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IRIS YES Student from Pakistan Shares His Perspective

We love any opportunity to get inside an IRIS YES student's head.  Their perspectives on culture, relationships, and the world are timely and valuable.  Muhammad is from Pakistan and wrote a reflection about his experience in America so far. In his reflection, Muhammad walks us through his initial fears,...

Last Year’s IRIS YES Class Gives Advice on Beating Homesickness

Our IRIS YES students are a pretty exceptional group of young people. They've flown thousands of miles from their home countries to jump right into Iowa life. Already our students have joined sports teams, participated in student councils, and volunteered for their new communities. However,...

IRIS YES Alumni Donate Books to Kilakala Girls’ School in Tanzania

A huge part of the IRIS YES program is our student's continual involvement in their communities when they return home.   We encourage our students to be active and give back.  Stories about IRIS YES alumni who open orphanages, start tutoring projects, and open medical practices go hand...

IRIS’s Own Kim Hope Shares What Life is Like as an IRIS Host

Hosting an IRIS YES student incites a range of new experiences and emotions.  We love hearing host family's anecdotes detailing their adventures with their students and lessons they learn from each other.  (Krys Plate, who hosts two IRIS YES students, started a blog about life with Alex (Nigeria) and Jermaya...

Advice To IRIS YES Students From IRIS YES Students

Are you a YES student who has just arrived in Iowa? You probably have a lot of questions and a lot of concerns. Don’t worry. The 2013-2014 IRIS YES students have words of advice to make your year easier.   It’s not right, it’s not wrong. It’s...

Advice to Host Families from the 2013-2014 IRIS YES Students

Thank you so much for offering your home this year as a host family for an IRIS student (or students). You have the opportunity to change a young person’s life and help them on their journey to become an ambassador.   You will have the experience...

2013-2014 IRIS YES Students Learn Life-Long Skills

IRIS Youth Exchange and Study students learn a lot of skills and gain many tools they will be able to bring back to their home country and utilize through community-enriching projects. The students in the 2013-2014 class were able to learn many new skills including communication,...

Reasons to host a student NOW

You’ve seen all year what amazing things Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) IRIS students do. You know that they are carefully selected by the State Department to be cultural ambassadors. You know that the students become a part of the community when they arrive...

IRIS Debriefing 2014 Part One

IRIS Youth Exchange Study students prepared to leave Iowa and their year abroad by going through a debriefing process. During debriefing the students were able to say farewell to one another, to their host families, prepare for the culture change, reflect on their experiences, and get ready for...

KL-YES IRIS Students Learn Through Volunteering

As mentioned in yesterday's blog post, each IRIS KL-YES student is required to volunteer a minimum of two hours each month during the ten-month exchange to allow students to connect with an Iowa host community and learn skills needed to organize volunteer projects upon their...