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Celebrate Host Moms!

Hosting a Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) student through IRIS offers many fulfilling opportunities. Host families are able to experience different cultures and learn

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Honoring our hosts

Geiger believes that being a host is about loving and learning. “We choose to love our students and to provide a loving and nurturing environment for them. In return, we make a friend and we learn to truly appreciate that friend, their culture and their way of life.”

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Exchanging science and culture

Hammadi, head of the Medical Microbiology and Parasitology Department in the College of Medicine at Al Qadissiyah University, seemed to have taken on Des Moines while in Iowa. He graciously served as an expert panel member for the World Food Prize Youth Institute discussions, toured the State Capitol and even visited the biology department at Drake University.

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Welcome to the IRIS family

IRIS would like to welcome the new YES Program Assistant Anastasia Morrissey to our staff. Her duties will primarily consist of finding host families for the KL-YES students selected for the 2012-2013 school year. We look forward to hearing from her as she brings in more information on families and schools willing to participate!

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Loss in the KL-YES Family

IRIS is deeply saddened to announce the death of one of our beloved KL-YES alumni, Elia Peter Homange. Elia died from malaria and typhoid fever October 30, 2011. This story celebrates his life and reflects on his year in Iowa.

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