Human Security in the Dominican Republic

Video and Photos

Relax on adventure and excursion days!
Relax on adventure and excursion days!
Hike and excursion during Dominican Republic Program
Hike and excursion during Dominican Republic Program
Students making a cement mixture to add to the community project in Caño Dulce!
Students making a cement mixture to add to the community project in Caño Dulce!
Working on project with community partner, Cano Dulce
Working on project with community partner, Cano Dulce
Cement Mixing for Bottle Bathroom!
Cement Mixing for Bottle Bathroom!
Hike to Brison
Hike to Brison
Students constructing the inside of the Bottle House in Caño Dulce!
Students constructing the inside of the Bottle House in Caño Dulce!

About

7 Elements has been in the Dominican Republic for over 10 years. In partnership with Universities, Organizations and High Schools, 7e facilitates short-term immersive programs that focus on education, sustainability, Global Health, and Human Security Threats around the world. On your trip, you will stay in 7e's rustic Indalo Lodge on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic in a community called Las Canas.
Each day, students will participate in a variety of culturally immersive activities that include locally led projects and initiatives and visits. Projects in the Dominican Republic consist of Bottle House building, Bottle Bathroom and Latrines, Medical Brigades with Local Doctors, Water Tank Construction and other Human Security Focuses initiatives. Every Program is accompanied by an educational curriculum that focuses on each program's thematic area, such as, Global Health, Human Security, Environment, Local Economy and more!

Highlights
  • Learn about the United Nation's Human Security Model and explore global threats to Human Security
  • Participate in projects related to local infrastructure, health and economy!
  • Learn about the Island of Hispaniola and the history between Dominican & Haitian Culture!
  • Snorkel on the beautiful North Coast of the Dominican Republic in Sosua!
  • Participate in Community Mapping & recreational activities with local communities to understand the culture of the Dom. Republic!

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Questions & Answers

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Carlos
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible organization; incredible people

I have worked with several humanitarian organizations and none have been like 7 Elements. Instead of feeding the "White Savior" narrative, they introduce themselves into the communities, and work with them to fix their problems in the communities in a sustainable way rather than putting a band-aid to them. They are looking to get work done and can be demanding for some, but it's an experience like no other (including their awesome excursions!).
Their team (Cameron, Sara, Kate, Wilmer, etc) were fantastic. They were very attentive and flexible to our needs or any changes in our time there. The food was incredible and they made sure we were always hydrated! (key to surviving the Caribbean heat)
This was my first trip with them and see myself working with them in the future.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Soursop!! Delicious fruit! A local worker gifted me one and got it from a tree in his yard. You can't find it everywhere so try it if you get a chance!
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Kate
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

7e is the best!

7 Elements offers students a new perspective on how to have a sustainable impact on the world and how to be a global citizen. They focus on education as well as service, which I believe sets them apart from many other organizations. The things that students learn on the trips are meaningful and inspiring. The trips are also a good mix of fun and work. Some of the work days can be physically demanding, but 7e does a good job of balancing this out with fun excursions like snorkeling and swimming at the beach. In addition, 7e's staff is extremely supportive and makes sure that each student is happy and comfortable. I have traveled with 7 Elements two times and each trip I have come home with a stronger passion for global development and an increasing need to share what they have taught me with others.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Bring lots of bug spray! It can get very buggy at night.