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Alumni Repair Eroded Streets in Markurdi, Nigeria

Our YES students complete over thirty hours of community service and volunteer activities a month while in Iowa.  They obtain a wide range of leadership and community skills they utilize when they return to their home countries. Our alumni have orchestrated Ebola awareness campaigns,  provided free upper-level science books to an all...

Esther, IRIS’s YES Student from Nigeria, Spends an Afternoon in Kalona

While abroad, our exchange students experience different cultures, try new foods, and engage in learning experiences.  We are proud of our students who approach each experience with an open mind and a tenacity to learn.  Our students participate in continual cultural exchange.  Not only do others learn from our students, but our...

IRIS Program Alumni Organize Workshop on Democracy in the Media for Ukraine Youth

Our Visions, a charitable organization in Ukraine, received a grant from the IRIS Global Alumni Grant program to host a workshop early October in Ivano-Frankivisk, Ukraine. The workshop, entitled “Media Education for Democracies: the Tools and Visions,” was a three-day event that immersed Ukraine youth in...

Four of IRIS’s YES Students Participate in World Food Prize Global Youth Institute

Four of IRIS’s YES students spent three days downtown Des Moines presenting research on food security issues, rubbing elbows with Nobel Prize winners, and packing meals for Ebola victims in Liberia. On October 16th, Hajar (Morocco), Jermaya (Egypt), Genesis (Nigeria), and Aliyu (Nigeria) joined students from across the...

IRIS’s YES Students Take on Homecoming

IRIS's YES students have a lot of firsts: their first time in Iowa, their first time playing in snow, their first time carving pumpkins, and for all, their first time attending homecoming. Students scattered across Iowa particpated in homecoming festivities with their new friends at their new schools.   As...

IRIS’s YES Students Visit Living History Farms

“The Living History Farms is amazing!” Soham from India said at the latest student enrichment activity. On October 4th, seventeen of IRIS’s YES students met in Urbandale to relive Iowa's past at the Living History Farms.  Tractor rides, pigs, corn, and cool weather ensured an authentic Iowa experience for...

YES Alumni Orchestrate Ebola Awareness Campaign in Kaduna State, Nigeria

In many rural African communities, miscommunication about Ebola's existence, symptoms, and treatment has increased uncertainty and threatened preventive measures.  A team of YES program alumni kicked off an Ebola awareness campaign late August to educate their community in Kaduna State, Nigeria about the virus. The team believes the best way...

Soham’s Journey of Joy

Soham is part of the 2014-15 class of IRIS's YES students.  He's from India and is spending the year in Colo, Iowa.  Below, he shares a detailed account of his life in the States and the journey that brought him here.   A Journey Of Joy   There have been...

Eid al-Adha with Your Student

On October 4th, many Muslims around the world will observe Eid al-Adha. Also referred to as the "Feast of the Sacrifice,” Eid al-Adha commemorates Abraham’s symbolic declaration of faith and his willingness to obey God.  Eid al-Adha also marks the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage Muslims...

IRIS’s YES Students Volunteer at the World Food and Music Festival

Food sizzled and live music played during the World Food and Music Festival in downtown Des Moines September 19-21st. The festival is an an annual weekend celebration where festival attendees can experience international food, music, and performing arts.  This was IRIS's second year to have a booth at...