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Caroline Blanchard

Caroline is an elected member of the Peer Helpers group at her school. She is passionate about spending time with children, and helped put together the Christmas pageant at her church. She has traveled around the country and is extremely excited to be seeing more of the world for the first time as a Global Citizen.


Capstone Video

May 21, 2013

My life in Boussoura was filled with smiles and laughter and these beautiful people who made me so incredibly happy as Kadidia Souare.

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Quick Update

May 2, 2013

October was terrible. Every negative adjective applies. I cried almost everyday and spent close to $100 on phone credit calling my family in the US trying to find some comfort in the fact that I wouldn’t be home until April. The only days I felt slightly like myself were Sundays where I would a few...

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Birth Order

April 23, 2013

When I arrived in Boussoura on October 2, 2012, the Souare compound was a fully functioning family of 9. One dad, two moms, 2 little girls and 4 little boys all under age 11. I wanted more than anything to be a part of this family. For the first month, I wasn’t. I was a...

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Things in Boussoura That Make Me Happy

January 25, 2013

–       When my baby sister screams my name –       When my host dad calls me his daughter –       When people in my village, or random people I have never met before, tell me I know how to speak Pulaar (real mood boaster) –       When my brother dances just to make me laugh –       Literally sitting...

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My First Day of School

January 25, 2013

The fact that it’s called “school” pretty much ends the similarities to any American school I have ever seen. My sister and I walked up to school and saw the children of Boussoura just waiting to be let in to the two locked rooms. When the teacher showed up, I went into the class with...

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In-Country Orientation Video

September 26, 2012

Here is a look at what I have been doing in Dakar, Senegal for the past 3 weeks.  I have encountered unimaginable things and seen some of the most incredible sunsets with wonderful people by my side. Senegal: In Country Orientation This is my first video I have ever made and this is the first...

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The Future Can Wait

September 21, 2012

I need to stop looking forward. Since that anxiety filled December day when I stood in the Cub Foods parking lot, listening to a voice on the other end of the phone telling me I was accepted into Global Citizen Year, all I have been doing is “looking forward.” Looking forward to finding my country placement, looking forward to...

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Seeing the World

July 10, 2012

Hi! My name is Caroline Blanchard. I am 17 years old and I have never been out of the country. Well, not really anyway. And now I am about to leave on a 9-month adventure in Senegal that I never pictured myself going on. The summer before my senior year, I was sitting at a...

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