Duke of Edinburgh International Award
The International Award is an exciting worldwide self-development programme for all young people aged between 14 and 25. It equips them with life-skills, builds their confidence and engages them with their local communities. To date, more than six million young people from over 125 countries have undertaken a variety of voluntary and challenging activities through the programme. The Award has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold, each of which takes an increasing commitment of time to achieve. Achievement in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award, especially the Silver and Gold Awards, has been recognised by many employers and universities when choosing applicants.
The Award is offered to students from Grade 9 and above (aged 14 and over).
Participants set themselves challenging personal goals in four different sections:
- Physical Recreation
- Adventurous Journey
Throughout the programme, participants can either develop existing interests or try something new. The Award is not a competition; it is based on personal improvement and achievement. Once participants have set their goals, striven to achieve them and shown improvement, they will achieve their Award.
The first three sections can be completed through school or non-school based activities provided that detailed logs are kept and then authenticated by a responsible adult leader.
The Adventurous Journey training expeditions and actual expeditions are supervised by the school and completed in teams. The key elements are teamwork in planning and execution, against the background of the real challenges posed by an unfamiliar environment which should be challenging but within the team’s capabilities.
Benefits of the Adventurous Journey
- Understanding group dynamics
- Enhancing leadership skills
- Improving organisational ability and attention to detail
- Learning to make real decisions and accept real consequences
- Achievement and satisfaction by overcoming challenges
- Developing self-reliance.
- Experiencing and appreciating the outdoors
- Gaining knowledge and skills to journey safely
- Improving their research and presentation skills
- Enjoyment. For further information www.intaward.org.