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The Award participants select activities and set goals in four basic areas of development: Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey and in the Gold level they also participate in a Residential Project.


The Service section of the Award encourages young people to volunteer their time to and understand the benefits of this service to their community.

Participants are required to give Service (volunteer) over a set period of time that enables them to experience the benefits that their Service provides to others.






Examples of Service:

  • First aid
  • Visiting and supporting people in need, such as the elderly, or those with disabilities
  • Volunteering at a hospital or local care home
  • Sports coaching
  • Charity work 

Time requirements:

  • Bronze - at least 3 months
  • Silver - at least 6 months
  • Gold - at least 12 months

You will find out more about volonteering in Luxembourg here.


The Skills section of the Award encourages the development of personal interests and practical and social skills.

The Skills section provides the opportunity for a participant to either improve on an existing Skill, or to try something new. As with the other sections of the Award, a level of commitment is required over time to progress a Skill. It leads to a sense of achievement and well-being, and possibly improved employability through the development of life and vocational Skills.





 Examples of Skills

  • Music - singing, learning to play an instrument, music event management
  • Sports related - sports officiating, umpiring/refereeing, sports ground maintenance 
  • Arts and crafts - ceramics, embroidery, jewellery making, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography 
  • Nature and the environment - agriculture, astronomy, bee keeping, conservation, fishing, forestry, gardening
  • Communication - film and video, languages, reading, writing, public speaking, journalism, website development
  • Games - billiards, snooker or pool, chess, darts, backgammon

Time requirements

  • Bronze - At least 3 months
  • Silver - At least 6 months
  • Gold - At least 12 months

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.

Encouraging healthy behaviours has benefits, not only for participants but also for their communities, whether through improved health, or active participation in team activities. This section specifically aims to improve the health, team skills, self-esteem and confidence of participants.






Examples of Physical Recreation

  • Ball sports - football, rugby, volleyball, basketball, cricket, golf, tennis
  • Athletics - running, jumping, throwing, biathlon, triathlon, decathlon
  • Water sports - canoeing, kayaking, swimming, water polo, diving, kite boarding
  • Winter sports - skiing, snowboarding, curling, bobsleigh, ice hockey 
  • Martial arts - karate, judo, kickboxing, boxing, taekwondo, kendo
  • Animal sports - horse riding, polo 

Time requirements

  • Bronze - At least 3 months
  • Silver - At least 6 months 
  • Gold - At least 12 months

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.

The journey can be an exploration or an expedition but must be a challenge. The aim of this section is to provide participants with the opportunity to learn more about the wider environment, as well as to develop their self-confidence, team work and health. Participants are taken out of their comfort zone but kept within a safe and secure setting, achieved through suitable training and supervision.






 Examples of Adventurous Journeys (explorations and expeditions) 

  • Exploring the natural world: glaciation, erosion, geology, coastal studies
  • Exploring river valleys, plant studies, exploring human impact: visitor pressure in national parks, pollution
  • Carrying out health surveys or health education in remote areas
  • Completing a demanding journey by foot, cycle, canoe or kayak
  • Kayaking the entire navigable stretch of a river
  • An extensive sail across an ocean
  • Climbing the Alpine, Himalayan or other mountainous peaks
  • Cycling from one end of a country to another 

Time requirements

  • Bronze - two days and one night; average of six hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 12 hours of purposeful effort in total
  • Silver - three days and two nights; average of seven hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 21 hours of purposeful effort in total
  • Gold - four days and three nights; average of eight hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 32 hours of purposeful effort in total

Residential Project

The Residential Project gives participants a chance to embark on a shared purpose with peers they have not previously met,
working towards a common goal. It should be an experience that broadens the participant’s outlook and horizons.

The specific benefits will depend on the Residential Project chosen.Some general benefits include building new relationships, working as part of a team, experiencing an unfamiliar environment, and enjoyment.

By undertaking a Residential Project, participants learn by doing. It is hoped to broaden the participant’s experience through involvement with others in a
residential setting.



Examples of Residential Projects:
      Personal training courses

  • Residential language courses
  • Skills development (e.g. music, art, craft)
  • Youth parliaments

Environment and conservation projects

  • Environmental clean up
  • Volunteer work with national parks
  • Research on habitats and ecosystems

Service to other people and communities

  • Construction projects
  • Assisting as a leader at a camp for young people
  • Working with an aid charity abroad

      Activity based

  • Outdoor adventure courses
  • Sports coaching course
  • Sport skills development

Time requirements

Reside away from their usual place of residence for a total period of no less than five days and four nights.






 Duke of Edinburgh's International Award