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From Tahrir Square to Capitol Square: Meet Mohamed Zarkani

Mohamed Zarkani, 29, is the program director of the Young Innovators Awards Program in Cairo, Egypt. He’s visiting Iowa as part of a USAID short-term training program. The goal of this program is to enhance the capacities of key local leaders and activists....

Alumni Update: Ajet shares a poem

Ajet Hosea, 19, is an alumni student of the Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program from Kaduna State, Nigeria. During the 2009-2010 school year, Ajet lived and studied in Indianola, Iowa. He has since returned home to finish his education. This is a poem by...

Board Spotlight: Robert Anderson, President & Founder

To provide a better understanding of the "backbone" of IRIS and our programming, we're kicking off a special series of Board Spotlights. If you have additional or follow-up questions, please leave them in the comments!...

“Reverse culture shock”: Returning home after study abroad

When considering study abroad, most people assume the greatest challenge will be adjusting to the new culture and environment of the place they will be visiting. However, in some cases, it’s the return home that brings the biggest challenge....

Community Connections: Belarus

IRIS's volunteer coordinator and YES Program assistant, Ashley Heffern, recaps the Community Connections: Belarus program, which took place Oct. 27-Nov. 17....

Our Condolences: Dr. Edward A. Miller, M.D.

Our thoughts are with the family of IRIS board member Helen Miller after the loss of her husband, Dr. Edward A. Miller, M.D. Miller, 64 of Fort Dodge, Iowa, died Nov. 24 after battling with cancer....