Where There Be Dragons

3200 Carbon Place Unit 102 Boulder, Colorado, 80301 United States

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About Where There Be Dragons

Year Founded: 1993

Dragons combines rugged travel, volunteering, language study, trekking, homestays, internships and the study of culture and philosophy to provide participants with an AUTHENTIC experience of the developing world through summer and semester programs. Embrace your courage and adventure in global citizenship with Where There Be Dragons. Where do you want to go?

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Cambodia: Peace & Development Studies

Cambodia : Battambang, Phnom Penh and 3 other cities , Pursat, Rural Areas, Siem Reap Show less

Known for the incomparable ruins of Angkor Wat, Cambodia is a country that evokes images of overgrown jungle temples, robed monks, and religious splendor. Today, Cambodians...

Guatemala: Spanish Language Intensive

Guatemala : Antigua, Coban and 3 other cities , El Peten, Guatemala City, Rural Areas Show less

At dawn a howler monkey cries from the branch of a giant ceiba tree. In the Cuchumatanes Mountains, a young woman rises to grind corn on a stone petate. Along Avenida Reforma,...

South America Semester: Andes & Amazon

Bolivia : Cochabamba, La Paz and 2 other cities , Rural Areas, Sucre Show less

Cholitas in bowlers. Three coca leaves pressed together for Pachamama. Fresh snow on a ridge of the Cordillera Apolobamba. Gold miners bent over trays alongside the Madre...

Nepal Semester: Himalayan Studies

Nepal : Chitwan, Kathmandu and 2 other cities , Kopan, Rural Areas Show less

The Himalayas. Since time immemorial, these colossal peaks with their vast web of rugged, isolated valleys and distinct ethnic groups have drawn only the most intrepid travelers...

Mekong Semester: Life Along the River

Cambodia : Battambang, Phnom Penh and 2 other cities , Rural Areas, Siem Reap Show less

From its sacred headwaters in the Tibetan Plateau, the Mekong River flows 4,800-km towards the South China Sea, cleaving a boundary between Myanmar, Laos and Thailand, and...

Rwanda: Development & Peace-building

Rwanda : Kigali, Rural Areas

Journey into the heart of East Africa to a land of mists and infinite mountains: Rwanda. Known as “The Land of a Thousand Hills”, Rwanda is at the forefront of African...

Guatemala: Spanish Language Intensive

Guatemala : Antigua, Quetzaltenango and 1 other city , Rural Areas Show less

At dawn a howler monkey cries from the branch of a giant ceiba tree. In the Cuchumatanes Mountains, a young woman rises to grind corn on a stone petate. Along Avenida Reforma,...

North India 4: Roof of the World

India : Delhi, Dharamsala and 4 other cities , Ladakh, Leh, New Delhi, Rural Areas Show less

A challenging journey set against a backdrop of cerulean skies and fluttering prayer flags, our Roof of the World course is a trekking-intensive program designed for students...

China: A Comprehensive Survey

China : Beijing, Chengdu and 2 other cities , Kunming, Yangzhou Show less

When you visit China for the first time, it doesn’t take long to realize that everything is changing at warp speed. Old neighborhoods of wooden houses are demolished to...

Central America Semester: Roots of Rebellion

Guatemala : Antigua, Panajachel and 1 other city , Rural Areas Show less

Central America: a narrow strip of steaming jungles and fiery volcanoes, unites two massive continents and splits the world's largest oceans. Rising out of the sea at a confluence...

Peru: Sacred Mountains

Peru : Cusco, Huaraz and 2 other cities , Lima, Rural Areas Show less

Peru, ancient seat of the Inca – once the greatest civilization in South America, is a land of towering peaks and steamy jungles, of modern urban centers and hidden villages....

China: The Silk Road

China : Beijing, Dunhuang and 1 other city , Rural Areas Show less

More than half of China’s land is populated by less than 5% of its population. Worlds away from Beijing, the far-western province of Xinjiang is a land where vast desert...

Indonesia Semester: Community, Culture & Conservation

Indonesia : Bali, Denpasar and 4 other cities , Makassar, Padang, Rural Areas, Ubud Show less

Spanning from Malaysia to Australia, with over 17,000 equatorial islands, Indonesia hosts the world’s highest level of biodiversity and one of the richest cultural tapestries...

India Semester: Visions of India

India : Agra, Delhi and 2 other cities , Rishikesh, Varanasi Show less

Based in Varanasi, the City of Light, our India semester immerses students in an intensely thriving community built along the banks of the Ganges River. Among the most sacred...

Jordan: Crossroads of Traditions & Modernity

Jordan : Amman, Aqaba and 2 other cities , Madaba, Petra Show less

A Bedouin in traditional red shamagh sends text messages from his iPhone. A camel drinks water out of a recycled Nestlé bottle. Pedestrians queue outside of KFC, just after...

Senegal: In the Shade of the Baobob Tree

Senegal : Dakar, Rural Areas and 1 other city , Thies Show less

You never know what might happen in Senegal. Enter a fortuneteller’s hut and ask a question about your future. Spin and dance with Sufi mystics. Discover fluent Spanish...

Bolivia: Identity and Development

Bolivia : Cochabamba, La Paz and 1 other city , Rural Areas Show less

Known as a land of extremes, Bolivia is home to some of the most staggering cultural and ecological diversity on the planet. Host to 36 distinct ethnic and language groups,...

Nepal: Traditions of the Himalayas

Nepal : Kathmandu, Rural Areas

Since ancient times, travelers, monks, merchants, poets, artists, and warriors have passed through Kathmandu during their journeys across the great Himalayan range. Some

Thailand: The Spirit of Greng Jai

Thailand : Bangkok, Chiang Mai and 2 other cities , Mae Hong Son, Rural Areas Show less

From forested mountain tops to small rural villages nestled amid rice paddies to the buzzing metropolis of Bangkok, our Thailand program is a broad and unforgettable journey...

Indonesia: Community & Conservation

Indonesia : Bali, Makassar and 1 other city , Rural Areas Show less

Comprised of over 17,000 islands and 700 living languages, Indonesia is home to the highest level of biodiversity of any nation. Whether you’re attending a buffalo sacrifice...

Myanmar: Development Studies & Social Transformation

Myanmar : Bago (Pegu), Mandalay and 1 other city , Yangon Show less

Magnetic. Inspiring. Devout. Burma is a nation of warmth, beauty, and complexity. Through service-learning and numerous engagements with development professionals, we

China: Mandarin Language Intensive

China : Kunming, Rural Areas

Language in China has always been a dynamic and powerful force, and as we enter a contemporary reality of emerging powers and dominant cultural influence, the voice of this...

China: Mandarin Language Intensive

China : Kunming, Rural Areas

Language in China has always been a dynamic and powerful force, and as we enter a contemporary reality of emerging powers and dominant cultural influence, the voice of this...

China Semester: South of the Clouds

China : Kunming, Rural Areas

China. Few countries evoke the same curiosity and intense fascination. With 5,000 years of history and an expansive tapestry of cultures, this country generously presents...

West Africa Semester: The Many Stories of Africa

-Multi-Country Locations : Guinea, Senegal

As you walk down the street in Senegal, people greet you with the word peace and strangers invite you into their homes for a cup of tea. You can feel Senegal’s famous hospitality,...

Middle East Semester: The Fertile Crescent

Jordan : Amman, Aqaba and 2 other cities , Madaba, Petra Show less

Stand on the shores of the Dead Sea and recount stories from the Old Testament as you gaze across the incredible expanse of Jordan’s Rift Valley. Hike up to the ancient...

Nicaragua: Community In Action

Nicaragua : Esteli, Rural Areas

Central America, a narrow strip of steaming jungles and fiery volcanoes, is the earth’s most recent major land formation, and a melting pot of cultural and biological diversity....

Laos: Conservation & Development

Laos : Luang Namtha, Luang Prabang and 1 other city , Rural Areas Show less

Laos People Democratic Republic (Laos PDR) is a land of staggering beauty, reverent Buddhism and languid mystique—a land where locals pride themselves on the motto: Laos...

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