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IRIS offers first Edith H. Grotberg Sudanese Women’s Scholarship

Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS) is proud to continue its efforts in South Sudan by offering an academic scholarship to Martha Andia Jima Justin of Juba, South Sudan. The scholarship will allow her to pursue her education at the University of Juba, College of Law in...

Global Grant Recipients focus on the Youth of the Country

After winning the Global Grant 2015 from Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS), the YES alumni from Tanzania went straight to work and organized a seminar benefitting the youth of the country. During the month of August, the YES alumni Hassani Msanga, Faraja Ng’ida and Zukra...

From All Over the World, To the Farms of Iowa

Saturday, October 10th was a great day for an IRIS enrichment activity. The team visited Living History Farms in Urbandale to get an authentic historical Iowan experience. Living History Farms is an interactive outdoor history museum which educates, entertains and connects people of all ages to...

IRIS Peace Walk Garners Friendship and Understanding

Weathered by bright blue skies and warm sunlight, the trails along Ada Hayden Park on September 19 were flanked by tents and people of purpose. There were offerings of unique types of food, henna tattoos and also conversations eager to be shared with passersby. The 2015...

September Student of the Month

Hashim from Saudi Arabia has reset the bar on what a YES student should aspire to be. Placed in Cedar Rapids, IA through IRIS, this humble young man has been a wonderful example of the leadership skills and relationships one can develop during their year...

YES Program’s First Pan-African Workshop a Success

Recently, Iowa Resource for International Service (IRIS) in collaboration with American Councils for International Education held a Community Health Education Workshop in Touba Dialaw, Senegal. It lasted from July 21st to July 26th of 2015. This workshop, attended by 22 participants from who are YES alumni...

Welcome, YES 13!

20 countries, 31 students, 2 YES program assistants in charge of finding host families, and 1 state. Welcome to Iowa, your home for the next one year, YES 13 students! It has been a busy summer for Mary and Gina, our YES program assistants, as they rushed...

YES Pakistani Student Celebrates His Country at His Second Home

Areeb Irfan is a bright 17-year-old hailing from Islamabad, Pakistan. He is now living with his host family in Sioux City, Iowa and enjoying all the new experiences that are coming along his way. Recently, Areeb tried out for his high school's football team and...

Nigeria Alumni Reaches Out to the Youth and the Needy

The month of July proved to be a fruitful one for the Nigerian YES alumni chapter of Benué. From awareness talks to helping the needy; the YES alumni of Nigeria continues to wow us at IRIS with their commitment to community service. Back in Makurdi, a bullying...

Dear Future Host Families,

Before IRIS's last batch of students left for their home countries in June, they took the time to gather their thoughts and memories and form them into advice for future host families. As with any family, living with an exchange students will have its many...