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Happy Mother’s Day, Host Moms!

Mother's Day – a global celebration for all the mothers in the world, in honor of their boundless love and dedication. For most of us, having a mother in our lives seem to be the greatest blessing one can ever have, but for our YES exchange students,...

IRIS’s Students Take Prom For the First Time

Another quintessential high school experience IRIS's students were recently exposed to: prom! Probably one of the most memorable night for a high school student, our students had a great time at their respective proms. From dancing, to games, to being crowned prom king -- they experienced it...

IRIS Alumni Teaches HIV/AIDS Prevention in Ngorongoro, Tanzania

Ndeenga Shamata, our 2009-10 YES alum, continues to impress us!  The recipient of the first ever IRIS Global Citizen Scholarship, Ndeenga is dedicated to leading and creating opportunities for her Tanzanian community members. After returning to Tanzania from Ford Madison, Iowa, Ndeenga jumped right into community involvement....

IRIS Celebrates International Women’s Day!

March is Women's History Month!  To celebrate, we asked our YES students to share their thoughts on women's rights in their home countries and to name their female role models.  We were very impressed by their insightful answers! On March 8th, IRIS partnered with ACCESS (Assault Care Center Extending...

YES Alumni Renovate Bus Stop in Nigeria

We're constantly impressed by our alumni's awareness of the problems their communities face. From Nigerian YES alumni fixing corroded streets, to current YES students lending a hand to their Iowan neighbors — our YES students find and fill community needs. The last weekend of February, six YES alumni and two...

Twenty-five of IRIS’s YES Students Attend Iowa Student Global Leadership Conference

Twenty-five of IRIS's YES students attended the Iowa Student Global Leadership Conference (ISGLC) (Feb. 6th-7th) in Des Moines with over one hundred exchange students. Together, the student leaders represented 51 countries.  Students participated in group activities, discussed global issues, and engaged in cultural sharing.     One of ISGLC's central roles is to provide an opportunity for student...

IRIS’S YES Students Share Traditional Meals with Marshalltown Community

We love to hear how our Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) students get involved in their schools and communities during their year in Iowa.  Our 2014-2015 class of students have given us a lot to listen to! Many, like Roudaina (Lebanon) who just secured a lead for her...

IRIS Welcomes New Board Member, Susan Anderson

  This year, we are excited to welcome two new outstanding members to the IRIS board — Dr. Ronelle Langley and Susan Anderson. Originally from Gowrie, Iowa, Anderson graduated from Prairie Community High School and then attended Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa where she graduated...

Alumni Spotlight: Ndeenga Shamata

We are continuously blown away by the impact our alumni have on their communities abroad. From organizing a democracy-minded journalism workshop for Ukrainian youth to fixing eroded roads in a Nigerian neighborhood, our alumni are committed to carrying out IRIS’s mission to promote international understanding,...

IRIS Welcomes New Board Member, Dr. Ronelle Langley.

We are excited to introduce Dr. Ronelle Langley as a new member of the IRIS Board! Dr. Langley’s career as an academician and practitioner spans over 30 years and three continents.   She is currently the Visiting Professor of Management at the University of Northern Iowa. Dr. Langley has obtained graduate degrees in...