The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award was firstly introduced to us as a program that was intended on self-development and overall growth which persuaded me on taking up the Award. After the completion of bronze I realized it did meet up to its claims. It amasses a variety of different components skill, physical recreation, social service and adventurous journeys that help challenge our physical and mental state along with improving social skills. The Award helps build useful traits such as time management, persistence, confidence, teamwork, responsibility and individuality. Hence, I decided to go forward with the gold Award taking volunteering at a local school, keyboard lessons and aerobic classes.
The idea of doing these activities in theory seems much easier than in reality. Balancing school work with regular extracurricular activities every week does tend to be extremely stressful at times but it does push you to do better. The ability to prioritize work and manage your schedule will definitely improve over time. You may even learn of new interests, like I did will learning keyboard for the first time concepts of music theory and history motivated me to continue with my classes. I figured out that physical recreation activities like tennis which I took up on my bronze Award actually were releasing stress rather than draining ones. Volunteering at different local schools and orphanages having interaction with these children, who were full of cheer and joy in the worst of situations made me a more empathetic and grateful individual. As per the requirement of the gold Award there are adventurous journeys and a residential project that have to be completed. We have already completed our pre-qualifying and qualifying journeys under exploration visiting the beautiful terrains of Mardi himal and Langtang village. They journeys allowed us witness the magnificent beauty that Nepal has to offer. Participating in this Award defiantly makes you an active person and does not allow you to give into lazy tendencies.
In conclusion the entire program has instilled in me values that will be beneficial throughout my life.
Gold Award Participant