David Haffeman

Risk Management Coordinator & North America Program Director

B.A. International Business, Fort Lewis College
B.A. Spanish, Fort Lewis College
Teacher Certification k-12 Spanish
WFR Certified

David’s college education occurred as much abroad as in the classroom. He studied formally in Spain and Honduras, and more informally while surfing the beaches of Costa Rica. Upon graduation, he traveled to Bolivia where he worked with a microfinance NGO providing loans to farmers and small business owners.

A long time resident of Southwest Colorado, David is booked solid from January to December, taking advantage of all the Rocky Mountains have to offer. When he is not off on an international journey you can find him in his beloved San Juan Mountains backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking, and backcountry skiing.

As an experiential educator in the Southwest, David strives to inspire the value of human connection and leadership in young people through interactions with Native American communities and adventures in the natural world. Over the past seven years David has lead groups of teenagers backpacking the Rocky Mountains, rafting the waterways of the Colorado River Basin, and exploring the canyons of the the Four Corners region.

With his experience as an outdoor educator, David carried his passion for travel and cultural emersion to the classroom. As a high school Spanish teacher David continued to formulate his pedagogy as an educator while helping to develop the foreign language department of a start-up project-based learning charter school.

After leading summer and semester courses for Where There Be Dragons in the Andes and Amazon in Bolivia and Peru David is excited to return to the Dragons community and join the administrative team.