Mohammad is now the proud achiever of his Bronze and Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.
He was first introduced to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE) as part of a course he was studying at college where his Bronze Award was compulsory. He enjoyed it so much that he chose to go on and complete his Gold DofE programme.
His favourite part was the expedition, he had camped before in Syria but it wasn’t the same for him as when he was on his DofE. He have always enjoyed the outdoors, speaking about his most memorable experience, Mo said, “I was on my Gold Award expedition and we ended up getting a bit lost, walking 5km further than we had needed to. I had to help lead my team whilst we navigated ourselves back on route, it was actually quite amusing.”
Mo’s volunteering section involved working for the Red Cross, and he continues to do so as part of the Youth Leadership Team. Part of his role with them is to help other refugees; showing them round their new city, introducing them to the British culture and helping them with the English language.
After completing his Residential section in Jersey with the Red Cross, Mo believed it was a good learning curve for him. Jersey have never had refugees so he found that he wasn’t just teaching people but also learning from their history as well.
Originally, Mo signed up to do his DofE to help improve his English, meet friends and experience new things. It was an exciting prospect as there wasn’t anything similar to DofE in Syria for him to take part in. However, during his DofE programme, Mohammad developed team work, communication and leadership skills which he was able to evidence in his university application and at his interview to study medicine at Southampton University. The interviewee had a keen interest in his DofE experiences and asked him about the skills he had developed.
“I believe that my Gold Award helped me to get an interview to study at Southampton University in September and I have met some of my best friends throughout my DofE journey. If I had a younger brother or sister then I would definitely recommend the DofE to them.”