International Award

The International Award is an exciting self-development programme available to all young people worldwide, equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and their world. To date almost 5 million young people from over 110 countries have been motivated to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities.

The International Award Association and International Secretariat are purely service and administration organisations with no direct responsibilities for the activities of the young people seeking to achieve an award. Their role does not extend to the actual operation of the award within a country. This is the responsibility of the relevant NAAs and IOs whose responsibility is to ensure the proper running and, together with the participants themselves, the safety of all award programmes operated by them.

The award is flexible and can be done by anyone aged 14–25 in their own time. Mental or physical ability or social circumstances should never be a barrier. Moreover, the individual chooses what activities to do depending on his or her interests and resources. If you are over 25 then do not despair! You too can get involved by becoming an award leader, the backbone of the award programme and the key to its success.

Award Levels

There are 3 levels of the award in which you can participate: Bronze, Silver and Gold, with each successive level demanding increased participation time and commitment. You do not have to start at the Bronze level. If you are over 15 you can join directly at the Silver level or if you are over 16, directly at Gold.

Level Min Age Min Participation
Bronze 14 6 months
Silver 15 12 months
Gold 16 28 months

Award Sections

Section Details

To encourage a sense of responsibility to the community. The emphasis of this section is the regular giving of a service:

  • Community service projects
  • Conservation work
  • Voluntary service in hospitals or community homes
  • More specialised training such as lifesaving, first aid or rescue services
Adventurous journey

An enjoyable experience designed to cultivate a spirit of adventure and discovery; an understanding of the environment, and the importance of working together in a team with a common purpose.

The Adventurous Journey may be by foot, bicycle, boat or horseback, or alternatively it may be an equally challenging adventurous journey. Proper training and preparation, self sufficiency, self-reliance and the exploration of new surroundings are the key elements.

If you are feeling particularly adventurous then the Adventurous Journey Section could be fulfilled overseas, perhaps on an organised exchange with an award group from another country.


To encourage the development of personal interests and learn practical skills. There are over 200 hobby and vocational skills from which you can choose, such as photography, cacti growing, magazine production, and metal work.

Physical recreation

To encourage improved performance and physical fitness, participants are required to take part in some form of organised physical recreation and show individual progress. Most team and individual sports are included, such as football, athletics, archery, swimming and canoeing. The list is endless, depending on what appeals to you.

Residential project

For Gold level only. Intended to broaden your experience through living and working with others (who are not your everyday companions) over a period of five consecutive days.


How to Enrol

Students intending to take part in the Bronze Award in year 10 can enrol in June at the end of year 9. New students entering the Doha College can enrol at the start of the academic year in September.

Students wishing to participate in the Silver Award will have to have completed the Bronze Award if they attended the college in Year 10. Direct entry into the Silver Award may be available for 6th Form students only.

There is also the possibility for direct entry into the Gold Award. This is only eligible students in the upper 6th form.

Detailed information and enrolment forms for the International Award can be found on our parent portal