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The International is an exciting self-development program available to all 14 to 25 year olds. Over 7 million young people worldwide have taken up the challenge. Universities and employers look extremely favorably at someone who has been involved, as it brings out a lot of positive qualities in the individual. The Award is tough but it is about individual challenge, not about reaching specific standards set by someone else. Young people design their own Award Program, set their own goals, and record their own progress. The only person they compete against is themselves, by challenging their own beliefs about what they can achieve. There are 3 levels to the award:- Bronze (14 years), Silver (15 years) and Gold (16 years). Gold is the most challenging level and also the most highly regarded.
To complete the award students must follow a program in a:-
- Service:– Help in the community.
- Skill:- Develop a skill for example playing an instrument.
- Sport:- Play and improve in any sport.
- Expedition:- 4 day practice and 4 day qualifying expedition.
The expedition section of the award is often considered the most challenging but also the most rewarding.
The time commitments depend on the level of award, as follows:-
|Service(1h per week)||Skill(1h per week)||Sport(1h per week)||Expedition|
|Bronze||3 Months||3 Months||3 Months||2 days training.2 Days practice.2 Days qualifying.|
|Silver||6 Months||6 Months||6 Months||2 days training.3 Days practice.3 Days qualifying.|
|Gold||12 Months||12 Months||12 Months||2 days training.4 Days practice.4 Days qualifying.|