“I am choosing to participate in ACE because it is an opportunity for cultural immersion and personal connection, and to experience the natural beauty of Peru. Nothing is more valuable than traveling and understanding those who are different than you.”
Esteban Suarez’s past experience with service includes serving at a soup kitchen for the homeless and working with disabled mentally impaired individuals at Ability First.
Esteban Suarez is a senior at Duke and competes in the Pole Vault for the Men’s Track and Field team. He is currently studying Biology and minoring in Chemistry and is hoping to have a career in Pediatrics. He enjoys going on adventures, playing with children, and learning about other cultures (mainly through food). His participation in ACE in Peru has motivated him to be more involved with community volunteering programs in the hopes to grow his Durham-family. Traveling to Peru allowed him to see the importance of education and community support from an outside perspective. This has influenced his interest in grassroots outreach programs that support low-income families and immigrants. The relationships and memories created with fellow Duke and Stanford athletes along with the children and locals in Peruvian communities are experiences that Esteban will never forget. As an ACE Ambassador, he is committed to helping current and future ACE participants get the most out of their experience abroad.
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Dear Future #ACEathletes,
- Best advice for learning about ACE: I would just talk to my team members that were involved to get stories and application logistics
- Best advice for getting started at your program: Go with the flow, don’t push yourself or others to do anything out of comfort for the first couple days
- Tips for getting to know your community: Eat all of the food that they served me, then talk to them after starting with- the food is amazing, how did you make it?
- Tips for training: Go on morning runs, lift in the afternoon
- Tips for bringing ACE back to your team: MAKE people at least attend the info meetings and talk to them about the good time I had.
- Reasons for staying involved in ACE: I loved it!