From a participant: Tanzanian teacher impressed by semester system in U.S.

The assignment on the trip was to visit different schools in the state of Iowa where 2009-2010 YES students were placed. We visited six schools: Mount Ayr High School, Diagonal High School and Atlantic High School as well as East High School, Abraham Lincoln High School and Saydel High School in the capital city of Iowa, Des Moines.

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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 her hosting experiences. This is the last post she wrote about the amazing adventure…

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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 hosting. This is a recent post from her blog explaining a recent visit from the two YES teachers.

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YES7 Alumni Project Winners!

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 they’ve returned home. This year’s alumni project winners tell about their projects!

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From a host’s view: Soccer Season Arrives!

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 hosting. This is a recent post from her blog explaining a new challenge: soccer.

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From a YES student: Volunteering in New Orleans

Joseph Rutakangwa is a YES student from the Morogoro region of Tanzania. Joseph has been living in Monroe, Iowa, and attends Prairie City-Monroe High School through the U.S. State Department’s Youth Exchange and Study Program.

Over St. Patrick’s Day, he went on a missions trip to New Orleans with Teens Encountering Christ (TEC).

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From a YES host: Definitions of Prom

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 hosting. This is a recent post from her blog explaining the challenges surrounding an American high school tradition: prom.

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