International Youth Award

   

The IYA scheme encourages and stimulates the energies of students through a challenging programme of activities. A student welfare representative can be taken on a pre visit to sites prior to the finalization of programmes to address any supervisory or safety issues and to discuss programme customization and optimization. Information regarding the flora and fauna and geological makeup of the area can be provided to assist in preparation of coursework to carry out prior to, or during the programme.

We offer Bronze, Silver and Gold award schemes. Absolute Adventure employs a number of accredited assessors within our outdoor team.

 

 

The Award framework

The Award is comprised of three levels and four sections. Participants complete all four sections at each level in order to achieve their Award. At Gold level, participants also complete a Residential Project.

 

Bronze

For those over 14 years old. Two days and one night; average of six hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 12 hours of purposeful effort in total. Link

Silver

For those over 15 years old. Three days and two nights; average of seven hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 21 hours of purposeful effort in total. Link

Gold

For those over 16 years old. Four days and three nights; average of eight hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 32 hours of purposeful effort in total. Link


 

Examples of Adventurous Journeys (explorations and expeditions) 

  • Exploring the natural world: glaciation, erosion, geology, coastal studies
  • Exploring river valleys, plant studies, exploring human impact: visitor pressure in national parks, pollution
  • Carrying out health surveys or health education in remote areas
  • Completing a demanding journey by foot, cycle, canoe or kayak
  • Kayaking the entire navigable stretch of a river
  • An extensive sail across an ocean
  • Climbing the Alpine, Himalayan or other mountainous peaks
  • Cycling from one end of a country to another 
  • Bronze - two days and one night; average of six hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 12 hours of purposeful effort in total
  • Silver - three days and two nights; average of seven hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 21 hours of purposeful effort in total
  • Gold - four days and three nights; average of eight hours of purposeful effort per day; minimum 32 hours of purposeful effort in total

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