the duke of edinburgh's international award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is an internationally recognized program for young people age 14 and up, building their skills to equip them for life and work. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was founded in 1956 in collaboration with German educationalist Kurt Hahn by Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. In the past sixty years, millions of young people in over 140 countries have participated and received Awards, with millions more benefiting from its impact in communities around the world.

Students design their own Award program, set their own goals, and record their own progress. They choose voluntary service, physical recreation, skills activity, go on an adventurous journey, and, to achieve a Gold Award, take part in a residential project. The only person they compete against is themselves by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve.

To learn more, visit The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Website.

List of 5 items.

  • Voluntary Service

    Participants volunteer in their communities, make a positive contribution to society and demonstrate social responsibility.
  • Physical Recreation

    Encourages young people to improve their fitness and performance, and enjoy healthy lifestyles for good mental and physical well-being.
  • Skills

    Enables participants to develop their talents, broaden their abilities, increase their self-confidence and improve their employability.
  • Adventurous Journey

    Young people discover a spirit of adventure and gain a deeper understanding of the environment and the great outdoors.
  • Residential Project

    Participants broaden their experience by staying in an unfamiliar environment with other young people, taking part in a worthwhile project and building new relationships.