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“ACE came at an important point in our daughter’s life as she was turning 20 and approaching her junior year at Duke. Beyond four semesters at Duke, she had not been away from home for an extended period and now she would be halfway around the world immersed in an historic culture. She learned greater engagement skills, taught incredible children and worked side by side with students from Stanford. We were glad that she had the opportunity to represent Duke University abroad and were impressed with her awareness and gratitude for the experience.”

Michael Kerr, Father of a Duke #ACEathlete in India (Summer 2017)

female student athlete giving laughing child a piggyback ride

ACE Supports Students

In addition to designing programs that promise to give students a unique opportunity to engage with communities abroad, our experienced team has spent time working with our colleagues in risk management at Duke and Stanford to ensure that we are building safe programs and that we have done all that we can do to mitigate risks. We also work closely with Duke Student Health and Vaden Health Center at Stanford as well as athletic trainers, nutrition, and sports medicine at both schools to ensure that all participants receive the best possible preparation and care before, during and after their participation in ACE.


Questions about your student-athlete’s health, safety, communication and travel while participating in ACE? We’ve compiled a list of FAQs which outline the procedures ACE puts in place to ensure that your student-athlete has a safe and transformative experience with ACE. Learn more.

Hear from Families

Curious to know the perspectives of other ACE families who have had participants in past years? Hear from families.