Founded in 1993, Where There Be Dragons is the leader in cross-cultural education. Dragons specializes in guiding summer and semester programs for high school and college students in 17 countries in the developing world.
Dragons Gap Year Programs in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Dragons Gap Year programs are authentic, rugged and profound journeys that expose students to the beautiful and complex realities of the countries in which they travel. Several of Dragons Gap Year programs are available for college credit.
Each Dragons course features a core curriculum of 9 Program Components, such as home-stays, trekking, language study and service learning, making for a holistic cultural experience. Courses are carefully crafted to cultivate global citizenship, leadership, and self-awareness within each student. Every year, Dragons students return home better prepared to be leaders in thought, leaders in action, and most of all, leaders at heart.
Fall Semester: September 15, 2019 － December 6, 2019
Spring Semester: February 7, 2020 － May 1, 2020
Dragons Gap Year Programs include…
West Africa Semester: The Rhythms of Senegal
Morocco Semester: Ancient Cities to the Atlas Mountains
Madagascar Semester: Cultural & Ecological Diversity
Nepal Semester: Himalayan Studies
Bhutan Semester: Environmental Sustainability & Community Happiness
Myanmar Semester: Traditions & Transitions
India Semester: Himalayas to the Ganges River
China Semester: South of the Clouds
Indonesia Semester: Community, Culture & Conservation
Mekong Semester: Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia
South America Semester: Andes & Amazon
Guatemala Semester: Spanish Language & Grassroots Activism
Andes Leadership Semester: Patagonia to Peru
February 27, 2020 － April 29, 2020
Independent Spring Experiences: An Independent Gap Year Experience
Multiple Program Dates (Inquire)
Who are the students that join Dragons?
In the days before the world had been fully charted, mapmakers would draw dragons to represent lands that were still unknown. Bold explorers who ventured beyond the map’s edge were said to go “where there be dragons.” There are still people who live for this type of adventure; who live in search of the meaning and mysticism that accompany adventures into the unknown. If you are one of them, come join us. We programs for creative, bright and curious people like you.
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Where There Be Dragons really and truly changed my life. I gained a sense of independence, a strength of character, and a feeling that I could conquer any obstacles that came in my way. I met a truly exceptional group of people, people who I was able to get to know in such a deep and personal way due to our shared experiences. Going to India was by far the most interesting, scary, and amazing experience, and without this program, I would never have been able to experience it the way that I did. Our instructors definitely did an amazing job, for they not only provided help when we needed it, but also allowed us to truly grow in this strange environment. The times I remember most are the times when I or other members in the group had to step up, assume responsibility, and lead the group on. This program is not for those who are not willing to open their hearts and their eyes, and to this day I think of this trip as one of the more difficult things I have ever done. However, it was by far the most amazing thing. I learned to open my eyes in a way I did not dream was possible, I learned to accept things about myself that before I could barely acknowledge, and, above all else, I came back a better person, a better citizen of this world. I cannot do Dragons justice just with these 5 stars and this jumbled review, but to anyone reading this, i beg of you, take a leap of faith, just as I did. You will be changed forever.