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My school charges somewhere over £200 to do d of e. To some people that’s not a lot but to others it may be. It seems unfair that if u don’t have the money u can’t get the achievement when in reality all you’re paying for is the examiners when you’re actually doing everything yourself. Is it actually worth paying for?
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Is this for the expedition?
You're paying for the transport to wherever you are doing the walk, any accomodation for the first night or costs to rent out a campsite, then there are the costs for any equipment you are borrowing plus the assessor. It's not cheap

Wether or not it is worth it will vary from person to person- what do you hope to gain from it, answer this and I could tell you if it may be worth it for you (or advise)
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(Original post by Lilysmithxoxo)
My school charges somewhere over £200 to do d of e. To some people that’s not a lot but to others it may be. It seems unfair that if u don’t have the money u can’t get the achievement when in reality all you’re paying for is the examiners when you’re actually doing everything yourself. Is it actually worth paying for?
It depends. If you're going to get something out of it, whether it be the team working skills, independence etc, then that can be worth it.

I know it's a lot of money and it wouldn't have been possible for me if I'd have wanted to do it at school/college, but I know a number of my peers fundraised as part of the whole experience in order to raise the funds to go
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(Original post by Lilysmithxoxo)
My school charges somewhere over £200 to do d of e. To some people that’s not a lot but to others it may be. It seems unfair that if u don’t have the money u can’t get the achievement when in reality all you’re paying for is the examiners when you’re actually doing everything yourself. Is it actually worth paying for?
I did mine through Rangers (guiding) and don't remember paying a fee! Maybe have a look at your local guiding centre?
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Yes, don’t bother. Everyone does it nowadays so it’s nothing unique or will help you stand out.
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I've never done DoE. I never even heard of it before going to the UK... I'd say unless it's really going to make your resume shiny, don't bother with it...
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I would do it because it will get u a good job and a high pay
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have you asked (quietly without others knowing) if there is any financial support available thro school. they may be able to help if your family are struggling as 200 is a lot for many to afford.

as for is it worth it that's up to you, yes a lot of people do it so don't do just it for the sake of saying you have dofe but the volunteering and other activities will be really worthwhile .. you will gain lots o skills that could help you in your future.

finally .. yes scouts, guides, army cadets and others similar groups very often offer dofe free so that is another option !
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Honestly, you should only do it if it relates to something you want to do in the future. Otherwise, I don’t think universities or employers really care that much about it anymore because it’s so overdone 🤷*♀️
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(Original post by Lilysmithxoxo)
My school charges somewhere over £200 to do d of e. To some people that’s not a lot but to others it may be. It seems unfair that if u don’t have the money u can’t get the achievement when in reality all you’re paying for is the examiners when you’re actually doing everything yourself. Is it actually worth paying for?
D of E is great for experiences but not worth doing just to put on personal statement if you have no real interest in it. I would ask the school about any bursaries/funding that is available for less well off pupils.
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(Original post by Lilysmithxoxo)
My school charges somewhere over £200 to do d of e. To some people that’s not a lot but to others it may be. It seems unfair that if u don’t have the money u can’t get the achievement when in reality all you’re paying for is the examiners when you’re actually doing everything yourself. Is it actually worth paying for?
That is a lot of money. In the Army Cadets we charge the basic enrolment fee (~£25 at the moment) and then around £15 per expedition at Bronze and Silver level. Gold goes up to around £40 for the expedition. Whether it is worth it or not really depends on what other extracurricular activities you do. If you do nothing else then yes I would say it is worth it for the experiences and makes it looks like you actually get off your arse. If your week is already full of sports etc then perhaps not.
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I did mine through Rangers (guiding) and don't remember paying a fee! Maybe have a look at your local guiding centre?
I looked into it through girlguiding as well (was a brownie leader).
I deffo wouldnt pay for it though.
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That's a lot, my school does it for £20 (this year it's £30 though), and in my local cadets squadron it's only £10 (excluding the fees)
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I found it a waste of money because it doesn’t really help with uni applications or jobs etc. However, if you do it for yourself and self growth, then it is worth it. You need to figure out what you want from it.
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