About Community Connections

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Iowa Resource for International Service’s Community Connections Program, funded by USAID and administrated by World Learning, help facilitate international understanding, development, and peace with adults worldwide.


Since IRIS was founded, we have hosted more than 550 Community Connections participants from Ukraine, Russia, Georgia, Tajikistan, Moldova, Armenia, Turkmenistan, Belarus, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, and Serbia.


Community Connections covers a diverse range of topics and themes focusing on public diplomacy and professional training and development for entrepreneurs, local government officials, legal professionals, and non-governmental organization leaders, and other professionals.

A sample of IRIS’s Community Connections programs include:

Demonstrating Democracy

Strengthening Community Journalism

Rural Entrepreneurship

Citizen Dialogue to Promote Social Responsibility

Alternative Energy Technologies

Tolerance, Community Relations, and Minority Rights

Young Women Leaders

Implementing Conflict of Interest Laws

Volunteering with IRIS Community Connections Program

My organization is interested in sharing our knowledge with Community Connections participants.

I’m interested in sharing my home as a short term host family with 1-2 Community Connections participants.

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