Partnership Process

The Collaborative Design Process

Dragons Partnerships foster goal-setting in cross-cultural leadership, social entrepreneurship, peace-building, empathy building, and communication skills in cross-cultural programming.

Create learning outcomes

All Dragons courses start with the end in mind. The first step is creating challenging, profound, and realistic learning outcomes driven by best practices in global programming.


Identify program components

Dragons’ program components are the building blocks for the participant experience and allow for a holistic depth of engagement on every course. Our nine program components include home-stays, trekking, focus of inquiry, independent research, language study, rugged travel, service learning, development studies, and religion and philosophy.


Propose programming

Every course is developed using authentic in-country experiences, skill-building, and community-building methodology. Dragons courses encourage participants to practice, fail forward, and inspire peer leadership. Each course is driven by unique, in-country assets.


Refine itinerary

Dragons carefully curates working itineraries that honor and support the mission and culture of partnering organizations. Dragons drafts and refines itineraries to best meet the needs and goals of the organizations.



Dragons provides multi-day pre-course preparation workshops and trainings prior to the course departure. Pre-course curriculum can be facilitated in online or in-person workshops and ensures all participants come on programs confident and prepared.

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