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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.FAQs
Everything from the future of the Gap Year to interviews with our administrators. Explore Dragons in the news.
The best way to get to know us is through the words of our students. Read a few of our student testimonials.
We are continually striving to meet the highest standards of safety, social and environmental performance, and quality international education. View certifications and more.
We know there are a lot of things to consider before traveling, and we are here to help! Here are the basics:
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.
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).
Fill out an application and we’ll guide you through every step of the Enrollment Process and pre-departure preparations.
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.Covid-19 Updates
Julianne Chandler, Latin America Program Director, shares her experience living in Bolivia as Covid-19 collided with the fallout of a major political crisis. <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/a-coup-or-not-a-coup-bolivia-elections" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>10.23.20
I want to tell you about my extraordinary friend Sushil Babu Chettri from Nepal. He’s an inspiration for a whole number of reasons, not least for his remarkable life story. <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/local-heroes-series-sushil-babu-chettri-nepal" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>10.06.20
Mbouillé Diallo currently works in diplomatic security. He is an educator and taught young Senegalese and American students, specializing in language and culture. He is a seasoned Dragons instructor, he led Dragon's inaugural West Africa summer program in 2005 and has been invited numerous times as a speaker and trainer for Dragons staff... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/senegal-community-grant-update-an-interview-with-mbouille-diallo" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>09.08.20