Programme sections

Within the program, each participant establishes she’s/he’s activities and achieves their objectives an each of the 4 sections, and at Gold level, participates in an additional section – Residential Project.


All of have different talents.

That is why in the Award program each participant sets which personal abilities she/he wants to improve or learn. Thus they learn to be determined and persevering.

There are plenty of possibilities – learning to play a musical instrument, learning a foreign language, pottery, oratory or many more.

Through sport, health and well-being are being maintained.

In this section, the participant will improve hers/his fitness and physical condition, discover the joy of physical activities and learn principles of a healthy lifestyle.

Participants can be part of a sports team and so they can make new friends, or can choose an individual sport.

Throughout life, we give and receive.

Volunteering is a way of giving and receiving at the same time. Thanks to the volunteering section, participants will get to know people they wouldn’t have met otherwise, and develop empathy, tolerance and patience.

They will also learn to be more responsible and experience the feeling of being useful to others.

Step out of monotony!

An adventure is a challenge to overcome the fear of the unknown and an opportunity to go along with a group of young people like you, to explore interesting places in Romania or abroad.

It may rain, it may snow, but a well prepared group will not be taken by surprise.

Any place is good, not just at home.

In the residential project, the program participant makes new friends in an unfamiliar environment and, together, dedicates himself to the interesting and important activities chosen by them.

The residential project can be, for example, a camp, presence in another family – for educational purposes, a trip or a volunteering project in an unknown environment.

Levels

The Duke of Edinburgh`s International Award Program is:

• Open to all young people aged 14-24, regardless of their background
• Non-competitive, enjoyable, voluntary and a balanced program that requires sustained effort throughout its completion.
• Provides a non-formal framework that is complementary to formal education or provides a substitute where formal opportunities are not available
• A program that offers the young people the possibility to demonstrate their personal development and progress within an internationally recognized framework.

The Duke of Edinburgh`s International Award program is a world leader among programs for young people, in which they will have experiences, meet new friends that they will remember for the rest of their lives and in which they will discover their talents.

In the DofE Awrd, the participant can develop in activities that she/he is already doing such as participating in sport activities or playing a musical instrument. Or, maybe she/he can begin something that always dreamed of doing, but did not have a reason to start. Moreover she/he can set its own goals and plans so that they are fun and challenging.

For a participant to set goals that are age appropriate and that fulfill their abilities and preferences, the program has three levels of difficulty: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Young people can start with the easiest level, Bronze, or they can go directly to the Silver or Gold levels.

 

The particpant can enroll for Bronze level from the age of 14. The level has 4 sections:

  1. Personal Skills
  2. Physical Activity
  3. Volunteering
  4. Adventure.

In the first three sections the minimum period of activity is 3 months. One of the sections will be chosen to set a more ambitious goal and will run for a minimum of 6 months.

The final trip of the Adventure section lasts at least 2 days and 1 night.

It will take at least 6 months to complete the Bronze level.

Bronze level documentation

To begin the Silver level, the participant must be at least 15 years old. The level has 4 sections:

  1. Personal Skills
  2. Physical Activity
  3. Volunteering
  4. Adventure

The final trip of the Adventure section lasts at least 3 days and 2 nights. The activities from the other sections last at least 6 months.

If the Silver level is started without the participant having completed the Bronze level first, the participant will have to spend six additional months for one of the following sections:

  • Personal Skills
  • Physical Activity
  • Volunteering

Therefore, it will take at least 6 months to complete the Silver level if the participant holds the Bronze level or 12 months if she/he has directly enrolled to the Silver level.

Silver level documentation

To begin the Gold level, the participant must be at least 16 years old. The level has 5 sections:

  1. Personal Skills
  2. Physical Activity
  3. Volunteering
  4. Adventure
  5. Residential Project

The activities in the first section can be completed in at least 12 months;

If the Silver level has not been completed, one of the first three sections will be chosen and completed in an additional 6 months.

The final trip from the Adventure section is planned together with the group, lasting at least 4 days and 3 nights, and for the Residential Project the participant will travel alone or with an organized group for at least 5 days and 4 nights.

Therefore, it will take at least 12 months to complete the Gold level if the participant holds the Silver level or 18 months if she/he has directly enrolled to the Gold level.

Gold level documentation