Participating in the ACE program this summer is incredibly important to me since I now have the opportunity to immerse myself in and gain a deeper understanding for a new culture and give back to the world in a meaningful way.
As part of the ACE in China program, participants will contribute to the sustainable development of underserved communities through youth environmental education and sports while learning about conservation and preservation in Yunnan Province.
Hailee’s past experiences with service include volunteering with her gymnastics teammates at the Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital and serving food at St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room.
Dear Future #ACEathletes,
- Best advice for learning about ACE: With four really great programs available, it can be difficult to pick one or two favorites. I knew I really wanted to do the China program after I attended the info sessions, talked to the ambassadors, and spent a few days reflecting upon my decision.
- Best advice for applying for ACE: When applying, make sure to be honest and let your personality show in your answers. Make sure you really describe why service is important to you and include reasons you picked the program you are applying for.
- Best advice for getting started at your program: The first few days of the program might be a little tough. Jet lag sets in, your diet changes, and everything around you feels unfamiliar. Be open with your group about how you are feeling and make sure to take care of yourself and soon things will feel more familiar.
- Tips for getting to know your community: After a few days, you learn to communicate more with signals and basic words. You can build relationships through smiles and nods and by thanking on-site staff for the things they do for you. Always take a buddy when learning to navigate your community but always go with the spirit of adventure, exploration, and respect.
- Tips for training: I found the change in elevation to be very advantageous to my training. My cardio drastically improved after sprinting hills in the 10,000 ft.elevation at the program site, which I made time to do everyday during training time or in the mornings. I also enjoyed doing yoga and ab circuits with my ACE peers. Sharing our different workouts was so fun!