Explore Your Global Community

AT DRAGONS WE LEARN BY DOING

We travel like locals, live with families, apprentice with artists, and learn from scholars, farmers, sages, and community leaders alike. We empower you to experience a different place through hands-on engagement. Each program is custom-crafted and led by expert instructors to ensure the most profound levels of immersion and mentorship. Explore our program offerings throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

SUMMER TRAVEL ABROAD PROGRAMS

Ages 15-20

We adventure. We explore. We learn. Our summer travel programs for students combine our nine program components to ensure every participant has a well-rounded and immersive journey.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

GAP YEAR PROGRAMS

Ages 17-22

Hear new stories, discover fresh perspectives, and engage with critical global issues through cultural immersion, wilderness exploration, language study, hands-on apprenticeships, and community engagement.

GAP YEAR PROGRAMS

INDEPENDENT EXPERIENCE

Ages 17-25

Seeking a more independent next step in your travels? Opportunities for meaningful cross-cultural engagement outside the structure of a group semester, but still with the support of Dragons resources and mentorship.

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What Makes Us Different?


Authentic Immersion

Our goal is to connect participants to a direct experience of a different place through hands-on and meaningful engagement.We embrace a leadership model of lead-from-behind, such that participants follow their own questions and curiosity.


Dynamic Itinerary Design

Dragons itineraries are flexible to create space for unscripted, serendipitous, and candid moments of surprise and discovery. Backpacks, not roller bags, are on the packing list because it’s a novel combination of gravel roads, local transportation, and dirt paths that make each program an original adventure.


Ethical Travel

Responsible travel is environmentally conscientious, culturally self-aware, and focused on developing mutually meaningful connections with local communities. We approach each program component and host community with respect and the humility to listen first.


Small Groups & Professional Instructors

A typical Dragons group consists of 12 students and 3 instructors. This small group dynamic fosters deep dialogue and an inclusive group spirit. Our instructor teams have expertise in group facilitation, local language fluency, deep regional experience, and intimate connections with our host communities.



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Meet A FEW of Our instructors

They are educators; they are community builders; they are activists; they are experts in the places they take students. Dragons Instructors have spent an average of 4+ years living abroad and their life-experiences help to bridge the distance between students and local communities. We feel honored to work with these incredible global educators. We hope you’ll take a moment to get to know them.

Get Connected…Stay Connected

Whether you are new to Dragons or Alumni, we offer many ways to connect and stay engaged…

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  • When Things Go Wrong – An Essay by Jody Segar, Dragons China Program Director

    "Twenty-two years ago I walked into a small town in southwestern China near dusk and realized I was in trouble..." <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/when-things-go-wrong-an-essay-by-jody-segar-dragons-china-program-director" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    08.15.19
  • Introducing Our Newest Offering: Independent Spring Experiences (ISE) 

    We’ve heard from many past Dragons students that the travels they pursued on their own left them feeling lost or even conflicted about the ethics and efficacy of their presence and projects. So we’re launching Dragons Independent Spring Experience (ISE), an independent Gap Year experience supported by Dragons ... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/introducing_independent_spring_experiences_ise" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    08.01.19
  • Announcing Dragons (Spring Semesters 2019) Photo Contest Winners!

    Congratulations to the winners of Dragons Spring 2019 Semester Photo Contest... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/announcing-dragons-spring-semesters-2019-photo-contest-winners" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    07.25.19
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