International Award for Young People


The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a worldwide self-development program for young people aged 14 – 24.

Through it, participants are encouraged to rise to new challenges, discovering things they never knew about themselves and the world around them, and developing a spirit of adventure and determination to last a lifetime.

Founded by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh in the UK in 1956, the Award has enabled over 7 million young people across the world to “discover their own hidden strengths and talents”, acquiring vital life skills such as teamwork, leadership and self-sufficiency along the way.

The International Award was set up to give students based in other countries the chance to reap the same benefits as their UK-based contemporaries.  It consists of three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold.  Each of these levels involves four components: Physical Recreation, Skills, Service, and Adventurous Journey.  In addition, young people are required to undertake a Residential Project in order to achieve the Gold level award.

At Topper Sail Phuket we focus on the Adventurous Journey component of the Award, offering training, practice and assessment for expeditions and explorations at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.

Adventurous Journeys can be undertaken by kayak, dinghy sailboat or keelboat at a variety of locations around Phuket, and we can also provide lessons in camp-craft, route planning, navigation and safety, ensuring students are well-prepared for the undertaking.  Whether you are an established International Award centre, or a new centre looking to expand your horizons, we can tailor a program to suit your needs.

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