What makes the Duke of Edinburgh International Award great, is that it’s really personal. Whether you’re adventurous by nature, creative or bookish, you choose how to tailor the Award so that it suits your own personality. The award sections that apply are listed below as they appear on the official documentation, and they are designed in such a way, as to foster your individuality and make the qualification really tailored to you. According to the official website, each section is described as follows:
Service is all about making a difference to other people’s lives. Perhaps you’re interested in animals or conservation? Or you might like to work with older people or raise money for a cause that means a lot to you? From teaching children about recycling to starting a local awareness campaign, the Service section enables you to give your time to help others and change things for the better.
The Physical Recreation section is a chance for you to focus on your health and fitness and have fun along the way. As long as you pick something that requires a sustained level of energy and physical activity, the possibilities are endless. Improve your football, rock climbing or dance skills or try a completely new sport or activity. Join a team or do it on your own. You don’t have to be super fit -- with the Duke of Edinburgh International Award, it’s about setting your own challenges, giving 100% and being the very best you can be.
The Skills section is about discovering what you’re really good at. Maybe you want to get better at something you already do, like playing a musical instrument, or learn something for the very first time, like how to design a website? By developing practical and social skills and nurturing your personal interests and talents, you’ll boost your self-esteem and your CV.
EXPEDITION / EXPLORATION
As part of a small team, you’ll plan and complete a practice and final expedition or exploration that will truly stretch your horizons and is guaranteed to grant you an unforgettable experience getting to grips with the great outdoors. You’ll improve your communication and leadership skills and take a rucksack full of memories home with you.
RESIDENTIAL (Gold Level)
If you’re going for your Gold Duke of Edinburgh International Award, you need to complete an additional Residential section. You’ll spend five days and four nights taking part in a shared, worthwhile activity with people you’ve never met before. A Duke of Edinburgh International Award residential will boost your independence and confidence and is a great way to leave a positive footprint on your life and other people’s.