The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is a challenging internationally recognized diploma programme for those who want to challenge themselves in skills, will, and endurance.
The Award was introduced in England in 1956 by His Royal Highness Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh. Since then the programme has spread to over 100 countries, and it has inspired thousands of young people to test themselves, and the Diploma is an asset if you want to enter a university abroad.
You choose your activities within 4 sections (sports, abilities, social service and expedition) in your first year at bronze level, 1 and a half years at silver level and 2 years at gold level. Through your focus on improving your abilities you work towards self-development, and you will receive a diploma, an Award badge, and Herlufsholm’s Trolleshield.
In the course of the programme you will perfect your performance in physical and creative activities as well as doing voluntary charity work. All three sections are represented in our leisure-time program, but you can also yourself suggest activities to your Award coach. At each stage there is an expedition or survival trip, depending on your level of proficiency. On these expeditions you walk a certain distance in a small group and have to rely on yourself in a demanding natural environment. Former gold expeditions have taken place on Iceland.