The Duke of Edinburgh Award at LES

At LES we offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award where students (Year 9-13) learn new skills, volunteer, go on a physical expedition and work on a new physical goal. This year we have re-launched our programme and our students have been working hard towards their goals.

Here you can hear from the coordinator and student testimonials.

A commentary on the expedition:

“Our Duke of Edinburgh Bronze expedition set off last Friday with the aim of hiking for 6 hours to their final destination – a camp site in Vall de Laguar with all their gear in tow neatly packed into their rucksacks! In between, they had to investigate the history of the local area, climbing up to Castellet d´Orba and the Sanatorio de Fontilles, an old leper colony, where the participants were given an impromptu presentation and found out how it is at forefront for fighting the disease in Africa, South America and Asia. After setting up their tents, cooking on stoves and roasting marshmallows, the group set off on Saturday morning at 8am to hike up the Cavall Verd, a stunning mountain range, towering over the local Valencian villages. 880m above sea level. The team learned invaluable skills such as team work, camp craft, map reading and researched the History of the local area, talking to locals and exploring the monuments, always taking care to leave nothing behind in their tracks. Well done to our LES Duke of Edinburgh team!”