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Through ACE in Place South Africa, I learned so many valuable lessons. I believe that each person I was lucky to meet imparted great wisdom and perspective on me, and I am so lucky that I got to interact with each person on various levels. Our team’s project was in collaboration with SA Harvest, an organization based in South Africa that provides meals to people in need by rescuing food waste. Our goal was to find updated research specifically on childhood nutrition and nutrition education. Our team supervisor, Nicole, was an amazing outlet and resource throughout the process. Nicole taught me so many important things about leadership and service. She showed me that a great leader is always willing to help the members of the team with absolutely anything and always show compassion.

“Finally, I really enjoyed the social entrepreneurs we met through the masterclasses…Both men showed me that anyone is capable of being an agent of change…”

– Carly King, Duke Women’s Track and Field

Our community partner, SA Harvest, was another amazing contact that taught me so many unexpected lessons. Ali and Ozzy at SA Harvest showed me that no matter how successful and smart you are, you can always ask for help. They also gave great insight on the world of nonprofits, and how there is no limit to how much good one can do. Working with my ACE team and SA Harvest showed me how important teamwork is because ideas become so much stronger when you are able to discuss and work with other people that have a unique perspective, but the same common goal.

Finally, I really enjoyed the social entrepreneurs we met through the masterclasses. Emil at YWaste and Rory at Recycle Rebuild were so inspiring, and their stories were amazing. Both men showed me that anyone is capable of being an agent of change; you just have to have the courage to start. Rory also showed that you must constantly ask yourself difficult questions in order to keep progressing and adapting. I think these stories taught me a lot about how I can approach hurdles in my life and will inspire me to always challenge myself and ask the difficult questions.

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