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Home Cooking

Published by Esteban Suarez, Duke Men's Track and Field
Food is a large outward expression of love in Hispanic cultures. Raised on this notion, I sought out all the…
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What Defines Culture?

Published by Alex Miley, Duke Men's Cross Country & Track and Field
This is a question that I started to wrestle with about a week into my ACE experience. The location we…
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Shovel (not quite) Ready!

Published by Amanda Beach, Duke Women's Cross Country & Track and Field
Before we departed for ACE, there were several meetings, presentations, and webinars to get us acquainted with Peru and with…
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Sharing Passion Through Art

Published by Kelsey McGinley, Stanford Women's Rowing
Throughout my experience in Peru, I faced many challenges – difficult to overcome, but incredibly rewarding to do so. As…
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What Does it Mean to be Grateful?

Published by Taylor Scornavacco, Stanford Women's Lacrosse
Having gratitude for the little things in life is something we actively focused on during our trip, and to say…
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Takeaways from Shangri-La

Published by Nate Hartley, Duke Men's Swimming and Diving
This coming year, I have been selected to be one of the captains for my swim team. I knew going into this ACE…
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Comfort with Discomfort

Published by Noah Vigran, Stanford Men's Swimming and Diving
Headed into my ACE in China experience, I really only had one small worry on my mind.  Our destination, Shangri-La,…
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What I Learned About Culture

Published by Josh Romine, Duke Men's Cross Country and Track & Field
When I set out to Shangri-La with ACE, I expected to learn more about the local culture. I knew I…
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The Best Advice

Published by Madison Dunk, Duke Women's Lacrosse
Going into the ACE program, we received thorough training and countless pieces of advice, both applying to the general ACE…
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Mindfulness and Conquering the Unknown

Published by Carolina Sculti, Stanford Women's Swimming and Diving
This summer I was given the opportunity to travel to Shangri-La, China with the ACE program and participate in three…
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