Paloma Soto-Castillo is an American student best known as a contestant on the seventeenth season of the reality competition Survivor (Survivor: Gabon - Earth's Last Eden), in 2008.
Paloma Soto-Castillo has been playing the social game her entire life, one of the skills necessary to succeed in the game of Survivor.
Her parents were both missionaries, causing her to move around a lot during her childhood. Growing up with this lifestyle taught her to adapt to any environment and she became a stronger person as a result.
Soto-Castillo was born in Chile and lived there for a large part of her life before moving to Tennessee, Virginia and then settling in California.
One day, on a whim, she decided to leave everything behind and move to Kenya... alone, without any group or organization. She lived among the locals and wild animals for three months without any support from family and friends or any modern conveniences.
After witnessing the people's suffering first hand, she says it changed her life and she's certain she'll go back and help change their lives. Soto-Castillo is motivated to win Survivor so she can open an orphanage or elementary school for the children of Kenya.
Soto-Catillo has a B.A. in communication studies from California State University, Long Beach and continues to go to school. She is currently working on her single subject teaching credential and works part time as a waitress.
Her hobbies include traveling, camping and reading. In her free time, Paloma loves staying competitive and keeping her mind sharp by playing Texas Hold - Em.
Soto-Castillo is single. She currently lives in Downey, California with her Shitzu, Sam.