured in the press, and this piece spotlighting Blake Myers (Dragons Nepal Semester) is so fresh and thorough! We've included a few of our favorite excerpts.... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/dragons-alumni-featured-in-bridging-the-gap-article-in-the-buzz-magazines" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

  • Dragons Community Grant Fund Supports Menstrual Health Project in Chaukati, Nepal.

    In an effort to give back to our wonderful network of international partners, Dragons has a Community Grant Fund that awards grants to local organizations based on a comprehensive application process. Some of this year's grant funds were distributed to support a menstrual health project in Chaukati, Nepal. Thank you to Michael D. Smith MSW/MPH... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/dragons-community-grant-fund-supports-menstrual-health-project-in-chaukati-nepal" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

  • Josh and Chuck cover “What’s a Gap Year anyway?” on the podcast: Stuff You Should Know

    Trusty and entertaining hosts Josh Clark and Chuck Bryant have taken on ALL the questions associated with Gap Years in a recent episode of the Stuff You Should Know Podcast... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/josh-and-chuck-cover-whats-a-gap-year-anyway-on-the-stuff-you-should-know-podcast" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

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