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?

Genuine + Immersive

As travelers, not tourists, we humbly adapt to the places we visit rather than asking those places to adapt to us. Our Program Components are the building blocks for each course, and empower students to develop valuable life skills through hands-on experiences.

Hand-Crafted Experiences

We run a limited number of programs because we value quality over quantity. And we never run the same trip twice; each program itinerary is an original creation directly infused with the regional expertise and passions of instructors.

Small Groups + Professional Instructors

A typical Dragons group consists of 12 students and 3 instructors to ensure each student receives individual mentorship. Our instructors average 30+ years of age, 4+ years living abroad, and have local language fluency.

Safety

Over the last 25+ years, we have built robust risk management systems and been vetted by key partners, including Princeton University, Tufts University, and the Gap Year Association.

Responsible Travel

Responsible travel is environmentally conscious and committed to meaningful connections with in-country communities. We believe in longer programs that maximize your time abroad and we offset each program’s carbon emissions.

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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.

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  • 3 Dragons Activities to Stoke Your Inspiration 

    We are sharing some of our resources to keep positive. Dragons programs focus on creating meaningful connections to self, place, and the planet. Though our mission generally happens abroad, the work we do can definitely translate to life at home.  <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/3-dragons-activities-to-stoke-your-inspiration" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    03.31.20
  • DRAGONS FEATURED ON WHAT TO BE PODCAST

    Dragons Director of Student Programming, Aaron Slosberg, was interviewed on Santa Cruz-based podcast What To Be. <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/dragons-featured-on-what-to-be-podcast" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    03.31.20
  • OVERHEARD ON THE YAK BOARD: A LETTER FROM KAT’S HOST MOM

    A homestay host in Indonesia reflects on her time with a Dragons student. "In a few days Kat will leave us and I thought, why does time have to go so fast? I had tears in my eyes… I was just getting closer to Kat, and she already had to leave soon. When there is a meeting, there is always a time to say goodbye. 'Sampai jumpa lagi, Kat' (until we... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/overheard-on-the-yak-board-a-letter-from-kats-host-mom" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    03.26.20
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