Our Home Fellow Caroline Porter grew up in Virginia and went to college in South Carolina. She discovered her passion for traveling when she spent a post-graduate year teaching English in Argentina and Peru. Once back in the States, she settled in Denver, and while she loves the region and hopes to eventually return, she jumped at the opportunity to apply to Kopila once she heard about the program. As with Caroline’s previous travels, she hopes to push herself out of her comfort zone, thus expanding her conception and appreciation for cultural diversity. Caroline believes that embracing and understanding cultural differences is imperative for advancing the increasingly global society we are all a part of today. Along with developing her own personal perceptive, she hopes the children can learn as much from her as she will from them. In her words, “Although our upbringings were significantly different, the students have the same ability to learn and grow as I do. Individual talents are not segregated by nationality, race or wealth. I feel that my time in Nepal will be equally beneficial for the students as well as the fellows and an experience none of us will forget.”
From Maggie: As you can see from the photos Caroline exudes a warmth and nurturing spirit that makes her a wonderful home fellow and mother figure to the kids. Look at her wearing that mumu for goodness sakes! Caroline's smile is contagious and her disposition with the children is always genuine and loving. Caroline will be the first to tell you that she is NOT a morning person.But no matter what, she wakes up in her mumu, lemon tea in hand and makes sure all of the kids have breakfast, brush their teeth, do their duties, and are dressed and ready lined up at the gate for school. She is also a certified ESL teacher and stellar in the classroom. It's been especially sweet to watch Caroline help with Manisha's transition into our home after the loss of her mother. Late nights, early mornings, homework, discipline, family meetings and keeping the house in order. Caroline really does it all and I am so thankful to have her by my side.