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An Exchange Experience to Remember

Ruth (current YES student, Ghana, hosted by IRIS) has been a wonderful student ambassador for her home country of Ghana since she arrived. This month, Ruth was also recognized as Student of the Month for her enthusiasm, willingness to try new things, and her helpful...

YES Alumnus Draws the Public’s Attention to Public Health

Tanzania’s mountainous terrain can sometimes make it difficult for people to travel, especially Youth Exchange and Study (YES) alumni who get together for projects and other events. When they are not able to come together, many alumni work on individual projects in their local communities. Daniel...

Ten Years of Giving: How Hosting Can Change Lives

It can be difficult for people to consider opening their homes to strangers, especially when the stranger is from another country. However, not everyone fears the unknown; some willingly invite people from other countries into their homes out of the kindness of their hearts. Brenda...

Building Bridges by Sharing Cultures

Learning about another country and its culture in high school isn’t something regularly in the curriculum. Even after high school, classes about other nations are simply electives to choose from. The Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program helps to build on what students may or may...

Lending a Helpful Hand: The Benue Flood Project

Ibrahim Ezekiel is the current president of the YES Alumni Association of Nigeria (YAAN). His efforts, alongside other alumni members, provided relief to over two hundred households affected by the Benue flood. Read Ibrahim's account of the Benue Flood Victims Relief project: My years as the...

YES Students in Art

Where do you find your inspiration? What does it turn into? For two of our YES students, their inspiration comes from people and experiences in their lives, and it turns into beautiful artwork. Sila, a YES student from Indonesia, and Hooria, our YES student from Pakistan,...

Naufal’s Story: How Volunteering Can Change A Life

As a part of each student's year abroad, the student must complete some sort of volunteer service. Naufal, one of our YES students this year from Indonesia, volunteered during his high school's homecoming, and had the most touching experience with a resident of the nursing...

Haider’s Year Abroad

IRIS thanks all of our host families past and present for giving our YES students the opportunity of a year abroad. Your generosity and kindness is appreciated both by IRIS and YES students! Haider, our YES student from Pakistan, is attending school in Fort Dodge, Iowa....

Nigerian YES Alumni Clean Public Library

Youth Exchange and Study (YES) alumni all across the globe continue efforts to improve their communities and their countries. From leading educational workshops to building public clinics, there is nothing our alumni can't do when they join together on a project. YES alumni in Nigeria constantly...

October YES Student of the Month

Our Youth Exchange and Study (YES) students are all uniquely talented. These traits are what make them stick out among the crowd and helped them get selected for this prestigious program. For the month of October, our YES Student of the Month is Vraj. Vraj is...