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What I Miss About Iowa

Annastazia Rutatina (YES alumna 2007-2008, Tanzania, hosted by IRIS in Pella, IA) recently wrote in to us to share what she misses most from her exchange year in Iowa. Annastazia was one of the first students to be a part of the Youth Exchange and...

Happy Valentine’s Day, Iowa!

Although the weather is freezing and bleak, the warmth for Iowa continues to burn in the hearts of our Youth Exchange & Study students. When applying to the program, students have no idea where they will be placed with a host family. When they find...

Iowa Student Global Leadership Conference 2018

[caption id="attachment_21027" align="alignright" width="600"] Hudhaymat, Hooria, Maryam, and Ruth pose for a photo at ISGLC.[/caption] Over the weekend of February 3rd, 2018, The Stanley Foundation hosted its 22nd Iowa Student Global Leadership Conference in Des Moines, Iowa.  All exchange students living in Iowa are invited to attend this...

Why I Came Back to Iowa

Faith Aruwan (YES alumna 2012-2013, Nigeria, hosted by American Councils in Cedar Falls, IA) first came to Iowa as an exchange student. She left after that year with a second family, a second home, and a goal: to return to Iowa for higher education. Since...

An Exchange Experience to Remember

Ruth (current YES student, Ghana, hosted by IRIS) has been a wonderful student ambassador for her home country of Ghana since she arrived. This month, Ruth was also recognized as Student of the Month for her enthusiasm, willingness to try new things, and her helpful...

YES Alumnus Draws the Public’s Attention to Public Health

Tanzania’s mountainous terrain can sometimes make it difficult for people to travel, especially Youth Exchange and Study (YES) alumni who get together for projects and other events. When they are not able to come together, many alumni work on individual projects in their local communities. Daniel...

Ten Years of Giving: How Hosting Can Change Lives

It can be difficult for people to consider opening their homes to strangers, especially when the stranger is from another country. However, not everyone fears the unknown; some willingly invite people from other countries into their homes out of the kindness of their hearts. Brenda...

Building Bridges by Sharing Cultures

Learning about another country and its culture in high school isn’t something regularly in the curriculum. Even after high school, classes about other nations are simply electives to choose from. The Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program helps to build on what students may or may...

Lending a Helpful Hand: The Benue Flood Project

Ibrahim Ezekiel is the current president of the YES Alumni Association of Nigeria (YAAN). His efforts, alongside other alumni members, provided relief to over two hundred households affected by the Benue flood. Read Ibrahim's account of the Benue Flood Victims Relief project: My years as the...