Bayley Barrett (18) will receive her Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award in Dunedin this weekend.
Bayley will be presented the award by Governor-General Dame Patsy Reddy.
She began her Duke of Edinburgh journey in 2014 while she was a pupil at Blue Mountain College, Bayley said.
The toughest part of the programme was the residential project.
“It’s when you have to go somewhere you know no-one for one week,” she said.
“I went to the West Coast to a horse-trekking place .. I am absolutely terrified of horses, which did not help either.”
When she began her Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, she already knew she wanted to work up to the Gold Award.
“I was so far through already – why give up?”
She said she was nervous about the awards ceremony.
“The ceremony in Dunedin is sort of scary .. It’s really quite serious,” she said.
The experience had opened up a lot of opportunities for her, Bayley said.
“I got a job offer through it.”