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The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

Strothoff International School is very proud to be the only school in the Rhine-Main region to offer the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award for Young People.

The International Award is an exciting self-development programme available to our MYP 4 students and above. It aims to equip them with life skills that make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world.

The Award has three levels: Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each level requires the students to complete four sections: Physical Recreation, Skill, Service and Adventurous Journey.

Physical Recreation

The Physical Recreation section of the Award encourages young people to participate in sport and other physical recreation for the improvement of health and fitness. For example: volleyball, basketball, biathlon, swimming, skiing and horse riding.


This section encourages the development of personal interests and practical and social skills. For example: learning to play an instrument, painting, photography, astronomy, gardening, public speaking, journalism or chess.


The Service section encourages young people to volunteer their time in in the community and understand the benefits of this service in the wider context. Examples are first aid, visiting and supporting people in need, sports coaching and charity work.

Adventurous Journey

This section encourages a sense of adventure and discovery whilst undertaking a team journey or expedition. As part of a small team, participants plan, train for and undertake a journey with a purpose in an unfamiliar environment. For example: completing a demanding journey on foot, by bicycle, canoe or kayak and exploring the natural world.

At Gold level: Residential Project

Participants have the opportunity to share a purposeful experience with people who are not their usual companions and work towards a common goal, set out by the participants themselves. Examples are youth camp overseas and voluntary work with national parks, youth parliaments and sports coaching.

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