Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

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“I received excellent advice and care from Sam Sykes Ltd, at all stages of the AJ process. My teaching colleagues and I simply could not have hoped to provide the same level of supervision and expert local knowledge that our participants received from their mountain leaders. Staff and students alike have all agreed that the team we worked with during our trip were professional, courteous and a lot of fun! The whole adventurous journey ran without a hitch and my students, colleagues and I are very grateful to the team at Sam Sykes Ltd for helping to provide such a memorable experience!”

Ian McKenna – Deputy Award Coordinator – The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award – Doha College, Qatar

FIRST, WHAT IS THE DofE INTERNATIONAL AWARD?

Just like our UK-based DofE expeditions, the idea behind the Duke of Edinburgh’s award – The International Award is that not all learning happens in the classroom.

  • Young people need other, non-formal experiences to become committed, responsible and fulfilled citizens of the world.
  • The International Award is available to all 14–24 year olds and is the world’s leading youth achievement award.
  • It equips all young people for life regardless of their background, culture, physical ability, skills and interests.
  • Doing the Award is a personal challenge that pushes young people to their personal limits while consistently recognising their achievements.
  • Since its launch 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives, and plays a key role in a young person’s personal development.

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Become part of a global phenomenon

International figures:

  • Countries and territories running The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award: Continues to be delivered in more than 140 countries and territories worldwide
  • Participants: In 2016, participation increased to almost 1,200,000 young people taking part around the world in The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
  • New starters: In 2016, the number of young people starting The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Programme increased to more than 650,000
  • Awards achieved: In 2016, almost 350,000 young people achieved a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, the highest number of completions
  • Volunteers: More than 200,000 volunteers support young people around the world to achieve their Award

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WHAT’S INVOLVED, & WHAT WILL YOU NEED TO COMPLETE?

Each award contains four sections…

VOLUNTEERING

Your chance to make a difference in your community and develop compassion by helping others. Participants are often amazed by just how much they get out of this part of the award.

PHYSICAL

Improve your health and fitness, test yourself and reach new healthy heights through participating and achieving in sport and physical recreation.

SKILLS

Develop vital (and sought-after) personal interest, practical and social skills.

ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY

Unleash your quest for adventure by planning, training for and then undertaking an exciting expedition that will see you become a vital team member with a defined purpose in an unfamiliar environment. The Gold award also contains a fifth section:

THE RESIDENTIAL

Designed to challenge you by putting you in a team environment with people you don’t yet know (but don’t worry, you soon will), this broadens your horizons, works wonders for your communication skills, enhances your awareness and provides the ultimate preparation for the real world.

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  • I received excellent advice and care from Sam Sykes Ltd, at all stages of the Adventurous Journey process.

    My teaching colleagues and I simply could not have hoped to provide the same level of supervision and expert local knowledge that our participants received from their mountain leaders.

    Staff and students alike have all agreed that the team we worked with during our trip were professional, courteous and a lot of fun!

    The whole adventurous journey ran without a hitch and my students, colleagues, and I are very grateful to the team at Sam Sykes Ltd for helping to provide such a memorable experience!

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