The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation

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COMMUNITY SERVICE

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, equipping young people for life. Since 1956 millions of young people have taken part in the Award in more than 140 countries and territories. The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation drives and supports the Award’s global growth, so more young people can take part.

It is the world’s leading youth achievement award. In 2015 more than 1.1 million young people around the world took part in the Award in more than 140 countries and territories. Since the Award’s launch 60 years ago, it has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives.

By creating opportunities for young people to develop skills, get physically active, give service and experience adventure, the Award can play a critical role in their development outside the classroom. It also allows their achievement to be consistently recognised worldwide, giving young people unique international accreditation of their experiences.

YOU WILL MEET WITH… Meilia Natalia

HER STORY
Gold Award holder Meilia Natalia helping to plant trees as part of her Service Section. Indonesian Bronze, Silver and Gold Award holder, Meilia Natalia, has received a full scholarship to study International Relations at Tunghai University in Taiwan. She’s currently working part time for a translation company and says the skills she has developed through the Award have been valuable in securing employment in between her studies.
Taking part in the Award has helped me to realise that I have many skills that are valuable; I am far more confident and independent and not afraid to make decisions. I have also developed my language skills – my Mandarin has been valuable to many of my employers and has helped me to secure a scholarship for study at a university in another country.
International recognition
The Award encourages you to get involved with different activities and you learn skills that are recognised internationally. It’s a good thing to have on applications for further education and employment.
The Service section of the Award gave me an opportunity to put my own ideas into practice. I realised that there were a lot of young people like me keen to volunteer their time to make a difference in their community and so I founded a group called #UntukIndonesia. I receive lots of happy, positive feedback from people who can see for themselves how their time is making a contribution.
Award Leader
I have also trained as an Award Leader, to help deliver the Award to more young people in Indonesia, and have been an active volunteer with the National Award Office, helping to plan events and meetings, which have also given me valuable skills and experiences.

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