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Students Attend Iowa Youth Institute at Iowa State University

Each year in April, high school students across the state of Iowa are invited to attend the day-long Iowa Youth Institute (IYI) held at Iowa State University. Put on by the World Food Prize, the IYI allows eighth through twelfth graders the chance to explore...

What It’s Like to Host, Part Two

In the second part of our hosting series, IRIS highlights Alexis Vosburg and her family's experience with hosting. Alexis Vosburg is a busy woman. She’s a full-time teacher, an IRIS local coordinator, a mother, a Sunday School leader and more. However, having such a busy...

What It’s Like to Host, Part One

Thirty students from countries across Africa, Central and Eastern Europe and Asia come to Iowa each school year to attend American high school, learn about American culture and gain an understanding of Western culture. However, these students would not be able to do this if...

Snow, nightlife, & shopping – My Christmas in Iowa

Snow, nightlife, and shopping. Those are indeed the best elements for this holiday season. But that’s just Christmas from the outside. Christmas from the inside is a whole other story, and let me tell you about it. Hiba (second row) at her church's Christmas concert. To...

Welcome to the IRIS Family, Taylor!

Here at IRIS, we’ve been at work getting things prepared for our incoming YES students. But along the way, we also gained a new face in the office. IRIS is pleased to welcome Taylor Neuman as our new Operations Manager! Taylor originally hails from Salem, Wisconsin....

The Benefits of Hosting

For many, the definition of a ‘global citizen’ is unclear. Afterall, we are all citizens living on this globe. However, being a true global citizen is much more than just existing. It means identifying as part of the emerging world to contribute to fight for...

2001: IRIS Moves Into Africa

Though IRIS began in 1993, it didn’t begin officially connecting with communities in Africa until 2001. The year brought the start of two projects, one in the east central region of the continent and one in Nigeria. The first project was the African Great Lakes Reconciliation...

Happy Father’s Day from IRIS!

[huge_it_gallery id="18"] Father’s Day is a holiday celebrated across the world honoring fatherhood and paternal bonds. For Youth Exchange and Study students, host parent bonds have some of the biggest impacts on their exchange year. Here’s what some of our 2017-2018 IRIS alumni had to share...

YES Students Take On Prom!

Some students look forward to the end of the school year because it’s the sign that summer is almost here. But the month of April also brings ballgowns and bowties; it’s prom season! For many of our Youth Exchange and Study (YES) students, this year...

A Brief History of IRIS

[caption id="attachment_20960" align="alignright" width="325"] IRIS's founder, Bob Anderson, addressing a room in Nigeria (2002).[/caption] During our 25th Anniversary Year, we plan to take a walk down Memory Lane by sharing highlights from our history at IRIS. Our organization wasn't always what it is today; in fact, our...