FOR SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES SEEKING TO DEEPEN GLOBAL PROGRAMMING
At Dragons, we believe that intentionally crafted global experiential education can inspire social change, foster connection, and lead to a better humanity. We also know the many challenges involved in building authentic, safe, and ethical programming. Dragons Partnerships helps schools and universities clarify their vision, navigate varying stakeholder expectations, and execute successful international programs.
A partnership with Dragons builds capacity, not dependency. We invest in your long-term success by facilitating a process of professional growth and institutional culture change. Together, we customize a package of consulting, training, and student programming, that improves risk management, program quality, faculty leadership skills, and community engagement practices.Our Approach
Every school and university has different needs. Together, chart a pathway to success and define the scope and sequence of a customized partnership to meet your needs.
We dig in to what’s most important for you, your school, and your vision for successful global programming.
We customize a combination of partnership services—consulting, training, and student programming—that supports the evolution of your global programs over time.
We execute the plan, offering space for ongoing reflection, feedback, and adjustments to ensure a successful outcome.The Partnership Process
Successful international student programming is complicated. Partnerships provide immediate access to nearly thirty years experience through dynamic and effective professional development, refined risk management systems, and engagement in authentic global programming. Through Partnerships, we provide the keys and the vehicle for excellent global programming—hundreds of field instructors, a robust and experienced administrative team, and a tight network of relationships and resources in the countries we operate.
Each partnership is unique, offering a customized combination of resources and services to meet your needs. Through careful communication and relationship-building, we bring access to an enormous wealth of knowledge and expertise in experiential global education and institutional leadership.
Dragons demonstrates, at every level, a profound commitment to creating the very best student experience abroad. The caliber of their on-site staff, their tireless attention to risk management, and their truly innovative approach to experiential learning make them a valued program partner.
Through a comprehensive vetting process, Dragons was selected as one of three partner organizations to work with Princeton University in customizing and launching an inaugural Bridge Year Program in 2010. By 2015, Dragons was chosen as Princeton’s exclusive partner of Bridge Year programming and currently manages five nine-month Bridge Year programs in India, China, Senegal, Bolivia and Indonesia.
Dragons instructors and facilitators provide a complementary role by bringing experiential pedagogy to help students reflect and process their experiences. They also bring solid training in risk management and a depth of experience in the places they work. From what I’ve seen, Dragons instructors have a balanced skill-set, a knack for connecting with students, and working well in dynamic leadership teams.
Where There Be Dragons has worked with Carleton College since 2006 on program development and execution as well as faculty workshops on transformative education. In Carleton’s “Mundo Maya” program, Dragons supported on the ground by working alongside lead faculty to engage students directly in container building, reflection and processing, and a deeper engagement with place and self. In India, we collaborated to develop homestays, guest speakers, student internships and general program infrastructure for a course focused on the impacts of tourism and local identities.
The expansive nature of their curriculum and the veteran experience of their instructors have helped us provide breakthrough learning for students that will stick with them for the rest of their lives. I’m committed to Dragons as a go-to partner for providing the highest quality and safest programming abroad.
Partnership Overview: Since 2011, Dragons has worked with Hawken School to develop programming in Sikkim, Yunnan Province, and Myanmar. In the early years, we focused on consulting with the administrative leadership team as they developed a shared-mental model for successful global programming across divisions. To help foster a unified practice and vision for global program at Hawken, we worked with lead teachers to create a 3-day intensive skills training at an off-the-grid retreat space near campus. As such, the partnership has had profound impacts on faculty and students well beyond the scope of Dragons led student programming.
Dragons’ reputation is well deserved. Their efforts have been vital to the success of our global travel programs, and through their expertise, professionalism, and good will they have helped us immeasurably to customize and execute travel experiences that integrate and advance our school’s vision and values. Dragons is a great partner — visionary, professional, generous, and in this work for the right reasons.
Partnership Overview: Dragons has worked with the Menlo School since 2014 to deepen and enhance their global programming by offering longer, more challenging and growth oriented experiences for students abroad. Dragons supports Menlo Abroad’s continuing evolution by providing ongoing consulting and support for risk management and outward messaging, on-campus tone-setting and pre-course preparation, annual teacher training workshops, site visits and scouting, as well as collaborative program development in Guatemala and China. Our work with Melo represents a “true partnership” in that we frequently connect to innovate, alter course, and add value to the vast work involved with the expansion and growth of their program.
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