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Julia DiTosto

ACE in South Africa: 2017
Stanford University
Field Hockey (Women's)
Princeton, NJ
Human Biology
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As both an athlete and human biology student, ACE in South Africa is an exciting opportunity for personal development through immersion in an unfamiliar and rich culture. One aspect that particularly stands out to me is the face-to-face interaction with kids through sport and academics.

As part of the ACE in South Africa program, participants will assist with basic healthcare initiatives, activity-based education and teaching, light construction, and sports programs in the community of Nomzamo township near Cape Town.

Julia’s past experiences with service include research on and management of intervention programs for children of parents with lifetime eating disorders or obesity; tutoring local elementary students through Ravenswood Reads; and membership in Kappa Kappa Gamma Women’s Fraternity.

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Julia is a current junior at Stanford University on the Field Hockey Team. She’s majoring in Human Biology with a concentration in Epidemiology of Chronic Diseases. Spending her summer volunteering in South Africa was her first culturally immersive experience. As a student focusing in global health, the ACE program was an ideal opportunity to work hands on with a Nomzamo township to promote sport education, women’s empowerment, and sustainability. Through her experience engaging in a culturally and historically enriched country, Julia is excited to continue to learn about and pursue a career in global health.

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Dear Future #ACEathletes,

  • Best advice for bringing ACE back to campus: Talk to people! Past participants, ACE ambassadors, and potential future applicants. Sharing the ACE experience will help you develop new relationships, continue to reflect on your experience, and spread the word of ACE.
  • Best advice for applying for ACE: Get started on your application EARLY. Make sure to answer each question thoughtfully. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
  • Best advice for getting started at your program: Embrace the uncomfortable. You and your ACE team are in it together! Overcoming personal challenges are how learn more about yourself and others.
  • Tips for getting to know your community: Do research before hand to try and understand the history of the country you are visiting before your trip.
  • Tips for training: Make sure your coaches and trainers are aware of your participation in the ACE program. Bring anything you think might be necessary that your program’s workout facilities may not have. For example, my team does a lot of band resistance training so I brought bands with me thinking that our gym in South Africa probably wouldn’t have them.