SUMMER ABROAD & GAP YEAR PROGRAMS

IMMERSIVE + RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL

Travel with meaning and intention. Genuinely experience a different way of life while exploring your interests and developing valuable skills for your future. Learn more about our programs throughout Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

SUMMER TRAVEL ABROAD PROGRAMS

Ages 13-20

Expand your worldview by diving into another culture. Become a more well-rounded traveler and build lasting friendships.

SUMMER PROGRAMS

GAP YEAR PROGRAMS

Ages 17-22

Travel with purpose and gain skills. Hear new stories, discover fresh perspectives, and engage with critical global issues.

GAP YEAR PROGRAMS

INDEPENDENT EXPERIENCE

Ages 17-25

Engage outside the confines of a group program. Travel independently with the support of Dragons resources and mentorship.

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WHY DRAGONS?

Our approach is simple: build meaningful and long-lasting relationships with local communities, work with the best instructors, and stay true to our responsible travel ethics.


Immersive + Well-Rounded

Dragons students are travelers, not tourists. Course itineraries are built around nine Program Components which engage students in a wide range of hands-on activities such as homestays, trekking, apprenticeships, and language learning.

Small Groups + Professional Instructors

A typical group consists of 12 students and 3 instructors to ensure each student receives individual support and mentorship. On average our instructors are 30+ years of age, have 4+ years living abroad, and are fluent in the local language.

Handcrafted 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 intentional and directly infused with the regional expertise and passions of instructors.

Safety

Safety is our first priority. Over 27+ years we’ve built robust risk management systems and have been vetted by key partners including Princeton University, Tufts University, the Gap Year Association, and the US Secret Service.

Responsible Travel

Dragons programs are environmentally conscious and committed to building meaningful connections. We run longer programs that maximize time abroad, offset carbon emissions, and empower students to learn service responsibly.

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Everything from the future of the Gap Year to interviews with our administrators. Explore Dragons in the news.

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TESTIMONIALS

The best way to get to know us is through the words of our students. Hear from some of our alumni, the heart of our community.

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CERTIFICATIONS

We are continually striving to meet the highest standards of safety, social and environmental performance, and quality international education.

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READY TO PLAN YOUR ADVENTURE?

We know there are a lot of things to consider before traveling, and we are here to help! Here are the basics:


1. Find a Progam

Use the Find Your Adventure Tool to learn more about the programs that interest you. You can easily compare programs by emphasis (e.g., more homestays or more trekking) with our Program Comparison Chart.

2. Contact Us

We’re here to answer your questions. Send us an email, use the chat box, attend a webinar, or give us a call to be in touch (303.413.0822).

3. Enroll & Prepare for Your Trip

Fill out an application and we’ll guide you through every step of the Enrollment Process and pre-departure preparations.


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Dragons and Covid-19

Travel in response to COVID-19 is evolving rapidly. Not only does this impact our approach to programming, it also deeply affects our global community partners who have made Dragons programs possible over the past 28 years. Visit COVID-19 Updates to read FAQs specific to Dragons programming and to learn what we are doing to support our in-country partners.

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    We condemn the racist policies, white supremacy, and police brutality that killed George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and innumerable others. White people and white-run organizations must actively work against the legacies of white supremacy, racism, settler colonialism, patriarchy and structural inequality upon which this... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/solidarity-resources-for-racial-justice" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    06.03.20
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    In just two months the Community Relief Fund has raised $15,000+ which has been distributed through small grants mostly aimed at providing food and essential supplies such as personal protective equipment to vulnerable households. <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/dragons-fund-community-relief-fund-update" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    05.28.20
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    Dragons Director of Student Programming, Aaron Slosberg, was interviewed on Dr. Heidi Forbes Öeste's podcast, Global Nomad Hacks.  <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/dragons-featured-on-global-nomad-hacks-podcast" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

    05.26.20
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