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From a YES host: Goodbye to the Adventure

Cindy Nichols was the host mom of Dennis Lengishon of Arusha, Tanzania, and Victor Yusuf of Bauchi State, Nigeria. During the 2009-2010 academic year, they live in Lewis, Iowa, and attended Atlantic High School. Cindy kept a personal blog, “Adventures with my African Sons,” to share...

From a YES host: Still experiencing…

Marsha Witte is the host mom of Elia Homange from Arusha, Tanzania. They live in De Witt, Iowa, and Elia attends Central Clinton High School. In this post, Marsha reflects on her hosting experience…...

From a YES student: Floundering to survive

Muna Nassor, a 17 year-old YES student from Zanzibar, Tanzania, lives in Ogden, Iowa, and attends Ogden High School. In this post, she shares about how she accomplished one of her goals: learning to swim....

From a YES host: Rachel helps raise money for orphanage in TZ

Bonnie Anderson is the host mom of Rachel Mziga from Morogoro, Tanzania. They live in Hills, Iowa, and Rachel attends Iowa City High School. In this post, Bonnie shares about how Rachel raised $1,500 for an orphanage in Tanzania....

From a YES host: African teachers, African students

Cindy Nichols is the host mom of Dennis Lengishon of Arusha, Tanzania, and Victor Yusuf of Bauchi State, Nigeria. They live in Lewis, Iowa, and attend Atlantic High School. Cindy has been keeping a personal blog, “Adventures with my African Sons,” to share her experiences with...

Volunteer Corner: Thanks to our wonderful hosts!

Kim Hope Athay is IRIS’s volunteer coordinator. She is in charge of working with volunteers and coordinating short-term host families for various programs. Kim also works with the YES program. This is her thank-you to the people who open their homes to our international...

From a YES student: Remembering my experience at the World Food Prize

Suleiman Ameh is a YES student from Benue State, Nigeria. He is living with Rhonda and Randy Perdue in Swea City, Iowa. Suleiman attends North Sentral Kossuth High School. Suleiman was one of six of IRIS’s YES students chosen to attend the World Food Prize Youth...

YES Alumni Update: Kaduna State, Nigeria

The YES Program doesn’t end when the students leave the United States. The second component involves students participating in alumni projects once they return to their home countries, and IRIS strives to support our students not only while they’re in the Midwest, but also once...

From a YES host: Our year with “our IRIS son”

Terri Halstead is the host mom of Terver Kelvin Ubwa from Benue State, Nigeria. They live in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Terver attends Ft. Dodge High School. In this post, Terri shares about her year with her new son...