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Joy McBrien, left, and Kaitlin Durkin will be leaving for Peru on July 15. They will spend a month there to help set up a battered women's shelter. Submitted photo

Not your typical summer vacation

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Most college students plan trips to Europe, the Caribbean, Mexico or Florida for their summer vacations.

Woodbury resident Joy McBrien and her best friend Kaitlin Durkin from Oakdale, however, have other summer plans -- they will be spending a month, from July 15 to Aug. 15, in Chimbote, Peru to help start up a battered women's shelter.


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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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