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Caroline Montag

Caroline is passionate about human rights, sustainability and how to combine those two to achieve fair and long lasting development. She is also passionate about ballet. She has been working with refugees and was involved in raising awareness on the topic. Whilst attending UWC Atlantic College, she enjoyed taking part in Model United Nations and representing her boarding house in student council. This taught her how to address challenging issues. Her goals for the year are to make a difference in the local community, broaden her horizon and letting the culture and experience help her clarify who she is. Her favourite quote is "Happiness is not something that comes ready made. It comes from your own actions".



June 9, 2017

“The belief in and worship of a superhuman controlling power, especially a personal God or gods.” This is the definition of religion given by the oxford dictionary. But what is religion really? Where does it come from? Why do we put ourselves into religious groups? Why is religion sometimes being used for power? Am I...

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Trying To Find The Right Words

May 9, 2017

  It was challenging but great! I lived with a lovely host family, had two host brothers and awesome host aunts, struggled at first with Spanish, worked in a school as a co-teacher, tutored kids in a women’s shelter, my closest Ecuadorian friends were probably the teachers, I loved the diversity of the country and...

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Reflections on Choices and Opportunities for People

March 29, 2017

“Tú hablas cuatro idiomas? De verdad? (You speak four languages? Really?)”, I often hear from Ecuadorians when I tell them that I speak German, French, English and Spanish fluently.  They then frequently tell me that they only speak one language, Spanish, or sometimes two, Spanish and the local one, Kichwa. It is often said in...

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March 10, 2017

After celebrating Ecuadorian carnival, I decided that from now on I want to celebrate it every year. And as you might feel like joining me, I wrote this little guide on how to celebrate a successful 6-day long Ecuadorian carnival and what to expect! (Please consider that the guide is based on my own experience...

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The Early Bus

December 10, 2016

The bell in my school rings. It’s 18:10 h. I smile at my students, pack my things, say “hasta luego” for a thousand times and leave my school. Why am I in such a rush? If I speed walk to my bus stop then I am very likely to get the earlier bus. The earlier...

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Expect The Unexpected

September 5, 2016

I am sitting in bed at my temporary host family’s home in Quito, Latino music is blasting through the apartment and I finally feel like I’ve arrived. The past two weeks have been overwhelming; after having been dropped off by my family in the middle of nowhere in California for Pre-Departure Training (PDT). A week...

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