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Recipes from Around the World

Check out some delicious recipes that our YES students have encouraged us to try! This week we look at a recipe from YES Student,  Mariam. She shares a recipe for a dish from her home country, Egypt. Mahshi is one of the main platters in Egyptian banquets, especially...

YES Alumni participate in Environmental Sanitation Project in Nigeria

Refuse disposal has become a huge environmental problem in developing countries such as Nigeria. The amount of health hazards, traffic congestion, unsightliness, as well as general unpleasantness, has continued to pile up due to the lack of efficient waste management practices in Nigeria, especially in some...

YES Students’ Poem Project

Gina Zoss and Timothy Glaza play important roles in the YES program students' lives. Their constant interaction with the students and the families help ensure an enjoyable and successful year in the United States. By making home visits, promoting IRIS’ mission, arranging events, and creating...

Support IRIS and Cross-Off Your Holiday Gift List!

We've had a great year here at IRIS.  We celebrated our 20th Anniversary, concluded our 10th successful YES program in June, and welcomed our 11th year of YES students in August. As we gear up for 2014, plans are settling in.  We look forward to hosting a Community...

IRIS Celebrates its 20th Anniversary!

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="585"] R-L: Anupama (India), Rubab (Pakistan), Aziza (Tanzania), Jaya (Indonesia), Rahaf (West Bank), Mariam (Egypt), Fares (Jordan), Afzaur (India); (front) Nathan (South Africa)[/caption] Over 100 of IRIS' friends and family celebrated our 20th Anniversary at the Des Moines Science Center on November 23rd. We...

20th Anniversary Countdown!

We can't believe our 20th Anniversary Celebration  is just three days away! We are so excited! Kelsey, our Special Events Planning Intern, has secured an incredible collection of items and packages that will be sold in our silent auction. On Facebook, we've been highlighting some of the...

IRIS YES Students Participate in Winter Weatherization Challenge

IRIS YES students improved their teamwork skills and encouraged energy efficiency as they participated in the 7th Annual Winter Weatherization Challenge sponsored by the Story County Coalition for Energy Efficiency (SCCEE). On November 2nd, thirteen IRIS YES students and three IRIS staff members worked with the Volunteer Center of...

IRIS YES Alum Starts Tutoring Program in Tanzania

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="520"] Kibacha Students[/caption] While in Iowa, IRIS YES students learn, connect, and participate in their host family’s community.  They build leadership skills and engage in educational opportunities. We believe the experience and knowledge our students gain in Iowa should be applied when they...

Work for IRIS!

Interested in working for IRIS?  Starting January, we will have multiple positions open. Program Assistant (Part time, Temporary) This Program Assistant will work alongside the Youth Exchange and Study Department at IRIS to help develop and expand current international exchange programming. Job description: Duties for the IRIS Part...