Caroline Pocock

Caroline is a dancer and a gymnast with a strong interest in art. She shares her love of tumbling by working with children as a gymnastics instructor. A graduate of R-S Central High School, Caroline was the Winner of Rutherford County’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program and the First Finalist in North Carolina’s Junior Miss Scholarship Program.


Progress and perspective

Nothing makes me happier than when a dozen of my elementary school students stampede me with arms flung open wide, eyebrows raised in full excitement, puddles splashing every which way, screaming “Carito! Carito!” It’s in these moments that I remember why I come to school every day. There’s no doubt that my exotic white complexion…

09 March, 2011

And if he told you to jump off a bridge, would you do that too?

What is it that gives us the courage to take a risk when it seems that every rational thought in our heads would convince us to do otherwise? We can almost deceive ourselves into doing something we’re not totally comfortable doing. Hopefully, we push ourselves for the better- to accomplish a high-set goal or to…

09 February, 2011

Teaching English in Zuleta

Here is a short video of me teaching English to a third grade class at the public elementary school in Zuleta, where I have my apprenticeship.

31 January, 2011

Applying principles of “good” development

The media wants us to believe that making a positive impact on the world is as easy as writing a check to that organization with the commercial that makes us all tear up. But, as a culmination of several discussions and my own observations here, I’m realizing that social impact is much more like a…

28 January, 2011

Utterly Delicious

One of my most recent escapades introduced me to the wonderfully simple dynamics of small-town business. Two girls I know invited me to go with them to their grandfather’s house to collect the milk. At the time I had no idea what it was for, but I was dying to get out and see more…

09 January, 2011

Ready or not, here I go!

I had been in this tiny indigenous community for less than a week when I arrived at the elementary school, eager to begin the first day of my apprenticeship. I was a little anxious about the fact that I hadn’t the slightest clue as to what I was going to be doing, but faithfully optimistic…

16 November, 2010


In S̩n̩gal, there’s no shortage of national traditions, customs, and other symbolic representations of Senegalness”. These include the national custom of hospitality

27 October, 2010

Cosas de la Vida

Every morning I wake up to the familiar ring of my alarm clock, instinctively reach to turn it off, and open my eyes gradually, adjusting to the sunlight glaring at me through my window. As I become oriented with my surroundings-the painfully bright green walls, the stuffed dog on top of my shelves of clothes,…

14 October, 2010

Reaching out

I’ve always been the adventurous type. Ever since I could wobble on my own two feet, I’ve been seeking out new challenges and experiences that have the potential to broaden my horizons and strengthen my knowledge of myself and the world in which we live. Coming from a small town (Rutherfordton, NC population: 4,000) has…

21 September, 2010

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Caroline Pocock