Where There Be Dragons
99% Rating
(59 Reviews)

Where There Be Dragons

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.

Most Recent Program Reviews

Olivia
Female

My Semester in Nepal

10/10

My Himalayan semester was one of the best experiences I have ever had. From rural homestays to trekking in the Himalayas, it was full to the brim of adventure, community, culture and collaboration. My instructors were absolutely amazing as were my fellow Dragons students. The space that Dragons creates for self reflection and growth along with building an incredible group environment was something unique and awesome. On a trip like this it is expected that at one point or another you are pushed outside of your comfort zone. This was incredible because you end up watching your comfort zone expand and grow with you. Going from being a complete stranger and foreigner, lost in Kathmandu, to a confident traveler catching crowded busses and chatting to the person next to you in Nepali was incredible.

One of the countless stunning moments on this trip was when I was sitting on a rock on a mountainside. It was near sunset we were at 13,000 feet of elevation, and the pinkish orange light of the setting sun began to creep across the massive peaks of the Himalayas in the Lang Tang region. I sat there, watching the sun dip down below the cloud layer, and was struck by the silence. No sound whatsoever penetrated that beautiful serene mountain silence. It was almost like the world had frozen briefly. Stuck in that dusky state between day and night. The giant peaks only adding to the splendor, putting the size of humanity in its place yet again.

How can this program be improved?

I thought that it was fantastic as is.

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cora
Female
17 years old
Boulder
Other

Life changing experience

10/10

Participating in a Dragons course was the most incredible experience of my life and the best decision I ever made. The opportunities I had were ones that I would never have elsewhere, such as staying with a family in rural villages high in the Indian Himalayas, studying buddhist philosophy with a nun, and creating my own Independent Study Project to dive deeper into my personal interests. I learned more this summer than I have in my whole life, and I am forever grateful to everyone at Dragons for making it possible.

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John
Male
16 years old
Rochester, New York
Other

Peru Trip

10/10

This was a fantastic trip that has forever changed my perception of the world we live in and also changed my life. I will never forget the inumerable experiences I had in Peru that are really irreplaceable. Out group bonded so closely with each other and the new culture that we were experiencing that by the end of the course, it felt as though I had known everyone for years. I would defininetly recommend this course as it was great for expanding my horizons and perspective of the world.

How can this program be improved?

I think a little more in-depth study of the region and the history and geography of the region would improve the course. A little more studying and lecturing in general would also improve this course.

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Matt

China: Comprehensive, One of the best decisions I've ever made for a summer break

10/10

Spending an entire month in a foreign country with a group of strangers can be daunting, but it was by far and away one of the best decisions I've ever made. I spent a total of four weeks in china, traveling all the way from Shanghai to Qinghai in the greater Tibetan area. During our travels, we lived in a variety of housing spaces, from hostels to the homestays. Throughout the entire trip, we threw ourselves into the culture, experiencing the foods and aspects that regular locals would go through on a day to day basis.

We had the opportunity to learn about the things ranging from Mandarin to the Bang Bang army, a group of people who carry loads up and down the hills of Chongqing, one of the biggest and hilliest cities in china. We had the opportunity to plant rice in rice paddies and learn card games that locals play often. We observed park-goers playing competitive games of Chinese chess, surrounded by crows of spectators all chiming in on what they believe the correct move would have been. We really got the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the world around us, detaching ourselves from the daily stresses that we often have to endure during school to experience a life changing journey.

Overall, the entire trip was great. The amazing instructors were all well qualified, and they all brought a unique experience and perspective to the trip. They gave the group an enormous amount of independence, allowing us to plan entire expedition days out into streets of Chongqing or onto the Three Gorges Dam. They also had safety as a top priority and kept our families up to date with the things that went on in our month long trip through the "Yak board."

I would highly recommend Where There be Dragons as an amazing organization that works year round to give amazing educational experiences to students of all backgrounds. If you are taking a gap year or just jumping into your Sophomore year in high school, Dragons is a great way to spend your summer.

How can this program be improved?

I believe that the already strong feedback system within Dragons allows for improvement to happen naturally.

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alexa

North India: Identity in Exile

10/10

In 6 weeks, Dragons opened my eyes to the world and its opportunities; to the infinite amount of things to see and do and learn that exist. I learned invaluable lessons that I cannot explain on paper, from about my innermost self to the history and plight of Tibetan refugees. The depth of my experience, the people I met, the places I saw, and the things I learned both solidified and changed me as a person. The program components include home stays, trekking, rugged travel, language study, learning service, focus of inquiry on comparative religion, development studies, and independent study projects. Each of the program components are integral parts of the experience. My personal favorite were the home stays, because I was able to connect with people that I would never have been able to form relationships with, and the relationships I was able to form with my families were unbelievable to me. The academic focus on minority issues in Ladakh added another layer to exploring the region, as we understood and knew much about the region that many Western travelers do not. Overall, it was an incredible experience that I am very blessed to be able to have had.

Program Listings

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Peru
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Nicaragua
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China
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Cambodia
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Myanmar
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Senegal
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