Jamie Persons

Rwanda, Thailand, & Indonesia Instructor

MSW Candidate 2015, UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work
BA in Anthropology, Social and Economic Justice, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Certified Wilderness First Responder

Jamie’s love of travel has led her to work and wander her way across the globe. It also led her to Dragons, where she’s been teaching, learning, and exploring since 2010.

Domestically and abroad, Jamie has worked on community-based development initiatives focused on women’s empowerment and social change. After college, Jamie moved to Rwanda on a fellowship to conduct self-designed research, investigating approaches to post-conflict trauma healing and community building. She has since worked with several international NGOs, collaborating with social change organizations in East Africa and Central America.

Jamie currently lives in Chapel Hill, NC, where she recently earned her Masters of Social Work and has been providing psychotherapy for adolescents and adults. She is also trained as a Hatha yoga teacher.

In her free time, you can find her hiking in the woods, sprawling on a picnic blanket with friends, or hanging out at the nearest music venue. She loves big questions and belly-laughs and tries to find a balance of play and meaning in each day. Ever a seeker and student of Life, Jamie is continually inspired by the transformational nature of travel and is excited to embark on her next journey with Dragons!

“Engaging with communities in new environments is messy…It is a journey that presents challenges, but in so doing allows a person to examine her expectations, trust the process, and discover gifts and connections she may otherwise have forgotten or taken for granted.”