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October Student of the Month: Nafisa Ayntee

Nafisa, from Bangladesh, wholly exemplifies what it means to be an exchange student. From the moment Nafisa arrived in her new home of Harcourt, Iowa, she jumped head first into a string of activities. Her experiences include, but aren't limited to, yearbook club, Family Career...

World Food Prize allows exchange students to address global crises

Each year several IRIS students are honored by being selected to attend the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in Des Moines, Iowa. The Global Youth Institute was created in the 1970s as a means to recognize students for outstanding papers written on the topic of...

Good for the sole

For many in remote regions of Nigeria, trade jobs are their livelihood. Professions like shoe making allow them to gain a skill set that not only provides products for them and their families, but also makes a livable income. IRIS alum Nendi Solomon, who lived in Washington,...

First lady holds digital conversation with YES alumnae

Tuesday marked the 4th International Day of the Girl. In celebration of this day, Michelle Obama took the chance to have a digital conversation with three YES alumni in Tanzania. Read the Tanzanian Embassy's coverage here. The International Day of the Girl was created by the United...

Georgia summer camp helps young philanthropists grow

[huge_it_gallery id="7"] While some people know only of IRIS 's high school exchange student program, it also has branches in adult exchanges. An alumna of our adult program, Natela Natroshvili from Georgia, was inspired by the giving spirit and values of cultural acceptance put forth by IRIS. Executive Director Del Christensen, who...

IRIS students learn about a piece of history

[huge_it_gallery id="6"] In West Branch, Iowa, a group of IRIS students had a chance to learn about an important figure in both Iowa and American history: Herbert Hoover. The Herbert Hoover Museum recognizes the only president to hail from Iowa. While President Herbert Hoover is often...

September Student of the Month: Bilal Muslim

Bilal Muslim, a YES student from Pakistan, left his big city and traded it in for a new adventure in rural America. Placed in Independence, Iowa, he is now embracing all of the joys that farm life has to offer. In the first couple of weeks,...

Meet Kim, unsung hero of the International Peace Walk

On Sunday, September 18, IRIS successfully hosted its second annual International Peace Walk. The walk was spearheaded by IRIS’ first ever summer Events Intern, Kim Hughes. Kim is a senior at Iowa State completing her bachelor of science degree in Event Management.   Prior to working for...

First impressions prove to be “Iowa nice”

As August comes to a close, all of the IRIS students have arrived and started to settle in for the year. When asked about their first impressions of the state, it came as no shock to hear a response that was "Iowa nice." Click through the...