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Lessons to Last a Lifetime

Published by Blake Wilson, Stanford Men's Gymnastics
While our three weeks in South Africa have come to a close, the lessons I have learned and the memories…
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Sala Kakuhle, Zola

Published by Michaela Gordon, Stanford Women's Tennis
Going into the ACE program, I was prepared to soak in the South African culture, meet members of the Zola…
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Learning in Zola

Published by Sunny Villapando, Stanford Beach Volleyball
After being home for no more than 24 hours, I find myself lamenting over the end of this trip already.…
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Zola: A Loving Community

Published by Hannah Howell, Stanford Softball
Before embarking on the long journey to South Africa, I had heard only positive things about the ACE program. Everyone…
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Enter to Learn, Leave to Serve

Published by Caitlin Keefe, Stanford Women's Volleyball
On June 17, 2019 I entered the small township of Zola for the first time. I was excited, a little bit nervous…
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The Big, Grey Rectangle

Published by Max Evans, Stanford Men's Rowing
In our third week in Nomzamo, our group began doing construction at a daycare center in the local community. The…
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Looking Back and Moving Forward

Published by Taylor Lallas, Stanford Women's Tennis
In our pre-departure meetings for the ACE program, I recall Emily Durham, our dedicated program director, telling us that “ACE…
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Every Day is an Adventure

Published by Amelia Smith, Stanford Women's Beach Volleyball
Every single day that we drove up to the school in the township of Nomzamo to run our sports camp,…
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When the Teacher Becomes the Student

Published by Aleeza Yu, Stanford Women's Gymnastics
Throughout these past three weeks, I have learned so much from everyone around me. My fellow participants, leaders, children, and…
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