The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has pulled together a list of 25 activities to help build confidence, independence and resilience among youngsters — and support positive mental health and physical wellbeing in the process. We pick four of our favourite and suggest an itinerary that fits the bill.
Set yourself a physical challenge
How to do it: The BGSA Teen Club starts from €40 (£33.50) per day, per person.
Spend time in nature
Head to Ecuador’s Mashpi Lodge to experience 6,200 acres of cloud forest, soaring through the treetops on the Sky Bike and Dragonfly Canopy Gondola. Led by Mashpi’s team of local naturalist guides, teens will learn how to safely navigate the forest on foot and observe the lodge’s resident scientists at work in the lab.
It can be particularly rewarding for young people when they step out of their comfort zone, and there’s nowhere better to do this than the wilds of South Africa. Scott Dunn’s teen programme offers an African adventure with two unforgettable safari experiences, including a trip to Marakela National Park, before heading to the Leobo Private Reserve and concluding in buzzing Cape Town.
How to do it: Prices from £6,000 a person, departing June.
Join Metropolitan Touring’s island-hopping safari and bring biology to life with a trip to the Galápagos Islands. Twin it with a digital switch-off, and book day trips with expert guides, traversing the rim of the active Sierra Negra volcano and spotting whitetip reef sharks. Head to Santa Cruz Island for trips on the hotel’s yacht, as well as snorkelling, surfing and kayaking.
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