The graduate student spent nearly a month of her vacation
time this summer volunteering at an orphanage in Peru, working for Mosoq Ayllu, a nonprofit organization based in Huancayo in the Peruvian highlands, about seven hours outside of Lima. She was matched with a family-run orphanage, where she worked helping to care for babies.
"I want to travel the world saving babies," McLanahan said. "I don't know how I'm going to work that into a career, yet. I might work with families wanting to adopt so I can counsel them and work on helping them to connect with the babies."
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