The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award has been adopted in over 130 countries around the world, with more than 8 million young people taking part.  In Australia over 775,000 youths have participated since  it was started back in 1959.

What is the award about?

It’s a structured but informal youth development program that’s been designed to empower young Australians and help them to explore their full potential, find their purpose, passion and place in the world.

There are 3 levels:

  • Bronze – minimum 6 months
  • Silverminimum 6 months if completed Bronze otherwise 12 months for direct entrants
  • Goldminimum 12 months if completed Silver otherwise 18 months for direct entrants

Each level gets more challenging.

To receive your award you’ll have to earn a skill, improve their physical well being, volunteer in their community and experience a team adventure in a new environment. You’ll get supervision and mentoring to help you out.

It is still possible to apply and work towards your award in spite of COVID.

Taking part in the award

  • Be aged between 14 – 24 years old
  • Download a guide
  • Find an award centre
  • Register
  • With the help of Award Leader decide on your tasks
  • Nominate an Assessor
  • Set your SMART goals and start, you’ll need to fill in your record book as you go too
  • Log your hours, complete the task, get your Assessor to sign off & write a report
  • Submit your your record book and Assessment report
  • Wait to hear the outcome

Then add it to your resume along with all the skills you learnt along the way.

Why should you consider doing the award?

There are plenty of benefits to consider, the D of E could:

  • help you to achieve more at school
  • look great on your resume
  • help you become more competitive in future applications for courses and jobs
  • improve your physical health
  • help you achieve and maintain positive emotional and mental wellbeing
  • get you involved in your community
  • help you make more friends with similar interests
  • develop your awareness of social, community and environmental issues

If you’re still not sure, you can have a look at their website, or read some of the stories from other participants.

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