Students at the British International School Hanoi can participate in the globally renowned Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, the world's leading youth achievement award.
The International Award Programme was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1956 as The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. It is a programme of personal development for young people aged between 14 and 25.
The programme has three levels, Bronze, Silver and Gold, each of which requires an increasing commitment of time to achieve. Participants set themselves challenging personal goals in four different sections:
• Physical Recreation
• Adventurous Journey
What participants can expect
Throughout the programme, participants can either develop existing interests or try something new. The Award is not a competition; it is based on personal improvement and achievement. Once participants have set their goals, striven to achieve them and shown improvement, they will achieve their Award.
The first three sections can be completed either through school or non-school based activities provided that detailed logs are kept and then authenticated by a responsible adult leader.
The Adventurous Journey training expeditions and the actual expeditions themselves are supervised by the school and completed in teams. The key element to aim for is teamwork in the planning and execution of the trip, set against the background of the real challenges posed by an unfamiliar environment - which should be challenging but within the team’s capabilities.
Benefits of the Adventurous Journey
• Increased understanding of group dynamics
• Enhanced leadership skills
• Improved organisational ability and attention to detail
• Learning to make real decisions and accept real consequences
• Achievement and satisfaction through overcoming challenges
• Developing self-reliance
• Experiencing and appreciating the outdoors
• Gaining knowledge and skills to journey safely
• Exercising creativity by choosing their own journey
• Improved research and presentation skills
For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award, please visit the Award's website.