The ACE program has given me a unique opportunity to “pay it forward” by educating people about ecological sustainability and teaching the children about the importance of learning and sports. I’m looking forward to experiencing a multitude of new things that will help me in my future endeavors at Duke and beyond, broaden my horizons, and introduce me to a new and exciting culture.
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.
Kaitlyn’s past experiences with service include representing her peers on her dorm’s House Council; teaching sports in Durham elementary schools; and with her tennis teammates, volunteering for and promoting Project Life – a charity that collects and distributes bone marrow to those in need.
Dear Future #ACEathletes,
- Best advice for learning about ACE: The info sessions helped me out a lot about deciding where I wanted to apply. I also used the ACE Ambassadors on campus to chat more about their experiences on the different programs.
- Best advice for applying for ACE: I talked with people who filled out the application last year to see what they were looking for in the application. I also spent time looking at the program-specific requirements to see where my skills matched best.
- Best advice for getting started at your program: During the first few days, I was tired but made the most of it by spending time with my ACE group. Just spending as much time together is the best way to get to know your team!
- Tips for getting to know your community: I spent time really trying to get to know the culture and didn’t mind embarrassing myself a little in order to do it.
- Tips for training: I got up early because I quickly realized that I didn’t want to do any of the workouts during the allotted time in the afternoon. It helps to have a workout buddy, too!