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Estimate Historical Cost: $3,800
Anticipated Dates:
Peru June: June 11-25
Peru July: July 16-30


Youthlinc has been working in Peru since 2003. Our In-Country Coordinator, Carlos Acosta, has been with us from the very beginning. He is a Rotarian in the Rotary Club of Iquitos and his passion for humanitarian service is vibrant. Carlos has been instrumental in the success of many Rotary Global Grants for various clean water projects in the area.

The Youthlinc team stays at the beautiful Heliconia Amazon River Lodge situated along the Amazon River. Every day the team takes a boat ride to the village. Over the years, Youthlinc has served many villages scattered along the Amazon river including Palmeras, Santa Rosa, Yanamono I, Yanamono II, Santa Isabel, Pucallpa, and Nuevo San Juan. Many Youthlinc participants choose to go back to Peru for a second trip because they form meaningful connections with the local people who welcome the team with open arms.

Youthlinc participants also have a lot of fun during their time in Peru! If you’re lucky you may get to see a pink dolphin jump out of the Amazon on your daily boat ride. You will go on a walk in the jungle where you will see all sorts of animals and bugs. You will go fishing and might even catch a piranha. If you are feeling adventurous, you can even hold a friendly sloth and huge anaconda (but not at the same time). Lastly, you will get to go shopping and explore the city of Lima.

Read the details about our 2019 Team Projects

In-country Coordinator

Carlos Acosta

A native of Iquitos; the Capital City of the Peruvian Amazon, he understands the need and is passionate about the Amazon people. Carlos Started working with his parents from a young age in their family business, first at the Acosta and Victoria Regia Hotels.  After studying business administration in College. He returned to Iquitos and founded the Heliconia Amazon River Lodge, a place where Youthlinc has called home for more than 15 years. Carlos has been a member of the Rotary Club of Iquitos for almost 20 years. He had the opportunity to meet Youthlinc founder Judy Zone and other Utah Rotarian’s affiliated with Youthlinc which sparked a powerful partnership. Through this partnership with Carlos, Rotary and Youthlinc, Carlos has been able to coordinate many projects in favor of the communities of the Amazon. Projects vary from Construction of schools, libraries, roads, cement pathways and bridges, water towers, health fairs, vocational training, business development and micro loans, etc.  Carlos has been an amazing Coordinator, without his assistance and partnership we would not be able to reach these people along the Amazon. Carlos is Married to Nathaly Acosta and together they have three Daughters.

DeeAnna Phelps
Dolly Ames

Peru July Co-Team Leaders
peru july

DeeAnna- I have been involved with Youthlinc since 2003 when, as an incoming Freshman in college, I joined the first team to go to the village of Yanamono, Peru on the Amazon River. My time there was so impactful I knew that Youthlinc would forever be a part of my life and that, one day, I would return to Peru and serve my friends there again.

After my first trip, I served Youthlinc as their Graphic Designer for 14 years before finally joining a team to Thailand in 2017, then again in 2018. I am so excited to help lead one of this year’s Peru teams and share this amazing experience with a new set of minds. The opportunity to be a part of a Youthlinc service year is a life-changing and thrilling opportunity that I want everyone to be able to be a part of.

I am a wife of 15 years to an amazing and handsome guy, a mother to two amazingly funny and creative boys, a computer and coding teacher, and freelance graphic designer and photographer on the side. I love living in Southern Utah and am so excited to spread Youthlinc to the area! This will be such an unforgettable year for our team, I’m thrilled to be a part of it!

Dolly – My journey with Youthlinc began in 2016-2017 when I joined a team traveling to Cambodia. Both the local service and international trip were such transformational experiences for me. I was hooked! I then served as an ATL the following year and traveled to Thailand. Then in 2019, I co-led a team to Nepal. Each experience has been incredibly impactful. The lessons, bonds, love, and growth I’ve experienced through Youthlinc are unlike anything else. I credit this program with opening my heart to humanitarian work and finding a deeper love for local community service. 
I have a degree in Business Administration and Marketing from DSU and have worked in the nonprofit and digital marketing fields for several years. I also spent time in the Peace Corps as a trainee in Costa Rica before being evacuated due to COVID19. I currently work as an AmeriCorps Program Specialist at UServeUtah.
Service and humanitarianism have changed my life and I know it will for you too! I can’t wait to embark on this amazing journey together! 

I have started as a first year volunteer for Youthlinc in Guatemala 2015. It was so amazing that I knew I wanted to keep being a part of this program. So I was an alum leader for Madagascar 2017. I then decided that there is no way I am ever going to stop trying to be part of Youthlinc so I became a Real Life intern in 2018-2019. I am again an intern for Real Life for the year 2020-2021. And most excitingly, I am now an assistant team leader for the Peru July team. Youthlinc has changed my life in so many ways and I have made amazing relationships with the people of Guatemala and Madagascar. Not only that, I made amazing friendships throughout the year with the volunteers and leaders that I worked with.  

I am going to the University of Utah and working on my Bachelors in Social Work and after I will be working for the Division of Children and Family Services. My hobbies include weight lifting, basketball, snowboarding, stretching, and watching TV. I also have a wonderful husband who we are parents to 3 wonderful dogs.  


Linda Martinez


Megan Moffat

Peru August Team Leader

Megan got involved with Youthlinc as a student with the 2012 Peru team. Since then she has been on 4 trips as an Alum Leader, Assistant Team Leader, Mentor, and participant in the Global Community Leadership program.  This is her first time as Team Leader. She loves Youthlinc’s mission of creating lifetime humanitarians and the amazing opportunities service brings. 

Megan graduated from the University of Utah with a degree in Psychology. She is currently an MBA student at Western Governors University. In her free time she likes playing guitar, riding her motorcycle, and going to Taylor Swift concerts. 

My name is Jessica and I couldn’t be more excited to be the ATL for the Peru June team! I began my Youthlinc journey in 2019 when I went to Fiji, and it was truly life changing. It was such an amazing, humbling, experience, that I will never forget. I know Peru will be just as life changing and I can’t wait to experience that with the team. 

I’m currently a junior at Dixie State University and I’m a Psychology major. I hope to transfer to the University of Utah and get a degree there. My career goal is to become a mental health counselor in a high school, because I believe that age group is missing the support they need. So if you’re on the team never feel afraid to reach out to me 🙂  

I can’t wait to meet you all and get to know you guys! This year is going to be so good! 

Jessica Nash

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