The Duke of Edinburgh International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, bringing together practical experience and life skills to equip young people for life

The Duke of Edinburgh International Award is ran in over 140 countries with over 8 million participants. We are only one of two schools to run this programme in Russia.

The award is designed to enrich the lives of young people by encouraging young people to learn new skills, get physically active, volunteer within their communities and discover a sense of adventure outside the classroom.

It offers young people opportunities that help them unlock their potential and be ready for their world, whatever that world may be.

Students aged 14 to 18 can take part in the award by designing their own programme, setting their own goals and challenging themselves to achieve their aims.

The award is broken down into three levels:

  • BRONZE is for students aged 14 and over
    The minimum period of participation to gain this award is 6 months.
  • SILVER is for students aged 15 and over
    The minimum period of participation to gain this award is 12 months.
  • GOLD is for students aged 16 and over
    The minimum period of participation to gain this award is 18 months.

At present EIS offers students the opportunity to gain the Bronze award. In the future we hope to extend our participation to include the silver award.

Voluntary service

This part of the award scheme provides participants with the opportunity to work for the benefit of their local community. Examples of voluntary service include; community service projects, conservation work and voluntary service in hospitals or community homes.

Adventurous journey

The adventurous journey is about adventure and discovery. The journey can be on foot, by bike, boat or on horseback and involves camping overnight, cooking outdoors and usually takes place in areas of outstanding natural beauty. Training, preparation, self sufficiency and self-reliance are the key elements.


The skills section is about developing personal interests and learning something new. There are almost limitless possibilities to choose from and participants set their own goals and measure their progress against them.

Physical recreation

By undertaking an organised and regular physical activity, participants show perseverance and improve their fitness. Most team and individual sports are included, such as football, athletics, and archery.