The Duke of Edinburgh's
International AwardThe Western International School of Shanghai is proud to deliver The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award
What is the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award?
What is Involved?
The Award is voluntary, non-competitive, enjoyable and balanced, and requires effort over time. There are three levels to the Award: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Young people design their own Award program, set their own goals and record their own progress. They choose a:
- Service – The Service section of the Award encourages young people to volunteer their time to and understand the benefits of service to their community.
- Physical Recreation – The Physical Recreation section of the Award encourages young people to participate in sport and other physical recreation for the improvement of health and fitness.
- Skills activity – The Skills section of the Award encourages the development of personal interests and practical and social skills.
- Adventurous Journey – The Adventurous Journey section encourages a sense of adventure and discovery whilst undertaking a team journey or expedition. As part of a small team, participants plan, train for, and undertake a journey with a purpose in an unfamiliar environment.
In addition to the 4 requirements above, to achieve a Gold Award, students must take part in a residential project.
The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve.