AT TAYLOR'S: Samantha Morley (samm@aism.edu.my)
PROJECT PARTNER: Refer to 'Partners' section
The Duke of Edinburgh International Award is a self-development programme for 14 to 25 year olds which has an important element of community service. More than seven million young people have undertaken this programme across the world. Students at the Australian International School Malaysia have been participating in this program since 2009, and some students have attained the Gold Category in the awards program in previous years. The Duke of Edinburgh International Award Programme has three levels, each one requiring a greater degree of commitment.
The BRONZE Award is for those students over 14 and the minimum period of participation is three months. The SILVER Award is for those over 15 and the minimum period of participation is six months. The GOLD Award is for those over 16 and the minimum period of participation is twelve months. To gain an Award, participants must complete activities in four Sections for a specified minimum period of time. There is an additional requirement of a Residential Project at the Gold Award level. Participants decide what individual projects they would like to do for each section in order to encourage individual effort and development of personal interests. However, all students must complete a project in all sections, supervised by AISM staff.
There are four areas or sections that participants must complete in order to achieve their award in this program. They are:
Community Service: Participants engage in community service projects, conservation work, voluntary service in hospitals or community homes, specialized training such as lifesaving, first aid training or rescue services.
Adventurous Journey: Participants engage in a journey either by foot, bicycle, boat or horseback to develop an understanding of the environment, and the importance of working together in a team with a common purpose.
Skills: In order to complete the Skills Section, participants have to discover and develop their own personal interests and learn practical skills to achieve competence in these areas
Physical Recreation: Participants undertake organized and regular physical activity and show perseverance and improve their fitness
It is a credit to the leadership of AISM staff Philip Biggs and Colleen Derham that so many students at AISM have taken part in The Duke of Edinburgh International Award Programme.

For more information about this valuable community service endeavour, please contact Ms Colleen Derham at colleend@aism.edu.my