Peru 2019 trip dates:
Peru June: June 17th – July 1st, 2019
Peru July: July 8th – July 22nd, 2019
estimate historical cost: $3,600
*dates and cost are subject to change depending on flights
SANTA ISABEL & PUCALLPA, PERU
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, and Pucallpa. 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.
2019 Peru June Team Leader: Stacy Nisogi
Stacy’s involvement with Youthlinc began in 2013 in Guatemala where she was a Mentor for the “Cool”tural Committee. Her committee gave her the award for being a Laser Beaming Clown because she was always ready for fun, but also very focused on getting the work done. In 2014-15, she was the Team Leader for Youthlinc’s Thailand June team. In 2016-17 she had the magical experience of leading an amazing team to Kenya. The team accomplished great things in the village of Kabururu, plus they got to see Rhinos! And last year she was the Youthlinc Team Leader for the GCL team that worked in Vietnam. She is thrilled to be back with working with a Service Year team heading to Peru! Having been to Peru before, she is eager to see what new adventures await and who the team will get to serve and love!
Speaking of love, Stacy loves people. For over a decade she has been able to serve locally with various organizations that work specifically with youth. This year Stacy was able to work with a group of local refugee girls and help coach their team to the championship game. Go LIONS! In addition to her Youthlinc experiences, she has volunteered in Asia, South America, and Africa.
Stacy is a graduate from the University of Utah and obtained a B.S. in Business Management and a Master of Science in Public Health. She is a Safety, Health & Environmental Specialist at a local manufacturing facility. Her job is to help others perform their jobs well, but at the end of the day go home safely to their families. She also has an adventurous side which compels her to jump off bridges, swim with sharks, and hunt zombies. Stacy also loves to spend time with her wonderful husband and family, play volleyball, eat food, make others smile, and travel the world. Let the adventure begin!
2019 Peru Assistant Team Leader: Mikayla Hansen
Mikayla is pumped for this year’s service year to Peru! Her first trip was to Kenya, and it was an all around unforgettable experience. She can’t wait to help others get involved in Youthlinc and have memorable experiences serving both in their community and out of the country.
(On a side note, she’s also a Ben and Jerry ice-cream lover, steady paced runner, and an elementary education major at SUU. Go Thunderbirds!)
2019 Peru July Team Leader: Nate Jones
Nate first became involved with Youthlinc in 2017 as a Mentor, and this past year he was the Team Leader of the Peru July team. Nate’s favorite part of participating in the Youthlinc’s Service year is helping students realize that as you serve other people, both locally and internationally, you develop a bond that lasts a lifetime. Nate developed a love for Peru while living there for two-years as he served a church mission in Lima. He continues to have a profound love and respect for the Peruvian people, and looks forward to returning to Peru for the third year with Youthlinc.
Nate received both a Bachelor and Master’s Degree in Accounting from the University of Utah, and works as an Auditor for EY. In Nate’s free time he enjoys golfing, boating, skiing, as well as spending time with family and friends.
2019 Peru Assistant Team Leader: Grace Humeniuk
Grace is the Assistant Team Leader for our Peru July team. She’s a senior at Judge Memorial Catholic High School and aspiring to be a teacher. After her first Youthlinc trip this past summer, her life was changed. Once she returned from Pucallpa, she immediately knew she had to go back. She have never felt so much love for the kids of the village and for her team. She is so excited to be an ATL and be more involved with the team. She’s also excited to inspire and motivate students to actively participate in local and international service.