Our Story

The Dragons Fund’s work dovetails efforts at Where There Be Dragons to diversify its staff and student base, reach participants who otherwise would never have access to a Dragons’ program, and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion on all programs.

Where There Be Dragons is committed to the communities in which it works.

The Dragons Fund formed in 2015 as the Dragons Global Education Fund (DGEF). DGEF was a direct response to the magnitude 7.8 earthquake that hit Nepal on April 25 of that year, killing nearly 9,000 people, injuring over 22,000, and destroying multi-story buildings in Kathmandu as well as villages across the Nepali Himalaya. With an outpouring of generous donations from former Dragons students, families, and instructors, DGEF initially provided humanitarian relief to the beloved country that had hosted Dragons programs for over fifteen years. Today, The Dragons Fund’s priority is access and inclusivity for Where There Be Dragons programming.

Where There Be Dragons’ mission is to build empathy and foster a feeling of shared responsibility for our collective future. Dragons offers small group, custom-crafted travel programs in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Participants are led by the best educators in the industry in order to develop an understanding of critical global issues through immersive travel, meaningful engagement, and empowered leadership.

We recognize that shared responsibility requires accessibility and inclusivity. The Dragons Fund exists so that all students may access a transformative global education.

The Dragons Fund is a 501(c)(3) program of the COMMON Foundation, an incubator that supports, promotes, and develops organizations for the benefit of people, planet, and place.

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