Participating in the ACE program is worth is to me because I believe that working with communities and children can have a great impact. ACE will help me understand and learn more about a culture different from my own.
As part of the ACE in India program, participants will be teaching and coaching children and youth, with a focus on educational and leadership development through sports and teaching English and other subjects in classrooms.
Mackenzie’s past experiences with service include membership in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and involvement with the philanthropy committee of her chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta Fraternity. Through ACE, Mackenzie is pursuing experiential learning credit for her International Relations major at Stanford.
Mackenzie Wiley is junior on the Stanford Women’s Water Polo Team. She is majoring in International Relations with concentrations in Social Development and Human Well-Being and Comparative International Governance. During her three weeks in India, Mackenzie had the opportunity to volunteer at the Vidya School just outside New Delhi where she taught students English. The ACE program inspired Mackenzie to study children’s health and education in developing countries.
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Dear Future #ACEathletes,
- Best advice for learning about ACE: Pick the country that would not be your first choice-it will be rewarding to experience a situation out of your comfort zone.Attending the info sessions is informative because you get to hear from the ACE ambassadors.
- Best advice for applying for ACE: While applying I made sure my answers showed that I was open and excited for a new experience. You just have to be honest about what you could bring to the group during the program and what you could gain from the experience.
- Best advice for getting started at your program: My first days in India were exciting. Every sight and smell were new and I spent a lot of time looking out the window and taking in my surroundings. I got to know the other members of my group around the dinner table. Every night we would spend a lot of time around the dinner table talking.
- Tips for getting to know your community: I built relationships with the members of the community by asking them questions and answering any question they had. Navigating the community was much easier than I expected. After getting shown the way one or two times we started to figure out the main streets and where the markets were.
- Tips for training: Staying in shape was easy. We would go to the gym (or the pool) every morning before we would leave for our placement.