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Students on soccer field in Costa Rica

Gandoca Passion

Published by Alden Keller, Duke Men's Cross Country and Track & Field
For two weeks, eleven student-athletes and I had the amazing opportunity to live and work in a small community on…
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students jumping on beach in Costa Rica

Está Bien

Published by Sydney Tomlak, Duke Volleyball
‘Está bien,’ which translates to ‘it’s good’ in English, has become my favorite phrase during the past two weeks I've…
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Student making cacao

Cacao, Community, and Change

Published by Alaina McVeigh, Duke Field Hockey
Reflecting on my ACE experience in Costa Rica, I did not have many expectations going in, but I left ready…
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group photo of students in Costa Rica

En Tú Sangre

Published by Sydney Smith, Duke Women's Lacrosse
“En tú Sangre,” said Illeana, a member of the kitchen team at Casa Tucan, to me one night while I…
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group photo in Costa Rica


Published by Ally Neiders, Duke Women's Track & Field
I have done service work before but nothing like what I experienced on the ACE in Costa Rica program. This…
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Group together before volleyball game

The Beauty of Experience

Published by Delaney Thomas, Duke Women's Basketball
If I had to describe my ACE in Panama 2024 experience in one word, it would be gratitude. There was…
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students and youth celebration

The Power of Community

Published by McKenna Smith, Duke Women’s Swimming & Diving
As we drove down the long winding roads, up the mountains to reach the school, excitement ran through my body;…
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group selfie looking down

Living Life with a Smile

Published by Julia Boyet, Duke Softball
At the end of the three-week summer camp we shared a tearful goodbye with the 8th and 9th-grade Vietnamese kids…
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