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Yamil "Yam Yam" Arocho

Age: 36

Hometown: Bayamon, Puerto Rico

Current Residence: San Juan, Puerto Rico

Occupation: Salon Owner

Three Words to Describe You: Fun, loud, and caring

Why do you want to be part of Survivor? I want to fulfill my lifelong dream of playing the best game in the world. I've been watching since the very first episode, when I was 13 years old. And I want to prove to me, that I have the physical and mental strength to make my dreams come true, and to win the title and money.

What's one life experience you feel has prepared you for the game? After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, we had no power in my house or work for 90 days. And I had to lead my team of 20+ adults (most older than me) and give them hope, when I felt I had none. Without them I would not be who I am today.

Which previous player do you identify with the most? Who do you think you will play most like? Cirie Fields. She is lovable, caring and fun. She is super intelligent and a strategy genius. I hope to emulate her and win.

What will you value in an alliance partner? Intelligence and commitment. I need to play with intelligent people that want to go far with me.

Favorite Hobbies: Taking care of my plants, going to the beach with my husband, hanging out with my girlfriends, and traveling.

What is the accomplishment you are most proud of? Leading a team of cool people, following the steps of my mother. Being married to my husband and creating a home. Getting on Survivor.

What is something we would never know from looking at you? I love to do bearded drag at Halloween.

Who in your life is your biggest inspiration and why? My mother, Sandra, because of her tenacity to always be a better version of herself. And her unconditional help to others.

Why will you be the Sole Survivor? I will be the Sole Survivor because the stars have aligned for me, it's my time, and because of my social game.


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  • 1 month later...

Just came to this thread looking for more information.  I must have missed when he stated on the show he is from Puerto Rico, I had assumed he was Indian, as he looks and sounds Indian to me. 

I had also been confused as to why his name is spelled "Yam Yam" but everyone calls him "Jam Jam".  I don't speak Spanish but apparently Y sounds like J?  It all makes a lot more sense to me now that I found out he's from Puerto Rico.

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