Peru 2020 tentative trip dates: 

Peru June: June 18th- July 3rd, 2020

Peru July: July 15th- July 29th, 2020

estimate historical cost: $3,800

*dates and cost are subject to change depending on flights


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.

Click here to read details on the 2019 Peru teams projects.

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In-Country Coordinator

Carlos Acosta-

Operations Manager of Heliconia Lodge

Youthlinc coordinator since 2003

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.

Team Leadership

2020 Peru June Team Leader: Steven Meyer

My wife has been on a few Youthlinc trips—but it wasn’t until the 2017 service year that I joined her.  As mentors, we went to Northern Thailand with an incredible group of students and were humbled to work among the locals and develop friendships.  I’m excited for the service, the international trip, but mostly, I’m excited to get to know all of you!     

I graduated from BYU with a bachelor’s in accounting.  After working in taxes and bookkeeping for a few years, I decided life had different paths for me.  After tax season 2015, I said adieu to the financial world and worked as a guide at a wilderness therapy program in southern Utah.  Then I taught a year at Granger High School.  Now I’m a CNA at Primary Children’s Hospital pursuing a nursing degree from the University of Utah.  Isn’t life wonderful with all its surprising twists?    

I’m excited to get to know you all!  Let’s work hard, be safe, and have a lot of fun!” 

2020 Peru Assistant Team Leader: Easton Bearnson

I’m currently a freshman at the University of Utah studying business with a hope of medical school one day! I just returned from a 2 year mission serving the people of Indiana, and couldn’t wait to continue serving others. My first experience with Youthlinc was in 2017 when I traveled to Cambodia after completing my service year. It was an absolutely life changing experience and I can’t wait to be a part of the team to Peru.  

2020 Peru 2 Team Leader: DeeAnna Phelps

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!

2020 Peru 2 Assistant Team Leader: Mimi Reeder

My name is Mimi Reeder and I am a senior at Highland High School! I was lucky enough to go to Kenya last year with Youthlinc and cherished my experience so much that I am back for more! Nothing excites me more than being an ATL for the Peru July trip and getting to connect with people who share the same love of service that I do. I also am thrilled to return back to Peru, as I have already been there and did the trek to Machu Picchu. I already know this upcoming year will be unforgettable!