• Irena with new friends at IGE 2011

    From Slovenia to Kenya: Diversity and perspective

    Irena Dokl is an active member and co-founder of Gold Award Holder Association (GAHA) Slovenia, as well as a certified Award Leader and mentor. Irena decided to attend the International Gold Event (

  • Chu Win Kai attending IGE 2011

    Celebrating Diversity

    Gold Award holder Chu Win Kai, from Hong Kong, attended the IGE 2011, hosted by The President's Award-Kenya. Here, she tells us about what this global leadership event meant to her and the lasting

  • Award participant, Sandy

    The journey of a lifetime: A letter of thanks

    To all at The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award

  • Gold Award holder Shibnath

    Life through a Lens

    Shibnath Mondol is 19 years old and has been blind since birth, but this hasn't stopped him achieving great things, including his Gold Award. Here he explains his inspiring Award story and why we are

  • Broadening My Horizons

    I first heard about the Award through the CPA/ING Mentoring programme in Sydney. I knew that a large part of it was about challenging yourself and stepping outside of your comfort zone but because I

  • Noble Varughese

    The Award awakens something

    Lincoln Hall is a residential educational centre for young men between the ages of 12 to 18 who have been referred through the Family Court system. The students come from some of the poorest

  • Lord Stanley Fink, supporter of The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

    Why I support The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

    Lord Stanley Fink is CEO of International Standard Asset Management (ISAM) and Chair of Earth Capital Partners LLP. Prior to this he had an illustrious career at Man Group plc spanning 21 years,

  • Melanie receives her Gold Award from Governor-General, Quentin Bryce

    Recognised for my ability

    Australian Gold Award holder Melanie Tran explains how the Award enabled others to see her differently. 

  • Bronze Award holder Paulo Caetano and Director of Development Alberto Lidji speaking to Award supporters at Windsor Castle.

    Prepared to join the job market: Paulo's story

    Paulo Caetano has just completed his Bronze Award. At a recent fundraising dinner for The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Foundation, he shared his experience with HRH The Duke of Edinburgh,

  • Award participants in South Africa filming with Films Without Borders.

    Cannes screening for Award participants’ films

    Films made by participants from South Africa are to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival this week

  • HRH The Countess of Wessex meets with Award participants at a school in Hong Kong

    HRH The Countess of Wessex makes first Award trip as Global Ambassador

    HRH The Countess of Wessex has visited the Award in Hong Kong as part of her first official appointment as The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award Foundation’s Global Ambassador

  • Blind Award participants take on the jungle

    “My heart pumped fast when I heard [where we were going] for our Gold level Adventurous Journey. It was my dream to stay a night in the invincible jungle... I was not frightened to share a

  • Royal Bank of Canada announces $1m to support The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award

    As part of the Royal Bank of Canada’s (RBC) “Believe in Kids Pledge”, RBC has announced a donation of $1 million to help improve the lives of young people from diverse communities across Canada, the

  • Young men, from Kawerau in New Zealand, stood on the top of a hill

    Government funds Award for young Maori community

    The Ministry of Youth Development in New Zealand has announced funding to support 15 vulnerable young people from Kawerau to do the Award

  • Gold Award holder Spencer Aston

    The Award changed my life

    Gold Award holder Spencer Aston explains how the Award helped to rehabilitate him following a severe car crash. 

  • Edward Lampton with cousin Kerrilee

    Empowering indigenous youth

    Edward is a Silver Award holder and youth motivator with the Nintiringanyi ("willing to learn") Cultural Training Centre's Indigenous Youth Empowerment Programme. He came to London with his young

  • Courage and growth

    "I was born in the war torn country of Afghanistan. Since my birth up to 2001 I struggled for survival. The world seemed to me very cruel, but it was a child’s thinking. My toys were used bullets, we

  • I've come a long way

    Born in Israel, I moved back from Canada two years ago. To tell you the truth, before hearing about the Award I was not very keen on volunteer work or community service whatsoever

  • Being the best you

    There was never any way that losing a limb would keep Mark Arendz from doing great things with his life

  • I now have my own identity

    "Having Down’s syndrome has not affected the way I look at life. Many people with Down’s syndrome hold jobs, live independently and enjoy recreational opportunities in their communities, and this is