Where There Be Dragons

We offer authentic cultural immersion programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. 

Dragons programs are authentic, rugged and profound learning adventures that expose the beautiful and complex realities of the countries in which we travel. Featuring extended itineraries, Dragons programs encourage deep immersion into strikingly different physical and cultural landscapes, combining the best in experiential education, travel, service learning, and physically and intellectually challenging experiences.

We are a global community representing 6 continents, over 30 countries, and countless languages, villages, NGOs, religions, and host families. Our instructors are graduate students, returned Peace Corps Volunteers, U.N. development professionals, veteran wilderness guides, and career teachers. Together, we are united by a mission of nurturing empathy and understanding across borders through authentic cultural exchange.

25+ years of experience guiding groups and managing risk in the context of international education has made Dragons the leader in cross-cultural and experiential education. In addition to a history of partnerships with over 50 esteemed schools and universities, our staff facilitate international and domestic training programs for educators worldwide.

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Where There Be Dragons was the best possible choice I could have made for a gap year. My leaders were fantastic teachers, helping with every aspect the trip, and being a friend every step of the way. The cultural immersion is also awesome, I am still in contact with the families I did homestay with. If you are considering this group, definitely do it! You won't be disappointed, and you will learn and grow so much as a person.

By: Natalie
Nationality: Caucasian
Age: 19

Dragons is an incredible experience

I’ve taken two dragons courses and they have both been absolutely amazing. I was pushed out of my comfort zone time and time again and grew so much as person. I’m forever grateful for the experiences I’ve had with them and am happy that they have left a lasting impact on my life. If you want to actually get to know a country and explore places remote and unvisited then you’ve got to trey dragons.

By: Natalie Cotter
Nationality: Caucasian
Age: 19

Dragons: An Experience

Dragons as a program helped teach me about not just the culture I was in but the world and myself. It gave me connections with people on the other side of the planet who I still talk to today. Dragons made the experience as a whole amazing and the people experiencing with me are a family I will never stop thinking about.

By: Ian Weibel
Nationality: United States of America
Age: 20

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