DofE International Award

What is the Duke of Edinburgh's Award?

The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, bringing together practical experiences and life skills to equip young people for life. Since it was founded in 1956 by His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh (husband to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom), over eight million young people have participated in the Award in over 140 countries and territories. The Award not only helps to boost student's CV, but also it demonstrates commitment and hard work. 

Vilnius Internationational School is proud to offer the Award to young people in grades 8, 9 and 10 starting from 2019. This year we have over 10 people participating in the programme which is led by Povilas Misevičius and Rūta Navickaitė. Our grade 10 student Karina B. has taken upon herself to establish the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award at VIS, and it has successfully started this year. If you would like to join the programme, please contact Rūta Navickaitė at or Povilas Misevičius at


Why should you join the Duke of Edinburg's Award?

You can see our students's interview about their experiences of Dofe here:


What is involved?

It is designed to encourage young people to take on a range of activities that develop skills such as leadership, perseverance, team work and communication. There are three different levels - bronze, silver and gold - and five sections including volunteering, expedition and residential.

The Award is voluntary, non competitive, enjoyable and balanced, and requires effort over time. Young people design their own Award programme, 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. 

More information on The Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award can be found at or at You can also connect with the Award on Facebook, Twitter and on YouTube.