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From a YES student: About the Global Youth Institute

John Keto is a 16 year-old YES student from Tanga, Tanzania. He is living with Peggy and Mark Chidister in Ames, Iowa. Sunday attends Ames High School. John was one of six of IRIS’s YES students chosen to attend the World Food Prize Youth Institute in...

From a host’s view: State Cross Country

Dennis Lengishon of Arusha, Tanzania, placed 9th in the Iowa High School State Cross Country meet. His host mother, Cindy Nichols, tells about their weekend....

From a YES student: My experience at the World Food Prize

Sunday Ishaya is a 17 year-old YES student from Bauchi State, Nigeria. He is living with Diane and Terry Pollard in Alta, Iowa. Sunday attends Alta High School. Sunday was one of six of IRIS's YES students chosen to attend the World Food Prize Youth Institute...

From a different perspective: Mimi and the Hefferns

Mimidoo Shie is a 15 year-old YES student from Benue State, Nigeria. She is living with Cindy and Jack Heffern in Harpers Ferry, Iowa. Mimi attends Waukon High School. In this post, both Mimi and her host parents, Cindy and Jack, take turns sharing about...

From a host’s views: Our first two months

Sarah Jackson is the host mom of Tijjani (TJ) Attahir of Sokoto, Nigeria. They live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and TJ attends Cedar Rapids Washington High School. Sarah's post focuses on the first two months with their YES student and all of the new things...

Intern Update: Greetings from Cairo!

Jeanna Bauer, a former IRIS intern, is currently in Cairo, Egypt. She is living with a Sudanese Darfur refugee, Khalda, for two months to help her learn English. While living in Cairo, Khalda will be Jeanna's personal tour guide to all the countries tourist spots,...

YES7 Student Update: Muna’s first months in Iowa

Muna, a 17-year-old from Zanzibar, Tanzania, is living with the Velky family in Ogden, Iowa. Click on the photos to read more about what she and her family have been up to during her first few months in Iowa! [gallery]...