Duke of Edinburgh's Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award inspires youth achievement and is open to anyone aged 14-24. The Award has three levels and participants complete four sections at each level: Voluntary Service, Skills, Physical Recreation and Adventurous Journey. At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project. You can also choose to complete your Kākāriki Journey which has an environmental focus. We can help you take part in this exciting Award in a variety of ways.
You can complete your Bronze Adventurous Journey practice & qualifier by enrolling on one of our existing Journey Programmes that run in school holidays, or if there are a group of you, consider creating your own journey with a tailored option.
You can complete your Silver Adventurous Journey (practice or qualifier) on one of our existing Journey Programmes that run in school holidays, or if there are a group of you, consider creating your own journey with a tailored option.
You can complete your Gold Adventurous Journey (practice or qualifier) or your Residential project on a Senior Journey Programme, or you can complete both on Adventure Skills Development. If there are a group of you, consider creating your own journey with a tailored option.
Achieving the Award with us at Whenua Iti Outdoors
We are an Open Award Centre which means you can achieve the award under our umbrella. All the information you need including how to enrol can be found on the Duke of Edinburgh's Award website. We have monthly meetings for participants to meet each other and get support with all aspects of the Award.
Adventurous Journey Training and Assessment
You can complete your Adventurous Journey practice and/or qualifier and Gold Residential through Whenua Iti Outdoors no matter where you are registered to achieve the Award. We have a wide variety of options at Bronze, Silver and Gold. Activities can include tramping, kayaking, caving, bush survival and mountain biking in any of our stunning, local National Parks. Check out our Outcomes & Activities page to get an idea of the possibilities.
Your Trades Academy Programme Can Count Too!
If you are enrolled with us on one of our Trades Academy Programmmes, you may be able to count aspects of your programme towards the Award. Just ask one of your instructors or contact us to find out more.
Achieving the Kākāriki Journey
We encourage you to sign up for the Kākāriki Journey as part of your Award. This gives your Award an environmental focus and can be applied to all levels. WIO can help achieve your Residential Project component, and we can provide ideas for your Skills & Service too. If you are interested in finding out more you can contact us .
Running the Award for your School or Group
Whenua Iti Outdoors is the Hub Leader for the top half of Te Waipounamu / the South Island which means we support other organisations delivering the Award. If you think the Award is a good option for your school or group, contact us for more information and support. We can provide tailored Adventurous Journeys and Residential experiences for your whole group or individuals who may have missed out on the group experience.
* If you are an individual you may be able to join a Whenua Iti Outdoors Holiday Programme or link with another group – contact us for more details.
* For those outside the region we can organise Nelson airport pick up & drop offs.
* Once you arrive at WIO we provide all transport.
* Our tailored Award programmes need a minimum of 6 participants to run.
* There is an additional $50 fee to cover Award administration on top of our standard programme costs.
"Courses are highly relevant and well planned, with activities designed with students’ safety in mind. The professional staff and ongoing nature of reflective practices help ensure the courses meet stakeholder needs."
- NZQA External Evaluation Report, 2019
Whenua Iti Outdoors Programme Options
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- Nature Connection
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