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ACE participants start preparing for their experience from the moment they are accepted to one of our ACE programs. ACE pre-departure training helps student-athletes build their skills and broaden their perspectives in a variety of ways, including:

  • virtual program-specific meetings and online modules
  • on-campus training sessions at Duke
  • weekly “staying on pACE” reminder emails, which remind participants of what they need to do to stay on track
  • communication and guidance from ACE Ambassadors (ACE alumni leaders), who play a pivotal role in preparing ACE participants
  • training and preparation for working with minors which may also include a background check
  • pre-travel health visit at Duke Student Health

The ACE staff tries to be mindful of student-athletes’ practice times and competition schedules when planning required spring pre-program meetings.

Summer 2024 Pre-Program Training

  • Virtual ACE Welcome and Orientation Meeting with all ACE participants (March 7)
  • Ambassador-led program-specific meeting (late March/early April)
  • In-person, on-campus, pre-program meeting covering topics such as ethical service, health and safety, etc. (Date TBD, April)
  • Two virtual program-specific meetings with your ACE program/project team, Ambassadors, and program leaders (April – June, dependent on program departure date)