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International Award for Young People (IAYP)

The International Award for Young People (IAYP) is the world's leading youth achievement award and NGO holding full membership in the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Association. Similar to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, IAYP is mostly India-based, consisting of three levels and four sections. The implementation of the IAYP Award takes place through Open Award Centres (OAC), referred to as Youth Engaging in Society (YES) Centres.

International Award for Young People (IAYP) is administered under the guidance of the Duke of Edinburgh Award (DoE) and is available for students in Grade 9 and above at. At SNM, we offer Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, which promote personal growth, independence, perseverance, and a sense of responsibility to both the individual student and their community. These traits are highly valued by universities and employers.


Do you live in India, Egypt, Indonesia or Spain?

How about coming to New Zealand to do your International Award for Young People (IAYP)? SNM has relationships with India, Egypt, Indonesia, and Spain exploring the benefits of this partnership through school holiday programmes in New Zealand. Doing your International Award for Young People in New Zealand means doing something new for the first time in your life. You might combine the IAYP award with seeing friends and family. You can even extend your visit to New Zealand buy doing some tourist sightseeing IAYP activities and adventures before and after your International Award for Young People program. New Zealand also allows for a our English Immersion Programmes (EIP); improving your English language and cultural awareness.

Social Nature Movement helping the International Award for Young People

SNM specialise in Adventurous Journeys, Residential Projects and other broad help with the International Award for Young People. SNM are Health and Safety at Work (Adventure Activities) Worksafe Registered operators providing:

White water kayaking (including packrafting) North Island grade 2 rivers

Rock climbing (if done outdoors) New Zealand

Abseiling or rappelling (if done outdoors) New Zealand

Coasteering (boogie boarding in & around sea caves) Bethells Beach region

Sea Kayaking North Island

SNM own and supply our own clothing and equipment; eliminating the 'middle-man' costs, increasing trust and improving logitstics. SNM can provide: Sea Kayaks, Paddle Boards, Packrafts, Mountain Boards, Rock Climbing gear, Bouldering pads, cooking equipment, tents, navigation and survival equipment, stargazing telescopes, snorkelling gear, boogie boarding equipment, rafts, dragon boats and much more!


IAYP sections

Typically the Award requires students to complete four components: Service, Physical Recreation, Skill, and Expedition (also known as the Adventurous Journey). For the Gold Award, an additional longer residential component is also required.

SNM brings new dimensions to schools' curriculum. We believe in the importance of learning beyond the confines of the classroom, emphasizing the significance of the school environment and the broader community.

Many Cambridge schools express their desire to provide international students with opportunities to develop soft skills such as leadership, teamwork, and confidence. By incorporating the IAYP (International Award for Young People) as non-formal education alongside the academic Cambridge programs, schools can provide a well-rounded education. Cambridge International schools that participate in the IAYP (International Award for Young People) receive exclusive benefits to support their implementation of the program.

SNM aims to develop confident, responsible, reflective, innovative, and engaged learners while creating avenues for young people to develop skills, engage in physical IAYP activities, contribute to their local communities, and experience adventure.

The International Award for Young People (IAYP) was introduced in India in 1962 to empower young people to reach their full potential within the framework of Indian society, enhancing their moral, social, and intellectual well-being. Currently, over 240 institutions across India participate in the Award Program, with over 100,000 young people successfully achieving their Awards.

The Award is implemented through Open Award Centres (OAC) known as Youth Engaging in Society (YES) Centres, primarily consisting of schools and other educational institutions licensed to deliver the Award. The program consists of three levels and four sections:

Bronze: For participants over 14 years old
Silver: For participants over 15 years old
Gold: For participants over 16 years old
To achieve their Award, participants must complete all sections.

At SNM, we have embraced a holistic approach to education, going beyond traditional teaching methods. To prepare young minds for a bright future, we have implemented the IAYP (International Award for Young People) program, contributing to our recognition as the best English Immersion Programme (EIP).

The IAYP, also known as the International Award for Young People, is a global self-development program for international students aimed at fostering innovation, opening doors to new cultures and nations, and providing international opportunities.

Let us delve deeper into the IAYP program, its benefits for international students, and our reasons for promoting it.


What is the international award for young people (IAYP) program?

The IAYP is a globally recognized self-development program designed for international students aged between 14 and 25. It offers young people the chance to acquire new skills, face challenges, forge new friendships, and experience diverse cultures worldwide. These opportunities are vital for international students to reach their full potential and become responsible citizens in the future.


The International Award for Young People consists of four compulsory sections:

Voluntary Service: This section aims to teach internationalstudents how to assist those in need, such as the disabled or elderly, through volunteering in hospitals, care centers, detention facilities, and similar establishments. It also includes IAYP activities like sports coaching, support for local newspapers, assuming leadership roles, conducting health surveys, and providing first aid.

Adventurous Journey: The adventurous journey section encourages participants to explore the natural world, historical sites, understand group dynamics in challenging situations, and embark on purposeful journeys.

Skills: In the Skills section, students develop practical skills and explore their interests in areas such as music, crafts, arts, games, life skills, and vocational skills. This section allows them to discover their passions, acquire new skills, and enhance existing ones.

Physical Recreation: The Physical Recreation section aims to keep students physically active and improve their performance in their chosen sports. Participants have the opportunity to engage in various sports and physical IAYP activities, including ball sports, water sports, winter sports, martial arts, dancing, and fitness activities.


History and Significance of IAYP (International Award for Young People)

The International Award for Young People (IAYP), initially known as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, was established in the United Kingdom in 1956. Its founders envisioned a balanced and self-development program for young people transitioning from adolescence to adulthood.

Over the years, the program's numerous benefits have gained recognition worldwide, and it is currently present in over 143 countries. More than 8 million international students and young individuals aged 14 to 25 have embraced the challenge and participated in the program.

The minimum duration required to earn an award is six months. Participants receive the Bronze Award after six months, the Silver Award after twelve months, and the Gold Award after eighteen months. Gold Award recipients are also required to undertake a Residential Project.


IAYP benefits

The International Award for Young People program provides several IAYP benefits for international students. SNM brings these advantages to students:

Participation in extracurricular IAYP activities, school camps and recognition for their achievements.
Building confidence through the development of new skills and experiences.
Practicing IAYP activities that enhance college, university, and job applications.
Personality development through the acquisition of interpersonal skills such as teamwork, time management, and problem-solving.
Cultivating empathy and the art of giving through volunteering.
Exposure to global cultures, expanding their worldview and appreciation for unique themes.
Acquiring skills that open doors to better opportunities in the future.

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Give back to your community by regularly volunteering. Teamwork and leadership conducted while attending unit parades and activities.


Participate regularly in a team or individual sport eg: netball, soccer, kayaking, running, dance.


Challenge yourself to improve your skills and widen your interests.


As part of a small team plan, train for and undertake an expedition or exploration for a set number of days in the outdoors. This includes 20 hours training in bush craft skills and a practice journey prior to undertaking the qualifying journey.


Attend a Residential Project and undertake purposeful activity with people who you don’t already know.

Most of the GInternational Award for Young People residential training/courses can fall into this section. To meet the criteria of the Residential Project, trainees from the same unit who join the same course must be placed in different syndicates.

The International Award for Young People (IAYP) is the world's leading youth achievement award and NGO holding full membership in the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award Association. 

The advantages of the IAYP award is participation in extracurricular activities and recognition for their achievements. Building confidence through the development of new skills and experiences. Practicing activities that enhance college, university, and job applications.

Bronze IYAP is for participants over 14 years old

Silver IYAP is for participants over 15 years old

Gold IYAP is for participants over 16 years old

Promote resilience: Students acquire and demonstrate strategies to adapt to challenges faced individually or as a group.

Foster a positive mindset: Students actively engage in constructive interactions and develop skills to encourage lifelong physical activity.

Enhance physical literacy abilities: Students improve their movement and social skills while gaining self-assurance and knowledge through personalized camp programs.

Establish goals: Students demonstrate initiative in setting and achieving personal and group objectives.

Embrace healthy choices: Students understand the importance of making wholesome decisions for their physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

Nurture self-reliance: Students take responsibility for their actions and well-being.

Leadership opportunities: Students encounter chances to influence and promote positive behavior within groups.

Promote inclusiveness: Students exhibit inclusivity, respect for others, embrace diversity, and contribute to the camp community.

Resolve challenges: Students appreciate different perspectives and collaborate to achieve desired outcomes.

Collaborate effectively: Students work together with their peers, utilizing strong communication skills to build trust among group members.

Build connections with others: Students develop positive relationships, form new friendships, and strengthen existing ones.

Assess personal risk: Through structured and unstructured activities, students learn to identify potential hazards and take appropriate measures to manage risks.

Connect with the natural world: Through interaction with natural environments, students form positive bonds with nature.

Comprehend the natural world: By exploring our unique camp surroundings, students foster curiosity and explore the relationships between living and non-living entities.

Understand sustainability: Students grasp the impact of human activity on the environment and gain knowledge about individual actions to preserve it.

Promote environmental stewardship: Students take responsibility for protecting and enhancing the environment through their actions.