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Courtesy: Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement (ACE) Program
ACE in Vietnam 2019 Team
2019 ACE Class Checks in From Vietnam
Courtesy: Duke Sports Information
Release: 08/07/2019
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DURHAM, N.C. – Throughout the summer, student-athletes participating in The Rubenstein-Bing Student-Athlete Civic Engagement Program are sharing reflections from their experiences abroad. This week, Duke and Stanford ACE participants share their final thoughts from Vietnam.  


No Translation Necessary
By Michaela Reinhart (Duke Women's Cross Country and Track & Field) - #ACEinVietnam

There is no doubt that this experience was extremely humbling. I expected that. After all, I was traveling halfway around the world to a culture I knew next-to-nothing about. If I wasn’t confused and humbled at some point I would be worried. What I didn’t expect is who would became my teachers. More

The Simple Things
By Peyton St. George (Duke Softball) - #ACEinVietnam

As much as I loved all the kids at camp there was one little guy who still holds a special place in my heart.  He was a sixth grader on my color team named Minh and the endless energy and excitement to learn that he brought everyday immediately drew me to him. Even without being able to fully communicate, Minh found ways to show how much he was enjoying camp. More

Last Moments
By Aaron Wright (Duke Football) - #ACEinVietnam

It didn’t really start to hit me until the final weekend just how close everyone had gotten over our short time there.  Saying goodbye to the kids was emotional for everyone involved.  Less than twenty-four-hours before, the camp was filled with screams of joy and laughter as our final competition day was in full swing.  But now, the kids were huddled in their color teams while all the coaches said their final goodbyes. More

Closing Ceremony: Pikachu Style
By Ema Kuczura (Duke Rowing) - #ACEinVietnam

The kids engaged with camp in a way that communicated an overwhelming amount of appreciation and enthusiasm, and they did it without any fears about trying too hard or giving too much. This is an attitude I loved being surrounded with during my ACE experience, and it is something I want to bring into my own life at home and at Duke. More

Lifelong Friendships Half a World Away
By Daniel Karlin (Duke Football) - #ACEinVietnam

Without the Vietnamese coaches there with us, our ACE experience would have not been either as fun or rewarding by any measure.  They showed us different aspects of Vietnamese culture that we would have never learned. Because of them, we were able to communicate with and build lasting relationships with the kids. More