“WE DO NOT BELIEVE THIS JOB IS SOMETHING THAT
CAN BE ACCOMPLISHED ALONE AND WE ACTIVELY
SEEK PARTNERS TO HELP US ACHIEVE A STRONGER
AND MORE SUSTAINABLE WORLD.”
Dr. David Addison, Founder 7 Elements
7 Elements started over a decade ago largely as a research project and case study to see how students could become globally engaged through hands on projects in the developing world. Dr. David Addison began cultivating relationships with communities and local leaders to identify what Human Security issues were most prevalent and what 7e could ethically address with students of all age groups.
The 7e Lodge and our Organization’s Home Base was built in a small fishing village in the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. Over the past 10 years, we have continually refined our projects, partnerships and programs to produce well rounded, sustainable and engaging experiences for youth.
We have since expanded to 3 other countries: Haiti, Belize and Peru with these goals and model at the core of our operations. 7e’s team of professionals have developed unique methods to responsibly identify and initiate Human Security projects in local communities to provide ethical and sustainable interventions in which students can directly participate, co-lead and learn from. 7 Elements is dedicated not only to improving the livelihood of the locals but also the professional development of our student volunteers. Our unique educational content provides young leaders with new perspectives and the ability to challenge the way they view and participate in the world.
To introduce students to human security issues and implement socially responsible and culturally appropriate service projects in less secure communities.
To engage tomorrow’s leaders in developing sustainable solutions to human security issues and facilitate the process of becoming globally engaged citizens.
7 Elements operates Service-Learning Programs in partnership with other educational organizations and student groups. For nearly a decade, 7 Elements has hosted thousands of students, families and groups abroad. We collaborate with communities in each country to design development programs, using a proprietary community diagnostic model to discover what will address the unique needs of the community. This guides ethical interventions that empower local communities in addressing issues in Economic security, Environmental Security, Political Security, Food Security, Health Security, Community Security and Individual/Personal Security. This holistic model guides future interventions and projects that will help the 7 Elements students learn about development while providing sustainable projects that increase the well being within the community. Participants better understand the linkages between human security and the need for multi-dimensional approaches to development and are challenged to think critically about ways they can make positive impact in their own communities.