where there be dragons

Professional Educator Courses

Professional Development for Teachers, Professors, and Administrators

“I started off this course thinking that global education was a small part of what I do as a teacher – I have left knowing that it is the core of everything”

-Ashley Kaplan, Global Educator Course, Cambodia 

We invite educators from a diverse backgrounds to join our most veteran instructors as we weave together a rich blend of cutting-edge curricular ideas, meaningful engagement, and lively discussion on Dragons’ unique Global Educator Courses.  We provide a space for community building and exchange of best practices amongst progressive and innovative educators who strive to weave global education into classroom curriculum.  Participating teachers are sure to be inspired by the course’s itinerary, motivated by the depth of authentic engagement, and challenged by the fresh ideas and intellectual curiosity of their traveling companions.  Global Educator participants return home having learned from the voices of farmers and urban professionals alike, government officials and social critics, children and community leaders. But more than returning home with a fresh perspective to share, participating faculty return home with a robust curricular toolkit that enlivens and deepens their classroom teaching


“The Dragons Global Educator program in Cambodia offered me access to people and places I could not have otherwise experienced. Each day we engaged in meaningful human connections and profound experiences that changed the way I will talk about Global Studies at Pingree. Overall the Program was a great success, and one of the best professional development experiences of my life.”

-David Medvitz, Technology Education, Pingree School


We understand teenagers: Dragons has facilitated over 250,000 in-field days of safe, educational experiences for students aged 15-22. We have developed risk management systems and a global leadership curriculum designed for this age group and a toolkit of activities for teachers. All educator courses introduce participants to our risk management systems and our core curriculum in Global Citizenship, Awareness of Self, and Leadership skills.

Experienced, professional teachers: We staff educator courses with experienced instructors and employ exceptional regional contacts – professors, aid workers, and local experts – to facilitate in-depth discussions and interactions with the peoples and communities we visit.

Our responsible-travel philosophy: Dragons is not a luxury-travel organization. We use public transportation, stay in small, family-owned lodges or in local families’ homes, and chip in to help the community in ways that sometimes get us dirty. Please come ready for an adventure!

Bolivia Educator: Climate Change and Environmental Justice
Bolivia Educator: Climate
Change Education
For administrators and teachers of Science, Environmental Studies, Spanish, and Global Studies.
July 1, 2015 – July 15, 2015

Cambodia Educator: reconciliation and transformation in the 21st century
Cambodia Educator: Service Learning and Development Education
For Administrators and Educators involved in Global Citizenship Education
July 1, 2015 – July 15, 2015

China Educator: Beyond the Wall
China Educator: Beyond the Wall

For teachers of Chinese Language, World History, Political Science and Economy and Global Studies
July 1, 2016 – July 30, 2016

Jordan Educator: Cultural Transformation & Paths to Peace - a Historical Journey
Jordan Educato
r: How to Teach the Middle East
For teachers of history, religion, Arabic, social studies, and school administrators
March 7 – March 16, 2016

Nepal Educator: Cultural Survival and Sustainable Development
Nepal Educator: 
Training Best Practices in International Experiential Education
For teachers of Religious Studies, Social Studies, Arts, plus coordinators of Global Citizenship Education
July 1, 2014 – July 15, 2015

Nicaragua Educator: Training Best Practices in International Experiential Education
Nicaragua Educator: Training Best Practices in International Experiential Education

For Coordinators of Travel Abroad and Community-Service, plus teachers of Global Studies, World Languages,
August 2, 2014 – August 13, 2015

Rocky Mountain Educator: 3-day intensive-Best Practices in Global Citizenship Education
Rocky Mountain Educator: 3-day intensive-Best Practices in Global Citizenship Education

For Directors of Global Studies, Administrators, plus Coordinators of Travel Abroad and Community-Service
November 5, 2015 – November 8, 2015