Eight years ago, when she was just 13, Shannon Dulaney took a trip with her church’s youth group to Guatemala. They did construction work at a missionary institution, visited orphanages and explored local markets.
This week, Dulaney is back in Guatemala again, this time with Alternative Spring Breaks, a program, which allows students to take one-week service trips to foreign countries at the end of the spring quarter. She is helping build an irrigation system for a school serving developmentally delayed adults and children.
These two trips nicely bookend Dulaney’s life so far, which has been dedicated to activism, service and traveling abroad. In the past four years, she has served as a site leader for Alternative Spring Breaks, a co-founder of the Center for Social Progress at UCSD and the chair of the campus’ chapter of the California Public Interest Research Group.