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Ideal for adventurous individuals who prefer a personalized cultural immersion experience without group constraints, while still enjoying reliable mentorship and assistance. Immerse yourself in the local culture by living with a host family, participating in daily language classes, and taking advantage of tailored learning experiences. Whether you're extending your Gap Year or embarking on a solo travel adventure, an Independent Immersion Program (IIP) offers a unique and enriching journey.
In some cases, students may be advised not to speak about their sexual orientations and/or gender identities with local contacts (such as homestay families, ISP mentors, language teachers, and guest speakers) due to safety concerns. Likewise, transgender and non-binary students may have to choose to present outwardly as male or female in certain contexts during the program. In other cases, “coming out” to some or all host community members may be a safe choice.
Learning Service is a holistic experience that combines an intimate and authentic engagement with the local community, the study of effective development, and the contribution to an established community-driven project. It is the process of living, working alongside, and humbly absorbing the culture of those being served while coordinating closely with project managers to understand the trajectory of the project, from inception to completion and beyond. It is an acknowledgment that often it is the volunteer who stands to gain as much or more from the work. And it is a commitment to making contributions that create positive impacts in the communities coupled with the humility to always listen and learn first.
- Work with on-site expert country coordinator, there to act as a cultural facilitator
- Explore customized learning opportunities
- Dive into a culture through a homestay
- Engage in meaningful language instruction
- Independent learning with personalized support
Where There Be Dragons Financial Aid & 529 Funds
Where There Be Dragons offers need-based financial aid to students that demonstrate reasonable financial need and are excited to engage with communities around the world.