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Carolyn J. Amkraut Rivera[2] is a contestant from Survivor: Worlds Apart.

Carolyn is regarded as a strong strategic player. Her gameplay style was likened to the behavior of a "stingray" by Shirin Oskooi, and it helped her infiltrate the majority alliance. Her strategic play, physical prowess, and possession of a Hidden Immunity Idol brought her to the Final Tribal Council. However, her social game was deemed lacking compared to that of her high-profile fellow finalist, Mike Holloway, and she lost the title of Sole Survivor to him in a 6-1-1 vote.


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Name (Age): Carolyn Rivera, 52
Tribe Designation: White Collar (Masaya)
Current Residence: Tampa, Fla.
Occupation: Corporate Executive
Personal Claim to Fame: Maintaining a 36-year relationship with my husband, raising three successful kids, and getting my master's degree while working full-time. I have also been able to mentor others and guide them to complete their education.
Inspiration in Life: Hillary Clinton- I think she represents women well. She is strong and she fights for good causes. She handled adversity well and was able to keep her family together through difficult times. She is a role model, strong willed, highly competitive, inspiring, influential and assertive. She is the ultimate survivor!
Hobbies: Sports, karaoke and shopping.
What is your favorite sport? Softball would be my favorite. I played in college and throughout my adult life. I also love volleyball and soccer. I work out every day and love to challenge myself by doing Tough Mudders.
Pet Peeves: I hate to be lied to (so this should be interesting on Survivor). Do what you say you are going to do. If something is wrong, you need to tell me because I can't read your mind. Don't ask the question if you are not ready for the answer!
3 Words to Describe You: Competitive, funny and passionate.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? 1. An iPod with 39 days of battery life. I listen to music to get pumped up before sporting events. 2. Warm clothes because I hate being cold. 3. Picture of my family because I know I would be thinking of them throughout my adventure. (See? New Yorkers do have a sweet side!)
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: I want to play like Sandra because she is two for two. I also loved Denise because she was smart, in good shape and used her psychology background to help her. She was able to hang with Malcolm and the older crowd. I am going to play like that.
Reason for Being on Survivor: My primary motivation for being on Survivor is for the adventure of a lifetime! It is my dream. Every time I watch an episode I picture myself in the situation and I know I can win. I am also motivated by money so the prize is very attractive. And then I will have a new favorite topic for dinner conversations!
Why You'll "Survive" Survivor: I got the athletic game, no problem. I do not take crap from people (yeah, New Yorker). I have a positive attitude, I'm very enthusiastic and I can influence people. I have worked with all kinds of people at all levels and cultures. I am certified in Myers Briggs and I teach leadership skills. I am also funny so people will gravitate to me (as long as you don't piss me off!).
Why Will You Be the Sole Survivor: Survivor is about 3 things. You have to be athletic, strategic and build relationships. This game was made for me. I push myself to do things. I am highly competitive and I know how to influence others. But I do need to keep my Queen's attitude in check. You have to be a leader and know when to make the big move. And look, I am a New Yorker and good TV! A true winner for all![3]


Carolyn started off on the Masaya (White Collar) tribe. After Joaquin Souberbielle and So Kim got a clue for the Hidden Immunity Idol, they made up a lie which Carolyn and the other White Collars did not believe. Carolyn looked for the idol after seeing Joaquin and So looking for it, and she found the idol without clues. After losing the Immunity Challenge, Carolyn was targeted by So for her age and not contributing in crucial parts of the challenge, and she targeted So in return. She then told Tyler Fredrickson that she had the idol. At Tribal Council, Tyler, Max Dawson, and Shirin Oskooi sided with Carolyn and So was blindsided in a 4-2 vote with So and Joaquin voting for Carolyn. Masaya then won the next three Immunity Challenges keeping them safe from Tribal Council.

On Day 12, the Masaya tribe dissolved and Carolyn, Shirin, and Max joined the Nagarote tribe while Tyler and Joaquin joined the Escameca tribe. On Day 14, the new Nagarote tribe lost immunity. Both Shirin and Max targeted Will Sims II for his weakness in the challenge and told Carolyn to vote for Will, but she betrayed her former allies and voted against Max. At Tribal Council, Max was blindsided.

On Day 17, the tribes merged. Both Carolyn and Will were approached by former Blue Collar Rodney Lavoie Jr. to form an alliance with him and former Blue Collar Kelly Remington. At the Immunity Challenge, Joe Anglim outlasted Carolyn to win individual immunity. After the challenge, both Carolyn and Tyler entertained offers from the Blue Collar alliance and No Collar alliance, so they became the swing votes. At Tribal Council, they sided with the Blue Collars and targeted Jenn Brown but she played her Hidden Immunity Idol, negating the seven votes cast against her and blindsiding Kelly in a 4-1-0 vote. On Day 22, the alliance voted against Hali Ford and Hali was blindsided in a 7-4 vote. On Day 24, Joe was unable to win immunity. However, when Jenn asked to be voted out Carolyn voted for her, but Joe was voted out when Mike used Shirin's vote to get rid of Joe.

The next day, Rodney told Carolyn, Will, and Tyler to get rid of Mike but he overheard them. At the Survivor Auction, everybody bought letters for $20 at Shirin's suggestion and Carolyn, Mike, and Dan Foley agreed to save the rest for an advantage. However, Mike almost reneged on the deal, angering Carolyn and Dan with Carolyn wanting to return her letter back, but Mike then changed his mind. Dan won the advantage. After the auction, Mike outed Rodney's alliance, but Carolyn and the others turned on him. However, Mike won immunity on Day 27 and Jenn was voted out at Tribal Council. Both Carolyn and Mike won immunity on Day 29. After the challenge, Tyler found out that Dan's advantage was an Extra Vote and he told Carolyn which shocked her. At Tribal Council, Shirin was voted out.

On Day 30, the team of Carolyn, Mike, and Sierra Dawn Thomas won reward and none of them gave it up to Rodney, which made him mad because it was his birthday. Carolyn won immunity again on Day 32. However, due to Mike having the Hidden Immunity Idol, the majority alliance of six had to turn on each other. Tyler told Carolyn that he wanted to get rid of Dan because of his Extra Vote advantage, but Carolyn thought of betraying Tyler because he was a jury threat. At Tribal Council, Mike played his idol negating the four votes cast against him; Carolyn and Sierra joined Mike in voting against Tyler and he was blindsided in a 3-0 vote. That night, Carolyn told Mike about Dan's advantage and they agreed that they should get rid of Dan next. However, in a confessional Carolyn stated that if Mike did not win immunity he would be voted out. After Mike won immunity on Day 35, Carolyn decided to get rid of Dan but the rest of her alliance was gunning for her. At Tribal Council, Dan used his Extra Vote advantage to throw two votes on Carolyn, and this caused her to play her idol which negated the five votes cast against her; both she and Mike voted for Dan, who was blindsided in a 2-0 vote.

On Day 36, the final five got to see their loved ones. Carolyn met her husband Joel. After Mike won immunity on Day 37, Carolyn, Sierra, and Mike decided to get rid of Rodney. However, at Tribal Council, when Sierra accidentally stated that she was a threat, the others voted against her and Sierra was blindsided in a unanimous vote. Mike won the Final Immunity Challenge. After the challenge, Mike told Carolyn that the vote would be a tie between her and Rodney, and there would have to be a fire-making tiebreaker, and then he prepared her for the challenge. At Tribal Council, Carolyn and Rodney tied with two votes each which resulted in the fire-making tiebreaker. After an hour, Carolyn emerged victorious and made it to the end along with Mike and Will.

At the Final Tribal Council, Tyler asked Carolyn why she betrayed him, and Shirin compared her to a stingray. In the end, Carolyn became the co-runner-up of the season (along with Will) losing to Mike in a 6-1-1 vote, only receiving Sierra's vote to win.

At the live Reunion Show, Carolyn stated she was surprised she didn't get more jury votes. She was featured as one of the 32 candidates eligible to compete in Survivor: Cambodia. However, she did not receive enough votes to get on.

Voting History

Episode Carolyn's
Voted Against
1 So Joaquin, So
2 Masaya Tribe Immune
3 Masaya Tribe Immune
4 Masaya Tribe Immune
5 Max -
6 Nagarote Tribe Immune
7 Jenn1 -
8 Hali -
9 Jenn -
10 Jenn Jenn
11 Shirin Individual Immunity
12 Tyler Individual Immunity
13 Dan Dan (x2), Rodney,
Sierra, Will
14 Sierra -
Rodney Rodney, Will3
Jury Votes
for Carolyn
Co-Runner-Up, Day 39

^1 In "The Line Will Be Drawn Tonight", Jenn used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Carolyn's vote against her.
^2 In "My Word Is My Bond", Carolyn used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating 5 votes against her.
^3 In "It's a Fickle, Fickle Game", the vote ended with a 2-2 tie between Carolyn and Rodney, forcing a fire-making tiebreaker. Carolyn won the tiebreaker and remained in the game.


Carolyn's publicity photo for the voting of the Cambodia cast.

  • Carolyn was one of 32 candidates eligible to compete on Survivor: Cambodia,[4] but did not receive enough votes to get on.
  • On October 21, 2019, Carolyn's husband passed away.[5]
  • In November 2019, Carolyn attended the wedding of Joe Anglim and Sierra Dawn Thomas.[6]
  • Carolyn, along with nineteen other former Survivor contestants, competed in the first Survivor-themed mini-competition of Sequester on May 23, 2020. She was eliminated in the seventh round, finishing in 14th place.[7]


  • Carolyn is the oldest castaway on Worlds Apart at 52 years old.
  • Carolyn was often referred to as "Mama C" by her fellow castaways during the game.
  • Carolyn is the only woman to win individual immunity in Worlds Apart.
  • Carolyn is tied with Kristina Kell and Sabrina Thompson for the second earliest discovery of a Hidden Immunity Idol by a woman, finding one on Day 2.
  • Carolyn is the highest-placing member of the Masaya tribe.
    • Each of the three starting tribes had a representative in the Final Three, with Carolyn representing Masaya (White Collar).
  • Carolyn was in the running to return for Game Changers, but didn't make the cut.[8]


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