Gap Year Programs

Suggested ages 17-22

Travel with Dragons for your gap year abroad. Learn a language, immerse yourself in local culture, and discover yourself. Semesters in India, China, Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America, and more!

Asia  6 programs


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I learned so much from the different people that we met and the people on the course. I learned a lot just from being in a place that’s so different from anywhere else I’ve been. And each activity or lesson we had taught me something new.

Maeve CosgroveIndia Semester: Visions of India

India Semester

Himalayas to the Ganges River

Description

Immerse yourself in the rich fabric of Indian life: trek through the Himalayas, meditate beneath the Bodhi tree, deconstruct the term ‘caste’, and become part of another family.

Spring Dates

Sep 15 - Dec 6

Fall Dates

Sep 15 - Dec 6

Land Cost

$14,480

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“I never felt unsafe whatsoever, and I especially felt that the way I was slowly given more freedom was executed perfectly.”

Kiaora MotsonSoutheast Asia Semester: Myanmar in Transition

Myanmar Semester

Buddhist Traditions and Transformation

Description

Witness democracy in action: meet with international development experts and volunteer at the largest monastic school in Myanmar to gain insight on this country in transition.

Spring Dates

Sep 15 - Dec 6

Fall Dates

Sep 15 - Dec 6

Land Cost

$13,245

Spring

open

Fall

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“If you come into this program with integrity, intention, and a desire to be immersed in the culture you are visiting, Dragons is right for you. You will be pushed and not everything will fit, but when you come to the end of your course you’ll find that you have changed. You will find a new person, a person that can adapt to any situation, talk to any person, and find the beauty in anything.”

Sean StonerMekong Semester: Life Along the River

Mekong Semester

The Tibetan Plateau to the Heart of Southeast Asia

Description

Examine issues of transboundary resource management and international cooperation while traveling the length of the mighty Mekong River.

Spring Dates

Sep 15 - Dec 6

Fall Dates

Sep 15 - Dec 6

Land Cost

$14,960

Spring

open

Fall

open

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“This trip was the most incredible experience of my life and something I will never forget. Because of Dragons, I was able to visit communities that not many have the same opportunity to go to and live with the most fascinating people.”

Beatriz SchaverIndonesia Semester: Community, Culture & Conservation

Indonesia Semester

Community, Culture, & Conservation

Description

Experience the majesty of the most diverse archipelago on Earth: live with a remote jungle tribe, harvest seaweed with sea gypsies and discuss conservation initiatives with local experts.

Spring Dates

Sep 15 - Dec 6

Fall Dates

Sep 15 - Dec 6

Land Cost

$15,050

Spring

open

Fall

open

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In addition to creating strong friendships, the rural homestays provided a new perspective on ethnic minorities in China. It was really powerful to talk to my host family in Tongren about the Dalai Lama and to talk to my host family in DaBa about China’s rapid development and the impact of being a border region with Burma.

Jimmy O'HareChina Semester: South of the Clouds

China Semester

South of the Clouds

Description

Study Mandarin, trek across the Tibetan Plateau, delve into the complexities of the world’s largest economic superpower.

Spring Dates

Sep 15 - Dec 6

Fall Dates

Sep 15 - Dec 6

Land Cost

$14,755

Spring

open

Fall

open