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Award Leader Training

Residential Project Section

What's it all about?

The Residential Project section is only undertaken at Gold level. It involves participants undertaking shared, purposeful activity with people they don’t know, for five days and four nights, in an unfamiliar residential setting. The work undertaken should be unpaid and voluntary.  List of examples

What's the process?

Plan Do Review

The final review gives the young person a chance to demonstrate the skills he or she has learned, and the Award Leader or activity coach a chance to learn something about the subject and the participant.

Who approves the participant's activity?

An Assessor must approve the activity in the participant's Online Record Book to show that he or she has completed it. An Assessor is a responsible adult that is not a family member and who has considerable (usually three years or more) knowledge of the chosen activity, or is able to supervise the activity if it is non-skilled.

What's the criteria for a Residential Project?

Overseas Residential Projects require prior approval from National Office before the participants leave New Zealand, and will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. The exception to this would be trips with Antipodeans Abroad, World Challenge and Youth to Everest which are all pre-approved by the Award.

In order to be approved for an overseas Residential Journey, participants are expected to:

  • Spend five days and four nights away from home;
  • Spend time with people you don’t already know; and
  • Engage in eight hours of purposeful activity in an unfamiliar setting with these new people. If, however, participants are travelling with a school group, club or sports team, and therefore know some of the others in the group, consideration would be given to those who:

- Stay in individually-billeted accommodation (although this may not be possible in some village settings)

- Are separated into working groups with people they do not know (as a general guide, a ratio of one person that the participant knows for every nine that they do not)

Examples (these also apply to domestic Residential Projects)

Example 1: A school group flies to a Pacific Island to work on rebuilding a community house. There are 10 participants from the school who, although they do see each other at school, are not part of the same peer group. They are separated into smaller groups to work with local residents, they sleep as a group in the village church, and eat with the villagers.

This is very likely to be approved.

Example 2: A representative netball team is going to Melbourne for an under-18 tournament. The team, who has played together in age-grade tournaments for several years, will travel together, stay in a hotel together, practice and socialise together. They play against another team each day.

This is unlikely to be approved.

Example 3: A cultural exchange group goes to Japan for seven days. Each member of the group, regardless of whether they are Award participants or not, will stay with a host family for the duration of the trip (apart from the first and last nights when they stay in a hotel). During the day, the Kiwi students and their Japanese counterparts will visit cultural sites and also attend a Japanese school.

This is very likely to be approved.  However, if the individuals in the group were not being billeted, the daytime activities might not be sufficient on their own to meet the Residential Project criteria.

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Click the link below to go to the Residential Projects quiz, then log in using the username and password that were sent to you when you signed up for this online training. Forgotten your username or password? Email

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