British School Quito secondary students are given the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award (IA). 

This is an exciting self-development programme available to all young people aged 14-25, equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world.

There are three levels of award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. At all levels participants must complete individually:

  • 1 hour a week learning or developing a skill
  • 1 hour a week taking part in physical activity
  • 1 hour a week providing a voluntary service

The duration of these activities differs between 3 months and 12 months, depending on which level of the Award the participant is aiming to achieve.

In addition, participants take part in Adventurous Journeys – hiking and camping expeditions in some of the most beautiful areas of Ecuador. Past expeditions have taken participants to the Ilaló, Cotopaxi, Mindo, and Quilotoa areas.

Participants at the British School Quito who begin the Bronze Award in Year 10 are required to take part in a range of training sessions which cover aspects such as campcraft (erecting tents, cooking on a stove), health and safety management, care for the environment, emergency first aid, teamwork, navigation and nutrition. These sessions usually take place during Wednesday Enrichment time, as well as weekly homework tasks to consolidate learning.

Participants who successfully complete their Bronze Award in Year 10 are invited to take part in the Silver Award in Year 11. We are proud to have started delivering the Gold Award in 2021, with our first two students embarking on this outstanding level of commitment and dedication.

The Award concept is one of individual challenge designed to encourage young people to develop into responsible, active citizens who will positively contribute towards society. As such students who complete the Award are highly valued by universities and employers globally.

For further information about the Award please click the link below to go to the official International Award website.