How to start

In order to register in the program you should to contact the nearest Award unit and apply there.

If a local Award Unit does not exist in your area, contact the Award National Authority.

Requirements:

Read carefully the information on the site and answer to the following questions:

1. Do I meet the age limit to join the programme?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Program is available to any young person between the ages of 14-24 years. Since the Gold and Silver levels are more demanding, the minimum age for these levels is 15, namely 16 years. An exception can be made, for example, if you are just a few months younger and you want to do the same level as your friends, but only after consulting with the Award Unit and DofE Romania National Authority.

2. Do you know the three levels of the programme?

The Award offers its participants the opportunity to choose themselves the level they would like to follow, accordingly to their own objectives and schedule. The easiest is to start with the Bronze level, which can last a minimum of six months. More prestigious, but also more challenging, is the Silver level which is conducted on a period of at least six months or one year (depending on whether you have completed the Bronze level or not), and the most prestigious level, Gold, lasts at least 12 or 18 months (again, depending on whether you have completed the Silver level or not). You can begin from the Bronze level and later decide if you want to continue with the next level. If you already have at least 16 years, you can register directly to the Gold level. Or you can tell your friends about the program and choose a level to complete together.

3. Do you know what is required to participate to the program?

The Award brings its participants a comprehensive and balanced development, as it contains clearly defined sections, where you set and meet your own goals. On the Bronze and Silver levels, there are four sections: Personal Skills, Physical Activities, Volunteering and Adventure. The Gold level contains an additional section – Residential Project – which involves spending at least five days away from the family and friends.

4. Do you know what activities can take place within the programme?

The Award allows each participant to choose their own activities that they like and which present interest to them. Of course, it depends on the range of available activities in your region and on how you spend your free time. You will receive advice about the activities at the Award Unit, but is worth to come with your own ideas. Personal Skills, Physical Activities, Volunteering, Adventure and Residential Project – you can think of something that you are already doing or what you would want to do and would fit within this section!

5. Will you have enough patience and time?

The Award requires effort and perseverance on the long term; all the activities associated with the program will long and challenging. Thus, you will learn more about yourself, you will discover hidden skills, you will improve the existing ones and you will find that you are more than you think.

 

Sections: Personal Skills, Physical Activities, Volunteering will each require at least one hour per week for several months (depending on the chosen level). You can do these activities simultaneously or consecutively. However, remember that the Adventure section requires rigorous training.

You decide when you are ready to succeed. The Award is not a sprint, it is a marathon. In Award you win when you exceed your own limits and thus you will show that you have perseverance and determination.

Great! Find your nearest Award Unit on the map and let’s meet!

Bronze level documentation

Silver level documentation

Gold level documentation

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