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IRIS YES Students Selected to Participate in World Food Prize

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="268"] (Top L-R) Aleyna and Nathan(Bottom L-R) Meherunnesa and Emmanuella[/caption] Beginning October 17th, four of IRIS's YES students were invited to be a part of a solution for world hunger. Aleyna (Turkey), Nathan (South Africa), Emanuella (Nigeria), and Meherunessa (Bangladesh) joined high school students,...

IRIS YES Students Get a Taste of Rural Midwest Life at the Living History Farms

On Saturday, October 5th, 18 of IRIS’s YES students traveled to Urbandale to tour the Living History Farms. IRIS focuses on engaging its students in American culture and history. Living History Farms, a unique and interactive outdoor museum connecting visitors to rural life in historic Iowa, provided the...

IRIS YES Students Visit Herbert Hoover National Historic Site

On Saturday, September 21st, a group of six IRIS YES students visited the Herbert Hoover National Historic Site in West Branch, Iowa. Students were given the opportunity to visit Herbert Hoover’s home and burial site. On the tour, they learned many interesting facts about the 31st...

Meet Kim

IRIS is glad to announce that Kimberly Hope has rejoined our family, this time as our new Operations Manager. Hope graduated from Iowa State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science, emphasizing in NGOs and international non-profit work. Having many exciting and important...

Meet Tim

We would like to announce the newest member of our IRIS family, Tim Glaza, our new Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program Assistant. Glaza is a native Iowan from Waterloo. He studied political science at Iowa State University, and just recently completed his Master of...

Football for Peace Project

While football in the United States is gearing up to start, a different type of football is also gearing up in Nigeria. On August 3, 2013, the Football for Peace Project in Kaduna State, Nigeria drew the attention of many volunteers and football, or soccer,...

The YES students have arrived!

[caption id="attachment_3335" align="alignright" width="300"] The YES students get to know one another and learn more about each other's culture.[/caption] The first group of the 2013-2014 Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) students arrived in Iowa on Friday, August 9. Throughout the weekend, the fifteen students stayed...

Navigating Nigeria

[caption id="attachment_3331" align="alignright" width="300"] A picture of Nigeria's gorgeous terrain.[/caption] Hills, plateaus and even some mountains mold Nigeria’s beautiful land. However, what makes Nigeria truly unique is not its landscape. Because Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, there is no surprise that Nigeria is...

Marching through Morocco

Morocco is a beautiful country filled with vast deserts and gorgeous coastal views of the Atlantic Ocean and is also home to rich tradition, culture and historical marvels. Here are a few interesting facts about Morocco: The largest desert in the world, the Sahara Desert, engulfs...

The truth about hosting a YES student

We would like to welcome the newest member to IRIS. Although fictional, Iris is our Exchange Student Specialist, whose job is to address any questions or concerns that you might have about IRIS or any of IRIS’ programs. Hosting an international student is an enriching experience,...