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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...

YES Alumna Named Winner of 2017 120 Under 40 Competition

As YES alumni return to their home countries every year, they continue efforts in helping resolve issues within their field of interest. For some, this is noticeable at a local level. For others, their works are noticed internationally, gaining praise from around the globe. One YES...

Tanzanian Alumni Excited to Welcome New Executive Committee

In late August, the Tanzania YES Alumni Association (TAYAA) held its second annual general meeting. This brought many new and exciting changes for the group, including finalizing the association’s constitution, discussing alumni activities, and, most importantly, electing the new TAYAA Executive Committee. [caption id="attachment_20725" align="aligncenter" width="776"]...

Adel Rotary Club Funds Scholarship for South Sudan Woman

While the picture isn't the best quality, anyone can see that IRIS Executive Director, Del Christensen (center), was all smiles as he received a check from Adel Rotarians Doug Smith, Treasurer (left) and Steve Conard, Rotary Foundation Committee Chair (right). The $1100 check is going towards...

How to Celebrate Eid al-Adha with Your Exchange Student

Studying abroad, many foreign exchange students may be celebrating their culture's holidays and traditions for the first time away from family. To help host families and others involved in exchange students' lives, Hudhaymat, one of this year's YES program participants, shares her family's tradition for the...

YES Students Share Their First Day of School Experiences

[huge_it_gallery id="13"] As schools across the country got back into the swing of things this week, our 2017-18 YES participants swung at a new target: school in America for the first time. After the first few days, students compared their schools here with their schools back...

YES Alum Starts English Club for Ghanian Students

Mordecai Nsabaah (YES alumnus 2016-2017) reached out to his community this summer for their thoughts on an English club he wanted to create for the children. He was met with positive feedback, and began his first session with 20 eager students, ranging from ages nine...