International Schools Group (ISG)

The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Programme


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International Award Activities

Residential Project (Gold Award Only)

To broaden your experiences through involvement with others in a residential setting away from home and in an unfamiliar environment. You will be introduced to some form of purposeful enterprise in the company of others who are not know to you.


You will normally require briefing or training prior to or during the residential period so that you are able to contribute fully and derive full benefit from the experience. The Residential Project should give you the opportunity to:

  • Meet people
  • Experience an unfamiliar environment
  • Build new relationships and show concern for others
  • Work as part of a team towards shared goals
  • Accept responsibility for yourself and others
  • Develop communications skills
  • Show initiative
  • Enjoy living and working with others

Residential settings may typically be in centres, youth hostels, sailing ships or camps. Staying with a family or home stay is not generally acceptable. The type of residential experience is to be your own choice, freely made and without financial gain. The Project should provide opportunities for broadening interest and experience. It is the ideal opportunity for you to try something new. Under some circumstances, however, it may be related to existing interests or activities being followed in other Sections of the Award, but will be additional to the requirements for that Section. Practice journeys and qualifying ventures for Expeditions can't be regarded as a Residential Project. The project should normally take place over at least five consecutive days with at least four nights spent away. In exceptional circumstances, and at the discretion of your supervisor, this commitment can be spread over two weekends provided that they involve at least four nights away within a 12 month period and the same activity is pursued.


Residential Project Steps Resource

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