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ABOUT US

Iowa Resource for International Service in a nutshell...

About Us

IRIS Center is a nonprofit, non-religious organization founded in 1993 and located in Ames, Iowa.

Our Mission

To promote international understanding, development and peace by connecting Iowans to communities worldwide.

Programs

IRIS brings students, journalists, business people, educators, and government leaders to Iowa from Africa, Central and Eastern Europe, and Asia.

More Questions

Have you read our frequently asked questions and our common misconceptions, but you still have questions? Email Iris your questions at info@iris-center.org!

QUICK FACTS

IRIS is the only organization within the YES program that recruits from Nigeria and Tanzania.
1993

IRIS was founded in 1993 by Iowa’s former Lt. Gov. Robert Anderson.

2013

In 2013, IRIS received a certificate of recognition from the Iowa House of Representatives and the Iowa Senate.

52

IRIS has hosted students from 52 different countries from around the globe.

2000

IRIS has brought more than 2,000 international visitors from 52 countries to Iowa for various programs.

IRIS CONNECTS IOWA

TO INDIVIDUALS AND COMMUNITIES 

WORLDWIDE BY…

  • 01

    Enriching the lives of participants and families.

  • 02

    Encouraging religious tolerance by expanding cultural appreciation.

  • 03

    Partnering to strengthen Iowa’s communities.

  • 04

    Fostering a commitment to cultural diversity in Iowa.

Location

State of Iowa

Our office is located in Ames, Iowa

More about  Ames, Iowa 

The city of Ames is located in the central part of Iowa, in Story County. The city population was 61,000 as of the 2013 Census. Ames is also home to Iowa State University.

 

Many athletic events and cultural activities occur as a result of the 36,000+ college students hailing from around the country and world. Ames is only a 45 minute drive from the Des Moines International Airport.

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More about Iowa

The State of Iowa is located in the heartland of the United States of America. Des Moines is Iowa’s capital, and largest city. As of 2013, Iowa had an estimated population of just more than 3 million people.

Iowa’s safe environment, friendly people and commitment to education makes it an ideal place to work or study. The state has been listed as one of the safest states to live in. Iowa is widely considered to have some of the richest farm land in the world, and the state routinely leads the nation in corn, soybean and hog production.

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