Get involved in the Award

How can you start implementing the programme?

To implement the program in your club, college, university or organization, contact the Award National Authority.

A series of steps will be taken:

  • Issuing a program delivery license that determines how to work and gives you the right to use the brand,
  • Creating a team of adult volunteers, members of the licensed institution,
  • Attending the Award Leader training course, which aims to train adults to mentor and support future young participants,
  • Starting the program.

Throughout the course of the programme, the organization is supported, informed and coordinated by The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Romania Foundation.

Young people interact with more adults, behind each participant being an Award Leader who supports and motivates them, an activity instructor who helps them achieve their goals and others who recognize their effort at the Award Ceremony.

Click here to join us or find out more details about what are the roles of the adults in the Award programme. (Role descriptions Award adults volunteers)


All organizations implementing  Award  programme in Romania are licensed under a Licensing Agreement that provides the status of Award Center or Operational Unit. Each Award Operational Unit respects the terms of the contract and implicitly the international quality standards.

For more details, please contact the National Award Foundation.

Have you reached the enrollment age limit, but you still want to get involved in the program?

The Award program is based on the support of hundreds of adult volunteers. Without them, the program would have not reached the young people from Romania or millions of young people from all over the world.

Regardless of your age, you can give some of your time for Award, choosing to direct young people on a unique journey.

If you work in a school or a youth organization, you can be the one starting the program and licensing the institution as an Award Operational Authority.

The functions that are occupied by adult volunteers in the program are the following:

  • Award Operational Authority Coordinator
  • Award Leader
  • Activity Instructor
  • Supervisor in the Adventure section
  • Evaluator within the Adventure section
  • Trainer of Award Leaders.

Ways to get involved

The Award relies on the support of people and organisations around the world to ensure it can continue to offer non-formal education to young people in more than 130 countries and territories. Play your part in helping to champion and challenge young people and their communities, by getting involved in the Award near you.

It develops innate resilience in young people. Those who participate in the Award generally remember their experiences throughout their life. – Alan Hinkes OBE, a mountaineer

Deliver the Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is delivered globally; any organisation that works directly with young people can apply to become licensed to deliver the Award. Find out more below.

Organisational benefits of delivering the Award

Delivering the Award brings your organisation many benefits, not least the opportunity to help develop young people and support them on their journey to a better future. By delivering the Award your organisation will:

  • Help to develop the lives of young people and their communities;
  • Become part of an international network of Award Operators, Leaders and like-minded individuals and organisations;
  • Provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for your staff;
  • Complement existing extra-curricular activities and receive recognition for them;
  • Give young people the opportunity to participate in a global youth achievement award.

If you wish to become licensed as an NAO, please contact our team  at or +40 771 040 602.

Partnering with the Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award works with hundreds of thousands of youth-focused partners and operators around the world, including schools, youth organisations, examination boards and youth offender institutions.

Whilst partnerships vary from country to country, we also work with some organisations in a much more global context. Around the world, the Award works closely with, and is part of the ‘Big Six’ – six global youth volunteer and membership organisations, consisting of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM), the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award. In addition to the ‘Big Six’, the Award has recently partnered with Cambridge Assessment International Education, to pilot an exciting new collaboration, which offers schools a broad and balanced curriculum of learning, both inside and outside the classroom.

If you would like to discuss partnering with the Award, please contact our team at or +40 771 040 602. 

Share your time

For over 60 years, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have developed new skills volunteering for the Award. In each and every country we rely on volunteers to help deliver the Award and we’re always keen to welcome more individuals who would like to help.

Volunteer: You don’t need to be an Award holder yourself to volunteer. From Award Leaders to teachers and youth workers, there are a huge number of opportunities on offer in different countries around the world. If you have a particular skillset you can offer (e.g. outdoors skills, orienteering, etc.) and are willing to participate in Award training, contact the Award near you, via the search tool at the bottom of this page.

I decided to support The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award because it promotes growth of individual students over time – precisely the kind of measure that matters in the world. When we are caught up in the quest for static data points about learning, the International Award celebrates that which is learning. – Kevin Ruth, Executive Director of European Council of International Schools
If you would like to share your time with the Award, please contact our team at or +40 771 040 602.