Training Courses

Award Leaders mentor young people throughout the programme. Their enthusiasm, competence and self-confidence are crucial factors in fulfilling the promise “There is more in you than you think!” Therefore, our courses and trainings based on our Handbook and Expedition Guide are the foundation of our work. Below you will find information on our training courses.




Programme Course

The Programme Course provides the basic understanding of the Award necessary for practical work, prepares for the design of the expeditions section at the Bronze and Silver levels, introduces the most important working aids and teaches the first steps of Award implementation. The practical result is a plan for the participants’ own Award work.

The participation of at least 3 team members from an organisation is a prerequisite for the implementation of the Award.

Course Schedule 2020/21:

  • 30.10.20, from 8am-4pm – training in Berlin-Charlottenburg
  • 20.11.20, from 8am-4pm – training in Berlin-Charlottenburg
  • 27.11.20, from 2-6pm, and 28.11.20, from 9am-3pm – online
  • 04.12.20, from from 8am-4pm – training in Berlin-Charlottenburg
  • 22.1.21, from 2-6pm, and 23.1.21, from 9am-3pm – online
  • 28.1.21, from 2-6pm, and 23.1.21, from 9am-3pmh – online
  • 26.2.21, from 8am-4pm – online with blended learning
  • 12.3.21, from 2-6pm, and 13.3.21, from 9am-3pm – online
  • 14.4.21 (Wednesday) from 8am-4pm – online
  • 28.4.21 (Wednesday) from 8am-4pm – online
  • 14./15.5.21 from 2pm-6pm, Saturday from 9am-3pm (Klaus Vogel)
  • 18.6.21 (Wednesday) from 8am-4pm – online (ATTENTION – this course was rescheduled to June 23rd)
  • 23.6.21 from 8am-4pm – online
  • 18.8.21 from 1-5pm (Part 1) and 24.8.21 from 1-5pm (Part 2) – online
  • 8.9.21 von 8am-5pm (one-day course) – online
  • 14.9.21 from 1-5pm (Part 1) and 22.9.21 from 1-5pm (Part 2) – online
  • 8.10.21, from 3 pm to 10.10.21 12 am – Osterburken (Klaus Vogel) or online
    further dates as required

Please contact us for additional dates. We kindly ask for early registration, as the courses will only take place with a minimum number of participants and are run by volunteers. Please register by Email: [email protected]

Programme Course Overview


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Management Course

The Management Course is about systematically developing the Award work. The most important outcome is the drafting of a new development plan.

The main target group are the members of the management team.
Using the EFQM model as a compass, Award development is taught and practised on real problems and situations. This includes designing “real” programmes, making presentations, planning budgets, writing letters, negotiating and planning actions.

Dates 2020/21:

  • 30.10.20, from 14-18 h, and 31.10.20, from 9-15 h – online (Klaus Vogel)
  • 26/27.3.21, from 14-18 hrs and from 9-15 hrs – online (Klaus Vogel)
  • 23./24.10.21, from 14-18 h and from 9-15 h – online (Klaus Vogel)

Management Course Overview

Please register in the “Onlineverwaltung” or via Email: [email protected]

Assessor Course for Wild Country (Gold Level)

The course teaches the methodological skills for the assessment of Gold expeditions.

The main target group is staff experienced at the Silver level in the expeditions section.
Participation requirements are the Programme Course and, ideally, the Management Course.
Literature includes our handbook, our expedition guide and additional material sent out prior to the course.
The agenda includes short presentations on the content-related topics, a “walking talk” on the stations of the assessment as well as a final analysis and improvement plan of the work on site.
The standard form is combining the course with a three- or four-day practice or final expedition (in times of Corona, the course takes place online).

The main items taught are:

  • Importance of a clear aim for success
  • Standards of route planning
  • Tasks of the assessor
  • Stages of the assessment
  • Methods for the final discussion
  • Looking at strengths of the group and participants
  • Goals and contents of the expedition assessment
  • Identifying strengths and potentials for improvement of the work on site
  • Expedition techniques are not taught

Dates 2020/21:

  • 13/14.11.20, from 14-18 h and from 9-15 h – online (Klaus Vogel)
  • 11/12.6.21 from 2-6 p.m. and from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. – online (Klaus Vogel – sorry, must be postponed!)
  • 12/13.11.21 from 14-18 h and from 9-15 h – online (Klaus Vogel)


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Student Mentor Training

The training course for student mentors/group leadership includes module 1 of the programme training course extended to one weekend; because of this focus, it does NOT qualify for the appraisal activity. The main outcome is a concept and action plan for one’s own work in the field.

The course is aimed at Award participants who want to support the Award as student mentors in accompanying participation (mentoring). Other target groups are Award Leaders who want to receive a sound introduction to the topic of group leadership.
Young people should have completed the Bronze level. The minimum age is 15 years.
Practical work will focus on designing group meetings and speaking engagements. The creation of testimonials within the framework of the meetings is practised on the example of the participating young people.
Learning by doing is a consistent principle in the course for student mentors:

The participants present the main Award contents in plenary.
In tandems, the planning of their own personal Award programme is presented, analysed and evaluated.
In pairs, the key steps of the participation are worked out in a walking talk and then presented.
As a practical example for reflection, testimonials (with different media) are collected
Based on what has been worked out, the participants outline the mentoring concept for their school/organisation as a “mentoring house”.

Current dates:

  • 6.11.20, from 14-18 h, and 7.11.20, from 9-15 h – online (Klaus Vogel)
  • 28.11.20, from 9am-6pm – online (Ceridwen Temple)
  • 29.1.21 from 2pm – 31.1.21 12am – online (Klaus Vogel)
  • 5.10.21 from 2 p.m. – 7.10.21 12am – online (Klaus Vogel)


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Let's Talk & Experience Day

Let’s Talk

Regular Award Leader meetings to discuss strategy, aim and performance.

Duke Experience Day

Best Practice Experience Exchange

On a continuous basis we will host online sessions covering specific Award topics. They will be run by our Award Operators who have expertise on the respective topics. Announcement via social media.

Webinars 2021:

  • March 10, 2021: “Leuchtturmprojekte” in the Service Section (Munich International School, Phorms Campus München)
  • April 20, 2021: Expeditions in Schwarzwald, Gold-Expeditions with Sailboats, Expedition Training via OneNote, Expeditions at a school in disadvantaged setting, Virtual Bronze Expedition (Schule Schloss Salem, St. Georges Duisburg-Düsseldorf, Schule am Schillerpark, Frankfurt International School)
  • September 8, 2021: Making best use of the ORB (Simon Waterworth from International School of Düsseldorf)

Please sign up per email at [email protected] or follow us on social media for more information.

Registration & Costs

The participation fee for a course is 75 Euros p.p. for private schools and 37.50 Euros for public schools.

Please register by email: [email protected]

When registering for courses and using our other offers, you agree to our course terms & conditions.

We kindly ask for a binding registration, if possible, up to 14 days before the respective date.