Get involved in the Award

Ways to get involved

The Award relies on the support of people and organisations around the world to ensure it can continue to offer non-formal education to young people in more than 130 countries and territories.

Play your part in helping to champion and challenge young people and their communities, by getting involved in the Award near you.

It develops innate resilience in young people. Those who participate in the Award generally remember their experiences throughout their life.

– Alan Hinkes OBE, a mountaineer

Deliver the Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is delivered globally; any organisation that works directly with young people can apply to become licensed to deliver the Award. Find out more below.

Organisational benefits of delivering the Award

Delivering the Award brings your organisation many benefits, not least the opportunity to help develop young people and support them on their journey to a better future. By delivering the Award your organisation will:

  • Help to develop the lives of young people and their communities;
  • Become part of an international network of Award Operators, Leaders and like-minded individuals and organisations;
  • Provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for your staff;
  • Complement existing extra-curricular activities and receive recognition for them;
  • Give young people the opportunity to participate in a global youth achievement award.

National Award Operator (NAO): NAOs are licensed to operate the Award, usually exclusively, within a national territory. They must have capacity and intent to reach all eligible young people in the territory. The NAO assumes powers to sub-licence other youth organisations to deliver the Award; and to authorise the Awards of participants at all levels. A National Award Operator can often be a Government Ministry or a charity / social enterprise – depending on the country or territory – and is run by a chair, board of trustees or council, and Chief Executive Officer.

If you wish to become licensed as an NAO, please contact our Regional Offices.

Independent Award Centres (IAC): IACs are smaller organisations, directly licensed by the Foundation to deliver the Award exclusively for their students/members at a single location, in circumstances where no suitable NAO exists. IACs deliver the Award and report on their delivery solely in English, and receive dedicated operational support and training from the Foundation.

If you wish to become licensed as an IAC, please contact our Operations Team to request an application pack.

Partnering with the Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award works with hundreds of thousands of youth-focused partners and operators around the world, including schools, youth organisations, examination boards and youth offender institutions.

Whilst partnerships vary from country to country, we also work with some organisations in a much more global context. Around the world, the Award works closely with, and is part of the ‘Big Six’ – six global youth volunteer and membership organisations, consisting of the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS), the World Organisation of the Scout Movement (WOSM), the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), the Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA) and The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award.

In addition to the ‘Big Six’, the Award has recently partnered with Cambridge Assessment International Education, to pilot an exciting new collaboration, which offers schools a broad and balanced curriculum of learning, both inside and outside the classroom.

If you would like to discuss partnering with the Award, please contact

Share your time

For over 60 years, hundreds of thousands of people around the world have developed new skills volunteering for the Award. In each and every country we rely on volunteers to help deliver the Award and we’re always keen to welcome more individuals who would like to help.

Volunteer: You don’t need to be an Award holder yourself to volunteer. From Award Leaders to mini-bus drivers, there are a huge number of opportunities on offer in different countries around the world. If you have a particular skillset you can offer (e.g. outdoors skills, orienteering, etc.) and are willing to participate in Award training, contact the Award near you, via the search tool at the bottom of this page.

I decided to support The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award because it promotes growth of individual students over time – precisely the kind of measure that matters in the world. When we are caught up in the quest for static data points about learning, the International Award celebrates that which is learning.

– Kevin Ruth, Executive Director of European Council of International Schools

If you wish to become a volunteer, please contact the Award in your country via the list below.

find your local award

Find your local Award

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I remember being such a shy little girl, but the Award helped me to grow into a strong individual who knows how to take a stand were necessary for what’s right or what’s wrong.