The Award Framework

The Award is comprised of three levels and four sections. Participants complete all four Sections at each level in order to achieve either their Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. At Gold level, Participants also complete a Residential Project.

The Four Sections

To gain an Award, all four Sections (plus an additional requirement of a Residential Project at Gold level only) must be tackled for the specified minimum period of time.


To encourage a sense of responsibility to the community through:

  • community service projects
  • conservation work
  • voluntary service in hospitals or community homes
  • or more specialised training such as lifesaving, first aid or rescue services
  • The emphasis of this Section is the regular giving of a service.
Adventurous Journey

An enjoyable experience designed to cultivate a spirit of adventure and discovery; an understanding of the environment, and the importance of working together in a team with a common purpose. The Expedition may be by foot, bicycle, boat or horseback, or alternatively it may be an equally challenging exploration. Proper training and preparation, self sufficiency, self-reliance and the exploration of new surroundings are the key elements.


To encourage the development of personal interests and learn practical skills. There are over 200 hobby and vocational Skills from which you can choose, such as Photography, Plant Cultivation, Magazine Production, and Metal Work.

Physical Recreation

To encourage improved performance and physical fitness. Participants are required to take part in some form of organised physical recreation and show individual progress. Most team and individual sports are included, such as football, athletics, archery, swimming and canoeing. The list is endless, depending on what appeals to you. Any activity that raise the heart rate is considered a Physical Recreation.

Residential Project

To achieve your Gold Award, you need to complete an extra section – the Residential. This involves spending 5 days and 4 nights away from home on a shared activity with people you’ve never met before.

It’s a big, exciting and very fulfilling experience. It may be that you want to build on a talent you’ve developed in another section, learn something completely new on an intensive course or do something to help others. From learning to snowboard in Scotland to helping at a children’s camp, from working with the National Trust to helping on an urban recycling project, or from learning French in Paris to sailing a tall ship, there are loads of exciting possibilities to find the activity that’s just right for you.

The Sections of the Award

The Sections of the Award

Contact Asia Pacific Office

Regional office
The nearest Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation regional office:
Asia Pacific (Sydney, Australia)

The Asia Pacific office represents The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation in the region. The Asia Pacific team work with leaders and Award Operators to develop the Award in their country.

National Award Operators

There are currently 14 National Award Operators in Asia Pacific.
Independent Award Centres
There are a further 140+ Independent Award Centres in 14 countries delivering the Award in this region.Award Operators meet regularly within their region to share experience and best practice. Meetings and events are organised to promote and support regional Award activity.Find the Award near you

Contact the Asia Pacific regional office

Sue Walker, Asia Pacific Regional Director
rob Rob Oliphant, Asia Pacific Regional Manager
Sanzeeda Sanzeeda Ali, Asia Pacific Regional Coordinator
Joel Grant Joel Grant, Asia Pacific Independent Award Centre Manager for the following countries: China, Indonesia, Korea, Mongolia and Taiwan
Tanu Thanuja Wijesinghe, Asia Pacific Independent Award Centre Manager for the following countries: Brunei, Malaysia, Maldives, Philippines, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vanuatu and Vietnam
Susy Coslovich, Asia Pacific Regional Finance Manager

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