International Award

We are happy to announce that RISS has started with the International Award for Young People, (Duke of Edinburgh) programme. This is a prestigious, global, program that will help you for the rest of your life. Once completed, you can add this on your resume; Universities, Colleges and employees will see that you are dedicated to your work and level of responsibility.

What is The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement Award and equips young people for life in over 140 countries and territories across the Globe.

The Award is available to all young people aged 14 - 24. Doing the Award is a personal challenge and not a competition against others; it pushes young people to their personal limits and recognises their achievements consistently. The Award encourages young people to design their own programme of activities, set their own goals and challenge themselves to achieve their aims. Since its launch 60 years ago, the Award has inspired millions of young people to transform their lives. Through non formal education, the Award can play a critical role in a young person’s personal development. You can find out more here

The International Award at RISS

Each year, grade 9 students start with the programme and work on completing their sections. It is great to see how much effort the students put in in order for them to complete the sections. Some of them are really stepping out of their comfort zones and are going for a challenge. Especially for the “Volunteering Section”, for example helping out at a food bank here in the Netherlands, while everything is in Dutch. Or learning a new language for the “Skill Section” and this needs to happen outside of school, which asks dedication.
For the “Physical Recreation Section”, students have joined sport clubs and gyms and started a new sport, which they have never done before. There is only one section where they are all waiting for the “Adventurous Journey”, where they will go hiking and camping the Ardenne of Belgium. I think this will be an experience they will never forget. 

If you would like to receive more information, please get in contact with our coordinator: Mr Roos,