Cambodia Summer Program

About Dragons

Where There Be Dragons is the leader in cross-cultural education, fostering leadership, self-exploration and global citizenship since 1993.

Why do we believe in this work?

We are dedicated to cross-cultural education because we believe that future leaders will be required to think beyond borders and address the implications of resource scarcity in our global community. In this work, we feel part of a larger movement in education and want to help nurture and develop that movement however we can. To this end, our educator courses are designed to help teachers and administrators grow as global educators in and out of the classroom.

What makes a Dragons educator course?

We travel in small groups.

A Dragons educator group consists of 10 participants and 2 instructors. These small groups allow us to attend to the interests and needs of each participant and customize our curriculum accordingly. They also allow us to keep course itineraries flexible and better connect with local communities.

We hire experts.

Educator courses are run by our most veteran instructors, who have years of personal and professional experience in the field. Deep in-country experience and cultural fluency allows instructor teams to manage responsive itineraries and capitalize on unexpected learning opportunities as they arise.

We embrace the power of experiential education.

Dragons is an experiential education company. On an educator course, participants learn experientially and then are shown the planning and facilitation techniques our instructors use to maximize these experiences. We seek out new learning opportunities within the fabric of everyday life, stopping for chai with a sadhu in Varanasi; rolling out tortillas with an abuelita in Guatemala; or practicing Mandarin while navigating the train system in Beijing. By closely observing and engaging with local communities, we begin to ask questions about new cultural traditions, governance systems, religious beliefs, and human rights; we also ask reflective questions about who we are, where we come from, and how we’d like to live as empowered members of a global community.

Why should you join us?

There’s been a growing dialogue among students and educators about the value of an education in the 21st century. We’ve been listening and we believe that many students are hoping to gain a concrete set of “global competencies” and leadership skills before they “grow up” and join the workforce. In our experience, it’s hard to gain these skills only in a classroom. We are here to provide you with tools to grow as a global educator and deliver effective and safe global programming to your students and school.

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